Costa Maya, Mexico
Entrance to Costa Maya
Language and Currency
What is Costa Maya Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?
Spanish is the official language, but you will find English spoken within the cruise port/tourist area. Their currency is the Mexican Peso, but the US Dollar is widely accepted.
Costa Maya is the section of the Caribbean coast of Mexico running from Sian Ka’an Biosphere south to the town of Xcalak, near the Belize border. Just north of the fishing village of Majahual (also spelled Mahahual), in the heart of Costa Maya, cruise lines have erected a pier and carved out a piece of the jungle to build an artificial Mexican coastal village. Surrounded by jungle, this primitive setting offers a vast expanse of natural scenery.
Costa Maya Pool
A shopping village, outdoor amphitheater, a couple restaurants and bars and a swimming pool have been erected. A makeshift beach was created, restrooms and lockers were added and beach chairs and hammocks were strewn along the coast. Voilà, a new cruise ship port is born.
Costa Maya is hot and tropical with average daytime temperatures in the 80’s. The sun can be intense in this region so make sure to use sunscreen and apply it often.
The ship will actually dock at the specially built cruise pier of Majahual, approximately ½ north of Majuhual proper. This very long pier leads to the shopping and entertainment area, but open cart transportation is provided for those who would prefer not to walk.
There is a shopping village directly to your left at the base of the pier.
At the shopping village you can purchase liquor, rugs, leather goods, typical Mexican souvenirs and jewelry. A word of caution about the quality of the jewelry, however, as most appears to be silver-plated. Also, be aware that bartering is expected and you may encounter some rather assertive local hawkers.
Costa Maya Beach Complex
Chairs and hammocks line the man-made beach for sunning or relaxing, but the rocky beach does not offer good ocean swimming. There is, however a nice salt-water pool with a swim-up bar. A Mayan folklore show is offered for free at the amphitheater. Wave runners can be rented, as can bicycles.
Take a taxi ($5 per person) to explore Majahual, the
quiet, rustic fishing village nearby. Or rent a golf cart ($12 and hour)
if you are more adventuresome and wish to venture from the confines of the
“tourist development”. If you do venture from the dockside development, a
trip to nearby Uyumil Che (nicknamed the Monkey Farm) can be entertaining.
This facility can best be described as a rehab center for injured wild
animals, or discarded pets that need to be reinstated to their natural
habitat. Bird watchers are delighted with the number of toucans that can
be spotted from the nearby jungle. Less than an hour away is Chinchorro
Reef Underwater National Park. The world’s second largest barrier reef
that protects most of the Costa Maya shoreline is a treasure for divers
and snorkelers. Sunken ships abound and the coral reef is magnificent.
Of course, one of the best excursions from this port is a visit to the Mayan Ruins. Chacchoban is the closest, at a little over an hour away and just a bit further is Kohunlich. Exploring the ruins is a great opportunity to garner a glimpse into the past.
If you enjoy diving than Chinchorro Reef Underwater National Park is a must, but otherwise think of this as a relaxing private island “beach day”.
Not to my knowledge, but as this area is developed that may change.
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We were only here for the morning and hadn’t planned anything other than some time at the local beach so we took a leisurely walk into the shopping area about 9am, it was very hot and it was nice...read more
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Costa Maya was beautiful. The blue green waters looked like they were right out of the Corona beer commercials. The shopping center off the pier is perfect for people who really do not want to...read more
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Since we only had a day to consider what excursion to do in Costa Maya, we opted to wing it, upon the advice of the bar staff. Since our port of call days were pushed up by a day, the Captain...read more
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