Akumal, or Place of the Turtles in Mayan, is a small town located an hour south of Cancun, between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Known for its coral reef and rich marine life, it’s the perfect place to relax and find peace. Akumal is one of the oldest resort area of the Yucatan Peninsula, and is home to one of the biggest communities of Expats (Canadians and Americans) in Mexico. Its 5 km of beach and 4 consecutive bays is the perfect spot to not only swim with Turtles but also if you are lucky enough watch their babies come out of their nest and take their first plunge into the magnificent ocean.