Set in the heart of the Riviera Maya, Akumal is a resort community centered on scuba diving, and was even founded expressly for the purpose of providing a haven in the Mexican Caribbean for divers. Getting to this small community is easy, and getting around is even easier as you'll discover as you read on.
While flying would be the most convenient and recommended way to get to Akumal, it certainly is not the only option. Some tourists choose to sail their own yacht, and others will sign up for an excursion hosted by their cruise line as part of a sail through the Caribbean.
Most everything you need in Akumal is within walking distance, and when it isn't, renting a bike will do the trick. If you need a more powerful way to get around, rental cars, taxis, buses, and collectivos are available.
Located about an hour north of Akumal is the (CUN), which is where visitors will fly to when this is their mode of transportation of choice. Flights are available to this airport in abundance from all over the world on a regular basis, and tourists rarely have a hard time booking one. The airport is one of the most modern in the region, and is often highly acclaimed, so visitors won't have to worry about arriving to a shoddy facility. Find out more about this airport and the process to get here by reading out guide to Akumal Air Travel.
As a coastal town in the Mexican Caribbean, many tourists make plans to sail their own private watercraft to Akumal each year. Before you can dock at your preferred marina here, you'll have to gain clearance with customs, immigrations, and the port captain's office. This can be done in Cozumel, Puerto Morelos, and Majahaul. When you pull in to dock you'll be asked to read and sign an Import Form, and present originals and copies of your boats paperwork, a crew list, and a passport and tourist card for every passenger and crew member aboard. After all of this has been taken care of and you have been approved, you'll be able to officially head to Akumal.
Cruising to the Mexican Caribbean is extremely popular amongst major cruise lines that sail about the region, and although Akumal is not a designated cruise port, many lines offer excursions to the town that include snorkeling and a chance to see the turtles that this town is well-known for. Most experienced cruisers would recommend that you only visit Akumal via cruise if it is part of an excursion hosted by your cruise line to ensure that you make it back to the ship in time.
From golf carts to large vans, you'll find your options with regards to renting a car are wide open in Akumal. Prices for rentals here are generally well under $100(USD) a day, put everything from the time of year that you visit to the place you rent from can have an effect on the total cost. Your budget shouldn't be your only concern when you're trying to decide if renting is for you. You'll also need to make sure you're up for driving in a foreign country. Click here for more information on that subject, as well as a complete list of rental agencies in the area.
Taxis are plentiful in Akumal, so tourists who prefer to let a knowledgeable local drive them around should have no trouble making it happen. Rates are set in advance by the local taxi union, so negotiations will never be necessary, but settling on a rate before you drive off is still always recommended. Although prices are always changing, you can get an idea of what you'll spend taking a taxi in Akumal by clicking here.
...known for their luxury seating...
Throw out all of your preconceived notions about buses in Mexico, because those poor traveling conditions are a thing of the past. Today in Akumal, buses are clean, well kept and a pleasure to ride on. Then of course, you have the buses that travel between cities in the area, which are known for their luxury seating, and even go so far as to offer wireless internet in many cases. On top of being clean and reliable, buses are the least expensive way to get around. Click here to read more about this option.
Collectivos are yet another form of public transportation available in Akumal. They are white mini vans that can transport up to 15 passengers at once and fall somewhere in between buses and taxis. Locals prefer this way of getting around because they are so inexpensive, costing about 20 pesos, or $2(USD) a person. Collectivos are in service daily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Although there are a number of things that will inform your decision regarding how you'll get to and around Akumal, in the end it could very well be as simple as personal preference that makes the final call. Knowing your options is important, and from there you'll be able to make the best choice for you and your travel companions.
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