Costa Maya Beach Break Excursion Reviews
I found out about Maya Chan after reading another review on this website. Maya Chan is a beach resort that is run by an American couple. They've been on numerous cruises in their lifetime and wanted to give Cruisers a place to go for the day. The cost is $60.00 per person and only a certain number of spots are sold each day. Every group will be given their own palapa (covered gazebo-type area) with chairs, hammocks and lounge beds. The cost includes transportation to and from the port, all food, drinks and activities. They have scuba gear and glass-bottom kayaks to use. The water isn't the pristine, clear Caribbean water most people expect. It's a little more murky so I heard from a gentleman there that the scuba diving was not the best. They rake the beach everyday to remove the sea grass. The facilities were very nice and it was a perfect day at the beach. Quiet and relaxing. If you're interested, book early because they do fill up quickly.
Very disappointing - Jungle Beach break. Exaggerated tour description. 40 minute bus ride -. We were told that bus to return to ship (the beach was in the middle of nowhere) would return every hour. However, we got to the beach on the first bus at 10:20 and were forced to take the 12:20 return as there was NO 1:20 bus and we had a commitment on the ship at 3 pm. $60 for 2 hours. The beach in Connecticut is better than this as far as the water/seaweed is concerned. Staff were not friendly and the "free" beer was watered down. I would not recommend this excursion at all.
We loved this excursion on Costa Maya! This was the second time going to this location (30 minute tour bus ride from port). It's a little resort area with free alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, free kayaking, water sport area and great snorkeling. Beach chairs are provided and the staff is very friendly and happy to see you. They have a nice shower area and covered tables for a break from the sun. We saw so many fish and starfish while snorkeling and kayaking. We could leave at 3 different times, even though the paperwork specified each hour. We left so we would have some time to shop in port.
We booked a day at Almaplena Eco Resort directly with the resort. After a harrowing 25 minute taxi ride through the mangroves and down an unpaved road, we arrived the resort. We were immediately greeted and paid the balance due. The girl at the front desk arranged for the taxi to return for us at 3pm and we chose our time for lunch. We were offered drinks, given a quick tour and sat for a while in the restaurant using the free WiFi to check e-mail and make calls. We then went out to the beach and chose our loungers. The beach was great. They were raking up the seaweed and hauling it away. The water was warm, crystal clear and very calm. The bottom was sandy with no rocks or shells, so no watershoes were needed. We went up to the restaurant for our lunch. First we were given a large bowl of guacamole and chips, then a plate of nachos and then plates of chicken, beef and shrimp tacos. There was so much food we couldn't finish it all. Everything was delicious. At 3pm, the taxi returned right on time and we went straight back to the pier.
Went to Mahahual. Took the trolley ($3 per person) and the ride seemed like it took a long time to get there. There were 6 stops and we got off at 3 or 4. Went to El Delphin and had some shaded beach chairs. Could see the cruise ships from the beach so that was a good background picture. Service was very good. Had a fried whole fish and it was EXCELLENT. Made fish tacos with the fish. YUMMY. Would definitely recommend. Also would highly advise to negotiate the price of the fish. Coconut water was cheap. Beer was cheap but smaller bottles than in the U.S. Other drinks were not as well priced. Good area. Waiter was kind enough to help us get a taxi back to the port. Taxi was only $14 for a big van.
Visiting Simone at Costa Maya Yoga while in Mahahual for SUP with Carolyn at Undertoe SUP and Ya Ya Beach club was my best moment of our trip. I had an impromptu yoga session with Simone and it was truly an physical, spiritual and emotional experience I will never forget. This is not TV yoga or anything like a yoga class. Words can't describe how wonderful I felt the entire time and how at peace I was when I left Simone's studio - second floor with an amazing view of the beach. Mahahual is just a quick taxi ride from the port. this place is VERY SAFE - if you read otherwise don't believe it. The guy who owns the port doesn't want you to venture out of his shops. Do not miss this opportunity
Maya Chan Beach Club was a bit of a ride, but what service. The place is awesome and clean. The food was great and the drinks were as well. The staff is the best.
Our 4th time at Nohoch Kay. Took the taxi, walk thru shops & parking lot. Taxi is $2 per person each way. We always give driver $5.
First ones there, so we picked two lounges and palm frond palapa near the shoreline. All you can drink, fresh seafood lunch and a great place to relax for $50 per person.
I just wish HAL could stay longer. We had to be back on board by 2:30 PM, so it really shortened our stay.
Private beach cabanas, all you can drink, all you can eat authentic fajitas, round trip transportation, perfect beach day. Oh, and they have tubes in the water, with umbrellas, where you can sit and drink all day, while wait staff run drinks out to you. I think they also had showers, and snorkel equipment.
If you want to be really pampered then go to Maya Chan.
We took a shuttle bus to the beach following the instructions that were provided and were met by Nick, the manager of the resort. Nick and his staff made us feel very welcome. We were given a palm tree shelter, a lounge chair and use of snorkeling equipment and kayaks. We didn't use the snorkeling equipment but we should have because we heard there were great fish to be seen out by the breakers. We used the kayak and had a blast. This was an all inclusive excursion so we had lunch and rum punch on the beach. There was a clean restroom available and the staff were very attentive and friendly. When we were leaving, we met the owner of the resort who spent a few minutes talking to us and then called us a cab and personally escorted us to it. It was a short cab ride back to the pier. This was an outstanding excursion!
I booked a day at Almaplena beach resort. (Google them). It was fantastic! Quiet, secluded and serene. There were only maybe 20 people on the entire beach as far as you could see. This is a very small eco resort and it was just what I needed. Probably not great for kids who get bored but perfect for adults!
We thoroughly enjoyed our MAYA CHAN beach break at the Costa Maya port. They limit the number of guests each day, which is nice. I think there were 30 so on our trip, including several small children. The MAYA CHAN folks arrange for your transportation from the port to their little slice of paradise - about a 15-20 minute taxi ride. They greet you at the gate, show you the changing rooms/lockers/bathrooms, walk you through the open-air, thatch-roofed bar/dining pavilion, escort you to your "palapa", and leave you to settle in with fruit punch and fresh guacamole, salsa, and chips! Before you know it they're back to take your drink order - anything you want (alcoholic or not) is included in the price - as is the delicious lunch, kayaking (alone or with one of the owner-guides), sand toys, floating chairs, and WI-FI. Massages available for a fee. Seriously, just bring your towel, bathing suit, and sunscreen and you're all set for a lovely, relaxing day on their beautiful beach!
We took a bus out to the beach area. Not a very large beach. Maybe 300 feet of beach. They had signs up not to go on the other side it was private property. Beautiful beach as far as you could see, but like I said we were only allowed on a small portion of it. We paid for this trip. The water was very cold. All drinks were free, including alcohol drinks. We did not eat breakfast and bought a lunch here. We had just finished eating lunch at 10:20 am and they announced that our bus was there and it was time to go. If we had know that we would have went back to the ship to eat. I think we spent $30.00 on lunch. Kayaks were free to use, to go out at a pier out in the water to the blown up water slide and other blown up items in the water to play on. They were all tied to that pier. You must use a life jacket, they supply them. Some sort of jet boats and 4 wheelers to rent also. Again life jackets were recommended for all water sports. They supply them. We had a very short time here, maybe 2 hours. We had to be back on board the ship by 1 or 1:30 We arrived at 7 am at the dock and the ship left at 2 pm. We enjoyed it. Went back to the dock and did some shopping before getting back on the ship.
Speed boat, snorkeling and beach break. Loved the boats, the water and the beach itself. The bathrooms were very clean and the drinks free. The food was "cash only," as we were told their machine was not working. The sales people with the goods were a little in your face, but once they knew you had no cash they stayed away. The food service was very slow and I felt sorry for the man trying to keep up with a terribly understaffed area and after a 45 minute travel to the beach, boat ride to and from the reef, snorkeling at the reef and a walk on the beach you are at least a little hungry. There was no town, just a port area with a commercial shopping area and a big pool in the middle of the retail area. The prices were way to high on pottery, outdoor wall decor and tee-shirts. I would not waste my time or money.
- Cozumel - very large port area (and for those that are coffee deprived a Starbucks). We went to the Playa Mia beach break. Very nice spot with pools, great beach, lots of water toys (you name it). It is on a large beach that is very scenic. We did this through the cruise company, but had to provide our own transportation. Had some issues with a taxi driver, but that was what it was. There are several beach resorts though that have the same type of facilities. Buying it through the cruise saved us $1 per person.
We were only in port from 7AM – 2PM and we knew we wouldn’t be off the ship before 8AM. So we had pre-booked with Steve at the Tropicante and that was a great spot to relax. The water there is crystal clear and virtually free of sea grass that day. The staff is excellent and the drinks were very good. We didn’t have a chance to eat because we left early and the staff was bust seating newcomers.
If we visit again with more time in port we will rent a golf cart and head for Maya Luna or another quieter spot 20 – 30 minutes south of Mahahual. This trip we just didn’t have enough time to enjoy that. But we’d highly recommend Tropicante for a spot along the beach where you can meet new friends and enjoy the water and have great service.
Spent the day at Tropicante Beach Bar with Steve and his crew of wait staff. Steve provided excellent directions and when we got out of the cab, walked about 50 feet and someone asked what we were looking for? Being hesitant because I was forewarned about hawkers trying to steer you into their beach bar, I did not answer at first and then blurted out Steve at TROPICANTE! The gentleman held up a chalk board and asked if my name was on it and sure enough, there we were listed as VIP quests. He walked us to the front (beach side) of Tropicante and introduced us to Steve who is very gracious and offering to assist in what we needed/wanted for the day. We were given front row beach loungers with large umbrella, and a breathtaking view and aqua blue water and white powdery sand. Steve does not charge for the chairs/umbrella/views, only asks that you spend some money with him. We had 3 Bloody Marys, 1 strawberry frozen drink, 2 local beers, 2 pina coladas, 2 appetizers (plenty of food) and the bill came to $64 plus a nice tip for the great service, for 5 hours of beach time. HIGHLY RECOMMEND Tropicante and Steve for a great beach day!
Clear water but had rocks and shells at bottom......next time we will stay at port.
We reserved Maya Chan Beach and had a great time. It is an all inclusive, funky beach resort. They only allow a small number of guests so it provides a really nice experience. It never felt crowded and the staff treated us like family. Everything was included - alcoholic drinks, food, water toys and the snorkel and kayaking tour. The food was incredible. The beach did have some trash floating in the water, but we did research in advance and know that this is an issue in the entire Costa Maya area because of their location, all beach resorts in this area have similar problems. It was not too much but the only thing that could be improved in a perfect world, but again, it wasn't Maya Chan's fault either. We would definitely go back here!
We did the beach break after the ruins. Beach area included a buffet lunch and an open bar. Beach area was okay, not as clean and pristine as Passion Island was in Cozumel. Also the beach area has not a hotel and there is nothing nearby, its basically just a beach area set up for visiting cruise ships. But it also wasn't exceptionally close to the pier area, so I think it was like another 30 minutes on the bus to bet back to the pier. We got back with basically no time to spare, so we headed back on the boat as soon as we got off the bus. I heard several people say that just taking a cheap taxi to the fishing village grabbing a cheap lunch, having a few drinks, and maybe getting an affordable massage was an inexpensive and wonderful way to spend the afternoon in Costa Maya.
Steve Uhl is the owner. You can go online to reserve a free lounge chair. Once you get there, your chair is waiting for you and they wait on you hand and foot for very reasonable prices. This was probably the best day. Steve even set up a scuba tour for me. I am not certified and have never been scuba diving. It was FANTASTIC. We met people there that plan their cruises around being able to stop here.
This was a fun day for my DD,DGD and DSIL. My wife and I stayed on the ship. I guess our age caught up with us and we needed to relax. Anyway they went and got on the banana boat and had a blast. The snorkeled and swam. The owner Steve has a direct line to the states and they were able to talk to people back home free of charge. Steve reserved a covered table and chairs and he saves them for two hours after the ship docks for you. How neat is that Steve makes sure he talks to everyone that reserves a table with him and assigns a waiter to get your drinks and food.
Walked all the way out of the port area beyond the gates and took a cab for $2 each to the Mahahual Malecon. Visited Tropicante, had a nice relaxing beach day with great service. My daughter got her hair braided and it looked great. Prices were very reasonable.
I was a little anxious about our shore excursions, interestingly named "Jungle Beach Break", as one our fellow cruisers called Costa Maya "a dump". After we got to the destination, the Uvero Beach Club, we decided to make the best of it. They played loud, ridiculous music that suits a more party oriented crowd than us (we're honeymooners) that would thump painfully even far out at sea. The first 20 yards of the beach water was filled with trash and plastic, and we even observed a floating toothbrush. What saves this from getting a 1 rating is the free included drinks. I suspect the drinks are meant to keep you from getting too observant.
Maya Chan was a nice spot to relax. All you can eat and drink, kayaks, beach toys for the kids, floating chairs, shade cabanas and beds, massages (fee) tv, and free wi if. Mark, Jane, and son David were the most gracious hosts. We missed the early morning bus by an hour, but a representative was waiting for us and put us in a cab that they paid for. Can't get any better than that.
Not the best
In Costa Maya my family and I took a beach break. We booked through Tropicante. It was perfect. Steve and his staff were great. You only paid for what you ate, drank or activity. We ordered quite a bit for lunch, had margaritas, a bucket of beer and two 1 hour massages. Total, $125. The cab ride was $2 pp from the cruise terminal. It was a good time, very relaxing and we would definitely do it again.