Activities at Sea
DIVING: There are two PADI certified dive shops on the beach within walking distance of the casitas. Both offer rentals (by day or week) of snorkel and dive gear. Both offer one-day “tourist” courses or 3 days for certification. And both have ocean dives in the morning, afternoon and night, plus cave and cenote diving.
FISHING: Both dive shops can arrange fishing trips, generally for half days, but also for full day trips that include lunch.
SNORKELING: Just about all types of hard and soft coral abound in Akumal Bay, with shallow depths near shore to well over 40 feet reefs further out. Expect to see many varieties of colorful fish, large and small. Three varieties of Rays and numerous Green sea turtles are regularly seen. And, the occasional Long-nose Sea Horse. Las casitas provides our guests free life vests, snorkels and masks.
XCARET: Located 30 km north is a large recreational park with river snorkeling, restaurants, paddleboats, etc. Admission is around USD $ 56.00 per person, plus an extra fee to swim with dolphins.
XEL-HA: Located 12 km south, Xel-Ha is another rock and mangrove lagoon National Park with a USD $ 30.00 admission fee. Avoid midday crowds.
YAL-KU LAGOON: Located 2 km from the casitas at the north end of Akumal, the snorkeling here is wonderful among deep rock formations and mangroves. There is a small admission fee for this hidden jewel of a National Park. No diving, fishing or use of suntan lotion.
Activities on Land
AKTUNCHEN CAVES: Located 4 km south of Las Casitas are thousands of stalactite and stalagmite formations.
BIKES: Bicycles Free For Guests ....if available. Please check at Reception.
CHICHEN ITZA: A 3-hour drive north towards the Cancun Airport. Turn west onto the toll road to Coba. From there, head towards the most famous of the Mayan ruins.
COBA: One-hour drive south to Tulum, turn right at the sign. Here you will find the tallest temple pyramid on the Yucatan Peninsula. This is an enormous site in the jungle amidst 5 lakes. Take insect repellent, and of course, it will be cooler in the morning. Lunch is available at Villas Arqueológicas.
ECOLOGICAL CENTER (CEA): Located in the large rectangular building near the casitas. Learn all about the Akumal eco-systems, go on jungle and turtle tours, and find out why it is so important we protect these turtles’ habitats. Check for daily-posted events or make reservations for those activities you might be interested in.
GOLF: 9-hole courses are located 15 minutes north at Puerto Aventuras. 18-hole courses are located 25 minutes north at Playa del Carmen. Please ask Reception for directions.
HORSEBACK RIDING: Horses may be rented at several locations, please enquire at Reception.
JUNGLE WALKS: Bike to a cenote in the jungle. You will need to hire a guide from CEA.
SIAN KA’AN RESERVE: Located 40 km south on the Boca Paila road. This park consists of a protected 1.3 million-acre biosphere (mangrove swamp, forest, and savanna with lots of wildlife). Reservations from Akumal travel agency are suggested for day trips.
SPAS: Various spas and massage therapists are available in the area, most within walking distance. Please contact Reception for names and numbers.
TULUM: Located 20 minutes south, we suggest you get there early before the tour buses arrive. There are small admission and parking fees.[/tp]