I've gotten a lot of contradictory info about the maya palms resort? some people have reported its wonderful, others, not so much. is it worth spending the day? im concerned this is also where the beach break ship excursion takes place, and, a stated in my other post, my wife and I would rather avoid crowds. would it be better to just bum around mahahual on our own. are there any beaches there? is there enough to make a day of it? I read a post making reference to a bar I believe to be called the "cat's meow". and, has anyone done the chacchoben ruins tour with Ivan and David?
Hi, the Maya Resort I do not know, but for what you may look for, just take a cab at the cruise terminal (there you may only find shops, couple of bars and restaurants and swimming pools, that is it), drive to Mahahual village (5 min) and stroll along the "main avenue" (you will see it is small!) along great activities sucha s snorkel tours, parasail, jet ski etc, or continue and find yourselfes a nice quiet spot..this is certainly not Miami beach. (P.S. Cozumel's east side has miles of virgin beaches with nobody).
Chacchoben is awesome, as is Kohunlich, two great places to visit (there is also Oxtankah). Incredible Mayan Ruins, very different from each other and others in the region...worth it! Kohunlich 6hrs, Chacchoben 4hrs all in all.
Hi. We go to Tequila Beach when in Costa Maya. There is a stand at the back of the port for excursion companies...look for Tequila Beach. they offer one price packages....drinks, trasportation, food, music, beach all for oneprice. They also have parasailing which we did...AWESOME...negotiate your prices...we did and saved about $30 p/p total. We walked along the beach to Mahajual...was ok...pushy vendors...lots of shopping...the Costa Maya port is very nice also.
COSTA MAYA : ( dock) This is an attractive tourist village created out of thin air for cruise passengers.
There I took a tour out to Kohunlich Mayan Ruins and was very much impressed with the site. This is the fifth Mayan city that I have toured and felt it to be under-rated. The temple of the mask is most impressive in that the facade dates from around 500 AD and has retained much of the original red color. The acropolis offers some great views as well. We were offered a boxed lunch which I found tasty.
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Don't Miss a trip to the Mayan ruins at Chacchoben, in a jungle setting roughly an hour or so by motorcoach from the port, is an interesting and worthwhile outing. Chacchoben (the Mayan word for "red corn") dates back to around 350 A.D., but was largely unexplored until 1999, so its visitors are among the first. The site also houses a gift shop. Take the five-minute cab drive to Majahual, 80 residents strong, a quirky and eccentric fishing village with lots of character. The main "boulevard," a street of sand that runs between a pretty white beach and some concrete shacks on the other side, has now been made a pedestrian throughway. Though the shopping is standard at best (owners are persistent to sell typical cheap trinkets), the beach is clean -- and the water, protected by a reef, is very calm and shallow so it's a perfect place for families. You can also get beach massages ($20 for 45 minutes), and rent Jet Skis and kayaks.
Hi please take into consideration of my previous post in this forum about Costa Maya, there will be NO ships for a considerable amount of time in Costa Maya or Mahajual (the pier is "gone")...due to the unfortunate hit of Hurricane Dean at Cat. 5. No human victims related to the storms, thank god, but LOTS of damage..hope this info helps.