Rated #1 under specialty housing for Akumal! Best vacation rental value between Akumal and Tulum - and it's not a condo. Stay where returning visitors want to be for the more authentic experience.
Ak Kun is a tropical retreat with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath nestled near Xcacel beach, just 5 minutes south of Akumal, in the heart of the Riviera Maya. During your stay at our casa 'Ak Kun' you have options! You can enjoy a laid-back vacation with local flavor in the town of Chemuyil with visits to Xcacel beach - or you can have an active holiday snorkeling in Akumal, diving, boating, dining, zip-lining, touring Mayan archaeological sites in Tulum and Coba, swimming in cenotes, visiting a local monkey preserve and the list goes on...
Our casa is a single family home in a cute Caribbean community with a 10-15 minute walk to Xcacel beach. Inside our home you will find gorgeous Mexican handcrafted furniture composed of local exotic hardwoods that are eco-friendly and Sealy pillowtop mattresses. The master bedroom features a king size bed, while the guest room offers a queen size (twins can be substituted, please inquire). Ak Kun has all the amenities of home, including a kitchen, dining area, sectional sofa for lounging, flat screen TV/DVD player and iPod docking station. The gated outdoor patio and courtyard allow for dining al fresco or a siesta in a hammock. The front of the house offers views of the jungle. Cenotes are on site and the lush flora and fauna will delight!
Ak Kun means 'turtle nest' in Mayan and is so named because Xcacel is where the turtles come to hatch on the beach each year during nesting season in the summer. Xcacel is a pure, secluded stretch of white sand set against the turquoise sea and has received honors as one of the finest beaches in all of Mexico. Enjoy a turtle walk at Xcacel or snorkel with the turtles in Akumal Bay, just a short 5 minute drive. Nearby Yal-Ku Lagoon also provides an aquarium-like setting for snorkeling in serene, crystal clear seas. The infamous Xel-Ha eco-park, where you take a lazy river ride or jump off a rope swing into the lagoon, is practically across the street!
Families, couples, golfers and dive/snorkel enthusiasts alike will enjoy the proximity to the following sites:
Xcacel Beach - 1/2 mile, it is possible to walk or drive, parking available
Cenotes(fresh water swimming) - 3 on-site and several nearby
Xel-Ha Lagoon - 1.5 miles
The Jungle Place Monkey Preserve - 1.5 miles
Akumal / Half Moon Bay / Yal-Ku Lagoon - 5 miles
Bahia Principe future golf course - 1 mile
Dos Ojos & Hidden Worlds Cenotes - 2 miles
Tulum ruins and pueblo - 15 miles
Xcaret Eco Theme Park - 22 miles
Playa del Carmen - 28 miles
Cancun airport - 1 hour, 15 minutes
As your hosts, we will do everything to make your stay with us as enjoyable as possible. We are able to offer ideas for things to do, provide suggestions and directions for trips and help budget any aspect to make this a perfect vacation.
If you are a frequent visitor or a family looking for an economical vacation, Chan Chemuyil provides the ideal vacation locale away from the mega-resorts. The recently renovated neighborhood of Chan Chemuyil is a charming international community. Our development of 234 single family homes are perfectly situated within walking distance (less than 10 minutes) to one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire Riviera Maya - Xcacel Beach, a true hidden gem, set amongst popular tourist destinations. Our casa provides you with the comfort and privacy of your own home while placing you right in the heart of the Mayan Riviera.
*We have 14+ homes available for rent in the community which can accommodate large groups and provide alternate bed configurations. Please contact us for more information.
Keywords: House, casa, Akumal, Tulum, Xcacel, Chemuyil, casita, villa
Hola! Bienvenido a Ak Kun! I love to travel and seek warm, tropical destinations with fabulous beaches and lots of activities to occupy my restless nature. When I found this little casa in Chan Chemuyil I had to buy it because it is directly across from one of the top beaches in Mexico – Xcacel (pronounced ish-ka-sell). Xcacel is nearly a half mile crescent of perfect white sand and turquoise seas. The beach itself is a turtle sanctuary where you can view turtles hatching at night from May through October, and because of the preservation there, it is an undeveloped hidden gem.
Jen purchased this house in 2008
I bought Ak Kun because we finally found a place where my husband and I want to return again and again for our vacations because there is so much to see and do. The area offers amazing beaches and a vibrant culture. Within 5-10 minutes of Ak Kun you will find an array of fun filled sites to visit including Xcacel beach, Akumal Bay, Xel-Ha Ecopark, Yal Ku Lagoon, The Mayan Ruins of Tulum, Hidden Worlds zipline adventures, Dos Ojos Cenotes and Caverns, The Jungle Place Monkey Preserve, AkTun Chen Caves, Tulum beach, the pueblo of Chemuyil and SO MUCH MORE! Don’t even get me started on food because I am a total foodie and have eaten my way from Akumal to Tulum. You can find everything from seaside restaurants and upscale international fare to cheap, local authentic Mexican eateries. My personal favorites not to be missed are Pizzeria Leo’s and Loncheria El Parque in Chemuyil and Lucy’s shrimp tacos & ice cream and La Cueva Del Pescador in Akumal. At the latter you can get a fresh caught grouper entrée and refreshing margarita for less than $10 USD!
The community of Chan Chemuyil has 234 homes and is located a short walk across the street to Xcacel beach via a private gated path. There is also adequate parking at the beach if you prefer to drive over with your beach belongings. If you want to walk to the pueblo of Chemuyil at night for dinner or supplies, just bring a flashlight along.
When you awake in the mornings you will enjoy neighborhood strolls to admire the flora and fauna of the jungle. Afterwards, the waves of Xcacel beach will beckon you to the gorgeous white sand and crystal clear waters for a day of leisure and relaxation.
Our onsite property managers are a husband and wife team that have done this for many years. They are bilingual and readily available to help you with everything you need to know about the area and casa Ak Kun. They pride themselves on happy customers and will make your stay comfortable and worry-free.
The drive from the Cancun Airport is approx. 1 hour, 15 minutes (about 60 miles).
There are nearby grocery stores and markets for shopping. On the trip south from the airport on 307 you'll pass major chains in Playa Del Carmen, including Soriana, Chedraui, Wal-Mart and Mega. Another great option is San Franciso de Assis supermarket in Tulum, 10 minutes south of Chan Chemuyil on 307. In the pueblo of Chemuyil there is a large convenience store called the Super Pool Express and there are also many smaller local stores that will have basic necessities.
We had a great time! The house was so cute. We loved everything just wish we had better weather.
Walking distance to cenotes (sacred freshwater swimming holes). Several dive centers offering PADI-certified instructors in Akumal and Tulum, Snorkeling in Yal Ku lagoon, Xel Ha and X'Caret Ecological Parks, Swim with Dolphins, Mayan ruins of Tulum, Coba, Muyil, Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Hidden Worlds Cenotes, Dos Ojos Cavern and Cave Diving, Sian Ka'an Bioshpere reserve, Aktun Chen Cave Cenote, Beaches of Akumal, Xcacel, Xpu Ha, Soliman bay, Tankah and Tulum.