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Half-moon Bay in Akumal
Half-moon Bay in Akumal
Akumal is located in Mexico
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

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.


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


  1. ^ http://mapserver.inegi.org.mx/mgn2k/?s=geo&c=1223 2010 census tables: INEGI]: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática
  2. ^ "How to Snorkel With Sea Turtles in Akumal, Mexico". Travel Addicts. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 

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