By Carol and Alan of Balamku Inn on the Beach
South of Tulum by 2 hours and a bit, just past the Sian Ka’an Reserve, is the Costa Maya region. The new highway from 307 to Mahahual, just south of Limones, brings you directly into town and a new experience. The ADO bus comes right into town as well. It’s worth the drive to meet the friendly folks who live and work here. Yes, “laid-back” is used a lot to describe our area; that is the charm. It bustles sometimes on weekends with visiting Mexicans and then again on cruise ship days. But the ships are here only every 15 days during this time of year. This fishing village retains its image of a little funky place for relaxing, diving, snorkeling and eating fresh pescado.
Town has revived since Hurricane Dean hit 2 years ago. The new malecon or boardwalk in town hosts numerous restaurants serving the daily caught fish and ceviche directly on the beach. Fernando, an unofficial ambassador, can always be found chatting with locals and visitors about our town at his 100% Agave Bar and restaurant on the main street. You could spend hours there just hanging out.
La Bodeguita, the new cantina in the traditional Mexican style across the street has a pool table, darts and lots of games as well as a huge TV and internet. A very busy place especially if there’s a soccer game on. Mexicans, Italians, Germans, Dutch, Argentinians, French, Canadians and Americans all provide an abundance of good food and hospitality in town and beyond.
South of Mahahual are more hotels directly on the beach and great restaurants so keep going. Explore our coast and find its secrets.
If you snorkel or dive here, you may be on a private excursion with your captain. Trips to Chinchorro require more folks but stay a few days and weather-permitting, you will likely get to this famous atoll.
Check out Mahahual on the web and Sac Be’s listing of hotels. We hope to see you in Mahahual soon!