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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  • Off their P
    Manchester, United Kingdom3,993 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 Kingdom135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • connie p
    Madison, Wisconsin137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • ravi s
    Boston, Massachusetts87 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good excursion to see aquatic life.
    Nice way to see some sea-life. The location in Akumal is beautiful. We didn't see large groups of turtles, but saw a few individual ones feeding in the bay, and also some rays and various fish. It's worth a few hours. Note that you need to be comfortable being in the water for a long time, even with a lifejacket and snorkel.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 January 2024
  • Isabel L
    Chicago, Illinois3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 York10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • PTMOM2
    Roscoe, Illinois44 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Up close turtles
    Although the weather was not very great for snorkeling (due to the wind and waves reducing visibility) we were able to see many turtles up close and personal. We saw several large turtles and serval babies surface right in front of us! The visibility was only about 5 feet but we did get to see several of the turtle swimming along the bottom which was only about 8-10 feet deep. Our guides were very strict about not touching or interfering in any way with the turtles, which was good.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 January 2024
  • NewYorkJanine
    62 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    No more free swimming
    Visited this area 9 years ago and only had to pay for snorkel rental if needed. Now you have to pay for parking and beach access.. $7 each. Did not want to see the turtles with a guide BUT they do NOT allow you to go into the main area where they nest. We snorkeled just around the perimeter and did have a fantastic close up of a baby female and swam alongside her for at least 15 minutes but this isn’t guaranteed. The local newspaper says the beach is closed to guided tours in February but there were dozens and dozens of tours throughout the day. Tours are $400 pesos per person btw.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 February 2024
  • mike15042
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Beach!
    Took a day trip down from PDC. The beach was great, water enjoyable and the lunch at Lol Ha right on the beach was excellent with great service. Snorkeling tours are 400 pesos for an hour with all equipment included. Admission to Akumal is 120 pesos/persn. Worth a trip on your own. You don’t need any organized tour.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 March 2024
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ThebestofKendell
Denver, CO510 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We rented a car and drove to Akumal. As soon as you enter towards the beach there will be a million different companies flagging you down telling you to stop, it’s quite annoying but if you’ve been in this area long you will be accustomed to it by now. 😂
Never buy from the first place you see.
We ended up going with a private tour guide named Alejandro López and we loved him. We paid 800 pesos altogether. Which included the 100 pesos/person to enter the beach. So, 300 pesos each for the guide. We went with just him and didn’t have to worry about waiting for others. We paid for an hour but got way longer and we loved it so much we ended up paying twice and the second hour ended up being over 2 hours 😂.
This included all the equipment and our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the area, the flora and fauna as well.

You can pay 100 pesos for a locker, or $5. Which they give you back once you return the key. Make sure you’re back by 5 as they close. They have showers and bathrooms here too. On the beach and in the area there was also restaurants, shopping and an atm as we had to use cash only.

The area is roped off so it seems as though you can’t really swim outside of the roped area.. this is a good thing in my opinion as it protects the turtle and reef. There’s also a federal officer type guy responsible for making sure people who swim outside the ropes have guides.

We saw tons of turtles and on our second trip out we went to the reef and saw lots of fish and stingrays.

The water is great for snorkeling. After the second time my body was exhausted from swimming though so probably one hour is a good amount of time but turtles are my favorite animal so I couldn’t resist. 😂

Pop over the bridge and visit the little town before you leave.
Overall, a great place to snorkel and worth the money in my opinion.
Written 18 August 2020
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Jeb F
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
The good is the place is beautiful. The beach is amazing. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to enjoy. There are plenty of tours available. The bad is they have roped the area off into sections with no clear guide as to why or what the different areas are for. The ugly is the local tour companies. They want you to stay close to shore in a roped off swimming area unless you buy their tour. They falsely represent themselves as some kind of authority over the bay and who can do what. They use all kinds of intimidation tactics like blowing whistles and yelling at you to get back in the swimming area. They have a cute little kayak with "Park Ranger" written on the side of it. They will send an angry young man out to berate you. One guy came up to me and said I couldn't swim here because it was a navigation channel despite tourists swimming all around me, no navigation aids, and it was roped off. Then he said I couldn't swim there because it was a national park. Again, tours all around. I asked who he worked for. He said he worked for the national park service. I asked to see the logo on the back of his life jacket. He refused. I grabbed his life jacket and tried to get a look. He tried very hard not to let me see it. I told him he was lying and it was probably best if he left me alone. I finished my snorkeling but they never let up. When I got back to the beach he and his friend in the kayak went back to their buddies at the tour service where they talked bad about me and mean mugged me for a while. It would have probably been worth it to get a tour for fifteen bucks than to put up with the hassle but I got a kick out of calling them out on their BS.
Written 7 May 2021
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trocki005
Erie, PA260 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
If you're coming from playa del carmen, you can take the colectivo for 40pesos/person per direction. Once there, I recommend getting to Akumal early, because the visitor center opens at 9am, so unless you are staying at the hotels, you don't have beach access until 9. 100 pesos gets you entrance, which covers the use of the showers and bathroom facilities. A refundable deposit will get you a locker to use. If you have your own snokeling equipment there is no need to join a "tour group". You can even just rent equipment from a local vendor on the beach without using a tour guide. It is very easy to navigate where you can swim without a group and plenty of fish and turtles to be seen. Without using a tour guide or any group myself and my friends were able to see two turtles lots of fish sea urchins and even a sand Ray. Definitely going to go back! The cost of the beach is for use of the beach house and facilities. There are a ton of people telling you you need to join a group, v that's not true. Just a simple "no nesesito" will suffice.
Written 15 March 2020
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ksufan88
Wichita, KS6,389 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
When I was last here 6 years ago, the beach was free to all who came. Now, as you arrive, you are stopped by vendors trying to sell you "mandatory" snorkeling tours for $25. We only were able to bypass them by letting them know that we planned on dining at the Lol-Ha Restaurant which is right on the beach. There are now lots of buoys marking off areas that are off-limits. Even though our waiter told us that we were allowed to snorkel right in front of the restaurant, an aggressive vendor wouldn't let us enter the water since we hadn't purchased a tour. We were still able to snorkel by walking south down the beach away from the vendors and entering the water. It is still a beautiful beach and nice snorkeling but beware the insistent vendors.
Written 11 December 2020
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Beth M
Portales, NM59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We loved the turtles! Right when we got there, someone grabbed us to help us get bands for entry, and set up a turtle tour with lockers included for the day. We may have ended up paying a few extra pesos for this guy's help, but it was helpful to us and we got our own private tour guide set up (we went early in the morning!). She was knowledgeable and guided us well. We saw a few turtles and a sting ray as well as some reef. Afterwards, we went to swim on our own in the Circuit. You are allowed, although tour guides that you encounter in the water will try to tell you otherwise, because they want you to go buy a tour (we just did that, let me enjoy my swim!). In the Circuit, we saw giant turtles on our own, as well as giant beautiful parrotfish. One guy even tried yelling at us that we weren't allowed to go in with fins - my husband waved him off - we had just been in the ocean with the fins with a tour guide, and even the guides use fins! Sheesh. Besides the harassment, this place was great. At one point my husband had a school of fish following him, it was really funny.
Written 11 March 2020
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jlwilm
Madison, WI76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
First of all, It was worth it to me! I have been to Mexico many times and this was my second time to Akumal Beach. I was in a condo nearby so I walked and didn’t have to worry about parking. I gladly paid my $5 at the entrance to the beach. There you can use showers, lockers and restrooms. I didn’t use any of these facilities but paid my money for the upkeep for the facility. When I go to National or State Parks in the USA I also have to pay an entrance fee and have no problem doing so. Akumal Beach is a beautiful, clean, soft, white sand beach. Many people go to snorkel and observe sea turtles. The purpose of paying for and going with a guide ($20 USD) is not to screw you. It is to keep you...but more importantly the turtles safe. Imagine there being no guides. It would be a free-for-all with hundreds of people all rushing about when a turtle was spotted. There are areas where it isn’t very deep. Turtles would get stepped on (I almost saw it happen WITH a guide) and the reef would be damaged. The guides are there not only to make sure you actually see a turtle, but they are also watching everyone closely, including those who don’t swim very well and they are watching out for the turtles as they come to the surface to breathe. It is an absolute amazing experience! It is a “must do” when in Akumal but honestly...pay the fee for a guide. You will spend more for your Margarita and lunch after this wonderful, once in a lifetime experience!
Written 22 February 2020
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Audrey S
Monroe, MI236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Friends
We paid the $6 to get into the beach, and chose to swim with the turtles with a guide. The guides are in the palapa right next to the building with the lockers, showers and bathrooms.
The lockers are complementary with your entrance fee you just have to give a $5 deposit but you get it back.
We had an amazing time and having a guide was totally worth the money!!!!
Our guide was Miguel and he was incredible and knowledgeable. We saw six sea turtles, they were very large and beautiful. We saw stingrays, crab, many fish big and small.
We are a group of six and everyone had an amazing time.
You must wear a life jacket which they provide and snorkel gear is provided if you don't have your own. You are not allowed to use flippers so I recommend taking water shoes.
Written 25 February 2021
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MCH65
American Fork, UT363 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Our guide suggested we skip the regular Akumal beach that charges $25 entrance fee plus $10 tax and drive a few minutes down the road in Akumal and grab lunch and hit the next beach north. So glad we did. after lunch at la Lunita, which is right on the beach we hit the water to snorkel if you have your won snorkel gear this is a great option. fantastic lunch for less than the entrance fee at the Turtle place. While we didnt get to see any sea turtles, we had a killer lunch (recommend the coconut shrimp), swan in a calm bay with a great reef about 50 to 100 yard off shore in just 4 to 6 feet of calm clear water. We have paid for and swam at the regular Akumal beach with sea turtles. It was fine and we saw 2 or 3 sea turtles. Aggain, if you have your own snorkel gear, or just want a great bay with no crowd and an aweosone lunch, drive a bit further to La Lunita, eat and swim. Paid less for lunch than the entrance fee and had the beach and the bay to ourselves. Suggest you pay your waite for a few extra tortilas to feed the fish. They will love you. If sea turtles are a must, yo are probably better off paying the entrance fee and going ot the main Akumal beach.
Written 24 February 2021
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Steve K
Denver, CO8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Didn’t see any masked bandits trying to rob us. Did see a community trying to preserve a lovely bay and make a living. I wish they had guided snorkeling tours when I first came here 20 years ago. The shallow reef has suffered from flapping fins — no doubt I contributed. Our guide took us to see turtles, then guided us through reef passages. There is still some living coral and colorful fish. But nothing like it used to be. I worry that snorkeling is a dying adventure.

Thanks to the TA reviews, we discovered Yul Ka lagoon. Saw many more varieties of fish here. We started here in the morning, then walked along the Half Moon Bay road back to the beach.
$14 access to Yul Ka Lagoon
$10 access to Akumal Beach
$4 collectivo van to and from Playa
$7 taxi from Akumal to Yul Ka
$35 for lunch (for two)
We had our own snorkeling gear.
Written 5 January 2020
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Annie K
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
We were able to swim with the turtles for free but only because we got there before the tours! Go at like 8 a.m. before the tours start (around 10 a.m.) and before the sand gets stirred up by the people and the boats. Navigate towards akumal dive center, the road is by the Oxxo. There’s a gate guard and you tell him you’re going to eat at Lo Ha, and also he will ensure you have a face mask. Park by the dive center, buy breakfast or a drink at Lo Ha restaurant so that they won’t haggle you, and swim out disregarding the buoys. They will whistle at you from the shore or wave for you to come back, just ignore them. Swim far out quickly and you’ll see turtles!! Lots of cool fish and sting rays too. After 10 a.m. the tour guides tried to get us to scram, and the park ranger too. The park ranger boat followed us everywhere until we finally left. But we saw plenty of turtles! Just be respectful of them and remember it’s their job to tell us to leave the area, they are doing it to protect the turtles, not to be A-holes.
Written 26 May 2021
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