or Majahual, is an up and coming destination on southern the Yucatan
Peninsula close to the border of Belize. Still considered ‘off the beaten track’,
Mahahual has seen rapid growth in the past few years as the Mexican government
has invested a lot of money into developing the area. Although a fishing village at heart,
Mahahual has moved into the tourist industry since the construction of a large
cruise ship dock, which sees several ships per week.
the cruise ships are not in port, the vibe is cool and laidback.
can expect a handful of travelers and backpackers walking the Malecon (the
pedestrian only street next to the beach) and chillin’ at local beachside restaurants
and bars. There are excellent water
sports in Mahahual such as swimming, scuba diving and sailing, which is often
why many of the visitors come visit.
the cruise ships are in port, hoards of tourist flood the streets to eat,
drink, shop, swim, Jet Ski or do anything else they can find to spend money
on. They usually don’t stay long, but it
changes the vibe of the village considerably.
Locals move into money-making mode and prices are jacked up, cheesy
music pumps into the air from the beachside bars, and hawkers work the streets.
Knowing when the cruises ships are in
port and planning a trip out of town during those times is not such a bad
idea. Be sure to check the Mahahual
Cruise Ship Schedule to see which days the ships are in port.
even with the cruise ships, Mahahual is well worth a visit. Located 218 miles south of Cancun,
Mahahual is not exactly easy to get to.
A good option is to rent a jeep and drive down the coast visit Playa
del Carmen and Tulum. From Tulum you
will still have another 137 miles to go, about 3 hours by jeep, but the drive
is pleasant and beautiful. Another
option is coming in from the state capital in the south, Chetumal,
which is only about 2 hours or 85 miles.
in Mahahual the town is divided into two parts; the beach along the Malecon and
the Casitas, which is a subdivision containing most of the housing for the
locals. The Casitas is close to the cruise ship dock
so many of the tourists from the ship stay in the area leaving the Malecon
somewhat more relaxed. You will find
that most of the travelers hang by the beach along the Malecon. Mahahual is easy to navigate by foot, but it
is also possible to rent bikes. ATM
machines are available in both sections of town, but it is not uncommon for
them to run out of cash so it’s recommended to bring a little extra dinero if
possible. Internet access is possible
at some of the larger hotels, but sometimes the connection can be spotty.
Things to do in
Mahahual Beaches – The main beach is
located along the Malecon and stretches from the lighthouse to the southern tip
of the Malecon. On the northern end you
can find more up-market beach clubs (they already have a Senior Frogs up there),
while towards the southern end things get a bit more rustic. The water is shallow at Mahahual so be sure
to find a spot that is good for swimming.
Scuba Diving Mahahual – The scuba diving
at Mahahual is excellent. There is a
protected reef just off-shore, which offers excellent dives that are easy to
get to. About 45 min out there is
Chinchorro reef which offers world class diving. If you’re a serious scuba diver you will want
to go to Chinchorro.
Scuba Dive Shops in
Dive – The most respected dive shop in Mahahual. Located on the Malecon. Tel: +52
983.1252140 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dive Life –
Located on the Melecon. Offering Padi classes and dives. Tel: +52 55.52949761
Divers – Located on the beach. Offering snorkeling and diving in Mahahual.
Dive Resort – A PADI 5 star resort offering package deals. Located on Mahahual Coastal Road. +52 1 983 124 0235
Sailing Mahahual – there are plenty
of opportunities to get on a boat in Mahahual and a few options to either rent
your own sailboat or have a skipper take you out. Just walk down the Melecon and ask around.
Mahahual Restaurants – not surprisingly
you can expect some very delicious seafood in Mahahual. Several restaurants in both the Casitas and by
the beach offer catch of the day specials.
Most hotels along the Malecon have their own restaurants as well.
– A local favorite, located right on the beach.
– serving up wonderful tapas directly on the water.
– Excellent seafood, located on the northern side of the Malecon.
– restaurant bar located on the southern end of the Malecon
– Located directly on the beach at the center of the Malecon. This is a good choice for lunch or days on
Mahahual Nightlife – People go to bed
early in Mahahual and there is not much going on after 9:00PM. Hotel bar restaurants are you best bet for a
dink, but don’t expect a late night.
Mahahual Roadtrips – there are several
interesting destinations within striking distance of Mahahaul. If you
drive down the coast, there is an excellent coastal road that will not disappoint. It’s quite bumpy and made of dirt so a jeep
is recommended. Directly from the
Melecon head south along the dirt road and you will come across Puerto Angel,
and in about 90 min you will come to the end of the road at the town of Xcalak
Mayan Ruins near
– check out Myan ruin sites at: Ickabal, Chacchoben, Dzibanche, and
Mahahual Yoga Retreat – Get you Om on at Costa Maya Yoga. Hatha yoga,
Vinyasa yogo, meditation and beach yoga available.
– Affordable family run hotel located one block off of the beach. Lote 7, Mahahual.
Mid Range Hotels
Hotel Costa Maya Inn – offering 50
rooms in a jungle setting on the north side of Mahahual. Paseo del Puerto, Lote 1211, Fraccionamiento
Nuevo Mahahual. Tel: 983.835.1250
Pachamama – Small but clean rooms located walking distance to the
beach. Calle Huachinango S/N. Tel: +52
983 8345 762
40 Canones Hotel
– excellent choice located on the southern end of the Malecon.
Ka’aan Hotel – One of the nicer hotels in the beach area of Mahahual. Located one block off of the beach on the s