The Akumal area and especially Half Moon Bay is famous for its snorkeling spots. The water here is very calm and relatively low, so it is easy to see a lot of underwater life and the coral reef is healthy and beautiful.
Taking inspiration from its main ‘attraction’ the Reef Condominiums is one of the most established accommodations in Akumal, overlooking the Half Moon Bay and the Caribbean.
Every year it welcomes couples, families and diving groups from all over the world, making sure that everyone feels at home.
The moment you walk through the door of The Reef, you are surrounded by the refreshing coolness and airiness of this place. The open floor plan of each apartment not only helps to maximize the living space, but it also lets natural light and tropical breezes into the rooms.
The living and dining area are bright and inviting and a fully-equipped kitchen makes it easy to prepare anything from a healthy breakfast to a hearty Mexican dinner.
The bedrooms are spacious and furnished with king-size beds. Bigger groups and families can choose the larger, 2-bedroom apartments that include a king-size master bedroom and a guest bedroom, furnished with 2 double beds.
But the best part of staying at The Reef, besides its great location is the amazing view of the Caribbean. At The Reef, all apartments face the ocean and come with either a private balcony or a patio. You will notice that while you are staying here such simple rituals as having your morning cup of coffee turn into a pleasant experience that has to be savored slowly.
Although, it would be a pity to spend your whole day in your apartment, when you have one of the best swimming and snorkeling spots waiting for your right outside your door. When you are done swimming and exploring the gorgeous marine world of Half Moon Bay, you can always lounge under the palapa and reward yourself with a cool ‘cerveza’.
For evening cocktails make sure that you visit the famous La Buena Vida Restaurant and Bar which is just a short walk away from The Reef. They make the best cocktails in the whole Akumal!
As for gift shops, grocery stores, ATMs or dive shops… you can find everything in central Akumal that is just a mile and a half south of The Reef Condominiums.
So the real question is are you ready for a relaxing vacation by the Caribbean? If yes, make sure to add The Reef Condominiums to your inquiry list!
NOTICE: Just like the sand on our beaches, availability shifts constantly. We coordinate reservations and availability with local people here. Add The Reef to your inquiry so we can reconfirm that your preferred dates are still open.
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"Everyone was friendly, we were right on the beach and it was never crowded, no competition for chairs, some kids around, but not overwhelming amounts of people everywhere."
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From: Fostoria, OH
About me: Interested in Cultural & Nature ActivitiesLooking for Quiet & RelaxationEnjoys Beach & Water Sports
Our stay was great. Staff not very helpful or logical, i.e. seemed to start all noisy work (drilling, pounding, etc.) right @ siesta time! Why wasn't this work done in the off-season instead of @ the height of high season? No consistency as maid would come @ diff time everday...sometimes not til we were ready to get showers to go out for dinner...6pm! Also, they had 6 beach chairs for 6 units-ridiculous!
From: New York, NY
About me: Interested in Cultural & Nature ActivitiesEnjoys Beach & Water SportsLooking for Quiet & RelaxationNewlywed/Couple
Everyone was friendly, we were right on the beach and it was never crowded, no competition for chairs, some kids around, but not overwhelming amounts of people everywhere.
From: Leesburg, VA
About me: GolferLooking for Quiet & RelaxationEnjoys Beach & Water Sports
Love the Reef. We have stayed there several times. The two bedroom condos need some updating though.
From: Fort St. John, BC
About me: Looking for Quiet & RelaxationInterested in Cultural & Nature ActivitiesEnjoys Beach & Water Sports
Our vacation was very relaxed - no resorts within eyesight. Long beautiful beach, great snorkeling. Akumal only 10 minute walk to store and restaurants. We only had 7 days but it was so relaxing, it seemed like a lot longer.
By: Mister Funk
From: New Orleans, LA
About me: Looking for Quiet & RelaxationGolfer
We got this place last minute and I enjoyed every minute of it! It was on the beach and in the perfect spot. Had to wait a minute to get the key but when we got in to the room it was paradise for 5 days. Awesome staff and awesome get away!
By: Mitzi and Roger
From: Kelowna BC
About me: Newlywed/CoupleSeeking a Family Vacation/DestinationLooking for Quiet & Relaxation
We had the best experience. The staff was fantastic. We stayed in Condo B...coffee and drinks on the beach, snorkeling and swimming right outside the patio doors...view of Ocean and beach from all rooms including the shower! It was a great couples getaway, next time bring the kids...maybe..:)We stayed in Mexico for two weeks, the first at an all-inclusive the second here...next time...all here! 5 minute walk to the swing bar...La Buena Vida! Could not have been any better!
From: Winnipeg, Canada
About me: Interested in Cultural & Nature ActivitiesEnjoys Beach & Water Sports
We stayed in Unit B, ground floor center.I loved the location, the view is spectacular and location is great. It will take me 10 vacations to explore everything within a half hour of this place. The condo had everything we needed and more and was roomy and clean. The staff responded quickly to any concerns. Even during spring break the beach was uncrowded.
By: Bernadette Beach lover
From: Ogden Dunes, IN
About me: Traveling SoloEnjoys Beach & Water SportsLooking for Quiet & RelaxationInterested in Cultural & Nature ActivitiesNewlywed/Couple
We have stayed here three times. Large space, great rooftop view. Nice kitchen bar. Plenty of space to cook if you choose. Close to Yakul Lagoon for great inland snorkeling. Can snorkel and swim with turtles right outside of the condo. Close to restuarants in Akumal and easy to get to Tulum and Playa Del Carmen.
By: Just a loco gringo
From: Chicago, IL
About me: Looking for Quiet & RelaxationNewlywed/CoupleSeeking a Family Vacation/DestinationInterested in Cultural & Nature ActivitiesEnjoys Beach & Water Sports
Had a first floor unit that opened up to the beach. Great snorkeling right outside the unit. Saw turtles, rays, and many fish. Akumal is a nice relaxing place, but close to activities. Staff and loacals were all very friendly, helpful, and welcoming. This trip was as a couple, but will come back with the kids.
By: The Cox/Skoug Clan
From: Northern VA
About me: Enjoys Beach & Water SportsSeeking a Family Vacation/DestinationLooking for Quiet & Relaxation
The staff was very friendly to our children and helpful with anything we needed.
By: Turtle Man
From: Colorado Springs, CO
We stayed last week at THE REEF unit C. It was awesome! Sitting on the patio in the morning, drinking coffee and watching the turtles swimming right off the shore was amazing. Everything in the condo worked fine and with the patio doors open the breeze kept us cool. The only negative I would state is like in all of Mexico..the bed is rock hard. Other then that this is a well appointed condo and the beach is amazing!!!
From: grand junction co
About me: Enjoys Beach & Water SportsTraveling Solo
i got upgraded to a second floor. i felt safe traveling solo. there is night security guard. big balcony, spacious rooms. great staff. very nice kitchen everything you could need. dont bring anything for kitchen its already there. s/p, microdyne, hot sauce, baggies,saran foil,coffe, tequila, vodka, kindly left from others, all there. beautiful kitchen. very nice roof top. enough beach chairs for occupancy as well.
By: Adam Creasy
The Reef was a gorgeous condo steps from a gorgeous beach. The snorkeling was excellent right out front. It's a short walk to La Buena Vida where happy hour drinks are really cheap. It's also very easy to get into the town center (about a 4 minute drive). We loved our stay here. The only mishap was the constant ants in the kitchen area. We couldn't get rid of them, and they eventually found there way into some of our food. It really wasn't that big of a deal though. We still had a great time.
By: Wendy Stone
It was wonderful. A fabulous beach holiday, listening to the waves all day and evening, sitting on the beach with our cocktails and wine, Lovely apt. Great service. The kitchen was complete with everything for cooking and serving but all the great restaurants within 5-15 minutes away were very tempting and delicious. Great food. Wonderful hospitality and nice staff in the office. Akumal is heaven for any beach lover with 2 beautiful bays side by side full of sea turtles and gorgeous fish.
By: Kathy Lauchlan
We have stayed at the Reef many times. We have recommended it to friends who have come and stayed On one occassion, we broughht the whole family and practically took over the building. This year we convinced two other couples to join us at The Reef (we each had our own 1-bdrm) and they loved every minute. The snorkeling is wonderful right in front. Practically roll out of bed, onto the beach and into the water. The management for our unit (Green Eye) were very prompt in fixing any problems we had - no delay, and our Rosa did a wonderful job taking care of cleaning each day. We surely will be back.
By: Kasey Halpin
Our stay at The Reef Condominiums was absolutely perfect. The condo was beautifully decorated and had everything we needed and then some. The beach is well-maintained and tranquil.We had an amazing vacation!
By: Clifford Tickler
The unit was beautiful and probably the best location of the four I've stayed on Half Moon Bay. The staff were very courteous and friendly. It was always cleaned extremely well daily. Our only complaint would be the mattress . . it was unforgiving to sleep on. Water was always hot for showering, the view amazing and the d?cor is great. We would recommend to anyone looking for a quiet getaway in God's paradise. Loved it!
By: Max Hirshkowitz
The property, service, location were terrific. We've been at the reef before and we will go there again. I can not think of anything that could be improved.
By: Nannette Dietrich
Were you satisfied with the property's general condition? On the above question, the only really issue is that the light/power went out periodically in Condo B and it was NOT during a storm. Also the Microwave outlet SPARKED the last night I was there. My concern is with possible fire from wiring. I did notate this on the questionnaire prior to leaving. Also found the security guard sleeping at 5:30 in the AM in a hide a way place i.e. Alcove by the door to the maintenance room, in one of the chairs from my outside patio table. But other than those items my stay was as wonderful is it always is in Akumal at the Reef. This is one of my favorite properties and would continue to re-book I hope the power issues can be addressed.
We stayed 16 days in Unit A then 5 days in B. Really don't know why we had to move when the people that came and stayed in Unit A left the same day as we did. They could have stayed in empty Unit B and we would not have had to spend a morning shifting our belongings, food, etc., while the staff cleaned and readied it for new guests who didn't even request Unit A. Even with this inconvenience, our stay was flawless. Beautiful weather, snorkeling and fun restaurants in Half Moon Bay.
By: Lissanna Follari
Steps from the amazing reef bay, snorkeling right out the back door, AND also a short walk in either direction to more diverse snorkeling. We couldn't have asked for more. Quiet and gorgeous. Like having a private island retreat. This was our third visit and we will be back yearly. Booked everything through LocoGringo each time. All details were handled quickly and professionally.
By: Rose Neal
We really enjoyed our visit to Akumal..the Condo was perfect. We definitely would like to go back.
By: Abby Lawrence
A* experience at The Reef condo B. It was myself and my husbands honeymoon and it really was perfect. Stunning location and friendly staff, as soon we arrived we knew we would be coming back here. Wish I was back there now! Amazing experience, trip of a lifetime :)
By: Chad Zach
Very enjoyable place to stay. Good snorkeling right outside the condo and three good restaurants within 0.5 mile. Town is one mile walk away.
By: Sheryl Kantola
This condo is very attractive and perfect for a couple. The WiFi has a strong signal. You can choose how often you want maid service. The one negative is the musty basement smell.
By: Vicki Ortlieb
From booking, the property, and management team, etc., you couldn't ask for a better experience. Reef C is the best equipped condo I have stayed at in Akumal, and I have stayed at alot! Would stay here again in a heartbeat!
By: Linda Thain
Second year in this condo. Love the location and the amenities of the condo. Clean and well maintained building with 6 units in total but not busy. The terrific ipod docking station/speakers were missing this year - replaced by an old tape/CD player - pretty much useless. Daily maid service was immaculate but her daily schedule was not consistent. Some issues with walk through traffic off the beach to the back road or vice versa so we kept the sliders locked when out on the beach loungers. Lots of nesting turtle activity and night security was happy to give your door a rap if you wanted to get up and watch. Overall a great place and we will return.
By: Susan Telitz
We have been visiting Akumal every year for 13 years, staying at the reef 11 of those years. This year something was very different. The beaches were not kept as well as usual. Not one time was the seaweed cleaned up. The management company is different, and in the last few years it definately shows. There is a change with security on the beach as well. We were also advised they were breaking into tourist cars at the public parking area by Chomak. Two days in a row. We love akumal but are having thoughts of changing our destination next year.
By: Rick Toft
Spacious condo, a bit dated but clean, great views from balcony and master bedroom. Quiet location on Half Moon Bay, easy bike ride to Akumal town and Yal Ku lagoon (great snorkeling). Turtles nest on beach directly in front of property. Groceries and restaurants within walking distance. WiFi, but no TV or working stereo. Great place to unplug and relax.
By: Eileen Smith
Everything was fantastic! The place was beautiful, the staff friendly and helpful. The location was great, we loved being able to meander over to the Buena Vida. Me and my friends enjoyed ourselves immensely. The only issue we experienced that was a bit bothersome was that there were fleas present in unit D on the couch and some that appeared on my nightstand when the lamp was on.
By: Mary Newman
The one major problem with our stay in Akumal was the condition of the beach in front of our condo. It was never clear to us that the beach was rocky and not ideal for young children until we arrived. But worst of all, there was a LOT of garbage floating in the bay that washed up onto the shore every day. We wouldn't have minded navigating the rocks and waves so much if we hadn't also had to wade through plastic bags, bottle caps, pieces of plastic and even a hypodermic needle! It was very discouraging. On the last day we found the public beach in Southern Akumal - much, much better. I recommend staying in one of the hotels there if you're really looking forward to swimming every day right outside your lodging.
By: Colleen Hodgson
We had a wonderful vacation at The Reef. The condo was perfect. Would go again. My only concern was with Loco Gringo
By: Rod Kantola
Great accommodations, fantastic snorkeling, very relaxing beach in a nice quiet beach community! Great grounds staff that was very helpful with local info. and any questions about are stay! A special thanks to Juan from Green eyes services! He went above and beyond to help us with all our needs while staying.
By: Natalia Broude
This choice was exactly what we aimed for: a great location, good swimming and snorkeling, not too many people on the beach, good restaurants, very nice apartment and friendly service. Also close to the Maya places!!
By: John Crocker
Great service , good location.
By: Sharen Malone
Wonderful! Condo was immaculate, had everything we needed, and more. Great location. Great management. Daily maid service was much appreciated. Everything was working - we never had to ask for a thing. Will definitely return.
By: William Todino
The Reef Condo unit C was just as described: great location, ground level, quiet, clean and well appointed. Green Eyes staff did a wonderful job of tending to everything from raking the sand to potable water. The walks to town for dining were great, day or night. Easy access to ruins (Tulum and Coba) without a rental car was a plus. Our favorite restaurant for the stay was Lol Ha (casual) on Akumal Bay. Great location for dinner and sunsets. People in the area were very friendly. Snorkeling in Half Moon Bay was great, too. A very relaxing week-long break from winter. Our last night was interesting in that we lost power at 4pm. I commend the power company employees that worked in the dark until power was restored at 10pm. Just part of the adventure.
By: John Lopez
This is once of the cleanest places I have ever stayed at in Mexico. Very friendly, cost effective and will return again.
By: Mike Jones
Great trip with exception of hassle of non-working key provided at office... This took over an hour to deal with (long day, delay at Cancun Airport & rental car, no dinner, blah, blah, blah.). Otherwise, very fine local staff (Rosa is wonderful, as is the groundskeeper!)
By: Wendy Christensen
This was our 4th time staying at the Reef and it continues to be a magical place we love. We did have to work a little this trip and the wi-fi wasn''t good enough for phone calls, that was the only aspect that could have been better.
By: Chrysta Wood
Our vacation was wonderful. The view was fabulous.The only thing that could be improved was the amount of seaweed in front of the condo, other than that it was PERFECT! We will be back!
By: Heather Mendiola
We found The Reef to be a great location. Away from the crowds at Akumal Beach but still within walking distance to see the turtles. The snorkeling was good at Half Moon Bay and there was also nice restaurants within walking distance. The only problem we had was we didn''t know where to get the key when we arrived.
By: gregory farrar
Had a great time. Condo was nice. Great location . Only problem was seaweed/grass on the beach but that''s Mother Nature . In akumal bay the beach was fine. We rented bikes and it worked out well for us. I would stay here again without thinking twice.
By: Charlotte Fisher
We had a great time in Akumal. This was our 2nd time staying in Condo D at the Reef.It would be nice to have some board games/cards etc. to use. The library is great. The pots and pans could use some updating - the one small frying pan is completely warped.Overall though, a great place to stay.And our housekeeper Rosa was fantastic!Side note - the bikes for rent through the property management company need serious work. We had a snapped chain, two flat tires and the handlebar snapped while my son was riding it which caused a very smashed up knee and toe and a lot of road rash. Thankful he didn''t hit his head or break a limb.
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