Things to Do

Things To Do:


Sport fishing is popular in the area. The best months are April through July. Mahi Mahi, king fish, wahoo, tuna, sailfish, and marlin are all in season. All sports fish are catch and release. About an hour south of Akumal in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve are the Boca Paila Flats.

We run two hour fishing trips through out the year any time of the day.

The cost is $140 for a fishing boat with outriggers for two hours and $40 for any additional hour there after. Depending on the season, we catch sailfish, marlin, wahoo, mahi-mahi, tuna, and barracuda.

The boat accommodates 4-6 people comfortably. We include a captain, a first mate, and drinks.  It is best to make a reservations in advance to secure your date, but can also be made by dropping by the dive shop and signing up for the next day’s trip.

Akumal Dive Adventures: 984-875-9157.  Open 8 – 5 PM daily.
Visit the Akumal Dive Adventures web site for more information.



The snorkeling right out in front of Vista del Mar is excellent. Different species of coral and tropical fish are abundant. For a local coral and fish identification guide or snorkeling tips for the area please stop by Akumal Dive Adventures located next to La Buena Vida Bar and Restaurant.


La Buena Vida Restaurant

Enjoy excellent Caribbean and international cuisine under our palapas right on the beach, or in the upstairs dining room overlooking Half Moon Bay. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with pool-side service at lunchtime. The bar is a popular hang-out with a sandy floor, swinging bar stools, sea serpent skeletons, and cool tropical atmosphere.


Take a walk to Yal-ku Lagoon

Grab your snorkeling gear, a towel, and head down the road to the lagoon. An easy 5 minute walk from Vista del Mar, a minimal entry fee is charged to use this protected lagoon. By paying the fee you will be helping protect the unspoiled beauty of Yal-ku. Please refrain from wearing sunscreen in the lagoon, as it upsets the natural ecosystem.

Tour Akumal by Bicycle

Take a leisurely ride around Akumal and explore the beaches, lagoon, restaurants, and gift shops in town. Beach cruisers are for rent at the Vista del Mar reception desk. There are also some fun longer rides not far from town. Cross the highway, continue on the main road up the hill past the town and out into the jungle. Don’t forget your bug spray! The access road along the main highway is also a good ride. Head south on this unpaved road for some good exercise.

Water Activities

Akumal Dive Adventures offers a fully equipped dive and water sports center. Located on the beach between Vista del Mar and La Buena Vida Restaurant, the shop rents snorkel, kayak, and windsurf gear. Akumal Dive Adventures runs professional dive tours to reefs along the coast of Akumal. In addition, cenote, cavern, snorkeling, and diver certification programs are available.

Cenotes and Caves

The Yucatan Peninsula is made of limestone formations which have been eroded by the constant movement of water creating an extensive underground river and cave system. As a result, cenotes are the natural fresh and brackish water sinkholes that offer great snorkeling and cave/cavern diving. This unique hollow landscape has some of the most amazing dive sites in the world.

Aktun Chen

A large dry cave located 3 km south of Akumal has an excellent underground view of the cave system without having to get wet.

Dos Ojos

One of the most popular places for the cavern and cave diving. An exciting jungle ride takes you to its isolated location where you drop down into a bat cave. Please contact Akumal Dive Adventures for more information and tours.

Other Cenotes

Inquire at Akumal Dive Adventures next to La Buena Vida Restaurant, about snorkeling and diving tours to some of the less traveled cenotes.



The largest ecological/archaeological theme park along the coast. The lagoon and underground river is fun for a day’s outing with all the food and amenities of an amusement park. Xcaret offers the opportunity to swim with dolphins and has great cultural dance shows. Also included are botanical gardens, aviary, aquarium, and archaeological museum.


This eco-park is smaller than Xcaret but just as fun filled. It also offers the adventure of swimming with dolphins plus outstanding snorkeling in its tranquil coves. With its many inlets, cenotes, and lagoons thousands of fish take refuge in its waters making Xel-Ha a real snorkelers paradise.


A beachfront hideaway offering a natural beach and snorkeling experience. There is a lagoon within walking distance from the beach, and the reef is close to the shore. 10 Kilometers north of Akumal, Xpu-Ha is a great day trip. Small entry fee for cars.

Surrounding Towns, Ruins, and Nature Reserves


This is a fast growing town located 26 km south and is the site of a large post classic Maya site situated on the coastal cliffs. Tulum is lined with businesses, including the bus station, auto repair, and quaint restaurants and loncherias in which to enjoy the local flavor.


Deep in the jungle, the Mayan ruins of Coba are located about an hour inland from Akumal. The lush environment offers a perfect opportunity to glimpse monkeys and a variety of birds. The site was built in the Mayan Classic period and includes the tallest pyramid, El Castillo. This structure stands 42 meters tall with spectacular views of the expansive jungle. Bring good walking shoes, water, and insect repellent.

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

This beautiful natural reserve is located south of Tulum on Boca Paila Road. This expansive area includes mangroves, cenotes, savannas, and tropical forests and is home to hundreds of birds, mammals, and marine life. Guided tours are recommended to take you through the reserve by van and boat. This reserve is unpopulated and rustic with great fishing, snorkeling, and sightseeing.

Chichen Itza

Approximately four hours from Akumal, Chichen Itza is a wonderful day trip or overnight stay. These ruins are of the late Classical period and have been restored to provide an excellent example of the greatness of the Mayan Empire. Tour buses are available and guided tours are an excellent way to experience the ruins.

Playa del Carmen

The busy town of Playa is a great place for shopping and an exciting night life. Located 37 km north of Akumal. It is an excellent spot in which to shop for souvenirs, local crafts, and have a meal at one of the many cafes. As a day trip from Akumal, there is plenty of time to explore the town, as well as hang out on the beach.


This beautiful island is located 12 miles off the coast. A 45 minute ferry ride from Playa del Carmen makes it an easy day trip from Akumal. Cozumel has great beaches, excellent snorkeling, a variety of water sports, Mayan ruins, and an exciting night life with many bars and discos in its sole town of San Miguel. Plan to see the island by rental car or hire a taxi to get around for a day.