Amazing Akumal Riviera Maya

Suzanne Barney on 14 April 2019
We continued our journey across the Riviera Maya stopping at Secrets Akumal Beach. This is in what they call 'zone E' in the Tulum area so you are looking at a 2 hour transfer from the airport.

Tulum is the famous Mayan walled sea port ruins which date back to the 6th century. It is quite unique as it is coastal and had access to sea and land. Located on top of a 45-foot cliff face it is known as the city of the dawn as it faces sunrise. It is the third most visited site in Mexico and is relatively well-preserved ruins. Not very sheltered so don't forget your hat! Plus, there is a beach below if you want to cool down.

I visited this site 16 years ago outside now there are plenty of shops and restaurants outside so good for picking up a souvenir or two. Two other places to see close to this area (which are full days out) are:

Xelha: the world’s largest natural aquarium is nearby which is fantastic for snorkelling.

Xcaret: a nature park with more than 50 natural and cultural attractions plus you can snorkel in underground rivers.

Secrets Akumal is less commercialised than the other Secret hotels and has a lot more foliage and 'jungle' feel about it with twisting pathways leading to hideaway restaurants and bars. There are 3 pools and a fabulous beach where you can snorkel with turtles. Akumal means 'place of the turtle' in Mayan so excellent for snorkelling.

The seaside restaurant did the most amazing shrimp tacos for lunch (I could have ordered all the menu) and crepes with banana and strawberries for breakfast. I was living the foodies dream.

The rooms were lovely with swim up rooms for the romantics with plenty of activities going on around the hotel but not disturbing anyone.