Area Attractions


Located just south of Cancun, there are numerous attractions available - from snorkeling on world class beaches to being just a drive away from archaeological masterpieces; plenty to do for all types of tourists!

The Maya Riveria is replete with gorgeous natural attractions centered around water.

Akumal has two dive shops and excellent snorkeling and swimming are right out the door in Half Moon Bay, in Akumal Bay, or in Yal-ku Lagoon, famous for its snorkeling.

Numerous cenotes (fascinating natural fresh water-filled holes and caverns popular for swimming and diving) and beaches all within 12 miles of Akumal include Tankah, Aktun Chen Caves, Xpu-Ha, Paradise and Dos Ojos. Xel-Ha (10 miles away) is a wonderful snorkeling park and Xcaret (18 miles) combines water sports, snorkeling, Mayan culture, and history. Both have swim with the dolphins programs. The other new outdoor-oriented theme park, XPlor, is a short drive away.

Other area sports include deep sea fishing, beach horseback riding, golf, and tennis.

The Sian Ka'an Biosphere, a beautiful reserve with wildlife and miles of deserted beaches is south of Akumal and Tulum. There are two major nature preserves in the Yucatan, which are particularly popular with birders. If you love beautiful beaches, there's no need to leave Half Moon Bay, but if you like to explore, there are miles of beautiful beaches all around for a day excursion.

There are numerous Mayan Ruins nearby including Tulum, only 15 miles away, Coba (25 miles), and Chitzen Itza, a long day's trip via the new Tulum road.

There are many shopping options, including charming shops in Akumal, shops near Akumal at the Hacienda at Bahia Principe, in Puerto Aventuras, and extensive options in Playa del Carmen (22 miles). There are many fascinating Mexican and Mayan crafts, with silver and Talavera pottery being big favorites. Playa is a large town with great shopping, great restaurants, and night life.

From Playa, you can board a boat for an all day trip to Cozumel, another great spot for diving, snorkeling, and deep sea fishing.

Playacar (21 miles away) is a Resort development with an 18 hole golf course, tennis and swimming.

Puerto Aventuras (ten miles away) offers tennis, golf, swim with the dolphins, and restaurants.

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