Mahahual will soon be your new favorite Mexican destination on the Caribbean coast. It is known as the hidden jewel of the Yucatan Peninsula, and after one visit, you will definitely want to keep it that way because you will want Mahahual all to yourself!
A quick taxi ride from the popular cruise port of Costa Maya will bring you to Mahahual . This small fishing village is located just south of Playa del Carmen and Tulum, on the beautiful turquoise Caribbean Sea. It boasts white powdery beaches and temperatures ranging from 78-85 degrees year-round. Sounds pretty perfect, doesn't it?
Top on the list, enjoy a fabulous day on the beach away from the crowds of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum. There are over 20 restaurants, bars with fantastic service and prices at nearly half of what you'll find at the port shops. Sit back, relax, have some delicious food, and enjoy the natural beauty and authenticity of this quaint village. If you're looking for more adventure, the coastal lands between Tulum and Xcalak are an explorer’s paradise. You'll find unspoiled mangrove estuaries and marshlands that serve as hatcheries for hundreds of species of fish and feedings grounds for migratory birds that fly between the United States and Central and South America.
A visit to Quintana Roo is not complete without visiting one of the many Mayan ruins. The Mayan ruins of Chacchoben are very close to the town of Limones, west of Mahahual. This remote site is less traveled than some of the other nearby ruins, so much of the ruins are still intact. Some of the temple pyramids built by the Mayans after they settled in the area in 200 B.C. have been partially restored. Tourists aren't allowed to climb the ruins themselves, but you'll still get plenty of photo-ops from the base. Tulum, to the north also has some great towering ruins. This city was one of the last to be built by the Mayans so the sites are incredibly preserved. While you're here, definitely explore the underground river in the sacred caverns of LabnaHa Eco Park or dive into Cenote Dos Ojos to snorkel inside the caves in the middle of a forest.
Mahahual has small charming hotels in the heart of the town as well as some luxurious vacation villas on the beach. If you really want to escape from the crowds, check out Almaplena Eco Resort & Beach Club. This tranquil hotel offers the perfect getaway from the cruise ship crowds. It's small, charming and has its own secluded stretch of beach. Another great option is Hotel El Caballo Blanco. Its balcony rooms are perfect for enjoying a romantic sunset.
There are two ways to get into Mahahual from your ship at Costa Maya, taxi or port shuttle. Taxis are located only 100 yards outside the port's exit, and port shuttle stops are located inside the port. Shuttles are easier to find, but it'll take longer to get reach the center of town. They only travel downtown, and you must take a taxi back to the port. Taxis are actually faster and cheaper than taking the shuttle. Just ask for the "port exit" instead of a "taxi" or you'll be directed to a shuttle. The drive to Mahahual is easy from Cancun's International Airport. Just take México 307 all the way there.
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