Akumal is located just 20 minutes from Playa Del Carmen and 1hr from the world class Cancun Airport.
Akumal North is where the fantastic beaches are located, there are some very exclusive properties for rent along the well kept road from the Akumal Bay entrance to Half Moon Bay which is about a 10 minute drive from the arch into the Beach Area. One of the best parts for a traveler with children to the Riviera Maya is that there is ample parking to be had and be prepared to be coaxed into parking by some very polite but loud parking attendants trying to get you to park at their parkade.
Do not turn into the first one as there are usually spots available in parkades closer to the beach.
Akumal boasts a fantastic scuba diving area in the Riviera Maya, however some areas that used to be popular with scuba divers and snorkelers alike have now been restricted due to the great work the Mexican Government in Quintana Roo is doing to preserve the endangered sea turtles that call the waters off of Akumal Bay and Half Moon bay home.
If you want to snorkel or scuba this is the place to go in the Riviera Maya, home to some very impressive coral reefs. Stay away from the fire coral reef that stings, this is marked with bright red buoys. It is illegal to touch any of the wildlife while diving or scuba diving, this and the protected areas are clearly marked and patrolled by the military.
There are some great options to stay in N. Akumal which put you right on the beach, everything from a beachfront condo to fully inclusive resort and large 4 and 5 bedroom homes to rent. Something for every budget.
Snorkeling is free if you have your own equipment and there are 2 dive shops that will give you a guided tour of the reefs with a boat and supply all the equipment you need. There will also be many private vendors on the beach who will offer to take you out with their boat for about $25USD per person. These are safe but not regulated and may offer to take you to protected areas for an extra fee. This is not recommended, go to a dive shop and pay the extra $20 per person to ensure that the amazing sea life and coral is here for future generations to come, have a fantastic experience and leave the area as you found it...... AMAZING!!
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