Mahahual was a quiet small fishing village located far from the Riviera Maya, at the southern end of Quintana Roo. Like Riviera Maya, Costa Maya is full of history and natural splendor. Today, Mahahual is a popular cruise ship port and is easily accessible by road even though it still retains its rustic charm. If you visit Mahahual, you will be hooked and come back.
The Malecón de Mahahual is a promenade that begins at the emblematic lighthouse and extends for 19 kilometers. Here you will find a large number of shops where you can find excellent handmade souvenirs by local artisans, restaurants offering magnificent seafood and the best views of the Caribbean coast. One of the best ways to get around Mahahual is by bicycle. There's no better feeling to pedal along the Malecon and feel the light sea breeze. Cycling around Mahahual is economic and gives you freedom and mobility to explore the town at your own pace.
In any case, you can't stop snorkeling or boating. Mahahual's crystal clear waters make it a first-rate underwater adventure. On the Malecon there are diving centres to introduce you to this sport. To have a real adventure, you have to travel to the Chinchorro Banks, an atoll located 1 hour and 30 minutes east of Mahahual in the Caribbean Sea, where you can enjoy an incalculable number of fish and marine life and have the opportunity to dive inside a Dutch galleon that ran aground on the reef 250 years ago.
All along the Malecon you will find countless restaurants that also have beach clubs, where, for the same price of food you can spend the whole day on their private beaches. The food served is local, including fresh guacamole, chicken quesadillas, fresh lobsters and beer cubes with excellent value for money. After a good lunch, you'll no doubt want to rest and relax in one of the shade hammocks. Or if you're still active, rent a kayak and take a stroll around the bay. It is a fantastic way to see the bay, the coral reef and admire the large amount of fish that hide in the sea.
Lake Bacalar is a seven-colour lagoon with clear water and dazzling shades of turquoise and blue. The idyllic place to rest and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Xcalak, another destination near Mahahual where you will find an assortment of unique handcrafted beers.
You'll probably find everything you need in Mahahual. Sun protection is always a necessity no matter what time of the year you are. A mosquito repellent is also necessary, especially on hot nights. Make sure you don't forget your camera and even a pair of binoculars so you don't miss anything that happens around the bay.