We booked this condo based on its location within walking distance of Yal-ku Lagoon, one of our favorite snorkeling eco-parks. The snorkeling was so good directly off the beach of this property (I'll try to post a video that demonstrates), we didn't even make it to the park. My 73-year-old mother could snorkel out 20 yards or so to what I called reef jr. Just steps from the shoreline are the cutest, tiniest reef fish of numerous species and loads of small brain coral, staghorn coral and fan coral. Beyond that another 30 yards or so is the more substantial reef that is worth the swim!! Teeming with dozens of species of reef fish, coral, rays and squid. Each time out we saw small schools (5-7) of squid, a first for us.
The condo itself was also picture perfect for our family of 6 stocked with everything you need for your stay. Towels, toiletries, paper goods, even two baskets of eco-friendly sunblock and bug spray. The pictures give a good description of the bedding set-up; all of which were super comfortable. My wife and I had the pool/beach front bedroom. What a treat that was to wake up to that view of paradise each morning!!!
House-keeping came every day and were extremely thorough as was the daily pool maintenance team. Ownership should be very proud of this group of people. They keep this property looking brand new each and every day. I've never seen such meticulous work done on a rental property. The pool is delightful when you need to cool off but may not want to get back in the ocean. To have this as your backyard is a dream.
In speaking with a local resident of the building, he shared that in his opinion, this location was the best in all of Akumal. Within walking distance of food and Yal-ku Lagoon and adjacent to the best part of the reef in town but along a much quieter beach, Half Moon Bay is ideal. I couldn't agree more.
When we stay in the Mayan Riviera, we always stop on the way down from the Cancun airport to shop for groceries so that we're fully stocked with food, snacks and beverages for the week. The kitchen at this property had all the tools you need to prep whatever food you may desire. (If you don't shop on the way down, I did notice a magnet on the fridge with a grocery service.) When not eating at the condo, we ate just down the street at La Buena Vida. Wow! This place is super cool!!! Try not to miss it on your next visit to Akumal. (I'll post a review here on TripAdvisor for that too.)
One night while in town we did a sunset sail with the Akumal Dive Shop. A gorgeous way to spend a couple of hours one evening. As many have previously posted here on TripAdvisor, swimming with the turtles off the beach in Akumal Bay is now done with a guide that you have to pay for. When I attempted to swim out to where we typically see the turtles, I was stopped by a guard in the water where it is now roped off. He explained all the reasons why they've changed their policies which made perfect sense to us so we paid the $15 per person to go out with the guide. To me, if you dig sea turtles (and who doesn't?), it's definitely worth the money. Akumal Bay is getting more and more crowded.
We always rent a car when we come down so we can get out and explore. With a family of six we unfortunately had to get a large vehicle. I'd advise that you get as small a vehicle as you can comfortably fit in. Parking and driving is tight on some of the smaller streets.
Overall, our stay here was as close to perfect as I can imagine. We always go during June-July because we're a family of educators and we're off in the summer. This time period is typically cheaper along the Yucatan peninsula but it's also very warm but being from Texas, we don't mind. Stay cool in this gorgeous pool, in the fish-filled ocean or even in the AC that blows as cold as you may need.