There may be no better destination for summer vacation than the Caribbean, yet while many families will be jetting off to Jamaica or the Bahamas during the warm-weather season, there is just as much to see and do on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. Travelers interested in sunning themselves on Caribbean shores south of the border may want to book a beach house vacation rental in Akumal, one of the region's finesttourist destinations.
Though overshadowed by its more famous Yucatan cousin, Cancun, Akumal is a gorgeous beach town in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.
The city's name means "Place of Turtles" in the Mayan language, a befitting title as the town regularly plays hostto a nesting sea turtles. In its current form, the city was established as a community for scuba divers in 1958, and has since become something of a beach paradise.
The key attraction to Akumal is its pristine white-sand beaches at Akumal Bay and Half Moon Bay. The crystal clear water and bevy of marine life make these destinations great for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.