Are you someone who best unwinds by taking it easy and relaxing? Or, are you someone who needs a little adventure in order to de-stress? Whether you identify with the former or the latter, one thing is clear: you are looking to relax and rejuvenate. Lucky for you, the Riviera Maya has it all. For those searching for a remote location with fewer crowds, peaceful beaches, and stunning views, search no further – the tranquil town of Akumal, Mexico is just for you.
Located at the heart of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, approximately 62 miles (100 kilometers) south of Cancun, between the towns of Playa del Carmen and Tulum, this cozy, Caribbean paradise is sure to leave you in awe.
Famous for its white-sand beaches and large, swimmable lagoon, Akumal is one of Mexico’s oldest resort towns, consisting primarily of sheik hotels, condominiums, and residential communities. With 3 miles (5 kilometers) of wide beach spread out between four consecutive bays, it’s safe to say that there are a plethora of options for kicking back and relaxing with a cold drink in hand.
If this sounds like you, what are you waiting for? Get planning! To help you get started, here are three ways to maximize your stress-free vacation at this smashing Mexican destination.
1. Enjoy its numerous beaches
With mesmerizing beaches, coral reefs, and warm waters home to a vibrant marine life, Akumal has become the poster child for the ideal Caribbean escape. You are sure to have seen its soft, sandy shores and turquoise waters in photos that litter the web – and they don’t lie. The innate beauty of this Mexican coastal town is even more captivating in person.
One reason that this destination has captured the hearts of many are the numerous beaches, which encompass Las Bahias de Akumal (The Bays of Akumal). A series of five bays, Las Bahias de Akumal provide visitors some of the most exotic marine life, underwater excursions, and pristine coastline Mexico has to offer.
Grab your beach towel, apply your sunscreen, and head to Central Akumal Beach at the heart of Las Bahias de Akumal. Here, you can relax while taking in the sun and people watching, or by grabbing a bite to eat at a local restaurant after a little shopping. There’s nothing like a mix of sun and fun to let loose and de-stress.
If you’re looking to catch a glimpse of the region’s diverse flora and fauna, head to North Akumal Beach, located near Yalk-Ku Lagoon. Here, waters are shallow and perfect for families with children, as well as for those who love to snorkel. Due to its close proximity to Yalk-Ku – a freshwater river that flows out to sea – this location is a snorkeling haven. Home to tropical fish, sea turtles, and coral beds, this beach offers a calm, serene beach setting and a lively underwater habitat.
If you look to truly escape, and you prefer the stillness of a more secluded beach, just south of Central Akumal Beach and you’ll find several residential communities nestled along the shorelines of Jade Bay and South Akumal. Surrounded by beachfront villas and stylish condos, these beaches tend to be quite relaxing with a significant drop in foot traffic.
Whether you prefer to relax by interacting with others or by finding a secluded spot to rest and rejuvenate, the beaches of Akumal are equipped with incredible healing powers that leave their visitors feeling refreshed.
2. Cruise Caribbean waters on a breathtaking boat tour
Relaxation takes on many forms. While some need peace, quiet, and seclusion to relax and re-group, others look to be active. If that sounds like you, Akumal’s unparalleled boat tours are sure to meet your needs.
In Mayan Akumal means “land of the turtles”. With warm waters protected by the surrounding bay, Akumal has become a breeding ground for these gorgeous marine reptiles. Accompanied by additional, flourishing marine life, the waters of Las Bahias de Akumal have become the ideal destination for water excursion enthusiasts.
Nothing induces a sense of adventure quite like jetting off from the shore on a beautiful Riviera Maya catamaran charter. Offering visitors the opportunity to witness endless, Caribbean coastline from a unique perspective, these rides are truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.
With the options of boarding a large catamaran or private yacht, or to set sail with a small group aboard a small boat, the only way to truly appreciate the region’s vibrant marine life is to get out on (and under) the water.
Whether you prefer to set sail with a private group and cruise the calm, crystal-clear waters, or experience a remarkable snorkeling excursion at the world’s second largest barrier reef, boat tours hosted by professionally trained guides are a no brainer.
Depending on the tour, you will have opportunities to enjoy refreshing drinks, fresh seafood, and a variety of side dishes while sailing these impeccable waters.
Did I mention Akumal weather? With a nearly perfect climate approximately 200 days out of the year, it is almost always a great day for boating. So, put on your bathing suit, get on board, and get ready to have the most stunningly relaxing experience the Caribbean has to offer.
3. Unwind at a luxurious spa
Let’s be honest – while relaxing on the beach is great, sometimes we just want to pamper ourselves. Nothing enhances the beach experience like beginning (or ending) your day with a body healing massage at one of Akumal’s many luxurious spas.
While the spas in Akumal are mainly situated within larger resorts, there are a small handful of properties that stand alone. One particularly unique experience is that of the Buddha Garden Spa.
This tranquil, boutique spa is located just a few steps away from the bay’s crystal blue waters and offers a variety of spa treatments. Surrounded by serene gardens, calming fountains, and exotic flowers, this spa makes the ideal spot to heal both physically and spiritually. Be sure to take advantage of its complementary gardens, hammocks, and herbal tea bar.
If you are a guest at – or simply wish to experience a larger, resort spa – Secrets Akumal is the place to be. Specializing in rejuvenating body and facial treatments, hydrotherapy, and pampering salons, this resort spa is every guest’s dream. Offering a setting of tranquility, serenity, and relaxation, it will be hard to leave without feeling like a new person.
In close proximity to some of Mexico’s most sensational biosphere reserves and nature parks, Akumal offers guests the opportunity to spoil themselves at the Bahia Spa located within the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Be sure to check out Sian Ka’an tours and cenotes near Akumal for additional fun!
With the goal to pamper your senses, this one-of-a-kind spa is equipped with top rated facilities featuring an array of natural and professional massage practices, body treatments, and beauty salon specials. After your treatment, unwind in the lovely Relaxation Area with a Vitamin Bar where you can also try exotic, natural fruit juices.
No matter which spa best fits your needs, they all offer typical Swedish massages, facials, and body wraps mixed in with extras that draw from local customs. Don’t wait – treat yourself to the healing that you deserve.
We all look to have fun while on vacation, but a pivotal factor to be considered when sifting through the details should be where and how you wish to relax and rejuvenate. We all need a break from our daily routines – the quiet, Mexican resort town of Akumal offers the perfect solution. Book your trip today and unwind at one of the world’s most calming destinations.