For our first visit to the Yucatan, we decided to stay in Akumal based on some recommendations from friends. We were very fortunate to find such a wonderful condo with a very helpful owner, Diana. Akumal is an easy place to fall in love with and we felt like the best decision we made was to stay there.
Though the beaches are nicer at Akumal Bay, we preferred staying at a condo on Half-Moon Bay. It’s less crowded and you literally walk out the door to a great snorkeling spot. We rented bikes at the condo for $5/day to make trips to town a little faster, but it also makes for a nice walk in the morning and evenings. It also helped that our favorite bar, La Buena Vida, was just down the road with great food and drinks. Down the road the other way was our favorite snorkeling spot at the lagoon.
The condo itself was great for a bunch of reasons. We loved that it was on the first floor so it was easy access to the beaches and just for coming and going in general with neighbors on just one side. Everyone that worked there was very friendly and we had no problems at all, though there was someone on call 24hrs a day in case something happened. There is a full kitchen with everything one would want to prepare your own meals. We shopped at the big market in Tulum and made lots of great meals. It felt more like we were staying at someone’s full-time residence than a typical condo or hotel room. Very homey and comfortable with all of the small touches like beach towels, coolers, and a breakdown of local restaurants and things to do. Plus free wi-fi was nice to have as well.
We did rent a car, and that made everything on this trip much easier to be able to do what we wanted. We were a short, easy drive to the Mayan Ruins and cenotes. I would strongly recommend someone thinking about staying here to rent a car, and we had Diana help us get that figured out.
Our trip was one of those trips where we were already planning our next stay at this condo. It would be a great place to go with 2 couples or with the family. We hope to make it back down as soon as we can take another vacation!