Costa Maya, Mex­ico

Porthole Cruise Magazine - - Features -

Puerto Costa Maya is lo­cated about 100 miles south of Can­cun on the west­ern side of the Caribbean Sea near the Belize bor­der. Pri­vate in­vestors who rec­og­nized the need for more cruise ship ports in this sec­tion of the Caribbean fi­nanced the new port in 2001. The port was al­most de­stroyed by Hur­ri­cane Dean in 2007, but was re­con­structed a year later.

Costa Maya has all the ameni­ties that cruise lovers ex­pect in­clud­ing swim­ming pools, shops, bars, and restau­rants. The beach is rocky at Costa Maya, but the nearby vil­lage of Ma­hahual (also known as Ma­jahual) has sandy beaches and is just a short taxi ride away. Ac­tiv­i­ties such as kayak­ing, div­ing, snor­kel­ing, or ex­plor­ing in a Jeep are also pop­u­lar.

Costa Maya’s unique at­trac­tion is the an­cient Mayan city of Chac­choben, which dates to 360 A.D. and was once a ma­jor cen­ter of trade. It was largely undis­cov­ered un­til 1999, so is less ex­ca­vated than more well-known Mayan sites like Tu­lum and Chichen Itza. Shore ex­cur­sions visit not only Chac­choben, but also other lesser-known an­cient sites, mak­ing this port of call per­fect for those who want to learn more about the Mayan cul­ture.

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