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#1 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Chacchoben Mayan Ruins

418 Reviews
Deep in the Mexican jungle, Chacchoben is among the most famous ruins in Cozumel. These ancient pyramids have been excavated and restored, and now stand as testament to the myths and rituals of the mysterious Mayan peoples.
#2 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Beach

389 Reviews
Kick back and relax on the sandy beach in Costa Maya. Whether you book an organized beach break or venture out on your own, fun and sun await.
#3 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Mayan Ruins

179 Reviews
Explore one of the island's "best kept secrets" in Mexico by touring the Mayan Ruins. Learn about myths, legends, and Mayan culture while enjoying its beautiful landscape.
#4 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Snorkeling

88 Reviews
Dive deep into Costa Maya's deep blue waters, a perfect excursion for both beginners and experts. You'll see beautiful coral formations and check out tropical fish.
#5 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

ATV Adventure

64 Reviews
Enjoy an incredible ride on your own ATV along the beaches and lush green jungle of Mexico's Costa Maya region.
#6 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Dolphin Swim

49 Reviews
Experience the thrill of a immersing yourself in an underwater world by swimming with one of the world's smartest animals -- the dolphin.
#7 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Zip-lining

32 Reviews
Soar through Costa Maya's rain forest on a zip line tour to get a panoramic view of the island.
#8 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Segway Tour

30 Reviews
Take a segway tour for a fun and efficient way to navigate through Costa Maya with your group!
#9 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Jeep Tour

27 Reviews
One of the most popular ways to explore Costa Maya is by Jeep, which offers a mix of fresh air and adventure. Drive deep into jungle trails, isolated terrain and secluded beaches.
#10 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Culinary Tour

22 Reviews
A culinary tour offers a local view into Costa Maya's culture and rich history through its delicious and complex cuisine. There is nothing that represents Costa Maya better than a culinary tour.
#11 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Catamaran Tour

20 Reviews
Find your inner peace as you glide along Costa Maya's coral reef and scenic coastlines during a Catamaran Tour.
#12 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

City Tour

20 Reviews
Discover the mysteries of the Maya on a city tour of Costa Maya, visiting local relics and popular attractions.
#13 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Dzibanche Ruins

17 Reviews
Visit the ancient Dzibanche Mayan Ruins to explore daily life and rituals in its ancient ceremonial center. You can even climb to the top of its impressive temples.
#14 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Bicycling

16 Reviews
Experience the island at your own pace on a bike tour of beautiful and unique Costa Maya.
#15 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Scuba Diving

15 Reviews
Designed with beginner scuba divers in mind, view underwater gardens of coral and visit with schools of unique marine life while venturing off in Costa Maya's waters.
#16 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Dune Buggy

13 Reviews
Speed through the rainforest or beaches in an all-terrain dune buggy to get your adrenaline pumping and enjoy scenic views of Costa Maya.
#17 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Glass Bottom Boat Tour

13 Reviews
Costa Maya is home to one of the largest reef formations in the world. Take a ride on a glass bottom boat to explore deep beneath the surface of the sea.
#18 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Mayan Temazcal Ceremony

11 Reviews
Step inside a traditional Temazcal sweat lodge to purify both mind and body. This deeply therapeutic and spiritual experience is not to be missed.
#19 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Standup Paddleboard

11 Reviews
Find your inner strength as you glide along Costa Maya's coral reef and scenic coastlines standing upright on a paddleboard.
#20 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Kayaking

9 Reviews
Enjoy Costa Maya's breathtaking coastline on an exhilarating kayaking excursion.
#21 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Scuba - Certified

9 Reviews
Excursions geared for certified scuba divers offer more aggressive dives into Costa Maya's waters to visit gardens of coral and schools of unique marine life.
#22 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Golf Cart Rental

6 Reviews
Rent a golf cart and be free to go wherever you want. Discover the real Costa Maya as you travel along the coast you could see the different hotels, restaurants, and local craft shops.
#23 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Wildlife Tour

6 Reviews
Embark on a wildlife tour to experience some of Costa Maya's most fascinating wild animals and lush plants. This is a perfect adventure for adults and children alike.
#24 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Rainforest Tour

5 Reviews
Encounter Costa Maya's wildlife first hand while embarking on a rainforest tour. This is an unforgettable way to explore the island's natural habitat and unique species.
#25 of 26 Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Jet Ski

1 Reviews

Food and Drink in Costa Maya

Several bars and restaurants are located within the port village. Within Mahahual, it's easy to find menus with the standard Mexican favorites, such as guacamole, chips and pico de gallo, and tacos. A growing Italian population means that many of the hotels serving food are influenced by Italy, offering more European dining choices.

By the Port: Fancy a little Mexican wrestling with your nachos? Cantina Latina is a cheerful, open-air restaurant in the village that features playful Lucha Libre-style wrestling matches in a center ring.

In Mahahual: The shrimp tacos and seafood at Nohoch Kay, located at the far end of the malecon, are considered the best in town. American Steve Uhl, owner of Tropicante, has built a following among cruisers for the complimentary loungers he reserves ahead of time for his Tex-Mex restaurant's guests -- no minimum required. Expect the standard tacos, enchiladas and burritos.

For a varied menu, including breakfast for early port calls, try Pez Quadro, the restaurant and lounge on the malecon affiliated with 40 Canones, a hotel owned by an expat Italian. Locals and crewmembers also love Luna de Plata, which is a little removed from the strip, with a quieter beach and a full menu of Italian and seafood dishes.

Beaches in Costa Maya

Best for Relaxing: It's a little bit of a drive from the port -- about 20 minutes -- but the beach outside Almaplena Eco Beach Resort is not only far from Mahahual's madding crowd, it lacks the sea grass that is prevalent on the main strip. This resort offers all-inclusive day-pass pricing for cruisers.

Best for Active Types: Owned by the port, the Jungle Beach Club on Uvero Beach is the center of cruise line shore excursions, so if you've booked an activity or beach day through the ship, chances are you'll end up here. The enclosure that once housed the dolphin show has now become an artificial reef, so even if you aren't on an official snorkeling excursion, you can rent a mask and see the fish that flock here.

Best for Kids: A natural reef protects the beach in Mahahual, making it shallow and kid-friendly, although the water can be murky. Of the many all-inclusive beach clubs, Maya Chan receives props for organizing kid-friendly activities, such as scavenger hunts, kayaking and snorkeling tours. Transportation is provided with the price, which varies depending on age level.

Don't Miss in Costa Maya

Water activities: The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef runs through Costa Maya, and shore excursions aimed at getting you out to see the coral and fish include diving, snorkeling or kayaking in a glass-bottom kayak. Or, you can plop down at a local beach club and rent your own equipment, or go parasailing.

Jungle activities: If you've had enough of the water, why not go into the jungle on an ATV? Actually, you don't have to choose. Most activities that head into the jungle include some time at a beach club to chill.

Maya Water Park: Costa Maya has a water park called Maya, the Lost Mayan Kingdom, complete with waterslides, ziplines and a lazy river attraction. It's bookable as a shore excursion through your cruise line, and is a fun option for families. The park is about a 10 minute walk from the cruise pier, and there is also a trolley that runs between the pier and the park.

Pyramids: Several Mayan pyramids are within driving distance from Costa Maya. Chacchoben is the best known, and it's only an hour away. Other ruins that lie further afield include Kohunlich and Dzibanche. You'll want to make sure you're ready for a long bus ride if you choose these options.

Massages: If the ship's spa prices are too high for you, then Costa Maya is the place to get your fix, at much lower prices. There's a spa called Mayan Healing Rituals within the port area; prices for a 50-minute massage start at $55. Or, go really cheap and get a massage on the beach from one of the many vendors in Mahahaul. What you sacrifice in privacy, you save in money -- we were able to get a lovely 40-minute massage for a mere $20. Paying cash here is best.

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