Blogs from Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico, North America


North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Akumal March 11th 2018

Every day while traveling we have to make plenty of decisions and yes sometimes these decisions are not always the right ones. However the most important decision we make and take the most time deciding, is where are we going to eat. The biggest factor in this decision is people, are there people eating in the restaurant and are they local people. Secondly can we see the kitchen, if we can then it's a good sign and if there's local people eating there, then decision made. The thought process behind these decisions has resulted in us enjoying some fantastic and delicious food, none more so than Lil' Bites in Placencia, Belize. This 4 metre square wooden shack painted green and white served some of the best food we have ever tasted. Behind the small opening is ... read more
Mahahaul beach Mexico

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Akumal December 26th 2017

HAPPY BOXING DAY Akamul was at the top of my Tulum to do list, who doesn’t want to swim with turtles? Rumours of new laws were rife and I couldn’t find any information at all so I was doubtful that I was going to end up going. BUT, we were going! I heard someone mention it, agreed to go with him (despite secretly hating him) and before we knew it there was over 20 going, basically the entire hostel! After yesterdays sunburn I was still unsure whether I should go or not (sunburn + beach = good idea?) The other Aussies wanted to ditch everyone else and go alone which left me stuck in the middle a little but anyway. Our well overfull collectivo dropped us off at the start of a long path towards the ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Akumal January 14th 2016

We left Cozumel Monday for the ferry ride back across the channel to Akumal. To my total and utter dismay it was raining and very windy which of course tranlasted to extremely rough seas. It was a tough 40 minutes, I sat in the middle of the ferry state room with a "blue bag" in one hand a kleenix in the other. Luckily I didn't have to use the "blue bag", but it was close, very close. We arrived in Playa del Carmen with 4 dive lockers and 4 backpacks, so had two pedicabs take our bags and we followed them on foot to the Hertz rental center. Two hours later and very frustrated, we finally had our rental car, and only then because the manager of the rental car center happened to come back into ... read more
Beach in front of our Condo, La Bahia
Inside of condo
Sunrise over Half Moon Bay

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Akumal December 14th 2015

After a week in Merida, we took the ADO bus to the Cancun airport for our transfer to Palladium Royal Suites Yucatan. After resolving some issues with our room assignment, we settled into a week of great weather, food and service. We were upgraded to a one bedroom suite from a junior suite which will certainly be our choice in the future. With entertainment every night in El Jardine, the exclusive Royal Suites restaurant, to entertainment in the lobbies and beach, there seemed to be much more entertainment than last year. The food was fantastic with grilled lobster, rack of lamb and the not to be missed coconut shrimp. ... read more
Some more bed art

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Akumal December 18th 2014

We spent 7 nights at the Palladium Royal Suites Yucatan in Akumal which is about one hour south of Cancun. The resort is an adults only all-suite all inclusive resort attached to a 4 resort complex managed by Palladium. The setting is in a seaside jungle with canals that has managed to maintain its natural setting with an abundance of wildlife including coutamundis, raccoons, iguanas, and several species of birds. Comparing this resort to the other 20 or so all inclusives we have stayed at including Couples, Secrets, Dreams and others, I would say that this beats them hands down in ambiance, facilities and service. Wonderful room, with a personal 4 person Jacuzzi on the balcony, 24 hour room service, Royal cart service to anywhere in the complex, access to the Zentropia spa, and lobster included ... read more
Day at the Spa
Rack of lamb and lobster

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Akumal June 3rd 2011

I can go home now. I had such a great time at Laguna Yal-Ku in Akumal that I’m totally fulfilled. When I walked from the parking area through the meticulously manicured path and arrived at the entrance of the laguna proper, my mind was blown. It took a good long while to wrap my head around how beautiful the location is. The above-water world is only partially what makes this place one of my favorite in the world. The snorkelling was fantastic. And there isn’t even any brillantly colored coral. The lagoon floor is white and peppered with white rock formations below, mangroves above. As I swam, I would see light piercing through an opening in the rocks and in due time I was able to follow an opening to the other side. It was very ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Akumal October 19th 2010

On our first morning at the Rio Playa hostel we were surprised to find edible breakfast. Just cornflakes, carton milk, bread and jam, but still a step up from the last place. The weather was a little overcast, but we had decided we wanted to visit the Caribbean island of Cozumel. We knew this place was a divers' hotspot but we decided we wanted to go for a look anyway. We sat around for a little while chatting with some guys at breakfast, and eventually they convinced us that it would be a complete waste of time to go there unless we did dive. They had been to snorkel there a few days earlier, and apparently there was nothing to see. So we decided that we would go to Akumal, a place which is known to ... read more
Another beach paradise
Katie underwater
Our new snorkels

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Akumal July 3rd 2010

Wednesday June 30th was a success. I returned to the pueblo with Antonio and interviewed a woman and her daughter. They weren't the best interviews because many of their answers were very brief but regardless, it helps. We ended up at a Mayan restaurant where I met a family who owns the place as well as works in the hotel industry. I hit the jackpot! Or is it 2 words.......Anyways, the owner was from Chicago and manages a hotel on the coast. His honest answers blew me away. I'm saving those details for my thesis. His wife is from Guerrero, one of the most beautiful places in Mexico, and she has worked in all the big resorts of Mexico. When I say resorts I mean "hubs" or destinations (terms used in my field), such as Cabo, ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Akumal June 30th 2010

Monday June 28th started a very productive week. I jumped on the colectivo and headed to Akumal pueblo to find community members to interview. I found 5! With my effed up Spanish I managed to explain the research I'm doing, the reason I want to interview them and setting up appointments. I admit, I need to work on my grammar skills. I always fuck up verb tenses so my sentences sound so odd. Perfecting my Spanish and starting a 3rd language, possibly Polish, German or Mayan, are some of my big plans after grad school is finished. Back to my exciting day.........My volunteers were: one woman who worked at a laudrymat, a man who worked at the internet cafe, a woman just sitting in front of her home and 2 wonderful ladies chatting it up in ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Akumal June 28th 2010

Day 2 was an very unproductive (thank you unreliable wi-fi). The good thing is that I now have 3 interviewees that I plan to talk to this coming week. I have come the decision that I will only stay in Akumal for a month instead of 2. The remaining time I will spend satisfying my curiosity by visiting the Mayan ruins that consume this beautiful place. Not much has happened in the last 24 hours so sorry for the lack of excitement today. ... read more

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