Swim with adorable sea turtles at Akumal Beach, located in a small town that serves as a welcome relief from the overcrowded Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Home to just over 1,000 residents, the town provides plenty of tourist-oriented amenities, while several outfits operating on the beach itself offer snorkeling gear for rent and guided experiences for novice turtle enthusiasts. Simple shacks scattered across the long beach sell snacks, fish specialties, and cold drinks. The optimal time to see the beach's reptilian residents is between May and November, when the turtles come ashore and lay their eggs. Plan to see Akumal Beach and other attractions that appeal to you using our Akumal trip maker app.
Tours to Akumal Beach
$129 BOOK WITH VIATOR Tulum Ruins Cenote and Swimming with Turtles from Playa del Carmen
Duration: 9 to 10 hours
$210 BOOK WITH VIATOR Tulum Ruins Private Tour with Turtle and Cenote Snorkeling
Duration: 7 to 8 hours
$99 BOOK WITH VIATOR From Riviera Maya Visit a Cenote and Swim with Turtles in Akumal
Duration: 6 hours
$89 BOOK WITH VIATOR Half-Day Sea Turtle and Cenote Snorkeling Tour from Cancun & Riviera Maya
Duration: 5 hours
$314 BOOK WITH VIATOR Yucatan Peninsula Full-Day Private Tour: Akumal, Tulum Ruins and Cenote Swim
Duration: 8 minutes
Akumal Beach reviews
Akumal Beach is a beautiful beach that is well groomed by the resorts and community. We stayed at Secrets Akumal and has a wonderful time snorkeling with the turtles! more »
If you're looking for warm, clear, relaxing water where you can float and forget your troubles, this is the spot. For a small fee, there are guides who will take you out to snorkel and see the seat... more »
Great beach for swimming, snorkeling and turtle watching. Has lots of restaurant/beach clubs, however not crowded. more »
Too expensive, but has excellent view front beach and free parking
This beach is beautiful. You do have to pay to park which was 50 pesos and it was 100 pesos to pay to get in the beach and use the locker, bathrooms, and showers. The beach has a bar, restaurant, and a few small store that sell beach gear and sovineers. To snorkel with the turtle you will have to pay the tour guides. Really a pretty beach with a nice chill atmosphere. Also this beach didnt seem to have the seaweed problem that some other beaches have in the summer months.
I'm so glad I read about this area before our trip. I didn't know it existed. What a lovely and quiet bay. We explored it one afternoon and decided to return for dinner later that week. There are a couple of cute aritsan shops in the zone and a few restaurants. And extremely picturesque.
You have to pay 100 pesos to get in (or try to go on some of the restaurant that are on beach) you will be able to swim in certain area. The turtles have also some space to eat quietly. We went with a guide ($20/pers) to see turtles , we saw 15 of them (small to ugh ones) in around one hour. My son just loved it
Still amazing white sands and crystal waters. Quiet and very safe. There is a entrance fee of 100 pesos or $5usd. Great restaurant and drinks available. You can also still bring in your own food and drinks.
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