Akumal Beach
Akumal Beach
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
White sand, palm trees, and crystal-clear, turquoise waters are the trademarks of this Yucatan beach. Here, you can go snorkeling with sea turtles, eagle rays, and colorful fish, relax along the shore or swim in the calm waters. Before you leave, hunt for handicrafts and souvenirs at the little shops around the town. To enjoy Akumal to the fullest, we recommend staying at a seaside resort in the area. However, if you’re staying in Cancun, you can book a guided day trip to Tulum and stop at Akumal along the way. There’s an entrance fee for this beach. – Tripadvisor
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  • Kevin H
    8 contributions
    Good Free Snorkelling
    Parking and getting to the beach can be a bit tricky and they will try to make you pay as much as they can! There are places to park that are not in front of any businesses that you could just park and walk in. But there is always someone there trying to tell you what you "have" to do. The whole beach is public, it's the access to the beach that is private... Once in, the beach is nice and the snorkelling was really cool! Do not do the tours! Waste of money and you can see a bunch right from shore for free! We went out several times and always saw at least one turtle! It's pretty obvious where you can snorkel for free as it's all marked out by buoys. It is a federally protected area in Akumal, so you can get in trouble for not following the rules. We just swam right up to the buoy line and swam along it! It has a little less density with fish/coral, but you can swim for as long as you want and see just as much, and often more, than the tour groups! Plus it's free (bring your own gear!).
    Visited March 2023
    Written 21 March 2023
  • Dan M
    Mexico City, Mexico103 contributions
    Nice but crowded
    I cannot say much about the beach, since it was a quick stop on the tour to swim with the turtles. The beach was packed, and countless people were swimming around. Even though it was off season, we did get to see a couple of turtles in the water. It is mandatory to hire a local tour to swim with the sea turtles. They can be hired at the dive center.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 10 April 2023
  • Off their P
    Manchester, United Kingdom4,265 contributions
    Not far from paradise!
    We had six nights by this beach and it has a great deal going for it. True, it does suffer a little from the local seaweed problem but it isn't as bad as other parts. That out of the way, we loved our timer. The sand is pristine and lovely to walk on. We used to love snorkelling directly off the beach and you don't need to be part of a tour or have a guide to do this. The sea is very safe and calm and you can go out a long way and still stand up. We managed to see multiple kinds of fish along with several decent size stingrays and a few turtles. Absolutely wonderful. Don't forget your snorkel!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 September 2023
  • helmac
    Barry, United Kingdom132 contributions
    Swimming with turtles
    We did a private tour with Darwin Zetina Huerta who is a biologist and very knowledgeable, we contacted him through Facebook. Darwin met us outside and managed our entry to the park. All equipment was provided including mandatory life jackets. Once we were in the water he knew where we were likely to find turtles we saw quite a few as. well as rays, squid and cuttlefish . The tour lasted about 45 mins to an hour it was fabulous well worth the money, if we are in this area again we will definitely use Darwins service again.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 November 2023
  • Vicki B
    6 contributions
    Lovely beach, lots of turtles (but have to pay a guide to see them!!)
    The beach is a lovely spot and costs 120 pesos to enter. A car park is nearby with plenty of spaces and costs 40 pesos an hour. The beach itself has a reasonable amount of shade with palm trees. If you want to see the turtles, you will have to pay for a guide to take you out there (as they have sectioned off the water so that you can only go out to the main areas where turtles are if you pay a guide unfortunately!). There are still areas to swim in but the water is quite stirred up with sand due to all the boats and swimmers and there are not so many fish to see. However, if you are lucky the occasional turtle does make an appearance closer to the beach outside of the guide only swim zones. If it weren't for the guide only swim zones, I would have given the beach 5 stars. I think it is a shame that they make you pay to go on the beach and then have to get hassled and haggle with various guides just to swim in the good areas. The guides typically cost between 400-600 pesos from what I gathered there and you will have to wear a life jacket to do this.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 November 2023
  • connyp561
    Madison, Wisconsin136 contributions
    Lovely, Busy Beach
    This beautiful, sugar-sand beach is not to be missed. Our resort cleaned up the sea grasses that washed up, so that walking was easy. There were lots of sea life and fish. We were surprised at the number of snorkel boats and snorkelers at the beach. It is a very busy place. Lots of vendors bring snorkelers here to see the Sea Turtles. It's hard to believe that any turtles want to live here, given how many snorkelers there are, but there's enough beach for all to share.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 December 2023
  • Isabel L
    Chicago, Illinois3 contributions
    Beautiful beach
    This beach is absolutely beautiful and there is a lovely long stretch that you can walk along. Accessible from any of the hotels for free, you can also pay to enter if you are not staying at the hotels (hough we also found that you could just walk through the dive shop to get on without paying). Best swimming is at the top end for sure. (I understand the snorkeling is incredible there too but we were not able to go in because of weather). Further down the reef makes getting into the water more challenging. If you plan to walk down the beach probably better to do so with some good footwear as there are a few stretches that are rocky.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 January 2024
  • akatsnelson
    Brooklyn, New York9 contributions
    Beautiful swimming w tortoises
    There’s a way to evade the bad experiences people have described, tell anyone who asks that you have a reservation with the diving center. Then they usually leave you alone, if you want to snorkel get the same tour one hour with the members of the yaax Ak collective, they charge 500 pesos w snorkeling gear and life vests included. We saw 4 giant tortoises, many manta rays, our guide was lovely, it lasted an hour. Perfect experience my 9 year old loved it! This is 200 pesos cheaper than w dive center for the exact same amount of time and seeing same amount of tortoises.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 January 2024
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Marianne B
Gloucester, MA11 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
The guide was good and the interactive experiences with the monkey was good but there ought to be a minimum age requirement. Wining poorly behaved and tired little kids not a good mix with skiddish monkeys. Also, if you are not understanding the guide please don’t go ahead and have a full volume conversation while the guide is talking to the rest of the group. This all really detracted from our experience
Written 12 February 2024
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Carol HG
New York City, NY3 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
The weather was perfect, the sea was beautiful, the turtles were so friendly!!! We loved it! The tour guide was very trustable
Written 5 February 2024
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BrentlyNeel
Kingston, Canada62 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Gorgeous beach, fun vibe and the access to the reef is great. However, note that it is not the best beach in the area for swimming. Lots of rocks at the shoreline. Bring water shoes!
Written 2 February 2024
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Randy_Patti
12 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Beautiful, amazing piece of paradise. Fell in love with it in 2011 and have been returning at least once or twice a year since then.
Written 28 January 2024
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark4,007 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
In reality, Akumal Beach is a protected nature reserve where sea turtles live in the water just off the shore. The entrance fee is 120 pesos.

The beach is covered with offers to walk or snorkel among the poor sea turtles, and the water is filled with children and adults in red life jackets and snorkels, all gazing at the turtles.

The relatively small beach cannot handle all these people. From mid-morning onwards, you're practically crawling over each other, especially since every square meter is occupied by sunbeds belonging to hotels and resorts along the shoreline.

If you - like us - go to the beach to sunbathe and swim in the ocean, Akumal Beach is a completely wrong choice. Partly because there's so little sand to lay on, and partly because there are lots of sand-colored rocks in the water that are not visible to the naked eye.

Find one of the other beaches around Akumal or head to the world-class Playa Paraiso in Tulum with its white powdery sand and delightful water (without rocks).
Written 27 January 2024
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Danielle D
Philadelphia, PA5 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We went here to go to the beach and were possibly interested in swimming with the turtles. After paying to park we were heckled the entire walk to the beach by people trying to sell tours, then you pay to go on the beach. This beach looks NOTHING like the photos. Its narrow, tons of boats, droves of people trying to sell you tours. Not really a beach where you can just relax. I could see where you swim with the turtles and was not impressed. just a small roped off area that is separate from where everyone else can swim. The water wasn't that clear. Glad we didn’t pay to do the tour, it would have been disappointing. We ended up grabbing some lunch and snorkeling on our own where we ended up seeing a turtle anyways.
Written 23 January 2024
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akatsnelson
Brooklyn, NY9 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
There’s a way to evade the bad experiences people have described, tell anyone who asks that you have a reservation with the diving center. Then they usually leave you alone, if you want to snorkel get the same tour one hour with the members of the yaax Ak collective, they charge 500 pesos w snorkeling gear and life vests included. We saw 4 giant tortoises, many manta rays, our guide was lovely, it lasted an hour. Perfect experience my 9 year old loved it! This is 200 pesos cheaper than w dive center for the exact same amount of time and seeing same amount of tortoises.
Written 22 January 2024
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Isabel L
Chicago, IL3 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
This beach is absolutely beautiful and there is a lovely long stretch that you can walk along. Accessible from any of the hotels for free, you can also pay to enter if you are not staying at the hotels (hough we also found that you could just walk through the dive shop to get on without paying). Best swimming is at the top end for sure. (I understand the snorkeling is incredible there too but we were not able to go in because of weather). Further down the reef makes getting into the water more challenging. If you plan to walk down the beach probably better to do so with some good footwear as there are a few stretches that are rocky.
Written 21 January 2024
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r k
London, UK6 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Dont buy anything. Just drive through security check point and go to the end, there is restaurant and beach access
Written 20 January 2024
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Karen P
Chemuyil, Mexico3 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
This place is a nightmare. They have people accosting you at every turn to go on a snorkel trip. On any given day there are hundreds of people in a very small area to see the resident turtles. The worse part is if you don’t pay for a tour you will be meanly harassed if you try to swim in the tour zones which is most everywhere. They will come up to you longing on the beach to tell you you can’t go in the water. We have experienced violence when we tried going to our regular spots which have been taken over by the tour cartels. Think I’m exaggerating. Take a look around when your on one of your cartel tours.
Written 18 January 2024
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