The little-known, scenic beach town of Akumal, Mexico provides the perfect setting for this custom trip to celebrate a 40th birthday. Akumal is a small, laid-back beach community along the Caribbean coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula that sports wide, white sand beaches, clear, blue-green waters with amazing tropical reefs, and a handful of excellent local restaurants and beach bars. Your life of leisure begins here and everything is easy breezy – hop on a bicycle and putt around town, jump in a kayak and explore the bays, grab some snorkel gear and check out turtles and tropical fish, or opt for just walking the beaches with sand between your toes.
The birthday getaway is a 5-night, 6-day vacation from November 8-13, 2013. An ideal amount of time for a relatively quick getaway that still allows four full days to relax and play in the sands, sun, water and restaurants/bars of Akumal.
Akumal, pronounced ah-koo-maal, means “Place of the Turtle” in Mayan. (Akumal beaches are nesting grounds for the endangered Loggerhead and Green Sea turtles). The beachfront village is part of the Riviera Maya Coast, a safe, established vacation region for foreigners and locals alike. Akumal is located between Playa del Carmen (30 miles south) and Tulum (10 miles north). The island of Cozumel is about 15 miles off shore. While only an hour drive from Cancun, Akumal is cool and different than its surrounding neighbors – without the crowds and built-up, touristy feel.
Even though Akumal stretches only about a mile along the coast, it packs in plenty of options for relaxation and fun. The three beautiful bays of Akumal (Half Moon, Greater Akumal & Aventuras Akumal) offer both soft, sandy beaches and tropical reefs for your swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling pleasure. A 10 minute stroll south from the villa takes you to Akmual Bay, the main beach. It is also where you will find a smattering of local restaurants, bars, and shops including bike and kayak rentals. A quick walk in the other directions brings you to another beach at Half Moon Bay. Other activities you may want to partake in are visits to nearby lagoons, jungles, caves, eco-parks and Mayan ruins.
Day 1 – Nov 8th: Nonstop flight from Washington, DC (Dulles International Airport) to Cancun, Mexico. One-hour drive to Akumal. Check-in late afternoon/early evening.
Day 2 – Nov 9th: Free day to do whatever you feel like – perhaps some snorkeling or kayaking
Day 3 – Nov 10th: All day to do whatever you’d like such as beach volleyball or biking or just relaxing at the villa
Day 4 – Nov 11th: Free day to enjoy however you wish – maybe do some town exploration or visit nearby Mayan ruins
Day 5 – Nov 12th: Last full day – Lazy beach day? (sunbathing, swimming, walks on the beach, naps)
Day 6 – Nov 13th: Travel day back to Cancun and nonstop international flight home
You will be staying in a 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom private waterfront villa that sits on a ½ acre lot along the Caribbean Mexican coast. This cool, spacious compound consists of the main house (2-BR, 2BA) and a separate 2-BR casita (2-BR, 2BA) along with a swimming pool, sand volleyball court, outdoor dining/sitting space (w BBQ grill), gazebo/palapa. There is TV, internet access and A/C.
The 4-bedroom property accommodates 8 people with 2 beds in each bedroom:
Main House-Master Suite: Queen Bed [Reserved for birthday girl & significant other]
Main House-Guest Room: 2 twin beds (converts into king bed)
Casita Guest Room 1: 2 double beds
Casita-Guest Room 2: 1 double and 1 twin
Note that while this is a waterfront villa with amazing water views, there isn’t a swimmable beach right out front. However, a short walk in either direction conveniently takes you to two different beach options. The villa is also an easy walk into town with several bars, restaurants/cafes, grocery stores, and bike, snorkel & kayak rentals.
The cost of the trip is $450 per person including:
- 5 nights accommodation in a private, waterfront villa – sharing a room (two beds in each bedroom)
- Roundtrip, private transfer service from Cancun International Airport to the villa in Akumal (pick-up from airport and one hour drive to Akumal)
The cost of the trip does NOT include meals, activities (e.g., bike/kayak rentals), or the nonstop international flight.
The flight that everyone needs to book is:
- United flight #1154 departing 12:20pm from Washington DC (IAD), arriving 3:06pm in Cancun (CUN) on Friday, November 8.
- United flight #1133 returning on Wednesday, November 13 at 4:01pm from Cancun (CUN) and arriving 8:12pm in Washington, DC.
The airfare for this flight is typically around $450-$475.
We highly recommend TravelSafe® optional insurance.
Here are a few reasons to get trip insurance:
- Reimbursement for cancellation penalties (which can be 100% of your investment) in the event of an unforeseeable illness, injury or death of you, your travel companion or a family member.
- Reimbursement for cancellation penalties if you are called for jury duty, your home is damaged due to fire, windstorm, flood or vandalism or military leave cancelled.
- Health insurance coverage while traveling outside of the U.S. as many health insurance companies limit or do not provide coverage outside of the U.S.
- Reimbursement for unused portion of your trip if it is interrupted.
- Medical evacuation/repatriation expenses to an appropriate medical facility or back home in the event of a serious illness or injury while traveling.
- 24-hour help line for any travel emergency, such as medical, lost tickets, lost passports, and other travel documents.
Please make sure you have a valid passport that does not expire within 6 months from the date of the trip.
The average high temperature in Akumal in November is 85 degrees with an average low of 75 degrees.
There is a one hour time difference between Akumal and Washington, DC – the time in Akumal is one hour earlier than the local DC time (Eastern Standard Time).
There tends to be concern about traveling to Mexico in light of news accounts of drug cartel related activity. Akumal is located on the Riviera Maya region of the Yucatan Peninsula. This is a very safe, popular area for visitors and is a prime tourist district being on the Caribbean Mexican coast. There are no travel warnings anywhere in this vicinity nor have there ever been any warnings or incidents.