Akumal Beach, Mexico

Akumal is small beach town sandwiched between Playa del Carmen and Tulum in the Yucatan region of Mexico. It’s white sandy beaches and bright blue water make Akumal beach one of the most beautiful in Mexico.

Akumal translates to “place of the turtles” and that is because the water attracts many endangered green sea turtles. Although it used to a hidden gem the secret is out and the beach has become quite popular among tourists, especially the Europeans. Get there early for a good shady tree to leave your stuff at and enjoy some fantastic snorkeling in clear water. If you spend a few minutes looking you can often spot the sea turtles with ease. A great free experience in my book!

Nearby activities I enjoyed included scuba diving inside some cenotes and a walk around the Tulum Mayan Ruins.