Akumal, located just north of Tulum on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, is a beautiful oceanfront village which combines luxury lifestyle with the area’s splendid Caribbean beaches and pristine nature which has been carefully integrated into the village. Luxury Tulum real estate in the village is designed to optimize visual and active enjoyment of the beaches and nature, combined with comfort.

The beaches of Mexico’s Caribbean shore are wide, white with soft sand, and the famous turquoise water behind; many consider these beaches not only the most beautiful they’ve seen but also the most comfortable for walking on. These beaches draw regular returning visitors year after year, especially in the village of Akumal, where Half Moon Bay and Akumal Bay provide some of the finest and most exclusive beach areas even on the gorgeous Mexican Caribbean.

In addition to the beaches, Akumal is also home some of the area’s distinct natural features, including sea turtle habitats, natural sand dune areas just off the beachfront, and large lagoons a few hundred yards back from the beach, which are home to a variety of wildlife and vegetation. An aspect of Akumal which has been integral in its development since its founding is an effort to preserve this nature in a way allowing residents to enjoy it at the same time. The turtle habitats, sand dunes and lagoons are protected, with special areas for boats arriving and leaving, walking paths between the dunes and accessing the lagoon allowing residents to observe and enjoy at the same time.

Besides exclusive resorts in the area, especially the community of North Akumal is home to a small community of Americans and Canadians who have chosen to live in Mexico with luxury at its finest. Homes in the area are large, with panoramic ocean views, pools and gazebos overlooking the shore. Some include design from acclaimed architects. Oceanfront terraces, landscaped gardens and spacious yards make every aspect of life in one of these homes a pleasure.

The nature mentioned above is also a part of the pleasure of one of these homes; vegetation preserved in North Akumal offers wonderful views from the back of properties, as well as pleasant walking atmosphere. Homes located on the one of the bays will allow residents to snorkel or dive in the ocean, observing the sea turtles, other homes are only a short walk way. (The Akumal Ecological Center provides information on how to avoid harming the animals.)

A property in North Akumal is also a great investment. High vacation rental demand has allowed many home owners to fully book their property for the 2010/2011 Christmas-New Years season before the mid-summer. Through occasional rental, owners have also been able to cover expenses and more quite readily. Some include guest homes which can be rented out separately, or as part of the main house.

A couple of luxury homes in the area have recently seen considerable price reductions from original asking price, one of them now reduced to less than 50% of what a similar adjacent home is being listed for.

Akumal also includes a small village center, again with plenty of trees and green areas integrated. Here there are some small restaurants, little shops of local handicrafts and Mexican art, and a few basic services. Life in Akumal is quiet, and relaxing.

Within a short drive are many other features ideal for a comfortable lifestyle including 8 golf courses (one of which is host to Latin America’s first PGA event), large new shopping areas, and several marinas.

For more information about real estate or life in North Akumal, feel free to contact me at tlloyd@topmexicorealestate.com.

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