Akumal is the Place of the Turtles, a southern beach town that faces the inlets of Akumal Bay, Half Moon Bay and South Akumal. What this glorious location offers is beachfront dining overlooking the Caribbean Sea for breakfast lunch and dinner. If you are hoping to hang with the local crowd, take a few steps off the beach just inside the arches and you will find some passionate restaurateurs that bring sunshine to your meals.
Akumal is not a large city, it is a true beachside resort town that focuses on the natural bays that define this area. There is something to be said about sinking your feet into the white sand of the Caribbean as you sip your evening cocktail while enjoying local fresh ingredients overlooking the sea.
Some favorite beachside dining is La Lunata, a Mexican inspired restaurant with a beachfront terrace and tables leading right up the surf. This is a great place to watch the moon and enjoy some great local flavors.
To the south on the main Akumal beach. Lol Ha is a favorite restaurant with a wonderful wooden terrace, international flavors on their menu, and salsa dancers dazzling the dining crowd. During the day, Lol Ha has a beach hut restaurant that serves up American and Mexican food overlooking Akumal Bay. Add international sportscasts and lots of margaritas to their repertoire and you have a day time winner for your beach day in Akumal.
Akumal has a long expat history as residents settled in this beach town as early as the 70s. Local restaurants off the beach are part of that local scene that makes Akumal a friendly and homey vacation destination. Turtle Bay Bakery run by two American expats, Jen and Bart, seem to be a favored hangout of local Akumalians. Their home cooked meals, including vegetarian selections, combined with their wonderful baked goods and homemade ice cream is a hit with visitors and locals alike. Who can turn down Chocolate Habanero ice cream, or salted caramel baked goods. Oh la la, this is a great off the beach place that is creative, and fun.
If you are taking advantage of one of many Akumal vacation villas for your beach vacation, Chef Daveed at El Comal de Akumal is a local chef that serves meals right in your villa. He has a vast menu ranging from Mexican to American, Sushi to Caribbean recipes that will have you dining in the privacy of your own villa. Celebrating? His list of desserts and party cakes are a wonderful option for your celebration!
Akumal is a glorious beach town that has a host of local restaurants to suit any palate. Take advantage of the beach-side dining or dive into the local culture just off the beach.