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Attractions South of Akumal, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Ten minutes south of Akumal you will see a large green sign on the right for the Aktun-Chen Cave and Cavern system. You will travel a well groomed dirt road 3.2 km through the jungle. This area was once a "chicle" (gum) plantation. Aktun-Chen eco-park and the cave itself is magic! It has a well groomed trail illuminated with soft light to enhance the beautiful stalagmite and stalactite formations. The last chamber is very large and has a crystal clear blue spring of water. Don't forget your camera! The tour takes about an hour and is lead by very knowledgeable Mayan guides.
Xel-Ha Eco Park
Xel-Ha Ecological Park is located about 10 miles south of Akumal and is well marked with signs. This large lagoon, natural aquarium offers; snorkeling, shopping, restaurants, water sports and Mayan ruins.
Dos Ojos Caves
Just beyond the entrance to Xel-Ha (south of Akumal) on the right, is Diver's of the Hidden Worlds, Dos Ojos Caves. This underground river offers spectacular fresh water snorkeling and cave diving. Guided tours are available at the road side building.
Xcacel is a beautiful beach located about 7 miles south of Akumal. During the spring and summer months, Xcacel beach is a nesting ground for endangered sea turtles. Xcacel is a great place to spend the day swimming, snorkeling or just playing on the beach. During turtle season, please do not walk on the nests. There are restrooms and a small fee to use this beach.
Tankah & Soliman Bay
Tankah Bay and Soliman Bay are several beach developments located about 15 miles south of Akumal. These beaches offer some houses, good snorkeling, several restaurants, a blue cenote (lagoon), lots of mangroves and birds. Some good, beachfront restaurants for lunch include; "Casa Cenote" Restaurant, "Oscar y Lalos" Restaurant and "Blue Sky" Restaurant. See our restaurant section and villas section for more details. Be sure to bring your snorkeling gear!
Caleta Tankah Beach & Restaurant
Caleta Tankah Restaurant, bar and beach is located just south of Tankah Bay, between Akumal and Tulum. This beach front establishment is open for lunch and dinner daily. Be sure to bring your snorkeling gear to this one as well. This is a great place to spend the afternoon on the beach and snorkeling in the Caleta (inlet). There is small fee to enter Caleta Tankah but it is well worth it.
Tulum Mayan Ruins
Tulum is the most magnificent Mayan ruins on the Caribbean Sea. The main pyramid, El Castillo, sits on a 10-meter cliff and has an impressive view of the Caribbean. The pyramid is also aligned with a natural break in the world's second largest barrier reef and functioned as a lighthouse for Mayan boats. Tulum means , "walled city". It encompasses the temple complex and a sacred cenote. Post classic period 900-1200 AD. Large market at entrance, bargaining is expected. Gas station here.
Coba Mayan Ruins
Coba ruins and village are located about 1 hour and 15 minutes southeast of Akumal.
El Paraiso Beach, Restaurant & Bar
El Paraiso is home to one of the most perfect beaches on the Riviera Maya coast. With its casual restaurant, bar and beach, El Paraiso is a great place to spend an afternoon. To get to this hideaway, go past the Maya ruins on Hwy. 307. Just past the ruins turn left on the Coba highway. When the road ends, turn left (north) on the Tulum coconut road. El Paraiso will be on your right hand side about two miles up.
Que Fresca / Zamas Tulum Restaurant & Bar
Zamas Tulum is located about 10 minutes driving south of the Mayan Ruins of Tulum, on the dirt road to the Saan Kaan Reserve. Zamas has awesome food and a lovely beach. The cuisine includes seafood, Mexican dishes and pastas. It's worth the drive!
Mixik Artisans / Tulum Beach Shops
Mixik Artisans is one of a number of little shops scattered along the Tulum coconut road, south of Tulum Ruins. To access this area, drive south on the coastal highway to Tulum Ruins. Stay on the highway and go past the ruins. Before you enter the village of Tulum you will intersect the Coba highway. Turn left towards the sea. This road will take you to the Tulum coconut road.
Tulum Area Beaches
Explore the road south of Tulum ruins and find miles of beaches
Sian Ka' an Biosphere Reserve
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve is located on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, south of Akumal and Tulum. Consisting of hundreds of thousands of acres of protected wilderness area, including tropical jungle, miles of coral reefs, beaches, mangrove and two large wetlands. Sian Ka'an can be accessed via the coconut road to Punta Allen or from highway 307, south of the village of Tulum. The coconut road runs south along a peninsula that separates the Caribbean Sea and beaches from the inner wetlands and jungle of the reserve.
Links to Sian Ka' an Tours and Information & Fishing
Centro Ecologico Sian Ka' an Amigos De Sian Ka'an
Tulum Village (Tulum Pueblo) is located about twenty miles south of Akumal and remains a small and quaint little town. Offering a variety of local restaurants, shops, markets, groceries stores, pharmacies, a few internet cafes, and a post office, the village of Tulum is a great place to have lunch, shop, and experience some local flavor.