Akumal is a beautiful bay, its beaches have been a turtle sanctuary for many years, the sand is white and it has a beautiful coral reef. The word Akumal means land of turtles in Mayan. The beach is protected because of the turtles.
What to do in Akumal
Swimming with turtles
Undoubtedly one of the favorite activities to do in Akumal is to swim with turtles that are the main attraction of the place. There are many species that will not cease to surprise you, some measure more than a meter! The best time to see the turtles is before 11 am; when they are eating and not so many people are in the water.
Akumal Monkey Sanctuary
Another interesting place that you can visit is the Akumal Monkey Sanctuary. There they have rescued thousands of animals but the most popular ones are the spider monkeys. It is a supervised activity and therefore safe and very fun for children.
Visit the Akumal ecological center
This non-profit organization is devoted to the preservation of the ecosystem of the Akumal region, it has a small museum dedicated to turtles.
Where is Akumal located?
Akumal is in the Riviera Maya, 37 km from Playa del Carmen and it is part of the municipality of Tulum. It was considered to be developed as a tourist destination even before the start of Cancun but it got canceled due to the large number of mosquitoes that exists in this area due to the nearby wetlands.
How to get to Akumal
Akumal is only 20 minutes from Tulum or 30 from Playa. You can take a bus from any location or just drive yourself and take the exit Akumal beach. Another fun and adventurous way of transportation are the local colectivo buses that drop you at the highway and you just walk a couple of minutes to the beach. Very inexpensive and definitely different.
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