Akumal

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Akumal
Community
Half-moon Bay in Akumal
Half-moon Bay in Akumal
Akumal is located in Mexico
Akumal
Akumal
Location on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico
Coordinates: 20°24′00″N 87°19′16″W / 20.40000°N 87.32111°W / 20.40000; -87.32111
Country  Mexico
State Mexico stateflags Quintana Roo.png Quintana Roo
Municipality TULUM.png Tulum
Founded 1958
Elevation 36 ft (11 m)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)
Major Airport Cancún International Airport
IATA Code CUN
ICAO Code MMUN

Akumal is a small beach-front tourist resort community 100 km (62 mi) south of Cancún, between the towns of Playa del Carmen and Tulum. It is located in Tulum Municipality in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, and is part of the Riviera Maya area. The 2010 census showed a population of 1,310 inhabitants. Akumal means "place of the turtles" in the Mayan language.

History[edit]

The town was officially founded in 1958 as a community for scuba divers by Pablo Bush Romero—a Mexican businessman, diver, writer, historian, and archaeologist. Pablo Bush's family still owns a large portion of Akumal, including the largest resort/hotel Hotel Club Akumal Caribe. Akumal is also home to ONDARTE International Artist Residency.

Ecology[edit]

The beaches to the north and south are endangered Green Sea Turtle habitat. The Centro Ecologico Akumal (CEA), local NGO, educates residents and visitors about habitat preservation. Yal Ku Lagoon, to the north is a haven for snorkeling; an area where fresh water percolating through ground limestone meets salt water and creates nutrient-rich habitat for marine life.

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Coordinates: 20°24′00″N 87°19′16″W / 20.40000°N 87.32111°W / 20.40000; -87.32111