Mahahual, Mexico: Discover a hidden gem

Mexico is one of those countries that when it comes to vacations, people in the US only think about a few beaches, like, Cancun and Cozumel. And while those places are truly fantastic on their own, there are so many other little beaches and places to visit in Mexico, that I would have to write a whole book to tell you about them.

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This summer, we adventured to go about 100 miles south of Cancun, towards the city of Costa Maya. Costa Maya is a beautiful and popular spot to vacation. In fact, in the recent years it’s become a very popular shore for cruises to dock.

Obviously, the explorer in me decided to see what else the town had to offer {besides the booming commerce and beautiful beaches}. A little bird on Tripadvisor suggested to take a taxi down to the fisher town of Mahahual. So we did.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN VISITING MAHAHUAL:

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Mahahual is a small village located around 10 minutes south of the Costa Maya port. If you don’t go to Costa Maya on a cruise ship, you can easily find the port and from there you can take a shuttle or taxi to the village. It was not crowded when we went, considering that there a couple of were cruise ships docked. Perhaps many people don’t know about this hidden gem.

The ride was short and easy. The village is very clean and it has a very artsy feeling. It’s easy to navigate and you won’t get lost if you stay on the strip and within the restaurants area.

Village fishermen

Village fishermen

Transportation is easy

Some people advice against taking the shuttle {$3 per person one way) because you can actually walk to the town. But honestly, it’s a long walk in the beaming sun. Not recommended, unless that’s just your thing. You can also take a taxi just outside the port. There are always taxis there to take you. The town is very safe and we didn’t feel uncomfortable at any point. Just to throw it out there, I did hear that some scammers will try to get you to pay for a beach tour, which is TOTALLY free to walk on…so please don’t fall for that.

CHOOSE YOUR SPOT to relax

Once you get to Mahahual, you will find “the strip”: a beachfront street full of beautiful craft shops and great restaurants. If you want to relax by the beach, choose a restaurant of your liking, and you can use their beach front for free. You can relax, sit and have a beer, or a meal. Most of them have free hammocks and small non-motorized water vessels for your enjoyment. Some restaurants will even give you a margarita for free!

Our favorite restaurant was The Krazy Lobster. It also seemed to be the biggest one on the strip. The food was great and the service was outstanding. I mean, nothing beats having a meal right at the beach. Our table was literally 10 feet from the gorgeous blue water.

GREAT SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

Just so you know, the handmade crafts in Mahahual are WAY cheaper than the same exact products you find in Costa Maya. So, if you want to buy souvenirs, get them in Mahahual. Some sellers will be pretty aggressive almost forcing you to buy their product, but due to the language barrier, most won’t tell you other than the price. Just so you know, you can haggle prices. Everything is negotiable.

BEACH SIDE SELLS

We found a lot of people trying to make a living by selling their crafts on the beach, sometimes while you are trying to relax or have a meal. They are just trying to survive…no need to be rude to them. They will quickly go away when you turn them down. Many times, we even saw kids selling candy or handmade toys. It was pretty heartbreaking.

If you plan to go to Costa Maya, bypass the port and the popular touristic spots and head to Mahahual for a wonderful afternoon. You won’t regret it. It’s not only beautiful, but also safe and the people are warm and respectful.

Have you been to Mahahual? What was your favorite restaurant? Let me know, because I might go back soon!

Always,

Mia