Mexico / Quintana Roo

Costa Maya

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A recent port in Quintana Roo

Costa Maya is a recently developed municipality. After Cozumel, it has the second largest Mexican cruise port. Now is one of the most visited in the whole Caribbean.

This destination is 120 miles south of Cozumel and 90 miles north of Belize City. Often itineraries call these ports all together.

Costa Maya offers great adventures. The nearby village of Mahahual is a small gem. It keeps its old characteristics, preserving its Mexican fisherman village style. Some Maya ruins sites are reachable for more historical and cultural tours. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef runs along the coast. Scuba and snorkeling excursions go there for day trips.

What to see & what to do

Costa Maya is the ideal place for alternative tourism and to venture into Mayan culture. Several historical sites are available from the cruise port. Generally they are not too close: 1 to 2 hours drive. If you instead want just some relaxation, quite and wonderful beaches are very close to the port.

Beaches

Mahahual Beach

5 min car from the cruise port. Mahahual beach is the perfect spot for beach lovers. With a quick lift you will get to a fisherman village where you can still breath the Mexican traditions. In addition, the seafront has local shops, small bars and restaurants. Laying in front of this marvelous sea ordering some food and relax is one of our top picks in Costa Maya.

Park & Landmarks

Bacalar Lagoon

1 hour car from the cruise port. Bacalar Lake is a huge lake also known as "The Lake of the Seven Colors". In fact it's amazing to see colors going from light azure to light blue and falling into a deep blue. Boat tours are the usual way to visit the area. Most of the times lake excursions include visits to Bacalar town and Fort San Felipe.

Fort of San Felipe Bacalar

1 hour car from the cruise port. Fort San Felipe it's located in Bacalar. It was built in 1733 to protect the town from the frequent attacks by pirates and colonialists. It turned into a museum in 1983. From here you can admire the 7 Colors Lagoon. Excursions here usually include boat tours through the lake and visit of either Town and Fort.

Family

Mahahual Beach

5 min car from the cruise port. Mahahual beach is the perfect spot for beach lovers. With a quick lift you will get to a fisherman village where you can still breath the Mexican traditions. In addition, the seafront has local shops, small bars and restaurants. Laying in front of this marvelous sea ordering some food and relax is one of our top picks in Costa Maya.

History & Culture

Chacchoben Mayan Ruins

1 hour car from the cruise port. Chacchoben is one of the most popular mayan ruin site in Quintana Roo state. It is a relatively recent discover. In fact it was sighted in 1972 during an helicopter flight by doctor Peter Harrison, an American archeologist. The Mayans established here around 200 BC and they built the structures around 700 AC. The ruins are being visited by tourists only from 2002. Guests can enjoy a circular track that is going around 3 pyramids and some more walls.

Dzibanche Maya Ruins

2 hours car from the cruise port. Dzibanche is another large and important archeological site in Quintana Roo. Discovered in 1927, the restoration was completed only in the '90. It was found out that the area was historically more important than initially assessed. Noble tombs and luxurious decor bring to the assumption that a prestigious elite was living in Dzibanche. Three very important structures are established here: the Temple of the Owl, the Temple of the Captives and the Temple of the Lintels.

Fort of San Felipe Bacalar

1 hour car from the cruise port. Fort San Felipe it's located in Bacalar. It was built in 1733 to protect the town from the frequent attacks by pirates and colonialists. It turned into a museum in 1983. From here you can admire the 7 Colors Lagoon. Excursions here usually include boat tours through the lake and visit of either Town and Fort.

Kohunlich archeological site

2 hours car from the cruise port. Kohunlich is another archeological site built by Mayan which is reachable from Costa Maya. It was been populated already from 200 BC. The rainforest is surrounding the entire site, that's why many structures are still covered by vegetation. The ancient city was well organized, with small squares, citadels, gardens and water collecting tanks. The temple of the mask is the most interesting and famous of the whole site. Its large staircase is surrounded by 8 big masks made of plaster. This site is usually visited in conjunction with the close Dzibanche Maya ruins.

Walking

Mahahual Dowtown

5 min by car from the cruise port. Mahahual is a lovely fishing village full of restaurants and bars located at the boardwalk. From here you can access the beach, just consuming a meal or drink. The beach is amazing and if you wanna hang out for a walk, looking for small shops and lay down on the seaside, Mahahual is a great option for it.

Shopping

Shops at the cruise terminal

The port resembles a local modern Mexican Village. It doesn't look really authentic, because it's recently constructed. But it's great in offering lots of services right in front of the ships, like several restaurants and bars. Small shops sell local artisan products together with a Chocolate museum and tequila tasting. Can't miss to try them.

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Weather

Costa Maya is hot all year round, thanks to its typical tropical climate. The relatively coldest period is January, while the hottest is between May and June. Keep in mind that if you head to the inland to visit Mayan ruins, from March to May the area can be very hot. The most rainy month is September. The best period to visit Costa Maya as per weather condition is between January and March/April. Dry and Wet seasons are different on rainfalls, while temperatures don’t vary much during daytime. If you remain by the terminal or by the beaches, Costa Maya is often quite windy, in fact is exposed to the trade winds, which hit straight the flat coastline.

Dry season

Dry season

From November to February, then from March to May temperatures start to increase.

88°F 70°F

Wet season

Wet season

From June to October/November is the usual period when hurricanes may affect the Caribbean. Costa Maya

91°F 75°F

Good to know

 

  1. Clothing Casual summer wear can be worn during the day any time of the year. But be sure to bring something for cooler evenings.
  2. Water Shoes Bring them if you go to swim or snorkel. Some of the water can be rocky after you walk from the beach.
  3. Sundries For convenience and cost concerns, bring your own everyday health and beauty products with you. If you head to the beach, bring your onboard towel.
  4. Port Regulation Be aware that often in port it's forbidden to take off the ship fruits, vegetables and unsealed food items for local agricolture concern.
  5. Currency The official currency is the Mexican peso, but almost just as official is the US Dollar.
  6. Mahahual Beach Do not trust people asking you to pay for a beach fee. But you have to buy food or drink to stay.
  7. Agressive vendors Often so many vendors try to sell their crafts when you walk in front of the beach. Do not worry and just politely say "no gracias".
  8. Time Zone EST (Eastern Standard Time) UTC/GMT -5 hours. Make sure to keep the ship's time on your clock to come back board on time. Be aware of automatic changes of your smartphones.

Terminal

The cruise port faces the Caribbean Sea with 2 open water piers. Up to 4 ships can be hosted at the same time. Two spots are designed for Oasis-Class vessels (the biggest in the world). This unsheltered docking positions make the cruise ships vulnerable to long waves and strong winds.

Three cruise ships docked with passengers coming back onboard, at Costa Maya Port.

Remind

If you plan to snorkel, be sure to bring organic sunscreen, it is required by federal law. But remember to always apply it before to get off the ship. The dock is quite long to go across and there’s no shades. It can get really hot. A good hat can help too!

Puerto Costa Maya is the first Western Caribbean cruise port that was purposefully built for cruise ships only. The cruise terminal complex was designed to resemble a Mayan city – thus truly exhibiting the authentic Mexican culture and history. Port’s main entrance resembles a Mayan city facade and as tourists explore its infrastructure they kinda travel through time into a traditional Mexican folkloric town.

 

Transport

The terminal has two exits. Both exits open into a large parking area used by tour buses but also where you will find other local transportation. Here you will find shuttle buses to Mahahual, taxis and other means for rent, like ATVs.

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