In the ancient Mayan language, Akumal means “Land of turtles”, and still to this day, remains one of the favorite places in the Riviera Maya for these marine animals to spawn.
This portion of the coast is a storied nesting ground, especially at Half Moon Bay – a hotspot for a quick swim with sea turtles.
However, what makes Akumal charming and fascinating for tourists from around the world, is its spectacular waters, quaint seaside aesthetic, and new-age resort-style vacationing.
The area is one of the nicest regions to snorkel in Mexico, and a snorkeling trip is very much worth the time and expense. In the summer months you can spot manta rays and an array of tropical marine fish. And if you are a certified diver, you should not miss the winter season of bull shark diving.
Of the many things to do in Akumal, however, Mayan ruins tours stand out among the crowd. In visiting the nearby archaeological wonders of Chichen Itza, and Tulum, you are guaranteed to be exposed to a variety of jungle wildlife. Spider monkeys and varieties of coati, many of which live within the premises of the jungle, will be on full display. It is recommended to hire a guide, since the local wildlife is so diverse that you will definitely need explanations.