Despite being about an hour away from the nearest airport, Akumal is an easy destination to make arrangements to visit. Because it is essentially a resort community, local transportation services have made an effort to promote travel here by keeping the bus and collectivo routes plentiful. But before you even think about worrying about ground transportation, you'll need to book a flight which is also easy to do thanks to the fact that the airport in Cancun is one of the biggest and busiest in the country.
In 2009, Cancun. This is great for travelers who will easily find flights not only from major international hubs, but perhaps even from their local airport. When this isn't possible, a quick connection certainly is., was ranked the Best Airport in Latin America and the Mexican Caribbean by the Airports Council International. A quick overview of the facility and it is easy to see why. This airport, which is the second busiest in Mexico, but that handles the largest amount of international traffic, is modern, clean, and always looking for ways to streamline travel. The latter is especially important considering 14 million plus passengers are serviced here each year. The airport has great relationships with airlines around the world and as a result in 2013 every single major airline flying from the United States and Canada offered regular flights to
This massive airport houses not only your standard food court and duty free shops, but also five sit-down restaurants, specialty and convenience stores as well as a pharmacy, banking services, a business lounge, a VIP lounge, a locker room, medical services, facilities for the disabled, a salon and spa, and a number of international car rental agencies. In addition to all this, there are two runways, three terminals, and 68 gates.
Getting through customs is something that every passenger dreads and some spend a lot of time worrying about. During your flight, you'll receive a customs form which is to be filled out before you arrive. As you get off the plane, you'll want to make sure to have this form plus your identification on hand. Canadian citizens are able to travel to Cancun with a copy of their birth certificate and a picture ID, while citizens of the United States and elsewhere around the world will need a passport and sometimes a visa. After a customs official reviews this paperwork you'll be press a button which will turn a light green which means you are free to go, or red which lets you know you'll be subject to further inspection. This is completely randomized.
If you live in the United States the list below may be useful. The online booking services may not recognize the best options so it can be handy to see a summary of which airlines actually provide direct service to this location.
|Austin, TX, USA||AUS||AirTran|
|Baltimore, MD, USA||BWI||AirTran|
|Chicago, IL, USA||MDW||AirTran|
|Chicago, IL, USA||RFD||Frontier Airlines|
|Cincinatti, OH, USA||CVG||Aeromexico, Frontier Airlines|
|Cleveland, OH, USA||CLE||Frontier Airlines, United Airlines|
|Detroit, MI, USA||DTW||Aeromexico, Delta Airlines|
|Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||FLL||Jet Blue, Spirit Airlines|
|Fresno, CA, USA||FAT||Aeromexico|
|Indianapolis, IN, USA||IND||Frontier Airlines|
|Kansas City, KS, USA||MCI||Frontier Airlines|
|Lansing, MI, USA||LAN||Frontier Airlines|
|Las Vegas, NV, USA||LAS||Aeromexico|
|Los Angeles, CA, USA||LAX||Aeromexico, Delta Airlines, United Airlines|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||Aeromexico, American Airlines|
|Milwaukee, WI, USA||MKE||AirTran, Frontier Airlines|
|Minneapolis, MN, USA||MSP||Delta Airlines, Sun Country Airlines|
|Orlando, FL, USA||MCO||Aeromexico, Jet Blue|
|Pittsburgh, PA, USA||PIT||AirTran, Frontier Airlines|
|Salt Lake City, UT, USA||SLC||Frontier Airlines|
|San Antonio, TX, USA||SAT||Aeromexico, AirTran|
|San Francisco, CA, USA||SFO||Aeromexico, United Airlines|
|St. Louis, MO, USA||STL||Aeromexico, Frontier Airlines|
This chart displays airline companies that are flying directly out of airports in Canada.
|Calgary, Canada||YYC||Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines|
|Edmonton, Canada||YEG||Sunwing Airlines|
|Halifax, Canada||YHZ||Air Canada|
|Montreal, Canada||YUL||Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines|
|Quebec City, Canada||YBQ||Sunwing Airlines|
|Regina, Canada||YQR||Sunwing Airlines|
|Saskatoon, Canada||YXE||Sunwing Airlines|
|Sault Ste. Marie, Canada||YAM||Sunwing Airlines|
|Thunder Bay, Canada||YQT||Sunwing Airlines|
|Vancouver, Canada||YVR||Sunwing Airlines|
|Winnipeg, Canada||YWG||Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines|
If you're going to fly from a location in Europe the table below will be useful.
|London, United Kingdom||LGW||British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Virgin Airlines|
See the table below for a listing of scheduled air service from other regional airports. Even if there aren't any flights directly from an airport near you, a connecting flight from another airport could be a very good solution.
|Belize||BZE||Maya Island Air|
There are a few different ways to get to Akumal from the airport, but taking a taxi is not one of them because taxis are prohibited from picking up passengers at the airport. Your options include hiring an airport transfer service that is approved by the airport, or taking the bus or a collectivo. You can also rent a car and make the scenic coastal drive yourself. Highway 307 is one of the country's major roadways that is well kept, and easy to drive on. If you'll drive yourself, you'll head northeast from the airport, taking the ramp onto Carretera Cancun – Tulum/Carr Federal 307. As you drive, you'll follow the road right, then left, then after about 45 minutes take the first left toward Calle 16, finally taking a right onto Calle 16, where you will find yourself in Akumal.
It doesn't get much easier than that and most tourists are quick to say yes to flying to their Akumal getaway as soon as they learn the process is such a manageable one. If this sounds like you, keep an eye out for deals on flights. They come around often, but you definitely don't want to miss them.
You can take a look at this table if you want to call the regional air charter operators.
|(998) 873-0501||Playa Del Carmen Airport - 1.3 mi. (2.0 km) South West of Playa del Carmen||Mexico|
|(998) 873-0501||Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun||Mexico|
|(998) 873-0501||Cozumel International Airport - 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) Northeast of San Miguel||Cozumel|
|(998) 873-0501||Holbox Airport - Holbox||Holbox|
|(998) 873-0501||Isla Mujeres Airport - 1.2 mi. (2.0 km) North-Northwest of Isla Mujeres||Isla Mujeres|
|(998) 850-3084||Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun||Mexico|
|(866) 420-9265||5.6 mi. (9.1 km) South West of Playa del Carmen||Mexico|
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