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Guide to Akumal for Families

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Akumal is a perfect place for the whole family; you can have a nice relaxing time walking down its calm beach after exploring the reef and marine life, or come back to the center to have some dinner after discovering the wonders and marvels of the cenotes in the area. For families looking to get in touch with nature and relax, this is the destination for you!

Good for
  • Family
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

7 City Tips

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10 Places

Akumal Beach

Beaches

Cenote Santa Cruz

Caverns & Caves

Hekab Be Biblioteca de Akumal

Libraries

Aktun Chen

Caverns & Caves, Bodies of Water

Dolphin Discovery Akumal

Other Zoos & Aquariums

Budha Gardens Spa

Spas

Yal-ku Lagoon

Bodies of Water, Reefs

La Buena Vida

Restaurants

Galeria Lamanai

Gift & Speciality Shops, Art Galleries

Enrique A's City Tips

  • Please be respectful towards the flora and fauna of the area; this means you can't touch or disturb the turtles, nor grab corals or other types of marine life.
  • In some places, it is good to have your own snacks and beverages to enjoy a lovely picnic. In other spots there are restaurants nearby where you can take a break.
  • Don't forget to keep yourself hydrated and protected from the sun; use sunscreen and a hat or umbrella.
  • Because of the weather, I highly recommend that you wear comfortable footwear and clothing and also carry a spare set just in case you feel a bit sweaty.
  • Collectivos (local vans) are the cheapest and easiest way to get around. You can catch them all along the highway; just tell the driver where you want to go.
  • If you are thinking of getting around by taxi, you should talk to the driver and establish a rate per day, per hours and according to places you would like to go.
  • Getting to Akumal is quite easy; you can either rent a car if your budget allows it, or perhaps take a bus, collectivo or taxi.
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    Akumal Beach
    Beaches
    Enrique A Says:

    You can not miss the beach at Akumal; walk along the bay and pick your spot to lay down your stuff down and just chill while the kids are swimming or building castles in the sand. You can buy some snacks and beverages from the convenience store by the entrance and stay until the sun goes down.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are diving centers around where you can purchase services, such as guided snorkeling- or scuba diving tours. You can also rent equipment if you'd like to go on your own, which is quite easy to do.
    • In some areas you can see turtles swimming and eating in the sea, keep your eyes open!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • No one will read this, so I will keep it short :) 17/07/2018
    • Turtles and Rays 16/07/2018
    • Akumal Beach
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    Cenote Santa Cruz
    Caverns & Caves
    Enrique A Says:

    Cenotes are a great part of our nature and folklore in Akumal, known to be part of Xibalbá (the Mayan underworld.) You can immerse yourself in their incredible caverns and explore every inch of them snorkelling or diving, and afterwards take a swim with the family in its crystal clear cool waters.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • I highly recommend that you bring swimming shoes, comfortable clothing and footwear, and your bathing suit.
    • Avoid using any sorts of bug repellents, as these are poisonous to the flora and fauna.
    • It is best that you make your reservation in advance; it easy to contact the company by checking out their website.
    • You can choose to do a shared or private tour.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 29 things to do in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cenote Santa Cruz with viktor 04/07/2018
    • You won't want to miss it! 23/06/2018
    • Cenote Santa Cruz
    Phone:
    +52 984 182 6052
    Other:
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    Hekab Be Biblioteca de Akumal
    Libraries
    Enrique A Says:

    At Hekab Be library, you and your kids or teens can be part of a charity and volunteering project that helps kids in the community of Akumal. Come by and be part of the library's projects and activities, have fun, and share your time with the amazing staff and children.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The library staff accept donations if you are interested in supporting them, and you can check out their blog to learn more about what they do.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 29 things to do in Akumal
    • Public Library and Community Center for Children 13/06/2018
    • Summer Program 31/03/2018
    Address:
    Akumal Main Road
    Towards the beach on the left/north side
    Akumal
    Mexico
    Other:
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    Aktun Chen
    Caverns & Caves, Bodies of Water
    Enrique A Says:

    At Aktun Chen you'll discover another great cenote, however this one also has zip lines and a deliciously cool river where you can swim and relax after you and the kids have had your fun! You'll see the beautiful fauna and flora that surrounds Aktun Chen and learn lots about this gorgeous place, thanks to the professional staff and guides.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you are coming by van, there's a shuttle that can pick you up from the entrance on the highway and take you directly to Aktun Chen, and then back when you think it's time to leave.
    • Purchase your package through the website; you'll find good deals when booking online.
    • For all services you might require, it is best to book in advance.
    • There's a restaurant available on the premises where you can have a delicious lunch while listening to the soothing sounds of the jungle.
    • Don't forget to bring comfortable footwear, clothing, and your bathing suits.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 29 things to do in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Day! 11/07/2018
    • The Cenote Was Beautiful! 10/07/2018
    • Aktun Chen
    Address:
    Highway 307 between Akumal and Xel-Ha
    Km 107
    Akumal 77780
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 109 2061
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 17:30
    Other:
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    Dolphin Discovery Akumal
    Other Zoos & Aquariums
    Enrique A Says:

    A fun adventure for kids, teens, grown-ups, and seniors is to spend some times swimming with dolphins — such wonderful creatures! With the help of the coaches, you'll learn the tips and tricks for understanding and having a fun time with the dolphins. It is quite an experience that you'll treasure together forever!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are different types of packages available, so it is best that you check them out on the website and purchase them in advance.
    • Don't forget to bring your bathing suit and sunscreen; you'll need it.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 29 things to do in Akumal
    • Royal Swim 14/07/2018
    • Awesone royal swim 13/07/2018
    • Dolphin Discovery Akumal
    Address:
    HigHighway Cancun-Tulum km 256.3, Hotel Sirenis entrance
    Akumal 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 1 866 393 5158
    Other:
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    Budha Gardens Spa
    Spas
    Enrique A Says:

    If you are travelling with teens, they might like to accompany you for a treatment or a pilates class here at the Budha Gardens Spa. You have many treatments to choose from — from wonderful massages to whole body treatments and facials, all administered by very qualified therapists who use nothing but top quality products in a lovely, zen-like space.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The spa has a vast catalogue of treatments to choose from. It is best that you get in touch with them to find out what is on offer and book your appointments in advance.
    • It is a great choice to come here after a morning at the beach; a perfect way to relax together.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 Spas & Wellness in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent massage. 07/07/2018
    • Excellent Massage 28/06/2018
    • Budha Gardens Spa
    Address:
    Akumal Bay
    Akumal 77776
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 745 4942
    Hours:
    Mon
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Yal-ku Lagoon
    Bodies of Water, Reefs
    Enrique A Says:

    Another lovely spot in Akumal where you can come with the family and do some snorkeling. You'll find wildlife and beauty all around you, such an amazing experience. Sit down by the shore and watch the sun go down over the horizon — really beautiful and worth sharing with your loved ones.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is an admission fee to enter the lagoon.
    • You can rent snorkeling equipment or you can bring your own.
    • Opens at 9am and it closes by 5pm.
    • You can buy some drinks and snacks here to enjoy with the family.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 29 things to do in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place to see colorful fish 16/07/2018
    • Great snorkeling lagoon! 09/07/2018
    • Yal-ku Lagoon
    Address:
    Calle Acceso Etapa H
    Akumal 77776
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 875 9065
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    La Buena Vida
    Restaurants (Mexican, American, Bar, Seafood, Central American)
    Enrique A Says:

    With an excellent ambiance and location, take a dip in the pool and order a refreshing drink for the kids or cocktail for adults while your food is being prepared. Delicious food, amazing attention and service from the staff, all set in a beautiful environment, it is definitely worth the money.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • There are lots of options, but my favorite is the calamari appetizer with coconut shrimp and lobster tail.
    • The quality and quantity are worth the price; one taste and you will agree!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 30 restaurants in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice beach side restaurant 17/07/2018
    • What a treat! (but not the lobster!) 15/07/2018
    • La Buena Vida
    Address:
    Beach Road
    Lote 35
    Akumal 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 875 9061
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$24
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Galeria Lamanai
    Gift & Speciality Shops, Art Galleries
    Enrique A Says:

    At Lamanai, you can all shop for some true Mexican folk art. These souvenirs come in all different shapes and styles. You'll find fine, handmade jewelry, paintings, sculptures, and furniture — all great quality, which may mean that it won't be cheap, but totally worth it once you see these lovely pieces in your home.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There are masks, textiles, and different curiosities in the gallery; take your time to shop and explore.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 4 Shopping in Akumal
    • Beautiful unique jewelry! 27/06/2018
    • Beautiful Shop 09/04/2018
    • Galeria Lamanai
    Address:
    Carretera Federal Km 104
    Playa de Akumal, Tulum
    Akumal 77776
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 875 9055
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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