Lining the mystical Half Moon Bay in the Mexican Riviera is the small resort town of Akumal. Midway between the ruins of Tulum and Playa del Carmen, this chic resort town is Cancun's younger cousin—every bit as sensational, but much more relaxed and exclusive. Noted for its gorgeous sunsets, luxurious dwellings, and proximity to a number of world-famous Mayan archaeological sites, Akumal, Mexico, is the perfect beach town to visit. Sound enticing? Look into vacation packages in Akumal today.
The Underwater World: Caves, Reefs, and More
Officially founded as a town for scuba divers, resorts near Akumal provide access to unbelievably clear waters and secluded palm-lined beaches. The word "Akumal" means "Land of the Turtles" in the Mayan language. Its exuberant natural landscapes—both above water and below—means that the surrounding environment and wildlife is Akumal's No. 1 attraction. The town's dive shops can help underwater enthusiasts of all levels witness Akumal's finest natural gems firsthand. There are quite a few dive shops from which to choose, too: some independent and some associated with hotels in Akumal.
Whether you choose to snorkel, dive, or even cave dive, you'll be looking in on a whole new world. Snorkelers can enjoy colorful reefs teeming with vibrant fish, while cave divers can explore hundreds of miles of cenotes (deep limestone pools) leading to a network of underground rivers with the area's foremost experts. Because Akumal was founded by deep water explorers, it's one of the friendliest places in the hemisphere for those new to the underwater world.
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