A Beach Getaway In Akumal Mexico

I have done several posts on destinations in Mexico and highlighted some of my favorite resorts, but this is my first post on Akumal. You may know from my travel coverage and social media that I am a Mexico destination specialist, but you might not know one of my favorite places to visit in Mexico. So here I am – sharing the sun, sandy beaches, and adventures of a beach getaway in Akumal, Mexico with you.

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Why Akumal?

Akumal has always been known as one of the top beach destinations in Mexico for vacationers. Akumal is located 62 miles south of Cancun, in between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Famous for its beautiful beach, swimmable lagoon, and home to some of the most romantic resorts located in the Riviera Maya.

What’s so great about Akumal?

I think Akumal is an incredible place to visit for a laid-back, no-compromise style that is perfect for a romantic getaway. It’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of Cancun and downtown Playa del Carmen. The area is also known for its wide range of ecosystems and biodiversity. It is nick-named ‘Turtle Town’ because it is here in Akumal that you can snorkel with sea turtles. It has it all: crystal clear turquoise water, secluded beaches, fun, sports like biking with a new bike from the monster cycle, and amazing food.

Explore Mayan Ruins

About an hour from Akumal is the ancient town of Coba. You can explore the area’s rich history by visiting the Coba ruins. This ancient Mayan city had enormous power before the age of Chichén Itzá. Here you will learn about the Mayan culture, and climb the tallest pyramid in the Riviera Maya.

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Mayan Ruins At Tulum

You can also visit the ruins at Tulum. I highly recommend planning a private sunrise tour of Tulum. Seeing the ruins at sunrise will take your breath away, and you will be transported back in time to walk in the footsteps of the Mayan people.

Travel is about more than just ‘visiting’ a destination; it’s about exploring, learning about history and culture, and creating memories that you will never forget.

There are plenty of accommodation options to choose from in Akumal, from boutique properties to high-end luxury all-inclusive resorts. There is a place to suit every travel style and every occasion. I have my favorites, which one will be yours?

To find out more about planning a beach getaway in Akumal Mexico, and all of the options available, reach out to me here.

Best Winter Vacation Destinations

If you are the type of traveler that looks forward to a December or January vacation, then you can attest that winter is one of the best times to get away and explore sunny destinations. Regardless of your travel style and what you are looking for, there is an ideal winter destination for you to bask in. Here are my top 3 best winter vacation destinations.

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Belize

This small country is full of endless opportunities. Belize is a tropical destination that is reef and rainforest; ancient and new, and adventurous and relaxing.

Despite being a small, centrally placed American nation (approximately the same size as Massachusetts), only a few winter vacations on this list can match Belize’s mesmerizing natural attractions. The barrier reef and coral hues match the spectacular Mayan ruins.

Belize spent decades hidden beneath Mexico’s shadow, but today, this nation invites visitors from all around the world with its world-class scuba diving, Mayan ruins, and vintage lodges.

Even better, hundreds of tiny islands known as atolls and cays face off to Belize’s sun-drenched coastline. These islands lure tourists with their astonishing cerulean waters and palm trees. Try out Belize this winter and get to experience its unrivaled charms.

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The Florida Keys

With activities for visitors of all ages, the islands of the Florida Keys are the perfect spot for your winter vacation.

Your time in the Florida Keys can be full of adventure, or just relaxing on the beautiful beaches. Test your skills on a fishing charter. Get up close and personal with tropical fish on a snorkeling trip, or dive to explore a famous shipwreck. Dine on fresh seafood. Hang with the locals, or just relax in a hammock.

Key Largo is home to the first undersea park in the country, and the first place you should go when you arrive in the Florida Keys. There are endless ways to explore this aquatic attraction, including kayaking through the mangroves, snorkeling or scuba diving, and taking a glass-bottom boat tour.

Islamorada combines a marine park with the charm of a family-owned attraction. Watch a sea lion show, hold a parrot and enjoy a bottomless boat ride. The park’s animal interaction programs include swimming with dolphins.

In Key West, when the sun goes down, Mallory Square is the place to be for the nightly sunset celebration. Jugglers, tightrope walkers, sword swallowers, and other characters put on a show for your entertainment.

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Roatan

Roatan is part of a cluster of island archipelagos situated ten to forty miles off the northern coast of Honduras. It has long been known by scuba divers, now it’s your turn to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of this island nation.

These islands are a gem in the western Caribbean, and they are surrounded by the largest barrier reef system in the northern hemisphere. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is only second in size to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The waters around Roatan are a combination of open and sheltered. This makes it the perfect place for scuba diving, and also many other water sports. 

Little French Key is one of the most interesting places. They have a mini zoo, beautiful beaches, and the most photogenic spot. The Sloth Sanctuary makes for a great adventure, and there are a few beaches that are a must for snorkeling. West Bay and West End both offer sheltered waters which make for excellent snorkeling. The “wall” is only a few feet away, where spectacular views of marine life are waiting for you.

If you would like more information about these best winter vacation destinations, reach out to me.

Destination Wedding Planning Tips

Dreaming of a destination wedding? Make your wedding dreams come true with these 3 destination wedding planning tips.

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1. Find a destination wedding planning specialist to work with

They will make recommendations based on what you picture for your wedding. Can offer private location options if you prefer somewhere more intimate. They know the resorts and have experience working with the wedding departments. Trying to plan a wedding in another country is difficult when you do not know who to contact. Your destination wedding specialist will work on your behalf to secure a group room block for your wedding. A destination wedding specialist will work with you and your guests on all of the travel arrangements and help you plan activities for everyone to enjoy at your wedding destination.

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2. Not all resorts are created equal

There are many resorts available, but not all of them are right for your wedding. Your destination wedding specialist will help you choose based on the location, your budget, the number of guests, and the type of setting you picture for your wedding day. Some important things to consider; will children be attending, and do you want an all-inclusive resort.

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3. Set a realistic budget

The average cost of a destination wedding in Mexico for example is roughly $7,000 for 30 guests. This is just the wedding package cost; you need to factor in your travel and accommodations. You also need to decide if you will help pay for any of your guest’s travel costs. Resort wedding packages available vary from resort to resort; some include additional extras such as photography. Know the cost upfront of all the additional options available, especially the ones you want to add.

For more information, additional destination wedding planning tips, or to start planning, reach out to me here