RE: Non AI Hotel for family trip -- Help please!
I think you would really like Akumal. I took my family down in Dec., one grandson is 13 yrs old and younger ones are 6.... We stayed our first and last nights in Playa. We had fun in Playa, but I wouldn't think to let the 13 yr old go exploring on his own. Akumal was very family oriented, small and very relaxed. There's lots to see in the beach area and it's very convenient for getting snacks and refreshments. Also the snorkeling is great! Have a wonderful time!
Livin' la vida loco en Tulum! I highly recommend it!