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Mahahual Beach

Mexico

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Costa Maya Gem

Once upon a time, Mahahual was a small, tranquil fishing village overlooked by the flocks of tourists craving nearby coastal paradises like Playa del Carmen and Tulum. But then, a cruise ship dock was built, and the modern tourist district in this underrated city was born. In a short period, new hotels have been erected, and a new walkway that snakes along the coast, called the Malecón, has boosted the area’s profile.

Mahahual has as of yet avoided the huge boom in tourism that other Mexican cities have experienced, so it still retains some small-town charm and a feeling of exclusivity among travelers who know about this under-the-radar spot.

Paradise—for Cheap

Prices are still low in this beach utopia, so no need to skimp. Choose a charming hotel, buy a tropical drink and indulge in some local fare at a beachside restaurant.

Stroll along the Malecón to get excellent ocean views and to check out even more dining options, as many eclectic eateries have set up along this new thoroughfare.

Activities

Like most beach destinations, Mahahual offers excursions and water sports of all kinds. Plus, there are Mayan ruins nearby to explore. You can view the countryside below after a vigorous climb to the top of Chacchoben. The ancient city of Dzibanché is also fascinating, with its remains of pyramids and plazas.

Visit the Mahahual Lighthouse, still in operation, or join fishing and bird-watching enthusiasts drawn to the abundant life in surrounding marshlands.

Mahahual Beach at a Glance

City:Costa Maya

Country or State:Mexico

Access:By car or taxi

Best time to visit:May to August - best hotel rates

High Season:Dec. to April

Low Season:May to November

Facilities:

  • Chairs and umbrellas for rent
  • Restaurants and bars

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular