Defined as the “heart of the Mayan Coast”, Mahahual reminds a lot of its visitors of what the Playa del Carmen used to be some decades ago; a picturesque fisherman village that opened its doors to the tourism offering an ideal setting for the adventure as well as the relaxation. It is easy, almost inevitable, to fall under the spell of Mahahual; the blue of the Mexican Caribbean, the sea breeze and the aromas of the rainforest will lead you by the hand to an encounter with the nature that will always remain in your memories.
Who is it recommendable for?
If Mahahual had a second name it would be nature. This place is perfect for those who are willing to forget the crowded avenues with boutiques and restaurants and turn off their electronic devices to let themselves be surrounded by the environment; blue of the Caribbean for the eyes, sea breeze for the skin, sounds of the rainforest that captivate the ear… the charm of this site lies in the fact that there are no hotel chains, only some small hotels that go to a lot of effort to provide an excellent service and warm attention. Those who come to Mahahual travel light: bermuda shorts, T-shirts, sun screen and repellent. Oh, and the swimsuit always ready for the quick dip.
Scuba diving is one of the most surprising experiences that await you in Mahahual which is neighbor to the second biggest coral reef in the world. The scuba divers that come to this corner of the Mexican Caribbean will find in its waters a true paradise: sea turtles, sponges, sea horses, manatees and, of course, whimsical coral formations. This experience is not reserved only for the experts, with the help of a guide you can access these surprising submarine landscapes. Mahahual is the point of departure for other unique experiences such as the tour of Bacalar, Magic Village, and its beautiful Laguna de los Siete Colores. You can also visit some little known archeological areas such as Oxtankah and Chacchoben, immersed in the Quintana Roo rainforest, which represents an “immersion” in the mysteries of the Mayan civilization.
How to get there
You can get to Mahahual by the 307 highway, which runs through Quinata Roo and also connects the capital of the state with Cancun and Playa del Carmen. If you come from Mérida, take the federal highway 184 and after 398 kilometers you will find the heart of the Mayan Coast.