If you bring the kids to Akumal on vacation, there are many activities here which are great for the younger members of the family. It’s important to keep the kids busy and interested in all of the exciting activities here in Akumal.
Aside from touring the local Mayan ruins, snorkeling is maybe the most interesting activity for all visitors to Akumal, and some of the places are especially perfect for the kids. With a few safety measures, the kids can participate in this fun with little chance of injury or accident.
Well fitted life vests should be used by each child. Many villas provide these life vests free of charge. These will not only prevent deadly accidents in the water, but will help to cover their body and prevent sunburn in this area. It should also be applied often to avoid serious skin damage from the hot Caribbean sun!
Yal-Ku Lagoon offers an optimum location for young snorkelers. The calm waters of the area are free of choppy waters and multiple waves, allowing them to view the bright ocean life easily. The bay in front of the houses in South Akumal also is perfect because of the reef blocking the waves.
A day at the beach is loved by everyone, and the kids can occupy themselves with the white sand all day long. Buckets and shovels provide the chance to make sand castles while you relax and watch the kids play. A sandy beach in front of your rental is a big plus. Most rental villas also have a fresh water pool with a Jacuzzi for the family to enjoy. Many also have kyacks for you to paddle.
Always discuss with the kids the importance of being aware of your surroundings before a day at the beach. They should not walk on turtle nests or dig around in them for fear of destroying eggs buried beneath the sand.
The Jungle Place is a great place to take the animal-loving kids in the family. It is a sanctuary for spider monkeys located four miles south of Akumal at the pubelo of Chemuyil. Here, they can view many of the local wild animals which are caged or chained for safety. They may also play with the monkeys and talk to the many colorful parrots located here.
Places like Xel Ha, Hidden Worlds, Dolphin Adventures and Actun Chen also offer excitement for everyone in the family, and are ideal for even the small kids. Hike the jungle to cenotes, visit a cavern, ride the zip-line in the jungle, swim with the dolphins, tube on a river, jump from a cliff, or eat homemade ice cream available at many of the local eateries. They are all within a ten minute drive of Akumal.
Depending whether your children are adventurous, interested in animals and nature, or simply enjoy to play in the water all day will help you to choose the best for them to engage in. Discuss with your family about what they would prefer to see and do while in Akumal, and try to do at least one thing that even the kids want to experience.