If you bring the children to Akumal on vacation, there are many things available which are perfect for the younger members of the group. It?s important to keep the kids busy and interested in all of the fun activities available in Akumal.
Aside from touring the local Mayan ruins, snorkeling is maybe the most popular activity for all visitors to Akumal, and some of the places are especially fitting for the children. With a few safety precautions, the kids can partake in this fun with little possibility of hurt or accident.
Properly fitted life jackets should be worn by each child. Most villas provide these life jackets free of charge. These will not only stop deadly accidents in the water, but will help to cover their body and stop sunburn in this area. Sunscreen 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 see 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 children can busy themselves with the white sand all day long. Buckets and shovels give the opportunity to make sand castles while you relax and watch the kids play. A sandy beach in front of your rental is a huge plus. Most rental villas also have a fresh water pool with a Jacuzzi for the family to use. Many also have kyacks for you to enjoy.
Always discuss with the children the importance of being aware of your location before a day at the beach. They should not play near 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 children in the group. It is a sanctuary for spider monkeys located four miles south of Akumal at the pubelo of Chemuyil. Here, they can see 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 something for everyone in the family, and are ideal for even the small kids. Hike the jungle to cenotes, tour a cave, ride the zip-line in the jungle, swim with the dolphins, tube down a river, jump from a cliff, or eat homemade ice cream made 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 just enjoy to play in the water all day will help you to choose the best for them to partake in. Talk with your kids about what they would like to see and do while in Akumal, and try to oblige at least one thing that even the kids want to do.