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Travel and Work Remotely
For many of us before Covid19, we never imagined being able to travel and work remotely. But now the world has changed. Businesses and organizations of all sizes and types have embraced remote workers. Being able to travel and work remotely is now a reality.
For many years until 2020, the only people who would travel and work remotely were freelancers, entrepreneurs, and the self-employed. But companies are now realizing that there are benefits to allowing employees to work remotely. One study found that more than a third of American jobs could be done entirely remotely. Another survey of company leaders showed that 82 percent plan to offer remote work after the pandemic.
Two Travel and Remote Working Stories at Ocean Breeze Akumal
So why not travel and work remotely for a few months of the year? As remote workers ourselves, we’ve set-up some of the apartments at Ocean Breeze Akumal to be places where people can comfortably travel and work remotely. In fact, well before Covid19, we’ve had people travel and work remotely for anything from a week to many months at a time. Take Kat and her best friend. They stayed here for a few weeks. Kat works in marketing and her friend was starting up a new business.
So, they decided to travel and work remotely. They had already been traveling in Mexico. And working remotely already before they arrived at Ocean Breeze Akumal. They would get up early and spend their day working. Sometimes at the pool deck, sometimes on the rooftop terrace. And sometimes in the apartment. They’d take part in Zoom and MS Team calls, they met their deadlines and they’d be uber-productive. Then they’d head to the beach. And on weekends they took a scuba diving certification course. They visited some of the Mayan Ruins too and visited many of the local cenotes.
But this was before Covid19. And then their biggest challenge was to overcome the perceptions of their co-workers. Some thought Kat was slacking off even though she was even more productive. Since being able to travel and work remotely she was much happier. And her productivity increased. But back in 2019 some of her co-workers were jealous. Now, perceptions have changed and organizations have embraced people who travel and work remotely.
Take, for example, Daniel and Sam. After a few months of Covid19 in the US and working from home they decided they wanted to travel and work remotely. Sam had already retired but her husband Daniel still worked and was planning on working for a few more years yet. But they loved to travel. So they took the opportunity to leave the US and came to the Riviera Maya for 3 months. They first stayed in an apartment they found on Airbnb. It was ok and they enjoyed the great weather and being able to hang out at the beach after work. But the place they stayed in wasn’t suited to remote working.
However they heard about Ocean Breeze Akumal and decided to try one of our apartments. It had upgrades designed for those who wanted to travel and work remotely. These apartments have special features such as fiber optic cable to the apartment for great wifi reliability. Also, they have specially installed surge protection. This is hard-wired into these apartments. So that all the devices in the apartment are protected from a power surge. And these apartments have several workspaces to choose from. Daniel and Sam enjoyed their stay so much that they decided to stay for an extra month with us before heading back to the US. And they plan again to travel and work remotely later on in 2021 and early 2022.
Benefits of Being Able to Travel and Work Remotely
There are many benefits of being able to travel and work remotely here at Ocean Breeze Akumal.
Fabulous Year-Round Weather
One of the great benefits of being able to travel and work remotely here is the warm tropical year-round climate. Monthly temperatures here vary only by a few degrees across the year. The temperature highs range from 27oC to 32oC (82F to 90 F) throughout the year. This is great because it means that if you like it hot, it is perfect all year round! Most days there’s at least 7 hours of sunshine and often as many as 10 or 11 hours. It’s so different from the harsh, cold, and wet winters of North America and Europe.
Apartments Designed for Remote Workers
The apartments are modern and well-equipped sleeping up to 6 people. Each has 2 bedrooms which are perfect for a couple working remotely. As the second bedroom can be dedicated as an office area.
All the apartments have washer-dryers, a 5 burner gas cooktop, microwave, coffee maker, and large fridge. All are 2 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Most of the apartments have 2 king-size beds. But we do have one apartment that has 1 king-size, and 2 twin beds in the second bedroom.
A select number of our apartments have been upgraded with those who want to travel and work remotely in mind. For example, these apartments include
Fibre optic cable into the apartment for great wifi reliability
Specially installed surge protection hard-wired into the apartments. So that all the devices in the apartment are protected from power surges
Several workspaces to choose from
Retractable insect screens so you can leave the windows open all day and night and create a nice gentle airflow through the apartment. When it is not in use it retracts so it does not block light or your view through the windows
"Cleanliness 10/10; Staff 10/10; Location 10/10; Facilities 10/10; Comfort 10/10; Value for money 10/10. El lugar es muy comodo y limpio. La anfitriona siempre dispuesta auxiliarnos y hacer la estancia muy agradable"(The place is very comfortable and clean. The host always willing to help us and make the stay very pleasant), Dalia.
The Sirenis Community
Your travel and remote working home is in the safe, secure, community of Sirenis. On one side of the community is the Sirenis Resort and on our side is the residential section. As well as being only a short walk to our local beach, a cafe, and a convenience store.
Your apartment is an oasis in the middle of the Riviera Maya. With all the benefits of a gated community. Including paved streets that run right to the beach. And nicely landscaped public areas. But none of the noisy shows or organized "fun" that goes with big resorts. Yet, if you want an entertaining day or night at the resort you can. Guests of Ocean Breeze Akumal can get reduced resort passes. The resort only a 15-minute walk away.
The building is modern and only 5-6 years old. It is extremely well looked after. All apartments have 2 SMART TVs, and either a ground floor patio or private balcony. The building has a very nice pool and a rooftop terrace with jacuzzi hot tubs. The view from here is fabulous. A great place for a siesta in one of the hammocks. To the east is the Caribbean ocean – great for sunrises. And to the west, you have great sunsets over the Mayan jungle. As well there is a bbq in the palapa at the pool for guests to use. And there are 2 communal bicycles available for guests as well. Sirenis is a nice, very safe, community to walk, ride, or jog around.
The local beach, Playa Xaac is only 400 m away. And about a 10 min walk away is a beautiful secluded inlet/lagoon, which is great for snorkeling. There is a convenience store about a 10-15 mins walk from here (or a 3-minute bike ride).
Your fabulous pool, Playa Xaac the local beach (only 400 m away!), or relax in a rooftop hammock
One of the best things about being able to travel and work remotely here are the fabulous white sand beaches. Within a short walk of Ocean Breeze Akumal, is Playa Xaac. And within a few minutes, there are many spectacular white-sand beaches for you to explore. Including Akumal Bay (where you can swim with turtles). Or XpuHa (the locals' favorite), and Chamicos on Soloman Bay (a hidden gem). (insert pictures and video)
Akumal Bay, Playa Xpuha and Playa Paraiso - all within a few minutes of your remote working apartment
Incredible Activities Nearby
And nearby there are many activities you can take advantage of, either after work or on weekends. These include:
Lots of cenotes close by. Each with its own unique character and ambiance. Great for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, and some for diving
Snorkeling with turtles in Akumal Bay. Less than a 5-minute drive away is Akumal Bay. An extremely well-protected bay where you are almost guaranteed to be able to swim with turtles. And the many species of tropical fish
There are also several Mayan ruins for you to visit as well. Tulum and Coba are some of the best nearby. And if you want a day trip visit Chichen Itza
The Riviera Maya is a hot spot for big game fishing. It's definitely worth taking a fishing charter while you are here. And you can combine it with a dinner cruise too.
The Riviera Maya is a wonderful place for scuba diving. There are lots of great diving spots along the coast. And it is one of the best places in the world for cave and cavern diving. If you’re not a diver then you can take a discovery dive course or take your certification while here.
Wind-surfing, parasailing, kite surfing, paddle boarding, and kayaking are all activities that you can take part in during your downtime
Or go for quiet strolls along the beach, maybe take in a massage, and happy hour at a local beach bar.
There are lots of great beach clubs to go to and relax at after work, or on the weekend. And if you want an all-inclusive experience you can buy a discounted day pass for the local resort.
Similarly, there are many great restaurants within a few minutes' drive of Ocean Breeze Akumal. From local Mexican eateries to the best Italian food along the coast. There’s something for everyone.
Great Mayan ruins to explore, fabulous snorkeling and water sports, great restaurants
Travel and Work Remotely - Learn More
So, what’s stopping you from emulating Kat and her friend. Or Daniel and Sam and being able to travel and work remotely at the same time? Learn more by contacting us now. We’ll answer your questions, and provide any extra information you need. And claim one of our specifically designed remote working apartments now.