Akumal is the shimmering gem of the Riviera Maya. Celebrated for its exquisite beaches, vibrant marine life, and prime location, vacationing here is unrivaled. And it also happens to serve up family friendly activities aplenty.
1. Water wonderland
Akumal snorkeling is a world-renowned activity, as the crystal clear water gives way to some amazing opportunities to swim with Akumal sea turtles. These must-see green turtles live along the coast and can usually be found in a small, roped-off space on the beach. Elsewhere, Yal-Ku Lagoon lies about three miles from the center of the city. Here, you can swim all the way to the sea, but most of the marine life can be found near the entrance. Make sure to bring along a camera, money, towels, sunscreen, bathing suits, and your snorkeling gear, of course.
However, if you are in the area, you simply can’t miss out on the Amazing Secret River tour of the region’s most beautiful underground river system. You’ll get to explore the Riviera Maya’s unique natural-crystal museum near Playa del Carmen, where you can observe a sprawling history dating back millions of years as you hike and swim through a half a mile route full of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.
2. Cruising the coast
For a fun-filled day of sailing on the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean, some quintessential Akumal catamaran tours should be at the top of your list. These guided sailing tours often involve a lot of swimming above one of the many beautiful reefs found in the Riviera Maya’s shallow sea. And the opportunity to board a private boat charter ensures your experience will conform to the definition of luxury. Nothing is more relaxing than sailing these legendary waters while watching the tropical sun settle over the lush jungle on the horizon.
3. Out of the water
Any walk away from the small town center will be accompanied by beautiful smelling flowers, local dog walkers and never-ending jungle. However, visiting the amazing Sac-Actun cenote system – currently the world’s longest explored underground river – is a must-do. A packed day of activities on the very popular Jungle Adventure tour usually involves some rappelling, swimming through the underground rivers, and zip-lining over the jungle canopy. Afterwards you’ll also be able to participate in a uniquely traditional Mayan purification ceremony in one of the sacred cave entrances.
There’s no doubt that Quintana Roo can be an expensive place to see. Luckily, there are also some great things to do in Riviera Maya that won’t break the bank, and while an affordable place to be, Akumal wins big points for delivering some of the coolest natural attractions in the area too.