Yal-Ku lagoon

Yal-Ku lagoon


Come dive in the clearest waters in Quintana Roo

Hidden between the beaches of Playa del Carmen and Akumal, this is another Quintana Roo gem. Its quiet waters are home to countless marine species, which you’ll be able to admire in their natural habitat. You have never enjoyed swimming as much as you will in Laguna Yal-ku.

One of the best kept secrets of the Mexican Caribbean, Yal-ku lagoon, which is a result of the mouth of an underground river that is mixed with the sea, provides the perfect environment for snorkeling enthusiasts. Its clear brackish water, provide habitat for a wide range of species such as parrotfish, sergeant, among others. The water feels really nice, cold but nice and the recommendation is to arrive early, as space is limited and the water is crystal clear with fewer visitors.

When in season entrance is about 130 pesos; off-season admission is free (subject to change).

On the Cancun-Tulum road take the Akumal exit. Pass the arches welcoming you to Akumal and keep going straight. You’ll see signs directing you to the lagoon.


Open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Suggestions and Information

Facilities include parking and restrooms; there isn’t any snorkeling equipment available for rent, so bring your own. Remember sea urchins are poisonous; please don’t touch them, as they can easily pierce your skin. Using sunscreen and eating are prohibited. The number of visitors to the lagoon is limited. There are guides to make your visit more pleasant.


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