Things to do in Costa Maya
If you’re visiting Costa Maya, you have plenty to look forward to. It’s home to idyllic white sand beaches, stunning underwater coral reefs, and ancient Mayan cities hidden deep in the jungle.
Far from the glitz and noise of its northern neighbor Cancun, Costa Maya is much more laid back. It has a welcoming Caribbean vibe that will make you feel relaxed and vacation-ready the minute you arrive. There are so many cruise excursions to be enjoyed in Costa Maya Mexico - all you have to do is choose one!
This little slice of Mexico has a fascinating Mayan past. Lucky visitors can savor this by visiting one of the Mayan ruins sites close to the cruise port. Chacchoben is only an hour away and a [Mayan ruins excursion] is a great introduction to the temples and plazas that made up the major Mayan cities.
Do you want to get to the heart of Costa Maya’s natural wonders? If so, we recommend another of the best Costa Maya excursions: visiting Bacalar Lagoon. The ‘Lagoon of Seven Colors’ is an unforgettable sight, with all the shades of blue you can imagine along its 25 miles of water.
If you love being in the ocean, you can try out a Costa Maya snorkeling excursion. There are over 70 different underwater sites to visit in Costa Maya. So you’ll never tire of the tropical fish, amazing turtles, and swaying seaweed hiding under the ocean’s surface.
About Costa Maya, Mexico
Costa Maya is southern Mexico’s second busiest cruise port after Cozumel, welcoming almost 700,000 cruisers each year. This creates a high demand for quality Costa Maya excursions - and there are endless options to choose from. Mahahual is a great jumping-off point for many of the region’s attractions. In fact, most Costa Maya excursions will collect guests from Costa Maya cruise port, making them convenient and simple to join.
The cruise port is well-served, with plenty of bars, restaurants, and shopping opportunities to enjoy. There’s even a saltwater swimming pool and bar complex. In fact, you could spend your whole day in the port if you wanted. But we don’t recommend it, as then you’d miss so much of what Costa Maya has to offer. Learn more about the Costa Maya Cruise Port.
Once you set foot in the charming town of Mahahual, which is immediately next to the cruise port, you’ll begin to experience Mexico the slow-paced way. Enjoy the brightly-colored houses, the sandy streets, and the tourist-friendly stores. It's the ideal place for some souvenir shopping or picking up beach essentials. Be sure not to miss the landmark lighthouse at the ocean’s edge, marking the center of the town.
Mahahual also has one of the best beaches in the whole region. Join a Costa Maya beach excursion and you can live the high life in one of the super popular beach clubs. Kick back, relax, and soak up the Costa Maya atmosphere. And maybe sip on a cocktail or two while you’re there.