Things to do in Mahahual

Things to do in Costa Maya

Mexico is a country full of beauty, mysticism, magic and natural resources. Among them all is the Mexican Caribbean, dense jungle and charming little towns located in the state of Quintana Roo. Probably the most famous destination is Cancun and the Riviera Maya, but further south on the state there’s another jewel that’s worth everyone’s attention: Mahahual.

What is the Mahahual?

Mahahual is the part of Quintana Roo located south of the Riviera Maya. It is a group of charming towns and villages that are characteristic by their quaint feel, white sandy beaches and azure waters.

But where exactly is it?

Mahahual is a small town located at 145 kilometers away fromChetumal, the heart of the zone known as Costa Maya.

It has been developed as an alternative touristic center, where tourists from all over the world are welcomed, due to its cruise dock and the offered ecotouristic attractions, such as Banco Chincorro, the second largest barrier reef in the world.

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The beautiful town of Mahahual is known mostly due to its infrastructure ready to welcome hundreds of cruise ships that come from all over the world. But little do most people know that Mahahual is a town beyond its port and offers many fun activities during and off-cruise ship season.

Getting to Mahahual

Firstly it’s of easy access from the airport of Chetumal or even from Cancun airport, the road is basically a straight line connecting all of the coastal cities of Quintana Roo, from Cancun to Chetumal.

There are also public transportation options to get there from the main bus stations, not only in Cancun, Chetumal but also in Tulum, Playa del Carmen and more.

Moving around in Mahahual

Mahahual is a quaint village that’s easy to walk. Almost everything is walking distance so it’s pretty cheap to move around if you didn’t rent a car or own a vehicle. There are also vans and other more quaint options inside the city with all of the Mexican Caribbean charm.

Where to stay in Mahahual?

Mahahual has plenty of lodging options that suit any traveler. For those looking for a great option for some R&R there’s Quinto Sole. It’s a little hotel by the beach in Mahahual that suits any traveler.

Top 5 things to do in Mahahual

There are plenty of fun activities that can be done in Mahahual.

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Long walks on the beach

Due to the beautiful and long white-sandy beaches located in Costa Maya one of the main leisure activities is talking long walks by the beach.

This is a great way to explore the area, get a stunning even tan and exercise. All with the benefits of being able to do this barefoot as the white sand stays cool even in the hottest and sunniest of days.

You will find many interesting places and probably some of the little wildlife that leaves by the beach

Snorkeling and Diving in Mahahual

Off the coast of Mahahual, due to that area’s depth, there’s plenty to see. Coral formations, marine wildlife and beauty anywhere. You can take any of the many tours that take you around the area, even down one of the piers as it has served as protection and gathering for many sea creatures.

If you’re into more adventure than just snorkeling, diving is always an excellent option in Mahahual, especially because near the area you will find “Banco Chinchorro”. It is an atoll reef near the border with Belize that will definitely make the dive more than worth taking. Banco Chinchorro is part of the 2nd largest reef system in the world.

Banco Chinchorro alone covers an area of around 310 square miles (800 km2). And due to its formations and flora is home to a great variety of sea creatures including crocodiles! As the natural vegetation that conforms the small islands also found here are mostly mangroves. For this and more it was named by UNESCO as a World Heritage.

Aside from the natural phenomenon’s you will also find shipwrecks to explore while diving in Chincorro. Among these wrecks you will find 2 Spanish Galleons.

Mahahual’s themed water park

Mayá, Lost Kingdom is a water park inspired in an expedition through the Mayan Jungle made by expeditioner Stephen Johnson this park will prove to be an epic adventure. From extreme adventures such as zip-lines and hanging bridges to water slides you’ll get your heart pumping and experience a great day in the sun. If you want to avoid the crowds you can choose to go in the days were there are no cruise ships docked.

Luxury brands

Among the many activities you can enjoy in Mahahual, Costa Maya once the sun is down is to shop ‘til you drop. Due to the many cruise ships that dock in this town there are plenty of high-end luxury brands that will satisfy even the most exclusive tastes.

Cruise ships

Mahahual is one of the most popular destinations for cruise ships in the Mexican Caribbean. Enjoy the best of the Caribbean while on board luxurious cruise ships that cater to your every need. It’s the perfect way to get to know the area.

These are some of the many things you can do in Costa Maya. And at the end of the day, there will always be a great spot where you can chill with an ice-cold ‘cerveza’ in your hand to enjoy the evening warm breeze, the moon and the beautiful night sky.