Four-Star Villas on Quiet Beach in Riviera Maya
Las Villas Akumal’s thatched villas are just a few steps from the Caribbean Sea in the coastal town of Akumal, about 66 miles south of Cancún. The small resort town is just a half hour’s drive from the activities and nightlife of Playa del Carmen, but it’s far enough away to feel quiet and secluded. Here, white-sand beaches are lined with swaying palm trees, beachside bars, and small coral reefs teeming with tropical fish. You can borrow snorkeling gear to explore these underwater ecosystems or hop in a kayak—the resort rents out both for free.
All of the villas have fully stocked kitchens and double bedroom villas have private terraces with garden or ocean views. Some overlook the beachside pool area, which is surrounded by shaded lounge chairs. Upstairs, the resort’s rooftop restaurant serves Mexican and Caribbean dishes in an open-air palapa with panoramic views of Akumal Bay.
Akumal, Mexico: Small Resort Town Along the Riviera Maya
Akumal is situated just south of Playa del Carmen along the Riviera Maya, a popular tourism destination on the Yucatán Peninsula. There are plenty of snorkeling spots along the town’s white-sand beaches, particularly in Yal-ku Lagoon, where the brackish water teems with tropical fish. Farther out, you can go scuba diving along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, which stretches along the entire Yucatán Peninsula and shelters five species of sea turtles and one of the world’s largest congregations of whale sharks.
The area is also home to a number of Mayan archeological sites, including the ruins of Tulum, located just a half hour’s drive from the hotel. Tulum is believed to have been one of the most important cities of the ancient Maya. Today, you can still see the remnants of frescoes inside some of the structures.
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