Akumal, Mexico is a cozy little village on the Yucatan. The "resort" is a hodge podge of little cabanas and a small apartments. I liked the resort since it wasn't over the top and it had a public beach where locals and resort goers both entertained the day. During our stay we made it a habit to walk a nearby road towards Half Moon Bay. Along the way we found many species of orioles, flycatchers, and even a cute Ferruginous Pygmy-owl. I didn't know what to expect spending Christmas in Mexico, but I must say it was both relaxing and rewarding. If you're looking for a great place to unwind, then look no further. Plus, the birds will come to you, with nice views from the beach of Magnificent Frigatebirds and terns. Birding Akumal was a great way to end 2011.