Mahahual also known as “Puerto Costa Maya” (because of the cruise ship port) was just a small fishing village of about 900 inhabitants in the state of Quintana Roo, up until about 20 years ago when the cruise ship port was constructed. While the village has not grown much in population, it’s primary focus moved from fishing to tourism making this Mexico’s second most popular cruise ship destination. The southern half of the Yucatan peninsula on the Caribbean side is known as the Costa Maya region. It begins about 140 miles south of Cancun and stretches from the vast Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve almost to the Belize border. It encompasses huge swaths of protected jungle, a number of lesser-known Mayan archaeological sites, small quaint indigenous villages, pristine lagoons and top-notch snorkeling/diving on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, which is the second largest barrier reef in the world.
The popularity of Mahahual has extended past the cruise ship visitors and is now the most popular beach destination on the southern Yucatan Peninsula attracting travelers from all over the world. With so many attractions and excursions within a close proximity to Mahahual, this is the perfect place to people to vacation at and still be able to fulfil all of their adventurous excursion desires. If exploring ancient Mayan ruins or swimming in Cenotes, or Scuba diving, or hiking, or boating, or biking, or just even relaxing on the white sand beaches interests you, then Mahahual is the destination you have been seeking. It is no wonder that there are so many people revisiting here each year that have been doing so every year for the past 10-15 years.
In the summer of 2007 Mahahual suffered a direct hit from Hurricane Dean, (a Category 5 storm). The hurricane severely damaged the cruise terminal and devastated many tourist facilities. By June 2008, after a lot of work from both the local people and officials of the port, Mahahual again welcomed cruise ship passengers. Mahahual has a boardwalk (aka – the Malecon) that extends over 2 miles along the beach. Offering many relaxing walks among white sand beaches with shops, bars and restaurants, all without having to worry about cars. Mahahual has many great, reef friendly water activities including stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, diving, and kayaks.
Your hosts, Eddi and Natalia has been long time residents of Mahahual working under various capacities in the hospitality and tourism business. Starting from a love of sharing their little paradise with others and the frustration they felt seeing other companies not providing the level of service to visitors they felt should be given, prompted them to start Mahahualtravence. With a keen eye to detail, their years of industry experience, a vast network of excursion companies to partner with and a wide assortment of exciting destinations within a close proximity, are the true keys to their success.
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