Why Akumal Is a Great Vacation Escape

Technology has forever transformed the way we travel.

Today, you can build your own vacation experience to create the adventure you most want to have and explore the world at your own pace. Imagine, for example, arriving at your own, private beachfront residence and enjoying the exclusive company of your family and friends.

How about afternoon strolls on the beach as you make your way down to Happy Hour just in time to watch the sunset?  Wouldn’t you like to spend your leisure time doing exactly what you want when you want without having to wait on front desk staff or other people also in queue for the same activity?

Well, that’s exactly what you get when you visit Akumal.

Akumal is a small, beachfront, resort community located halfway between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. This charming fishing town has blown up on social media in recent years thanks to the popularity of its famed, resident sea turtles, which attract explorers from all over the Riviera Maya coast.

Despite its growing reputation as an ultimate vacation destination you don’t want to miss, Akumal has successfully achieved the balance of being welcoming to tourists while being the preferred community of locals, ex-pats, and other globe-travelers. Below are five more reasons why you want to spend your next vacation in Akumal.

Location, Location

Akumal is right in the heart of the Rivera Maya, which stretches across 120 km (roughly 74.5 miles) of Caribbean coastline.

Comprised by five larger bays, Akumal is centrally located and within a short distance to all major attractions. The best cenotes for snorkeling and family-friendly eco-parks like Xel-Ha are only a hop skip, and about a 10 minute ride away.

Exploring ancient Mayan Ruins or wandering about colonial Valladolid is an easy day trip from here. Playa del Carmen and Tulum are just a 30-minute ride too, so you’ll be able to enjoy the very best Riviera Maya has to offer and return to the comfort of your private residence.

Best Off-Shore Snorkeling and Swimming on the Coast

The world’s second-largest barrier reef runs along the Mexican coast of the Caribbean Sea, and Akumal has bragging rights to the best off-shore snorkeling in the area.

Imagine stepping into the water and finding yourself surrounded by half the cast of Finding Nemo right at your door. That’s precisely what you’ll find when you book a vacation rental in Akumal. Choose a villa in Central Akumal, and you’ll be oceanfront and within walking distance to Akumal, Half Moon Bay, and Yal Ku Lagoon.

Given the geographical position of these bays, the water of these bays is much calmer than open ocean beaches such as Tulum and Cancun. This combination of proximity and tranquility make Akumal a great vacation destination for those with young swimmers.  Plus, you can swim with sea turtles in their natural habitat.

Food Glorious Food

This little beach town offers a wide and varied gamut of dining options for you during your stay.

Plaza Ukana is the place to find classic local favorites The Turtle Bay Cafe and Bakery, La Cueva and Akumal’s newest addition Taverna Pizzeria and Risotteria. Lol-Ha on Akumal Bay and La Lunita on Half Moon Bay are always a beachfront favorite for lunch and dinner. Happy Hour is always best beach front so be sure to check out La Buena Vida Beachfront Restaurant and Bar if you’re staying on Half Moon Bay.

The Beached Bikini Beach Bar is the place for those beachcombers staying at Aventuras Akumal. Guests visiting South Akumal will want to head down to the Jungle Fish Beach Club on Jade Bay.

Of course, you can power up your vacation game to the next level and have a private chef prepare the meals you want to eat in the comfort of your own villa.

Feel Off the Grid While Staying Connected

Vacations are a great time to slow down and enjoy each moment away from the hectic hustle and bustle of our everyday lives.

South Akumal, Jade Bay, and Aventuras Akumal are secluded and quiet residential zones that allow guests to enjoy the tranquility of being close to nature yet close enough to enjoy all the modern amenities such as air conditioning and wifi that have become necessities.

A beachfront villa offers you unparalleled privacy during your stay. Property staff and managers will ensure the villa is ready to accommodate you and only you upon arrival. No delayed check-ins at the front desk, noisy next door neighbors or lines waiting to be served. It’s just you and the ocean.

Mexico, Baby

Mexico is the world’s 6th most visited country, so it’s no wonder the Riviera Maya has become the most sought-after destination in the Caribbean.

Last year, Mexico welcomed 39 million international visitors. That’s a 12% increase over 2016, and they’re still coming. This land is rich in culture and tradition.

Akumal offers guests a spectacular destination with some of the friendliest staff and service you’ll find along the coast. In such a small community, locals work closely together to ensure guests have everything they need during their stay. Connection to the local community coupled with excellent customer service is among the many reasons why you’ll want to keep coming back too. So be sure to take home plenty of Mexican sweets to hold you over until your return.

Ready for your upcoming trip to Akumal with us? Check out these amazing beachfront villas for your next vacation: Ah! Villa, The Rock House, Bellamar, Casa Solymar, and Villa Palmilla

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