This is the best place to go windsurfing and snorkeling. There are hotels and rustic restaurants, diving instructors that ... More
This is the best place to go windsurfing and snorkeling. There are hotels and rustic restaurants, diving instructors that will take you to visit the closest reefs, and boats for sport fishing. It is said that the reefs resting under Akumal waters are the most beautiful in Mexico. Prices for diving or snorkeling are not too excessive. Tourist Information Number: +1 800 567 9504 (Toll free)
The people here will make you feel at home. On your second trip, the maids, waiters and bartenders will all remember your name.
The Caribbean beaches are beautiful and relaxing. It is completely recovered from hurricane Wilma. Totally removed from the "party madness" of Cancun.
Villas, condos and hotel rooms available. Search Yahoo for Tajkumal, the only rental villa on the main bay. A beautiful 3 or 4 bedroom villa available by the week. No car needed when you stay here. Take a cab or shuttle from the Cancun airport.
The restaurants are world-class. Lol-ha on the main bay and La Lunita on Half Moon Bay are continental/Mayan regional cuisine. Que Onda on Yalku lagoon is northern Italian. Even the little lunch bars at the main entrance and local restaurants in the puebla (village of the locals) are authentic Mayan cuisine. There is also a bakery and fisherman's restaurant for the freshest seafood.
You will feel 20 years younger after a week or two in Akumal. It is truely the "Fountain of Youth".
This little town is set on a great beach, we came here for the beach. The snorkeling was awsome, lots of coral, fish and turtles. The biggest turn-off was the gas motored tour boats going in and out, beware snorkelers - motors and snorkelers really should not be mixed! Powder white sand beach with a bar on the beach.
We will go back and book the Akumal Beach resort hotel, a three star all inclusive resort.
Town also has a small market and a few craft vendors, other restaurants and some nice locals. Also a very up to date internet cafe.
Akumal is a vacation paradise! Unlike Cancun, Akumal feels like a private vacation paradise. Situated in the heart of the Riviera Maya, and located 62 miles south of Cancun, Akumal was the first resort on the Riviera Maya. It still maintains an unhurried, relaxed atmosphere, escaping the hassles and hurries of most of the areas� larger resorts. Akumal Bay is absolutely beautiful. We rented a house on a small point overlooking Akumal Bay and had wonderful views of aqua water and white sand. Snorkeling in the bay will provide many opportunities to observe huge sea turtles. Yal Ku Lagoon is nearby for fabulous snorkeling for colorful tropical fish. Centrally located, Akumal has many nearby areas that are interesting such as Tulum or Coba, two ancient archeological zones. Near Coba is a spider monkey reserve where you can hired a guide to to find monkeys. We saw both spider and howler monkeys. . .just sitting up in the trees eating leaves and traveling around. WOW!! All this activity can be interspersed with eating in restaurants right on the beach with great views of the water, sand under your feet and lots of margaritas. My experience at Akumal was wonderful . . .if only life could always be this good!!
Las Casitas de Akumal, a paradise for fishing and scuba diving, was a great experience. You must drive about an hour and minutes south from Cancun on road 307. The native town (a typical Mexican pueblo is on the right side. The tourist villa with its ecological center on the left side. Akumal means "place where de turtle nest" and one of the hobbies was to observe the turtle nesting after midnight....there were some well preserved forty nest on the sandy beaches of the area.
Food is good. Seafood, Mexican food and beer. My favorite was Modelo Negra (an ale) because it does not fill you as other beers. It cost 25 pesos (about 2.30 USD). A typical meal for two cost around four hundred Mexican pesos (around 35 USD), including beers and coffee.
There are many typical native restaurants with sandy floor and palm leaves roofs. No MacDonald's or fast food on the are. No ATM's on the are (you must go to the Haciendas or to bigger towns for banking of withdrawal from an ATM) so bring enough Mexican cash (Exchange rate fluctuates between 10-11 Mexican pesos for one US dollar...
A nice experience you can swim on a sandy beach with clear water (NO POLLUTION on the area) with fishes moving around or rent a boat on a fishing trip. But scuba diving and beer drinking are the favorite events...
No far from Akumal is Xel-Ha a water amusement park with dolphins shows, lakes for snorkeling and plenty of playing and swimming areas, including a high rocks for jumping (salto de la muerte) into a nice and quiet river water....Plenty of restaurants with Mexican and international food including burgers and hot dogs....
About half an hour lies Tulum: a bigger town where you can walk to the ruins of a Mayan city...that was a trading port, observatory and many other things a nice place to spend the afternoon.... surrounded by trees, tourists and iguanas.....
A five star experience. Small hotels (about twenty rooms), private houses for rentals with all the amenities including satellite dishes...and around the area there are developing a lot of resorts and other touristic attractions..
If you want to have a healthy vacation in a place without the western pollution and get to know the real Mexico, Akumal is your place and do not forget your snorkels and scuba gears....
Checked into La Sirena Condo after sundown. Not exceedingly difficult to find because of the one and only road and friendly folks. Snorkeling is fantastic and easy--right outside anywhere on the beach. Just wade out to waistdeep water, put on the flippers and swim another 10 to 30 yards to the nearest reef. Restaurants are very good, especially for seafood (bring cash--US or Mex--some are not set up for credit cards). The condo was fully furnished and airconditioned and was ON, I mean ON, the beach, plus had a nice swimming pool in the courtyard. There is no OSHA in Mexico, and this is worth remembering for older folks used to having a ladder out of the pool, railings by stairs, and stairsteps marked and not just appearing where one least suspects them to be. Excursions to consider: Xel-Ha nature theme park and the ruins at Chicien Itza. All in all, I highly recommend this small well furnished beach community for folks who like to get away from the fast life and enjoy a small beach community in the tropical sun!
Akumal is away from the crowds and has marvelous snorkeling. If what you're looking for is sun, sand and your own private party rather than the night life street scene then this is the place! At the same time, you're only 20 minutes from party land in Playa del Carmen if that's your interest.
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