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: 7 to 8 hours
Akumal Beach reviews
We went the third week of April to akumal bay to snorkel with turtles. We were determined to not have a guide and go on our own. Well...they don’t let you snorkel out beyond the buoys without a... more »
Nice beach with resorts and condos all up and down. You can snorkel the reef right off of the beach and also snorkel with turtles! There aren't too many vendors which is nice. There's a fun beach bar.... 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.
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