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On the Caribbean coast of Mexico, Akumal is a sun-splashed haven for romantics and families alike. With countless vacation rental options available, you’re sure to find one perfectly suited for your group’s personality and interests. This small, beachfront community is just one hour and ten minutes south of Cancun on the Yucatan peninsula but feels wonderfully remote. Stroll the white sandy beaches, swim, snorkel, meet a sea turtle up close – it’s the ultimate escape. Dedicated to its precious environment, the region is home to the Centro Ecológico de Akumal, a non-profit group dedicated to environmental-marine research, education and sea turtle protection.
With three beautiful bays nearby -- Half Moon bay, greater Akumal bay and Aventuras Akumal bay – the watersports opportunities here are endless. Think snorkeling and SCUBA diving amidst rainbow-hued fish and coral reefs. Or just pull up a beach chair and crack open a juicy novel at the world-class Akumal Bay beach. When you’ve had enough sun, stroll the neighborhoods and discover gift shops, dive shops, grocery stores (great for cooking up locally influenced meals in your vacation rental’s fully equipped kitchen), fun beach bars and tempting restaurants for a nice night out – try the Lol Ha Restaurant, right on the beach in Akumal Bay. Or, for a bit of shade, head to Aktun Chen Dry Cave and Jungle Tour for a look at the area’s extensive cave system; you’ll encounter monkeys and other local forest animals on a walk through the grounds.
The most valuable way to stay in Akumal with your family or friends is an amenity-packed vacation rental, be it a cozy one-bedroom beachfront apartment or a lavish, multi-bedroom seaside home. You’ll save money compared to a traditional hotel and have a home-away-from-home all to yourselves. Most of the Akumal vacation rentals come complete with gorgeous sea views, air conditioning, pool, full kitchen, grilling area, patio and more. Spread out in your beach home’s living, dining and sleeping areas; save money on dining by cooking your own delicious meals in your casita’s kitchen; and come and go as you please, welcome flexibility for families with kids.