"Costa Maya" ,in cooperation with the Mexican government, was a cruiseline built port. It gives the ships another Mexican stop close to Cozumel from which the cruiselines can run excursions to see Mayan ruins. So the answer would be TRUE. Costa Maya was set up just to accomodate cruise passengers. Just to the south of the port facilities is a small fishing village, Mahahual, that is being "discovered" thanks in large part to the new cruise port.
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If you are into "history" you can go on a great Mayan ruins tour from Costa Maya. We did it last Thanksgiving and yes, it was a long bus ride but worth it. On the way to the ruins we say the "real" Mexico.
TRUE! Keep in mind that just because it was built for tourist doesn't make it a bad thing. Good Grief, no different that Marriott or any other building a resort. If you enjoy the beach and water sports, you'll LOVE Costa Maya! Have Fun!
The bus ride to the ruins was a couple of hours, but well worth it. You get to see the real Mexico...villages, jungle...not just the touristy stuff. It was eye opening to say the least. Now I see why so many Mexicans come to the US for work. The living conditions you will see on your way are unbelieveable compared to the ritzy tourist places.
The little village is very well designed. Festive looking & upbeat ambiance.-shops, food, entertainment, a beach & large pool. We wook a nice snorkeling tour that gave us a sense of the area--mostly jungle-- & returned to enjoy the little village. It was clean & the vendors pleasant. It is very hot--we had a tram from the ship to the village & were thankful as the sun is really strong.
I agree with Vickie. Though the bus ride to the ruins may be a little long, it gives you a good feel for Mexico away from the likes of Cozumel or Cancun. I thought the countryside was beautiful.
I have been to Costa Maya a couple of times and would not hesitate to go back at all.
But I realize there are some folks who feel that every port should be like St. Thomas ----bursting at the seams with shops.
The snorkeling excursion on Royal was great. A nice bus through part of the countryside & then a beautiful beach & very helpful guides...water was a bit rough. Liked the port--just enogh after the snorkel trip...nice pottery (same price all stores) There was lots of shade, entertainmnet & a large pool. Although all articificial it did not feel plastic!