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05/01/2010

Akumal… The Only Thing Missing is you!

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Ready and waiting. That’s the word on the street in the small coastal village of Akumal situated in the heart of the Riviera Maya. With Cancun – the world’s hottest vacation destination – undergoing various stages of rebuilding, not much attention has been given to the Mexican Caribbean in the world of travel. However, just a few miles south of Cancun lay the powdery white stretches of the Riviera Maya ready and waiting to show you the time of your life!

Akumal, the place of the turtle in Maya, is actually the oldest resort town along the Quintana Roo coastline, attracting travelers before anyone had ever heard of Cancun. First accessible only by boat from Cozumel, this coconut plantation transformed into a diver’s paradise for those lucky enough to be privy to its existence.

Through the past 30 years, eclectic groups of “expats” from around the globe have melded their styles with the local materials and traditional architecture to create a place like none other. Funky shops, sheik boutiques, worldly restaurants, legendary bars, and the finest accommodations along the coast are just part of Akumal’s charm. Combine those with an ecological center, dive shops, jungle tours, sailing adventures, and two stunning protected bays as well as Yal-Ku lagoon for snorkeling splendor and you’ve got a vacation spot for the whole family.

Still a one road town, Akumal has avoided the booming growth of other coastal towns and managed to hold onto much of its original relaxed, unhurried atmosphere synonymous with Mexico itself. Happy hour is a way of life. Golf carts and bicycle rentals are as prevalent as rental cars as chosen means of transportation. And, people are happy to help.

The residents of this coastal haven invite you to see how brightly Akumal shines. The two category 4 hurricanes of the season did their share of damage, however Akumal residents have taken this as an opportunity to make their town cleaner and more beautiful than ever before. The flowers are blooming, the palm trees are swaying, the ocean breezes are blowing, the margaritas are icy-cold…the only thing missing is you!