Half Moon Bay, Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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Half Moon Bay, Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Half Moon Bay vacation rentals

A crescent of pristine white sands on the Riviera Maya

One glimpse of this sandy, crescent-shaped inlet of turquoise blue waters will have you over the moon. Set along the stretch of the Gulf of Mexico coast affectionately called the Mayan Riviera, Half Moon Bay's white sands and warm waters are a prime example of why beach lovers keep flocking to Mexico's oceanfront paradise. Halfway between the towns of Playa del Carmen and Tulum, this picturesque inlet of luxury condominiums and Half Moon Bay vacation rentals is a perfect base for exploring the sites of Caribbean Mexico, from climbing Mayan ruins to snorkeling hidden watering holes.

Relax yourself mind, body, and soul on the Mayan Riviera

Crystal clear turquoise waters and fine white sand beaches make the Mayan Riviera feel like a slice of heaven. If you can tear yourself away from all the relaxing, grab a snorkel and immerse yourself in a sea of rainbow-colored fish. To get even more up close and personal, hop a boat to the nearby island of Cozumel for some of the best diving in the world. Align your chakras in laid-back Tulum, where New Age meets the tropics and you're just as likely to find holistic healing and yoga retreats as you are homemade tacos and sandy beaches.

Explore ancient ruins and hidden watering holes

Perched on a clifftop overlooking waters that are a shade of blue you have to see to believe, the preserved Mayan ruins at Tulum National Park are a must-see. It's worth it to tear yourself away from the beach for some snorkeling and ecotourism at Xel-Há water park or at one of the many local cenotes (hidden natural swimming holes) for a one-of-a-kind adventure -- some are even underground! Once you've worked up an appetite, indulge in a taco crawl while exploring the quirky streets of Playa del Carmen.

Trade in your winter blues for turquoise beaches

The Mayan Riviera is always hot, so pack light. The distinction in these parts isn't summer vs. winter, but wet vs. dry, with dry season lasting from November to May, and wet season stretching from June through October. You'll want to be careful if you're planning to book a Half Moon Bay vacation rental in the second half of the wet season, as hurricanes can swing through the region. The waters are a perfect temperature for swimming year round, though April can see an influx of pesky jellyfish, so proceed with caution.

If you don't know what a cenote is, you're in for a treat

Meet the cenote -- a natural swimming hole formed by collapsed limestone bedrock and unique to the Yucatán peninsula. Some are almost entirely closed-off underground caves, others are hidden in the jungle, while still others open straight into the ocean. A Half Moon Bay vacation rental puts you in a prime spot for exploring these fascinating natural phenomena. Of course, there's also no shortage of traditional beaches, with miles and miles of pristine white sands and glittering turquoise waters running up and down the coast.