AKUMAL - CHRISTMAS, 2005

 

We just returned from a fabulous week spent at the Akumal Beach Resort (ABR) in Akumal, Mexico. What a great trip it was! The weather was postcard perfect - hot days, warm water, pleasant nights. I know that a lot of people have been concerned about the damage done to the area from the hurricane. Hopefully these pictures will put your mind to rest.

 

 

Patience! You're about to see the beach at sunrise! ( If it never shows up, open this window using Internet Explorer.)

The resort wasn't 100% full, but every room that was available was booked. The staff was busy fixing beachfront rooms that had been damaged and repainting and restaining almost every day. Yet, everything we needed was in great shape. There was a great variety of good food in the restaurant, and drinks flowed from the three bars around the resort.

I feel like we only touched the surface of everything there was to do. Every day, there were pool activities (my sister in law took full advantage of morning water aerobics.) Ron and I spent the mornings snorkeling in the bay. Actually, we ended up spending afternoons (after filling ourselves happily at ABR's ample buffet) doing even more snorkeling. Late in the week, I took time for a massage - what a treat, with the sound of the ocean in the background. With side trips to Playa del Carmen (overrated for touristy shopping), snorkeling in a cenote, and visiting the ruins in Tulum, we tumbled into bed in a state of exhaustion  each night. That was a shame, because we were never able to stay awake long enough to make it to the nightly shows in the theater!

 

We had planned to take LOTS of movies and pictures - and then spent most of our vacation in the water! Akumal is an incredible place to snorkel and dive. The bay was so rich in wildlife. Although some of the reef was obviously damaged by Wilma, we found many places where the coral was still beautiful. Between the fish, turtles, rays, and eels (yuck!), we saw our fill of wildlife. Once we get our underwater photos developed, we'll take you on a tour of our travels under the water.

 

The best part is that thanks to Venta Diving

- the dive shop located at ABR - we not only got hooked on snorkeling, we trained and suited up for our first scuba dive! We now have another expensive habit to maintain! But more to come on that, too, when we get our pictures developed.

 

I'm already planning things to do for the next trip - Xel-Ha, Chichen-itza, daily Spanish lessons, daily dives, parasailing for two....