Welcome to Mahahual
Mahahual and the Costa Maya is the new favorite vacation destination on Mexico's Caribbean Coast. Mahahual is the Hidden Jewel of the Yucatan Peninsula.
This small fishing village located on the beautiful turquoise Caribbean Sea is just south of Playa del Carmen and Tulum and boasts white powdery beaches and temperatures ranging from 78-85F every day of the year.
With a nice highway from Cancun's International Airport, the drive to Mahahual is easy. There are many beautiful attractions along the way including the historic ruins of Tulum and Coba.
If you arrive at Costa Maya on a cruise ship you'll have been encouraged to take an organized excursion rather than do your own thing. Our advice would be walk straight through the tourist shops alongside the port, grab a taxi outside and in 5 minutes and at a cost of $2 per person US you'll arrive in Mahahual.
The cruise ships will tell you that Mahahual is not safe. This is because they want you to shop and eat at the port owned mall and shops. Mahahual is very safe - Go enjoy!
Come listen to the soothing sounds of the Caribbean. Here "life slows." It's time to leave the crowds of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum and enjoy the natural beauty and authenticity of this quaint village.
Mahahual offers small hotels in the heart of the town and luxurious vacation villas on its secluded beaches. There are grocery stories, restaurants and many of the activities you'll find in any great Beach Vacation Destination... all without the crowds!
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There are many sites in Mahahual and the Costa Maya.
The coastal lands between Tulum and Xcalak are an explorers' paradise. Unspoiled mangrove estuaries and marshlands just back from the beach, are hatcheries for hundreds of species of fish. These ecosystems provide world-class saltwater flats fishing for anglers, and fertile feeding grounds for migratory birds that fly between the United States and Central and South America. After fishing or bird watching, check out the Ruins in the south end of Quintana Roo. Head out of the Mahahual town center into the interior of the peninsula. The Mayan ruins of Chacchoben are very close to the town of Limones with the Mayan ruins of Kohunlich and Dzibanche just to the south.
Come Visit Us And Relax In Mahahual
Come see us in Mahahual, enjoy your day on the beach. There are over 20 restaurants, bars and the same amount of small shops at half the price of the port shops. The food is wonderful and very inexpensive. Take the day and visit Mahahual It's too far to walk, and cabs are everywhere in Mahahual getting back to the ships is quick and easy. Mahahual is like most Mexican towns in regard to finding a nice restaurant on the beach. The waiters will be out to get your business. Just look at their menu in hand and check the prices. Once you see what you like, have a seat. The service will be fantastic.
Just Relax and Enjoy!
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There is lots to do in Mahahual and summer is a great time to visit. There are no crowds!
Mahahual’s Popularity Rises
Mahahual, a laid-back fishing village that grows a few days each month when the cruise ships arrive, is growing into one of Mexico’s top tourism and retirement destinations. The town is looking forward to an exciting summer as the cruise ships will only arrive a couple of times a month. This means the crowds will be gone and the summer months will let Mahahual get back to the fishing village it loves to be. (The best time to visit)
This area of Mahahual and the Costa Maya has many alternatives to the towering all-inclusive resorts that line the beaches of Cancun and Play del Carmen. Accommodations in Mahahual range from camping and boutique hotels to luxury villas.
Direct flights from most US cities into Cancun International are how most arrive and then make the drive to Mahahual on the all new and improved roads. The city of Chetumal has been working to expand the Chetumal International airport as well. When completed the drive will be 1.5 hours to Mahahual.
If you plan to visit, make your reservations early.
Taxis to Mahahual
There are two ways to get into Mahahual from your ship. (Taxi or Port Shuttle) Taxis are located 100 yards outside the port's exit, and port shuttle transports are located inside the port.
Most port employee can help you find the shuttles but will not help you find the Taxis.
Ask for the "port exit", not a "taxi", or you will be directed to the shuttle. Shuttles are easier to find, but take a lot longer because of all the stops before you reach the center of town. These cost $3 US per person. Important!! Shuttles only go into the downtown. You must take a taxi back to the ship. Taxis are faster and cheaper, $2 US per person.
Whichever you take, you will want to get off near the center of town. This is where you will see a small soccer field and basketball dome. You can get off there and head one street to the beach. At the beach is the Malecon or (walking path) no cars. Here you can walk left or right to enjoy all the restaurants, bars and shops.
Remember when traveling to email yourself a copy of your passport, drivers license, credit cards, etc. If lost or stolen you can have access from anywhere!
Only have a week vacation… 7 day trip to Mahahual
Mahahual is an easy and fun drive from the Cancun Airport.
Spend a great 7 day trip in Mahahual
Fly from the US to the Cancun International Airport
Rent a car from any of the major rental car companies at the airport. You can see them all online. (rent in advance)
After picking up your car, drive to Akumal (approx. 1 hr. south of airport)
rent a hotel room or a bungalow. (Bungalows are cheaper) and can sleep up to 5 people. (www.hotelakumalcaribe.com) make reservations in advance. This is a nice location and right on the beach.
Drop your bags in your room and walk out to the beach. Here you will find the Lol-ha restaurant and bar. So, within one hour of leaving the airport parking lot, you’re on the beach with your favorite cold beverage! And it’s only the first day!! There is another awesome bar just a short drive up the beach (approx. 2min drive) The bar and restaurant is called La Buena Vida (www.labuenavidarestaurant.com)
Again, it’s right on the water and a must see!
Wake up and have breakfast at the Lol-ha restaurant which is included with your stay. We recommend walking over to Turtle Bay Bakery about a 2 min walk. (www.turtlebaycafe.com) here you will find a great menu and coffee. Next, head back to your room and check out.
Next, make the short drive to Tulum (about 15 min) from Akumal and hit the grocery store. The large grocery store in Tulum is called Chedraui. Here you will find everything you need for the week. They have great produce, meats, fish, chicken, bread, cheese, milk juice and or course alcohol. Don’t forget to pick up a (Styrofoam ice chest<< about 4.00 usd and ice) for the drive.
If you are adventurous and have time, we recommend the Ruins of Tulum or Coba. (You’re in Tulum and the ruins are right there) Coba is a 30 min drive from Tulum and you’ll spend 1 to 1.5 hours there. Then 30 min back to Tulum and the grocery store. (So, plan on 2.5 to 3 hrs)
We think the ruins of Coba are much better and you can climb to the top of the Nohuch Mul pyramid, the tallest in the Yucatan (entrance fee is around 4.00 usd each) After Coba, hit the grocery store. (Plan on 1 hr at the grocery store)
Now you’re off to Mahahual…
The drive from Tulum to the Mahahual turn off is an easy 2 hours. A good place to stop and get gas is at one of three gas stations in Felipe Carrillo Puerto about 1 hour from Tulum. (Gas stations are at each end of town and in the middle) each end is less crowded. Continue past Felipe Carrillo Puerto about 1 hour to the Mahahual turn off.
The Beach and town of Mahahual is about 30 min from the turn off. Our recommendation is booking in advance one of several villas located in the area. We are biased and enjoy Casa Maria seen here (www.CasaMariaMexico.com) its perfect, they offer a min 4 night stay. You can also stay at one of the boutique hotels in Mahahual. We enjoy being away from the center of town and the cruise ship passengers. We do however like to go into town for lunch or dinner after the cruise ships leave. :)
When visiting Mahahual after the ships leave, tell the waiters you want the menu that’s in Pesos, not USD (much better prices)
Here is your return trip info:
Stay 4 nights in a Villa in Mahahual...
head back and stay in Akumal or book a hotel in Cancun for the night. Now your within 15 min of the Cancun Airport. Great Job!
Things to remember:
Get money at the Airport ATM, the grocery store ATM or any of the bank ATM’s in Tulum. Keep gas in the car. (Mahahual does have a gas station and a couple of small grocery stores) Casa Maria does have a on site caretaker that can help you with any of your needs. Mention this website and receive 10% off your Casa Maria Reservation. (Reservation has to be made through www.CasaMariaMexico.com website)
Enjoy your 7 day adventure... the roads are great and the drive is safe!
Next time spend 2 weeks, everyone always does!
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