Why go to Costa Maya?
Mayan ruins, as well as beach activities, are the main draw.
Beachfront town is a long walk or taxi ride from the port area.
This port was designed with cruisers in mind and offers a day's worth of fun in the sun.
Costa Maya Cruise Port Facilities?
- The terminal, a faux village created solely for cruise passengers, is just steps from the dock. The pier-side complex features a number of free-to-use pools, one of which is huge with a swim-up bar; restaurants, bars and shops including the usual suspects like Diamonds International; and a small beach lined with chairs and hammocks for relaxing.
On Foot: Some people do try to walk into Mahahual, but it's a hot trek that can take up to 45 minutes. Once you're in the town, it's easy to walk the entire strip.
By Taxi: The five-minute taxi ride into Mahahual is about $8 per person round-trip. You can easily find taxis in both the port and also once you're in town.
By Shuttle Bus: Local buses to Mahahual pick up behind the shopping area; tickets for the $3 fare must be purchased in advance and are sold at a booth located in the same area.
By Car: If you'd like to drive on your own without relying on the local buses, golf carts and Jeeps are also available for rent for around $75 per day.
Good to Know?
Because of the area's small size, Costa Maya and Mahahual have very little crime. The only real hassle are the vendors who walk on the beach (some beach clubs forbid them, but enforcement is lax). A simple "no gracias" sends them along.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
The currency in Costa Maya is the Mexican peso. However, many vendors will gladly accept U.S. currency. There's an ATM in the cruise port area and also in Mahahual, but you might want to have cash on hand before this stop, as few vendors take credit cards.