Four-Star Villas on Quiet Beach on Riviera Maya
A family-friendly resort, Las Villas Akumal features thatched villas just a few steps from the Caribbean Sea near the coastal town of Akumal, about 66 miles south of Cancún. The 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, small coral reefs teeming with tropical fish, and hundreds of sea turtle nests. You can borrow snorkeling gear to explore these underwater ecosystems and marine life or hop in a kayak—the resort rents out both for free.
All of the villas have fully stocked kitchens; ocean-view villas also have private terraces set with hammock chairs and patio furniture. Some overlook the beachside pool area, which is surrounded by shaded lounge chairs. The resort’s rooftop restaurant serves chicken or grouper baked in banana leaves, jicama-and-papaya salad, and other traditional dishes of the Yucatán Peninsula in a palapa with panoramic views of Akumal Bay.
Akumal, Mexico: Small Resort Town Along 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 15-minute drive from the hotel. Tulum is believed to have been one of the most important cities of the ancient Maya.
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