Spring Break with a Twist – Akumal, Mexico

Spring break isn’t just for wild 20-somethings taking a breather from college.Adults and families with small kids need a break too, especially after a long, snowy winter like this one! How about checking out a destination that is beyond the usual hot spots in Mexico for your spring break in 2014?

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Cancun, Mexico has always had a magnetic appeal for spring break getaways, but with an enlarging list of fun activities and budget-friendly deals, the famous Mexican beach town of Akumal is attracting more visitors than ever. Much more family-friendly, Akumal is one of the best places in Mexico that you can take your loved ones to, for a wholesome, yet fun, spring break getaway.

Situated on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Akumal is not as advanced as the other more popular beach destinations of the country and hence it has a more easygoing aura, free from brawling parties and nightlife as we see in Cancun – (in)famous for its spring breakers (here are some tips from U.S. State Department for spring breakers in).

You can take joy in a pool, snorkel and splash in eco-adventure parks or catch a tour to be enthralled by the striking Mayan ruins. Akumal has a little bit of something for everyone.

Fun At The Beach 

White limestone sand along with the stunning turquoise water makes Akumal Bay one of the most picture-perfect beaches in the area. The beach is ideal for both, beach lounging as well as for those who want a little adventure. You can enjoy windsurfing, scuba diving and snorkeling or simply even people watching. There are plentiful of palm trees and hammocks on the beach for the times when you need a break from the sun. Watch fabulous sunrises, sip margaritas while digging your toes into the sand and watch the sea turtles pop up their heads above the gorgeous turquoise water!

Snorkeling& Scuba-Diving  

With its healthy coral reefs, underwater caves and calm lagoons brimming with marine life, Akumal is a Mexican destination known for its opportunities for aquatic adventure. The beautiful Yal Ku Lagoon is situated in the northern part of Akumal Bay and is unmistakably the focal point of the region. This beautiful lagoon runs roughly 500m from its beginning to the sea and in addition to the brightly colored fish and corals; it is also home to sting rays and turtles! The shallow waters are also perfect for snorkeling.Half Moon Bay is another popular snorkeling site in Akumal. The Yucatan region is also noted for its cenotes. Divers can delve into fresh water cenotes and explore a 120-foot sunken ship just offshore. Besides snorkeling and diving, Akumal also offers several other water sports such as kayaking,deep-sea fishing, jet-skiing and parasailing.

Tryst With Nature 

About two miles south of Akumal, the Actun Chen Natural Park features a six-acre wildlife zoo where local flora and fauna are preserved. Featuring animals and birds like the white-tailed deer, snakes, agouti and parrots, this natural park offers its visitors a great mix of fun and adventure. Those looking out for some thrill can hike through an almost 1000-foot cave to see unique stalactite and stalagmite formations and also a crystal clear cenote. About a 10-minute drive from Akumal is the Xel-Ha Ecological Park where visitors can swim with dolphins or jump in and snorkel with the fish and other marine life.  Visitors can also engage in activities like rope swings and cliff jumping.

Exploring Some Glorious Mayan Ruins

15 miles south of Akumal is the visually stunning tourist destination of Tulum, most noted for its Mayan ruins.The Tulum Mayan ruins are eye-catching for their location, sitting atop cliffs directly overlooking the Caribbean Sea. After a walk around the ruins, visitors often swim and snorkel off the beach below.A few hours away from Akumal is another very important Mayan ruin site known as Chichen Itza. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chichen Itza is most noted for the Pyramid of Kukulcan or the El Castillo, which was declared as one of the New Seven Wonders Of The World in 2007.

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