Thanks for your advice...now it's what to do in Costa Maya..
We decided to keep the Altun Ha ruins in Belize and now we are deep sea fishing in Cozumel. We ditched the ATV thing in Costa Maya. Also DH wanted to have a restful/shopping/bum around day in port because we have those 3 back to back. So any suggestions now for Costa Maya? Thank you so much!
I just got back from this cruise 2 weeks ago and am still suffering from withdrawal from being back to reality.
By the time we got to Costa Maya we were exhausted from the 3 days prior. Cozumel/Stingrays/Cave tubeing/Zip Lining (whew, tired from thinking about it) so when we got off the ship in Costa Maya we just grabbed a taxi to Majahaul beach. The cost was $5 round trip and there are plenty of taxis to and from to be found. Once there you can pick up some local crafts, get a coconut oil massage ($20 for an hour!) rent jet skis or just relax on the beach while someone brings you drinks all day. I think Costa Maya was one of my favorite stops as it is still unspoiled by tourist.
Have fun....I'm green with envy!
I've posted before about going all the way through the village to the far end to a beach. Can't remember the name, but it was wonderful. It was the last public beach before you get to the jungle at the end of town. It was across from a small hotel that allowed you to use their facilities and the one school for the village was across the street. The beach was clean, uncrowded, good bar, and the people were very friendly. We got some food from the hotel restaurant and ate it on the beach. It was absolutely the best day!
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I have not done the ATV in Costa Maya but I pulled up some other posts by some folks who had done it and they were not impressed. Of course, everyone is different and these folks may have wanted more of an "adventure"...but so far I have not read any outstanding ratings.
So I sounds like you have made a wise decision.
Enjoy your beach day !!!
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As soon as you walk to the end of the pier there is this shopping area (with yet another diamonds international ). There you can find the jet skis/parasailing/ruins/dolphins etc. Also, when we got to Majahaul there were people renting them as well for $30 for a half an hour. I'm sure you can talk them down though.
Anyone thinking about the massage....my friend who had it done said if he knew it was that good, he would have thrown down 100 buck earlier and told them to wake him in 5 hours. He went to the one that was elevated above the bar with the swings below.
Another vote for the village of Mahahual. VERY relaxing, very beautiful. Here's an excerpt from my review of the Miracle and Costa Maya:
The length of the pier was greatly exaggerated. It's ½ mile at most - we walked. You walk into the cruise line constructed "village" which is a giant outdoor mall/flea market. The large swim-up-to-the-bar pool had a few too many people for my taste, so we passed. Ouitside to rent a golf cart. They were all rented and we were told to come back in an hour, but 10 minutes later one was available. They rent for $15/hour. In the cart and the adventure begins! Easy driving directions to Mahahual - follow the red brick road (Mexican Driving for Dummy Americans.) until it ends at the lighthouse - turn right and there's the village. Pedestrian traffic only. Restaurants, bars, thatched hut shops (no air conditioning here!) are on both sides of the street. We were ceremoniously escorted to the restaurant/bar across from the Hotel Mahahual on the beach. The sleeping dog under the table never moved. Swaying palms, toes wiggling in the sand, cool drink on the way - I'm in Mexico! We bought some beautiful jewelry, a gorgeous wooden bowl and vanilla. The vendors are pretty aggressive, but will most definitely bargain!
We all loved Costa Maya - it felt as though you were in the "real" Mexico.
View from the beach Mahuhual
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