"Costa Maya (Majahual)" Top 5 Page for this destination Majahual by Fasulye
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There is a large cruise ship pier at Puerto Costa Maya replete with tourist shops at the end, but if you choose to take a taxi into town, you will find a sand road through the jungle along the coast with occasional establishments on either side. These are usually bars and restaurants, with an occasional resort hotel catering mainly to divers.
When driving down this road, it is interesting to note that most buildings have sticks of steel “rebar” sticking out of the roofs. Rebar are those steel rods used to reinforce concrete. I was told that people intentionally leave these sticking out of the tops of walls and roofs because as long as a building is incomplete, it is exempt from tax… so no building is ever complete, and if it really is, then a few sticks of rebar extending out of the upper story walls can be claimed to be the owners intent to “finish” the buiding.
Many people only speak Español here, but there are enough English speakers to get along (assuming that is your main language, but then you probably wouldn’t be reading this if you were not an English speaker).
My dive companion and I headed South to the Mayan Palms resort where we had reservations for a two tank dive. Mayan Palms is a beautiful enclave with shady palm trees and gardens surrounded by 1950’s-like single story motel rooms. Down near the beach is a well stocked PADI dive shop where you can rent whatever you need. No sea card, no dive, so get certified before you go.
Remarkably, on this afternoon, we were the only two divers heading out to the reef so we got personalized service from our dive master and the boat captain. A two-tank dive was $75. Visibility was good (maybe 40 to 50 feet) along the finger reefs located about a half mile off shore. Water temperature in November was around 82 °F so no wetsuit was needed.
So what if you don’t dive? Well you can rent dune buggies or bicycles and explore the town of Costa Maya (which is very small) and venture out along the sand road. Of course if you haven’t bought all the silver chains, rings, straw hats, and leather items that you’ll need for several lifetimes, you can always show ‘til you drop at the Costa Maya pier stores. You can also take a road trip to Coba (a small Mayan ruin to the North of Costa Maya (about the same latitude as Cozumel). Or continue up the coast to the beautiful lagoons of Xel Ha (“X” in Mayan is pronounced “sh”, and “Ha” means something like “bay” or “inlet”) or Yalku.
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- Pros:More remote, more natural (than say, Cozumel)
- Cons:Less to do if you don't dive.
- In a nutshell:A better place to get away from civilization in Mexico.
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