One reason to visit Akumal is its proximity to the Mayan ruins at Chichén Itzá, and the site is a popular day trip from this Mexican resort. The surrounding area is also known for its many spectacular caves, locally known as cenotes, and often containing a picturesque turquoise pool. Akumal itself has a wide choice of restaurants, bars and shops as well as several popular beaches. And it’s long been a popular place for sea turtle watching; the Mayan people described the area as the place of the turtle. The resort also boasts plenty of accommodation in varying price ranges, although an economical way to visit is by taking one of the many Akumal apartment rentals. Although dining out is fun, it can also be costly and a rental can save on the cost of dining out, as well as provide everyone with more space.