Riviera Maya & Yucatan Peninsula – Hotel Club Akumal Caribe

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Hotel Club Akumal Caribe

Akumal, Mexico

 

Travel tips to Riviera Maya & Yucatan Peninsula

 

Akumal’s unique bay with its clear, blue-green waters and glistening white sand beaches that never burn your feet is stunning, inviting and uncrowded – and it offers a safe bay for children of all ages. In addition to a world of diving and water sports, Akumal ( Mayan for place of the turtles) also offers water activities, jungle walks, exotic bird and wildlife photography and nearby, in the tropical jungle are easily accessible ruins of ancient Mayan cities that you can either visit on your own or with a guide.

Home base for your Mexican Caribbean adventure is the beautiful Hotel Club Akumal Caribe. Here you’ll feel more like a guest at a friend’s beach house than a customer at a resort.

The property offers a number of different accommodations including a 21 room beachfront hotel, garden bungalows, a suite, a studio, 3 condos and 2 villas.

The resort prides itself on its cuisine and you can enjoy breakfast and dinner overlooking Akumal’s main bay from the veranda of the Lol-ha dining room (closed September/October). The dining room also offers dance shows and live music during high season.

If you want something more “laid back” the Palapa Snack Bar is the ideal spot for meals while spending the day at the beach, or after having explored the area.It has a diverse menu and you can order many authentic local dishes, prepared by hand by the local Mayan staff. Cochinita pibil tacos, or the Mexican plate are favorites.  It also offers salads and sandwiches and advertises the best burgers in town! Everything from a Cheeseburger to a Deluxe Burger, as well as the Lol Ha Burger stuffed with Poblano peppers and cheese, and topped with avocado and bacon!!! It is more than a mouthful. If this isn’t enough to whet your appetite you can also enjoy a pizza or pasta at the Lol-ha Pizzeria.

Divers staying at the resort can arrange for a variety of dive trips and rent equipment at the Akumal Dive Center – a PADI training facility featuring resort courses and full certification. Training for underwater cave (cenote) diving is also available.

Fishing trips, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing and raft rentals can all be arranged with the friendly dive shop personnel.

One of our personal favorite activities is snorkeling in Yal-Ku Lagoon which lies about 1.5 miles north of the hotel. This is a great spot to spend a few hours relaxing in  landscaped gardens and enjoying clear waters teeming with fish.

If you love the Riviera Maya but are looking for somewhere less crowded than Cancun or Playa Del Carmen then Akumal may just be the place for you.

Photographs courtesy of Hotel Akumal Club Caribe

 

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An Introduction to Riviera Maya & Yucatan Peninsula

An Introduction to Riviera Maya & Yucatan Peninsula

 

Stroll thousands of years and hundreds of miles of mystery, music and legends.

Travel more than 100 miles of spectacular coastline. This is the land of legends and there really is no other place in all of the America's that is able to bring you the highest quality modern hotel, transportation and service infrastructure, to comfort and protect you during your stay, yet allow you this face to face experience with direct descendants of the Ancient Maya Culture. The combination of spectacular natural beauty, pristine beaches, the Caribbean Sea and the Maya.

The Riviera Maya offers visitors an elaborate and varied selection of sports and recreational activities tailored to the tastes and desires of each visitor. From contemplating the vast and diverse Maya culture, which is present in its architecture and paintings on view in the many archaeological sites throughout the region, to the enjoyment of different water sports such as diving and fishing, and tennis or golf.

Miles of untouched powdery white sand as far as the eye can see beckons vacationers in search of quiet and relaxation… These are the unspoiled beaches of the Riviera Maya. Known and treasured by locals, but still virtually undiscovered, these serene strands of beach, as plentiful as the region’s sunny days, will make even the most seasoned traveler feel as if they are on their own deserted island.

The Riviera Maya's principal quality is its diversity. Here one can choose everything from adventure sports, golf and tennis to jungle tours on foot or horseback, water and nautical sports, and touring the indescribable cultural and archaeological treasures of the Maya world. One of the favorite activities for visitors is scuba diving on the Great Maya Reef, the second largest in the world, located along the Riviera Maya's coastline and experiencing cavern diving in the region’s underground rivers. The spectacular tropical marine life here is unique and unforgettable.

Caribbean Diving:

There's a fantastic world beneath the Mexican Caribbean's transparent waters. This is known as the Great Maya Reef, the second largest in the world, where different species of corals, multicolored tropical fish and marine flora and fauna of incomparable beauty make their home. That's why diving off the coast of the Riviera Maya is an experience that frequently becomes habit-forming.

Cave Diving:

The Riviera Maya is known for its many subterranean rivers and "cenotes", formed by the filtering of rain water through the limestone, the earth's main component in this region, making this zone ideal for that unique and exciting type of diving known as cave diving.

Snorkeling:

Beyond a doubt, snorkeling is the best way to see underwater life in the Riviera Maya, with the least possible amount of equipment: a pair of fins, a snorkel and a visor. From the surface, you can admire the sea stars, the multicolored fish and the rock formations covered with moss, and get a clear picture of everything to be found in the depths of the "cenotes" and the Caribbean Sea.

What to Expect in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan Peninsula:

Climate:

  • Weather: Average temperatures range between 77° F to 86° F (25° C to 30° C).
  • The hottest time of the year runs from May to September (especially on the coasts), and it gets cooler from October to April.

Currency:

  • Mexico's currency is the Mexican Peso.
  • There are one hundred Mexican cents (centavos) to every Peso.
  • The rate of exchange fluctuates daily against the Dollar.
  • Most of banks with ATM machines are found within the commercial centre of the towns.
  • During business hours, they and the Casas de Cambio will buy traveler's checks and cash from you as well.

Departure Tax:

  • Departure taxes are normally included in the price of your ticket. Please check with your airline or ticketing agent for details.

Drinking Water:

  • Generally, the tap water in Mexico is not safe for drinking; however, in tourist areas, many larger resorts purify their water for consumption.
  • Most hotels and restaurants will provide bottled water in your room or upon your request.

Drivers License:

  • U.S. drivers’ licenses are valid in Mexico.

Entry Requirements:

  • U.S. and Canadian citizens must have a valid passport and return or ongoing ticket.
  • There are special requirements concerning minors under the age of 18 years old.
  • Please contact the Department of State for more information.

Electricity:

  • 120 V; 60 Hz.
  • Any electrical equipment you carry with you that operates at the higher (240v) rate will need to be dual-voltage (e.g. hair driers).
  • A lot of electrical equipment (like video cameras, digital cameras, laptops) that operate on 12 volts via a product-specific adaptor should easily work with dual voltage - check the adaptor and the device instructions to be sure.
  • You may need a socket adaptor.
  • Most plugs in Mexico are the same as in the US, ie. two flat prongs.
  • Some have a third, circular prong for grounding, and adapters can be sought for these too if the plug you want to connect to doesn't have the third (grounding) prong socket.

Tourism Seasons:

  • The climate in the Riviera Maya is hot and humid, but the humidity is not as drenching as it can be in some other places in Mexico.
  • August through October is hurricane season in this part of the world - and the weather becomes more changeable and less predictable during these months.
  • The rainy season is May through October.
  • November through February is the high season in Yucatan, and quite hot.
  • Evenings can be cooler, so a wool pullover may be a useful item to pack with you during these months.

Vaccinations:

  • No vaccinations or preventative medications are required for travel to the Riviera Maya. However, we always suggest that you speak to your family physician for a personal recommendation.

Water Temperatures and Wetsuits:

  • Water temperatures generally range between 78 – 82°F when diving the reef.
  • Most people find wearing a 1mm – 3mm wetsuit keeps them comfortable.
  • Cenotes are much cooler - approx 75°F, and you will feel much warmer wearing a 5mm.

Below are just some of the activities and attractions that await you in the Riviera Maya. We will be happy to arrange any of these and more to complete your customized itinerary. Please contact us for more information.

CHICHEN ITZA:

Chichen Itza is the most famous and extraordinary City of the Mayan Civilization, located in the neighboring State of Yucatan. You will discover their the wondrous spirit of impressive structures. The largest building is the 'Temple of Kukulkan' or also called The Castle, a 75 foot high pyramid topped by a temple from where you will have an amazing view.

Other well known structures include the ball court, the site of day-long ritual games; 'El Caracol', the observatory, from which the Maya's traced the paths of stars and planets, the temple of warriors where you will see the reclining figure of 'Chacmool', a symbol for the Yucatan Peninsula. These are just a few examples of Chichen Itza's structures, the most captivating of all Mexico's archaeological treasures. SNORKEL IN A CENOTE:

The Riviera Maya offers infamous cenotes – sinkholes – that have occurred sporadically over the crystal clear underground river that follows the coastline for more than 100 miles. Be sure to take a dip in one of the many cenotes such as 'Eden' where you will see amazing fresh water fish and feel like in a natural aquarium, or 'Chic-in ha' where you will see amazing rock formations, stalactites and stalagmites in the clearest water you can imagine. feel like floating on air. Quite an experience!

TULUM:

Travel to one of the most amazing sites of the mythical Mayan past! Tulum is the only walled city the Mayans built on the Caribbean coast. It is built in the honor of the sun and it is beautiful located on a cliff from were you can overlook the Caribbean Sea. One of the most interesting structures here is the Temple of Frescos with beautiful wall paintings. The city used to be a very important part of trade on the coastline for the Maya civilization.

XEL-HA:

Xel-Há, Mayan for 'where the waters are born' or 'where the waters converge' is a unique natural phenomenon that combines saltwater from the ocean and freshwater from underground rivers, a natural haven and protected habitat for regional marine life. Xel-Há with its unbelievable crystal clear waters is a perfect place for swimming, snorkeling and more. XCARET:

World famous park with natural beauties, an aquarium with programs to protect marine turtle and underground rivers, beach area, a place to swim along or with dolphins, to watch the birds, butterflies, coral reef, fishes and may other animals. During the night the place become a giant Theatre were the audience walk through the park seeing the ancient Mayan ball game, a Mayan village and a folkloric show performance at the Xcaret auditorium.

TAKE A DAY TRIP TO COZUMEL:

Don’t forget that the famous divers paradise of Cozumel is less than an hour ferry ride from the mainland, where a whole host of other activities and sights await.