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 EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) No DST (UTC-5)
Major Airport Cancún International Airport
IATA Code CUN
ICAO Code MMUN

Akumal is a small beach-front tourist resort community in Mexico, 100 km (62 mi) south of Cancún, between the towns of Playa del Carmen and Tulum. It is located on Akumal Bay and Half Moon Bay on the site of a former coconut plantation in Tulum Municipality in the state of Quintana Roo, and is part of the Riviera Maya area. The 2010 census showed a population of 1,310 inhabitants.[1]

Akumal is famous as a destination for snorkeling, where visitors can swim with endangered green sea turtles, who visit the shallow bay to feed on sea grass.[2] The popularity of snorkeling has put environmental pressure on the fragile habitat.[3]

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 portion of Akumal, including the hotel Hotel Club Akumal Caribe. Akumal is also home to ONDARTE International Artist Residency.

Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) swimming in Akumal

On March 7, 2016, Akumal Bay was declared a marine refuge to protect the threatened turtle population.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://mapserver.inegi.org.mx/mgn2k/?s=geo&c=1223 2010 census tables: INEGI]: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática
  2. ^ "Swimming with Turtles in Akumal, Mexico". Anna Everywhere. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  3. ^ Russell, Paul Sánchez-Navarro (20 Feb 2016). "Akumal suffering from unsustainable growth". Mexico News Daily. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  4. ^ "ACUERDO por el que se establece con el nombre de Bahía de Akumal el área de refugio para la protección de las especies que se indican, la porción marina que se señala en el Estado de Quintana Roo". Diario Oficial de la Federacion. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  5. ^ "Akumal Bay Marine Refuge for protected species declared". Centro Ecológico Akumal. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 

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