Akumal is a quintessential Mexican resort destination, offering stunning beachside views, delightful food and weather, but without all the noise and crowds of other nearby locations. If this wasn’t enough to sell you on making Akumal your next vacation spot, check out these fun facts about the old coastal town and what there is for you to see and do in the area.
1. The ‘Land of Turtles’
Whilst it isn’t guaranteed that you will be able to see the turtles during your stay in Akumal, there is a high chance of encountering at least one, especially if you intend on snorkeling or diving during your stay. One of the best ways to meet a sea turtle is to book an Akumal catamaran tour, where you will sail through private bays and coves, stop for snorkeling and enjoy a meal consisting of fresh, local seafood. Depending on the tour company, you might even get to try your hand at fishing.
2. Built on coconuts
If your first question is ‘Where is Akumal?’ look to the southern part of the Riviera Maya in Quintana Roo. Built upon an old coconut plantation that used to span Akumal Bay through Half Moon Bay, its many white-sand beaches with bright, turquoise waters are the main draw for tourists, from the central beach to the series of five bays that now comprise Las Bahias de Akumal. You’ll be sure to capture picture-perfect shots during your stay in Akumal, as the beaches are large enough for tourists to visit without overcrowding.
3. Scuba divers came
In the 1950s, Mexican businessman and avid diver Pablo Bush Romero founded the town for fellow scuba divers. Alongside snorkeling, it is still one of the most popular activities to this day. If you’re wondering about what to do in Akumal, why not consider a day trip to one of the nearby islands or beaches. Akumal is ideally located for excursions to Playa del Carmen, Tulum or for sailing to Isla Mujeres, where you can experience the one-of-a-kind Cancun Underwater Museum, swim with whale sharks or take a glass bottom boat tour.
4. Save the Animals
Akumal is well known for its gorgeous beaches, but did you know it is also home to several animal sanctuaries? The Akumal Monkey Sanctuary takes in rescued monkeys, birds and other animals, aiming to educate tourists regarding local ecosystems, as well as preparing animals for reintroduction to the wild. There is also a committed effort to protect the endangered sea turtles, with the town taking steps such as roping off certain high-risk areas from snorkelers and requesting only reef-safe sunscreen be worn. Many sanctuaries in the area offer volunteering opportunities for tourists wanting to help contribute to the survival of the sea turtle.
5. Climb the Mayan Ruins
You are bound to want to explore some Mayan ruins during your vacation to Mexico. Unlike many of the Mayan ruins across the country, the Ek Balam ruins near Akumal are unique in that you can still climb them. Brace yourself for a steep climb up the steps to the top of the 96 foot (29 meter) high pyramid. This ancient city is also located next to a cenote, perfect for swimming in after your exploration of the ruins. The best part about visiting Ek Balam from Akumal is that it has yet to reach the same levels of popularity as Chichen Itza, meaning smaller crowds and better access to the panoramic views of the evergreen subtropical forests of the Yucatan Peninsula.