Costa Maya

At the very southern tip of Quintana Roo’s golden coastline lies the up-and-coming vacation destination of Xcalak and Mahahual. Part of the labeled “Costa Maya,” these sleepy towns are a place to kick your shoes off, flop into a hammock strung between two palms, and lose all sense of time. Known as a diver’s destination, the local diving as well as the snorkeling in the expansive bay is among the best around. While there, ask about a trip to Banco Chinchorro – an atoll about 30 km from shore that is a rare and sought after jewel of sub-aquatic splendor!

Fly-fishing is the other sporting attraction in Xcalak. Impressing fishermen from the largest organizations, the extensive lagoons as well as the Bay of Chetumal are havens for bonefish, permit, snook, and tarpon. However, if all this sounds like too much activity for your vacation agenda, just pick up your book, crawl into your hammock or beach chair, and enjoy the Caribbean breezes.


ado_bus.jpg ADO Bus Schedule Cancun - Mahahual

Now easier than ever to get to the Costa Maya

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Balamku Inn on the Beach
Review 12/10

by Lydia Linton Pontius

v22_balam_ku_thumb.jpg Balamku: A Lovers’ Coastal Hideaway

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than sharing with your lover the quintessential tropical fantasy!

v20_chinchorro_thumb.jpg Banco Chinchorro

Just thirty kilometers from the sandy shores of southern Quintana Roo lay an aquatic oasis ripe with adventurous appeal.

Leaky Palapa Xcalak Jon Look Black Friday in Mexico

Jon and Vonda Look explain about no commercial pressures in paradise.

by Barb Eller Bucito's Underwater Photo Class

Barb Eller, in Mahahual on the Costa Maya, shares her underwater photography class

Calakmul to Tulúm – The Adventure Continues (May 2011)

by Lydia Linton Pontius

Caribbean cushion starfish (Oreaster reticulatus)

f you snorkel anywhere in the Mexican Caribbean from Cozumel to Mahahual you have probably seen it.

Carnival in Mahahual, February 2011

By Barbara Eller

casa carolina xcalak exterior Casa Carolina Review – Xcalak

Costa Maya

Mari Pintkowsk Chacchoben

Little-known Maya ruin near Bacalar in the Costa Maya, by Mari Pinkowski

mahahual 9-09 Come to Mahahual...it’s not that far!

September 2009

Barbara Eller Company Coming (April 2011)

By Barbara Eller

Cooling Off (July 2011)

by Barbara Eller

costamaya_web_1-13.jpg Costa Maya Living Opens Second Location

New location at the Mahahual cruise ship port

eller6.jpeg Costa Maya Yoga

In my 60-plus years I have read of the virtues but never tried yoga. Until ... by Barbara Eller

Bacalar Mari Pintkowski Discovering Laguna Bacalar by Boat

Laguna Bacalar is known for its 7 colors.

Barbara Eller Diving Faro Viejo, South of Mahahual

by Barbara Eller

Diving in Mahahual
November 2010

By Barbara Eller

Barbara Eller Diving in the Rain

By Barbara Eller

ev_3_xcalak_escape_t.jpg Escape to Xcalak

Take a relaxing “leave of absence from the world” in this tiny coastal fishing village

Explore the Explorean Kohnlich February 2009

By Myrna Sparks

mahahual 9-09 February News from Mahahual

What is happening in and around Mahahual in the Costa Maya, by Marilyn Marshall

Fly Fishing in Xcalak September 2009

Caroline Wexler

kevin_graham_9-12.jpg Good News from Costa Maya Living

Kevin Graham, owner, talks about the expansion of his real estate company.

hearts-barb06.jpg Hearts Without Borders

Mahahual couple distributes children's clothing, by Barb Eller

hotel laguna bacalar Hotel Laguna Bacalar, 02/2011

by Lydia Linton Pontius

maha_schoolroom.jpg January 2012 News from Mahahual

Check out the events and notices for Mahahual on the Costa Maya.

jatsaja_logo.jpg Jats'a Ja 2013

Celebration of Mahahual's rebirth from Hurricane Dean

Flyfishing Barb Eller Let's Go Fishing

Flyfishing in Mahahual, by Barb Eller

Jon and Vonda in Xcalak Life Part 2 Meets the Retire Early Lifestyle

A few days in Xcalak by Jon and Vonda Look

john_s_dive-barb.jpg Lionfish Hunt

Share an exciting dive with Barb Eller in Mahahual

lionfish_hunt6-barb.jpg Lionfish Hunt Festival

Join the Mahahual lionfish hunt with Barb Eller

Lol Ka—A Hidden Treasure (May 2011)

By Barbara Eller

mahahual Mahahual After Dean.

New site to provide reliable information about the current status of Mahahual and Costa Maya.

Mahahual Nov. 25 Party and Fundaiser for the Kids!

Silent auction and more

mahahual 9-08 Mahahual Update September 2008

Come visit and see for yourself.

Alexandra Bradley Mahahual: City of Two Tales
December 2010

by Lydia Linton Pontius

Mahahualenas Group Is Gearing Up for Christmas

Mahahual in the Costa Maya

mahahual_beach.jpg Mahahualenas March Highlights

What's happening and news in Mahahual on the Costa Maya

Making Gringo Moves
March 2010

Kevin Graham

March Meeting of Mahahualeans Minutes

More information about what is happening in Mahahual on the Costa Maya.

v21_maya_beach_gard_thumb.jpg Mayan Beach Garden: A Coastal Retreat

The Mayan Beach Garden may be the ideal retreat for you.

Kevin Graham Costa Maya Living Meet Kevin Graham, Costa Maya Living

Lydia Linton Pontius interviews Kevin about living in Mahahual and his Costa Maya Living business

mahahual 9-09 My Birthday Trip to the Yucatan – Day 4, Mahahual

We drove from Xcalak to Mahahual and spent the day and night on the Malecon, by Mike Pontius

casa_carolina_2012.jpg My Birthday Trip to the Yucatan – Days 2 & 3

Installment 2, leaving La Selva Mariposa for Xcalak on the Costa Maya, by Mike Pontius.

Balamku from the water My Birthday Trip to the Yucatan – Days 5 & 6, South of Mahahual

Mike Pontius' trip continues in Mahahual at Balamku Inn on the Beach.

My Mahahual (March 2011)

By Barbara Eller

Night Dive
December 2010

Barbara Eller

Mahahual Barb Eller On the Road Again

Driving from Ohio to Costa Maya – by Barb Eller

almaplena-barb4.jpg Our New Neighbors

Barb Eller introduces friends in Mahahual.

Barbara Eller Reef Preservation in Mahahual

by Barbara Eller

Alexandra Bradley Safe Travels

Driving in Quintana Roo and Campeche 2010

alana_and_blair.jpg Special Honeymoon Request at Balamku

By Carol at Balamku

by Barb Eller Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in Mahahual

Barb Eller gives it a try on the Costa Maya.

School Uniforms Mahahual The Mahahualenas

by Marilyn Marshall - Women of Mahahual on the Costa Maya are working to make their community better.

Balamku Lydia Pontius Traveling the Sac-Be 2011 – Part Three

Mahahual on the Costa Maya – Lydia Linton Pontius continues her travel tale

Casa Carolina Xcalak Traveling the Sac-be 2011 – Part Two

Macario Gómez to Xcalak

Underseascape Manatees

Steve Dramstad AKA XcalakSteve December 2009

Underseascapes - Coral Reefs of Mexico, November 2009

by Steve Dramstad, AKA Xcalaksteve

Underseascapes - Tropical Fish

Steven Dramsted January 2010

Xcalak Steve Underseascapes The Turtles

The Turtles of Akumal Bay

UnderSeaScapes – Cleaning Station

March 2010 Steve Dramstad aka Xcalak Steve

UnderSeaScapes – Octopus

February 2010

Mahahual auction Update December 2012 from Mahahual

School, auctions, news and more ...

Barbara Eller Update on Mahahual's Malecon

by Kevin Graham, Costa Maya Living

What Can I Do? (June 2011)

By Barbara Eller

costa_maya_7-14.jpg What Every Buyer of Property in Costa Maya Should Know (Part III)

Changes in Costa Maya Tax Law in 2014

Xcalak Quilt 2012 Xcalak Community Quilting – 4th Annual

Tourists and locals in Xcalak make quilts for fun and fundraising, by Paula Preston

Balamku

Casa Carolina Xcalak

Hotel Laguna Bacalar