Traveling to the Yucatán: Advice to First-time Travelers

by Lydia Linton Pontius (Aug. 2014)

People often ask me why I return to the same place when there are so many new places left unvisited. And, in reality, I do travel to other places. It is just that the pull this area has on me is so strong that I feel the need to return on a regular basis, so that even if I weren't doing it for our business,, I would return frequently. In all my travels I have never been somewhere that has the effect on me that Akumal does. When I first drove through those arches, something spoke to my heart. Since that first time in 1999, I have seen a lot of changes in the area but the heart and soul remain the same.

Traveling to the Yucatán for me combines the feeling of going home and reconnecting to old friends, with the adventure of discovering new places, as I venture out in a new direction and a little farther each trip. This trip is going to be especially exciting because I will be bringing a friend with me who has never been to some of the places we are going.  A week of hopping around will be followed by 10 days of working with Expedition Akumal, helping to promote their work and develop their website.

For those of you who are first-time travelers to the area, I thought it might be good to write an article for you. What are the things to do and think about when coming to the Riviera Maya for the first time? There is so much here for everyone that it is important to ask yourself—what kind of trip do I want to have?

The Riviera Maya is home to some of the biggest and most elaborate All-Inclusive Resorts and for those who want to be totally pampered and not venture far, this is the way to go. We usually don't visit those places because there is plenty of information available already. What we like to highlight are the smaller boutique hotels that cater to the traveler who is more adventurous and wants to get a real feel for the