Route & dates
Akumal— 4 nights
Drive: 1 h 30 min
Cancun— 3 nights
Drive: 1 h 30 min
The heart of Mexico's Riviera Maya, small but busy beach town of Akumal represents one of the world's premier diving locations.You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Akumal Monkey Sanctuary & Rescued Animals and Cenote Santa Cruz. We've included these beaches for you: La Playa Xpuha and Xpu-ha Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Akumal Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, play a few rounds at Riviera Maya Golf Club, and browse the exhibits of Mexicarte.
For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Akumal attractions planner.
If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Cozumel International Airport and Cancún International Airport. December in Akumal sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cancun.
Things to do in Akumal
Puerto Aventuras, La Playa Xpuha
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Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cancun Cheap Transfers. Explore hidden gems such as National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos and Mayan Museum of Cancun. Attractions like La Isla Shopping Village and Riviera Maya make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Balance Cancun.
To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cancun online journey planner.
Drive from Akumal to Cancun in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cancun are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.
Things to do in Cancun
Riviera Maya, National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
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11 days in Akumal & Tulum BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 13 days in Akumal BY A USER FROM CANADA November, popular sights Preferences: November Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 29 days in Akumal BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular sights Preferences: January Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 17 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 1 day in Akumal BY A USER FROM MEXICO November, popular sights Preferences: November Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 1 day in Akumal BY A USER FROM CANADA December, outdoors, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: December, outdoors, romantic, beaches, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium