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Akumal Bay Turtle Sanctuary | Quintana Roo Mx

Bahía Akumal, one of the best beaches to observe marine fauna, is located between the town of Tulum and Playa del Carmen. Of almost white sand, with very small waves, fresh wind and radiant sun.

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How to get

How to get to Bahía Akumal by public transport:

From Mérida:
Take a truck to Tulum, it can be in the Oriente terminal or terminal CAME ADO, both are in Merida Yucatan; When you arrive in Tulum look for the VAN vans that take you to Playa del Carmen (see instructions “from Tulum” below).

Transportation to Tulum:
Yuc truck station. CAME ADO

Price: $ 240.00 approximately
Time traveled: 3:55 hours approximately

From Tulum:
In the center of Tulum in front of the ADO truck terminal you will see some VAN vans that go to Playa del Carmen; Akumal beach is located between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, warns the driver that you want to go to Akumal to stop at the right place.

Price: $ 35.00
Time traveled: approximately 20min

From Playa del Carmen:
Take a VAN van to Tulum located in the combis terminal, notify the driver that you are going to Akumal to make the relevant stop.

Price: $ 35.00
Route: approximately 25 minutes

From Cancun:
On one side of the Mexican mall on Tulum Avenue, there is the van stop VAN and take to Playa del Carmen.

Price: $ 35.00
Time traveled: approximately 40 minutes

When you get to Playa del Carmen in the same terminal, get on the van VAN to Tulum and tell the driver you want to get off at Akumal and he will stop to get off when the time is right.

Price: $ 35.00
Time traveled: approximately 40 minutes

Mexican commercial parking of the avenue Tulum, in front of the ADO.


How to get to Bahía Akumal by car:

Distance: 287 km approximately, from downtown Mérida, Yucatán.

Drive over the Manuel Berzunza peripheral ring following the green signs to Valladolid, on the Mérida-Valladolid highway, federal highway 180 and then in the direction of Tulum following the signs.

Upon entering Tulum follow the signs to Playa del Carmen, between Tulum and Playa del Carmen is Akumal; Attentive to the green signs that lead to Akumal.

Mérida – Valladolid – Tulum – Akumal.



Price: $50.00 auto mxn


Price: $10.00 to $20.00 mxn

Descripcion: $10.00 to $20.00 mxn

There is no public health service, unfortunately everything is privatized, some restaurants charge between $ 5 and $ 20 for the use of showers and toilets.


Acces to beach

Price: Free


The access used to be free to the beach, lately private companies have acquired the beach to privatize it although the polado was against this action. This happened in 2018

About of

Destination | attraction
Quintana Roo


Meaning of the name
Akumal in Mayan language is interpreted as “Place of turtles” the only etymology we find is the word ÁAK = Turtle.


It is a bay located between the town of Tulum and Playa del Carmen. Of almost white sand, with very small waves, fresh wind and radiant sun. A suitable place to observe the marine fauna. An ideal place to practice snorkeling.
The most important distinctive is the abundance of sea turtles that graze underwater, rays, fish and other species.


Formerly it was an area destined to the plantation of coconut trees (cultivation of coconuts), until 1958 when Pablo Bush Romero bought hectares to turn it into an area of ​​the group CEDAM (Club of Exploration and Aquatic Sports of Mexico) whose purpose is said to be the search of underwater treasures.

With the passage of time it became a town belonging to Tulum, and the main objective was to turn it into a mega pleasure destination similar to Cancun.



Do not bother marine animals
Do not hold the turtles (remember they can bite)
Do not get too close to the reefs, with the swell the tide can rise or fall in seconds and hit you against rocks and reefs.

Do not touch the urchins (echinoderms edge globose covered by long or short thorns) these cause pain, itching, erythema (inflammation, redness in the skin), some hedgehogs, such as “fire”, inoculate with the sting VENENOUS substances.

Prices for tickets, activities and transportation may vary over time.