Akumal Directly on the Caribbean (#1337)
Akumal, Mexico
Bedrooms:4 Sleeps:10
Bathrooms:3+ Handicapped:Yes
Pet Friendly:Yes Smoking:Yes
Pool:No Term:1-30 days

Located on the soft sandy beaches of Aventuras Akumal, Casa Palapa offers a bright and spacious villa at a reasonable price and enjoys a private setting along one of the Riviera Maya's best kept "secret" beaches.

Aventuras Akumal, located just five minutes south of Akumal Bay, offers visitors a long stretch of soft white sand beach, sparkling turquoise water, and excellent opportunities to enjoy the snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing found along Mexico's Riviera Maya. The beach here is never crowded and you can snorel or SCUBA right from your own beach.

Newly renovated, Casa Palapa highlights the bright colors and rich natural beauty of it's surroundings. Casa Palapa is located at the southern tip of Aventuras Akumal's beach adding to the privacy and tranquility of the setting.

Casa Palapa offers a spacious living and dining area on the main level with cool ocean breezes moving through. Floor-to-ceiling glass means that you can always enjoy the incredible views. The atmosphere of a cool and comfortable haven is enhanced by marble floors and bright colors. Also on the main level a fully equipped kitchen with many conveniences, laundry area and bath.

Off of the main living and dining area is a covered patio and the beachside palm bordered deck with beach sand furnishings that provides just a little additional privacy and a perfect setting for sun bathers.

The upper level consists of three air conditioned bedrooms, each with ocean views and private beachside terraces. The master bedroom enjoys a large private bath done in marble. The two guest bedrooms share another large marble bath.

The large, shady beachfront palapa hammocks accommodates 2 or a table and chairs for dining ocean side.

For an additional fee the English speaking Property Manager can arrange a private fishing, snorkeling or dive guide. He can also arrange for any extra services you desire such as cooking special meals, babysitting, daily cleaning, etc..

Other Fees & Taxes

No other fees or taxes.

Deposit Requirements

A security deposit of $250 is required per pet. This deposit is returned to our guests less the cost of any damage caused by the pet(s).

Rental Policies

1 week minimum...start any day in the week

Refund Policies

Refunds are given when cancellation is made at least 60 days prior to date of travel.

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Features and Amenities Nearby Activities
Akumal is along the Caribbean Coast of Mexico, a country rich in culture, history and natural beauty lies the Riviera Maya. Located along the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula between the incredible turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and an enchanting tropical jungle, The Riviera Maya is made up of small quiet communities, each with its own charm and attractions.

The Riviera Maya is an extraordinary and diverse land Which invites exploration, adventure and reflection. The coastline is paralleled by the Great Maya Reef, the world's second largest barrier reef, famous for its beauty and abundant and varied marine life. Beneath the earth a unique and complex system of underground rivers criss-cross the Yucatan Pennensula, opening to create fascinating caverns, caves and cenotes (sinkholes). Hundreds of archaeological sites rise from the emerald green jungle, remnants of the spectacular and timeless Mayan civilization.

With the help of the traveler who chooses to explore this paradise, people of the Riviera Maya strive to preserve and respect the natural beauty of their surroundings. Ecology is a major concern among the people who live here. Innovative alternatives to conventional infrastructure, educational campaigns, and beach clean ups are all part of the progressive ecological movement that is so fundamental to the Riviera Maya.

The Riviera Maya offers a full spectrum of accommodations and settings, restaurants and activities. Sleep in a hammock under the moonlight and stars or lay by the pool of an exclusive villa along a Caribbean beach. Her you can enjoy a daily diet of fresh seafood and tropical fruits or linger over a gourmet meal in an exquisite setting.

About Akumal
Akumal, "place of turtles". Easy and Content, this small little beach community is located 75 miles south of Cancun, Mexico, along Mexico's Caribbean Coast. It is a welcoming and friendly place and a cherished secret for those who have been visiting for years. Akumal is centrally located along the Riviera Maya and makes an excellent base for exploring the many archaeological sites and other attractions in the area. Home to the timeless Maya and is blessed with the turquoise, bright sky and emerald green jungles, Akumal offers endless opportunities for discovery and adventure.

Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Wind Surfing and Kayaking are all part of the daily routine in Akumal. Akumal's bays are populated with brightly colored tropical fish, sea turtles and other marine life.

So much to see and do. . . Akumal but what is really all about is relaxing, spending time with family making new friends, and letting the sunlight warm blue water and soothe you.

Our community life is centered around Akumal Bay. Here you will find "town". Home to our Ecology Center, restaurants, boutiques, the bakery, gym and yoga classes. It is an eclectic community with much to offer.

Akumal and Surrounding Communities
Area Descriptions
Akumal Bay
Akumal Bay is the heart of our community with a perfect white sand beach. Along Akumal Bay you will find dive shops, restaurants, a spa and boutiques. The beach here is soft and sandy with a nice gradual slope making it very easy to walk out into the water. The bay is also protected by an outer barrier reef that keeps the water calm and clear on most days.

This is a great beach for families with small children. The Kid's Club is also located on Akumal Bay. If you are not planning on renting a car accommodations on Akumal Bay can be very convenient for you. Everything is within a close walk. Grocery stores, the gym, restaurants and snorkeling. There are taxis easily available and it is a short walk to the highway to catch the bus.

Accommodations on Akumal include an all-inclusive hotel, private villas, moderate hotel and upscale condominiums. Something to consider: Akumal Bay is a public beach and can be very busy over holidays and weekends. As with all of our natural bays we recommend water socks if swimming or snorkeling.

Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay defines the center point of Akumal and is where you will find a great selection of condominiums and just a few reasonably priced villas. Yal-Ku Lagoon is an easy 15 minute walk to the north from most accommodations on Half Moon Bay. Akumal Bay and Downtown Akumal is a 15-20 minute walk from most points along the bay.

This is an important turtle nesting ground and the snorkeling is great. You can see sea turtles, midnight blue parrot fish and many other species of tropical marine life in Half Moon Bay. The coral here is healthy and varied including a large stand of Elk Horn Coral that is home to schools of blue tang fish. Half Moon Bay has a nice white sandy beach Which can get rocky as you reach the water line with some turtle grass as well. More means better snorkeling coral, more coral rock, so water socks or other protective footwear is recommended.

The beach of Half Moon Bay is generally very quiet with few people, even during peak times.

Jade Beach
Jade Beach is a quiet sandy beach located one and half miles south of Akumal Bay via the highway. The beach is generally soft and sandy, and like Half Moon Bay, this is an important turtle nesting ground. There are only a handful of luxury villas and one very nice condominium property located here. There are very few people and the setting is serene.

A scenic 20 minute walk along the beach trail will take you from Jade Beach to Akumal Bay. It is a great walk in the morning but we would caution against using the path after dark. It can be rocky and uneven.

For restaurants, grocery stores and other services you must travel to Akumal (less than a 5 minute drive) or other points. It is a very short drive. If you are staying on Jade Beach we recommend that you have a rental car.

South Akumal
South Akumal is a gated community of beachfront villas and one condominium property. This is a perfect beach. Long stretches of soft white sandy, a nice gradual slope and a protective outer reef to keep the water calm. The snorkeling and swimming are wonderful.

Like Jade Beach, South Akumal, offers a very tranquil setting. Each of the villages located along the beach have highlighted the gorgeous setting and the unbelievable blue of the water and sky. And again, while there are no services within a short walk, Akumal proper is less than a five minute drive away.
Aventuras Akumal
Aventuras Akumal is located just down the highway from Akumal, proper, about four miles. This is a long stretch of beach with soft white sand and incredible views. The bay here is semi-protected by a barrier reef stays so calm for the most part, but not quiet as protected as Akumal Bay. Still, great snorkeling and an excellent opportunity to find beachfront properties at a very reasonable rate.

There are actually two entrances into Aventuras Akumal now. The first leads to the north end and is used exclusively by guests of the Oasis Akumal All-Inclusive Hotel. The second enters from the south and will lead you to one of the Riviera Maya's most uncrowded white sand beaches. There is a convenience store here and one little food service establishment at Villas de Rosa. The beach is never crowded and it is very enjoyable.

Soliman Bay
Soliman Bay is the perfect spot for people who truly want to "get away" This is a large bay with a nice beach and incredible views. Located half way between Akumal and Tulum, Soliman Bay is close to Xel-Ha, Tankah and other beaches. Tulum offers a great selection of restaurants, grocery stores and boutiques and is an easy 10 minute drive south. Akumal is just 12 minutes to the north.

Each of the accommodations along Soliman Bay are designed to highlight the incredible natural beauty of the Riviera Maya. You will find very charming little beach houses, perfect for a honeymoon, anniversary or other romantic getaways. Most of the accommodations offer sea kayaks and shade palapas. Once you arrive, you will find it hard to leave.

There is one restaurant within one mile of the beach bungalows and luxury villas available on Soliman Bay. Oscar and Lalo's offers fresh seafood and cold beers in a casual beach setting.

The beach here is expansive with very few people. Generally only guests of properties along the bay can be found walking the beach, kayaking or snorkeling. If it matters, Soliman Bay is considered "clothing optional" so you may see topless sunbathers.

Soliman Bay is a large crescent shaped bay. The beach here is primarily soft sand. It is wider with finer sand towards the north of the bay. The southern end of the bay is exceptionally private and lovely, but is rocky. There is water access. Water shoes are needed. Along Soliman Bay you will see a mix of sandy bottom, turtle grass and some rock.
There is so much to see and do, it's hard to know where to start. The diversity of people, cultures and natural beauty means that there is something new to explore everyday. So-in case you choose to slip out of your hammock we have included a very brief list of some of the areas major attractions. This is only the beginning!

The Riviera Maya's ecological parks offer an excellent opportunity for families or those on a quick trip to glimpse into all the Mexico and the Riviera Maya have to offer. Mayan Culture, Flora and Fauna, Archaeological Tours, Water Attractions and great Swim With Dolphin Programs are available to visitors. The parks are not inexpensive. Do your research so that you can make the best choice on entry fees (entry or day package only) and make your reservations in time to enjoy everything that the parks have to offer. The Eco-Parks of Xcaret and Xel-Ha strive To provide a global example that development, conservation, culture and entertainment are compatible concepts.

There are two major parks: Xcaret and Xel-Ha. We Encourage to visit their websites for discounts on passes, detailed program information and interactive maps.

Please visit www.xcaret.com For more information, discounts on entry fees and reservations for dolphin swims and other activities.

Located at the Heart of the Mayan Riviera, where the old port of Pole embedded. Xcaret invites you to discover a paradise that shelters all the wonders of Mexican Caribbean. Just few minutes away from Playa del Carmen and less than an hour from Cancun.

Xcaret in Mayan language means "Small Cove. It is located on the border of the Caribbean Sea, in front of Cozumel, and it does not only provides with a breathtaking Natural Cove, it also offers 30 fully-interactive activities, among them, the most incredible ones are: underground rivers, butterfly -pavilion, turtle-farm, interactive-aquarium, museum and dolphin center and the best show with local and folk costumes, music and folk dances from all over Mexico.

At the park, you will be able to taste fresh seafood cooked with the regional and characteristic flavor, as well as other Mexican dishes while listening to joyful Mexican folk music groups.

The evening show is spectacular! You will find your self transported through time in scenarios and Mayan ceremonies, pre-Hispanic dances, you will be a witness to a "Ball Game" and at the end, you will feel Embraced by the sounds of instruments enriching regional colorful dances from all places of Mexico at the "Xcaret at Night".

Please visit www.xel-ha.com For more information, discounts on entry fees and other charges and reservations for dolphin swims and other activities.

The largest natural aquarium in the world! It is formed by a salty water lagoon Which currents flow to Caribbean Sea, it looks like a precious mirror, and it is Nurtured by a river of tranquil waters.

Old Mayan legends tell about the Mayan gods who mixed their wisdom, enchantment and love for the beauty in order to create the place where the best of nature in the Caribbean is found all together. Old Mayan this place called Xel-Ha "Where the water is born".

This tropical park of breathtaking beauty, has a turquoise blue lagoon, a river of tranquil waters and an exuberant jungle, when together form a unique scenario in front of the sea. It just takes you to go into the jungle to find old Mayan cenotes.

Dolphin Swim Programs
Two of the finest dolphin swim programs available are located within the Xcaret and Xel-Ha Eco-Parks. Again, their websites provides excellent information on the swim program including times, cost and eligibility.

The Dolphin Discovery Program is also very good and offers the opportunity to swim with dolphins without the added expense of park admission fees.

Xcaret Dolphin Swim Programs
Swim with the dolphins: During this program, visitors are hosted directly by the dolphins swim Which among them during a prolonged period of time Allowing themselves be petted freely Swimmers soon learn and are surprised at the dolphin's jumps and the strength and speed with Which they propel them along. In all modesty and with pride we can honestly say that this is probably the best dolphin swim program in existence, just ask our visitors. 1 hr. program.

Delphi Kids: Children will enjoy and know the abilities of their aquatic friends being Accompanied by an adult.
First our little visitors will get name tags so that we can call them by their names, then everyone gets to carry out fun activities while listening to very interesting and colorful explanation. The dolphins get to swim up close to their new friends and may even surprise them by jumping completely out of the water.
Let yourself get carried away by the magic of Delphi Kids.
� 30 min. program.
� Program only for children under 43 "or 1.10 m of height, Accompanied by an adult.
� Both pay.

Trainer for a Day program. This program is created for all people who are curious about knowing what the dolphin trainers activities are, also you will have the opportunity to be close to these marvelous animals.
During the day, you will learn about the facilities, participate in training, feed dolphins, see what they do under water and much more, all inside our facilities at Xcaret and Xel-Ha parks.

From 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
� For 15 years and older.
� With good health condition, no smoking.
� Includes: a picture, video, uniform, lunch and certificate.

Delphinus Dolphin Swim Program
Delphinus Please visit the website for more information and discounts on tickets. www.delphinusworld.com.

Delphinus offers a new dolphin swim program which guarantees 50 minutes of interaction with the dolphins. It includes a pair of swim goggles for participants so that they can watch the underwater dolphin interact. The goggles are your's to take home! Photos and DVD's are available for an additional fee.

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