Mahahual Travel Guide: Secrets, Beaches and Unforgettable Adventures

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Aerial view of two cruise ships and a bridge in Mahahual

Welcome to the Definitive Mahahual Travel Guide, your virtual compass to discover all the charms of this paradisiacal destination on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. If you are wondering what makes Mahahual unique, how to get there, what activities it offers and what is the best way to enjoy this Caribbean jewel, you are in the right place.


History of Mahahual


Originally a small fishing village, Mahahual has undergone an amazing transformation over the years. Founded by Mayan descendants, its roots go back to a time when maritime trade and fishing were at the heart of daily life.


The tourism boom began in the 1990s, catapulting Mahahual from a well-kept secret to an internationally renowned destination. This growth has not erased its authenticity, and the town has managed to preserve its original charm while welcoming visitors from all over the world.


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The Best Beaches in Mahahual


Mahahual is a small coastal town located on the Costa Maya of Quintana Roo, Mexico, offers you a paradise of pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and white sand.



Maya Chaan Beach


Maya Chan Beach is one of the 98 best beaches in Quintana Roo. With crystal clear waters and glistening sand, you don’t need special footwear to enjoy this wonder. The entrance to the sea is gentle, perfect for solo travelers, families, relaxation lovers and even those traveling with their furry friends.



Mahahual Beach


A beach with gentle waves for swimming and exploring reefs, ideal for snorkeling and fascinating marine life such as colorful manta rays, turtles, eels and nurse sharks. From the surface, you can spot sunken ships on the seabed, paddle a kayak through the turquoise waters or pedal to the lighthouse on a bicycle to capture stunning sunrise photos.



Xahuayxol Beach


A small corner of paradise away from it all. Located just 40 kilometers south of Mahahual, this place is one of the best kept secrets before entering Belize. In this area. The water glistens like a dazzling blue mirror and the sand is so soft that you will feel its caress with every step. This is no ordinary tourist destination, but a jewel for lovers of adventure and the unexplored.


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The Best Hotels in Mahahual



National Beach Club & Bungalows


Located in the heart of Mahahual, right in front of the sea and full of everything you need to enjoy it to the fullest. From breathtaking ocean views to a palapa restaurant offering breakfast included for guests and VIP package clients. Enjoy a full service beach club with chairs and umbrellas, bar and grill, all attended by our friendly staff who strive to make your stay perfect.



Blue Kay Hotel


Immerse yourself in the natural and rustic beauty of the Blue Kay Hotel, located in Mahahual. Enjoy the thrill of snorkeling or simply relax on beautiful private beaches. The seaside restaurants will delight you with exquisite local flavors while you immerse yourself in tranquility and relaxation. In the beach area, enjoy exceptional service at the restaurant-bar while relaxing on umbrellas, lounge chairs and hammocks. In addition, for those looking to stay active, they offer a gym area to make the most of your stay.



40 Cañones Hotel


Discover the serene beauty of Hotel 40 Cañones, a charming beachfront retreat in the heart of Mahahual. Ideal for a couple or family vacation, it offers a unique experience surrounded by the breathtaking Caribbean nature. The rooms, with a perfect balance between rustic and modern style, offer you comfort and tranquility, each with private bathroom. Enjoy the delicious flavors of oceanfront dining and relax while taking in the spectacular views. In addition, our exclusive access to the private beach area invites you to immerse yourself in the luxury and serenity of the Mexican Caribbean.


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The Best Restaurants in Mahahual



Malecon 21


A restaurant with its own natural pool created by a very particular reef formation.a great place to enjoy with the family.the food is incredible. The seafood pasta and shrimp tacos are super tasty, a perfect place to spend the day at the beach, enjoy the sweet breeze while tasting excellent Mexican and international dishes and of course, savoring a fresh drink made with creativity and passion. The restaurant is open from 8 am to 10:30 PM.



Jaime’s at the Blue Reef


Located on Mahahual Avenue, this restaurant’s main objective is to provide you with the relaxation you deserve. The restaurant offers you your own place on the beach with tables, beach chairs, shaded palapas, kayaks, floats and paddle surf boards. The restaurant is all-inclusive and the best part is that children under 5 years old are free. The restaurant is open from 8 am to 10:00 PM.



La Chilangaloense Mezcalería and Cevichería


Located on Mahahual Avenue on the Malecon. In this restaurant you can enjoy a corner in front of the beach, where signature cuisine and excellent service come together to create a unique experience. This space is ideal for pleasant moments in the company of the family, and specializes in the delicious freshness of seafood. The restaurant is open from 8 am to 10:00 PM.


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The Best Activities in Mahahual



Swimming with the Dolphins


Dolphin Discovery-Costa Maya on the beautiful coast of Mahahual, a perfect destination for your vacation. Surrounded by turquoise waters and white sand beaches, this habitat is in a stunning conservation area. Costa Maya, the “Hidden Jewel of the Caribbean”, offers almost virgin beaches and a rich tropical flora and fauna. Just two hours from Chetumal and four from Cancun, Mahahual is a picturesque Caribbean village. Enjoy a day full of joy with activities, tours and the best dolphin experience in this paradise.





Snorkeling in Mahahual is not to be missed thanks to its proximity to the Mesoamerican Reef. Along the boardwalk, you will find several tour agencies, the guides are extremely patient and attentive, making sure you are comfortable during the whole tour. A tour where you will also find corals and colorful fish.



Extreme Diving


Just ten minutes away by boat, with depths ranging from 15 to 60 meters you will find Xcalak, which also offers options for all levels, from beginners at La Pozeta to advanced divers at La Chimenea.


Just 1 hour and 30 minutes from Mahahual, the Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve awaits you with the largest coral atoll in Mexico and part of the second largest reef in the world. Here you can admire an impressive variety of colorful fish, rays, turtles (hawksbill, green and loggerhead), crustaceans, dolphins, nurse sharks, crocodiles and manatees.



Chacchoben Archaeological Site


Chacchoben is a perfect archaeological jewel for lovers of Mayan history and culture! It is only 1 hour from Mahahual. Chacchoben is the most important settlement discovered so far in the Lake District, with an occupation that began 300 years before our era. An unmissable experience to immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the Mayan civilization.



Rent a Bike


Exploring Mahahual beyond the tourist area is an incredible experience. Walk about 10 km along the boardwalk and the Costa Maya. It is advisable to take the road opposite the lighthouse, more picturesque and full of surprises. On the boardwalk, you will find bike rental options. Be sure to compare them well and choose one with a comfortable seat for maximum enjoyment.



View the Malecon


Exploring the boardwalk is the perfect start to your visit to Mahahual. Along its 1,700 meters, you will discover the essence of this fishing village: restaurants, ice cream parlors, coffee shops, bars, dive centers, souvenir stores, small rustic hotels, beach clubs and colorful wooden houses. On the north side, the lighthouse and the photographic stop that forms “Mahahual” offer the ideal setting for unforgettable sunrises and sunsets.





Paddle while the sun sets to experience an unforgettable sunset; we assure you that from the water, the magic is even greater. On the beach, there are several places that offer them, and here’s a tip: some restaurants and beach clubs give them for FREE with the purchase of something.


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The Best Events And Festivals in Mahahual



Carnavalito in Mahahual


Held March 3-5, every year Mahahual fills with joy to celebrate the festivities of Rey Momo! Get ready for vibrant music, comparsas and guest artists that will make the coastal community vibrate. Activities include a parade of comparsas, a dance contest and a stellar show with a national celebrity.



Crossing Borders Festival


Held from May 20 to May 27. Crossing Borders arises from the conviction that Culture is a powerful means to overcome contradictions, social inequalities and to promote respect for nature. We believe that by preserving our environment and recognizing all artistic expressions as valuable sources of learning, enjoyment and entertainment, we will strengthen the positive impact of Culture in society.



The Best Tips for Traveling to Mahahual


To make your trip perfect, here are some tips:


  • Transportation: Connection and public transportation are limited, so if you plan to arrive this way, check schedules in advance.


  • Be respectful with the environment: Be conscious, always deposit garbage in containers and avoid single-use plastics. Some hotels offer free water to refill your thermos.


  • Enjoy the Cruises: Mahahual receives cruises, which means more life and activity in town during those times. Keep this in mind when planning your visit.


  • Change your Money to Mexican Pesos: There are few ATMs and no banks in Mahahual, so bring plenty of cash. Some restaurants on the boardwalk accept cards, but always ask first.


  • Find out about the state of the beaches: Sargasso can reach Mahahual. Check the Facebook page “Red de monitoreo de sargazo” before your trip for updated information.


  • Learn a few words in Spanish: Although English is spoken in Mahahual, learning a few words in Spanish will help you communicate with the locals.


  • Stay in the right place: There are a variety of accommodation options in Mahahual, from luxury hotels to apartments and villas. Choose the one that best suits your needs and budget.


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Prices in Mahahual




  • Vacation Lodging: around $867 MXN – 52 USD (Las Cabañas del Doctor)
  • 4 star hotel: around 1,680 MXN – 99 USD ( Hotel Quinto Sole)
  • 5 star Hotel: about 2,100 MXN – 125 USD ( El Fuerte Beach Resort)



Featured Activities

Swim with dolphins $948 MXN 948 USD
Snorkeling $600 MXN 36 USD
Extreme Diving $1200 MXN 71 USD
Archaeological Zone of Chacchoben $60 MXN 4 USD
Rent a Bike $90 MXN (per hour) / 200 MXN (full day) 5 USD (per hour) / 12 USD (full day)
Kayak $300 MXN (per hour) 18 USD (per hour)



Nightlife in Mahahual



Yaya Beach


Yaya Beach is located near the hotel zone of Mahahual. Located in the center of the Malecon (boardwalk). The menu offers a mix of dishes for all tastes: from Mexican food such as guacamole to cochinita tacos, special ceviche, local fish and lobster. Closes at 11 p.m.



Malecon 21


Located in the heart of Mahahual’s boardwalk, on the best strip known as “Malecon”. Steps away from the most popular hotels it offers an authentic Caribbean experience on one of the best beaches in the world, with a unique natural pool formed by the reef. We want our guests to enjoy the sea breeze while savoring our excellent Mexican and international food and tasting original cocktails prepared with passion by our bartenders. Closes at 10:30 PM.



National Beach Club


This corner of Mexico’s Caribbean coast is simply spectacular, with a reef system teeming with marine life. Nacional Beach Club & Bungalows is located in the heart of Mahahual, right on the oceanfront, offering everything you could wish for. From breathtaking ocean views to a palapa restaurant with breakfast included for guests and VIP clients. Closes at 12 AM.



Theme Parks in Mahahual



Lost Mayan Kingdom Water Park


This theme park is located in Mahahual, a beautiful fishing village in the Riviera Maya. Only 350 km from Cancun and 100 km from the border with Belize. Deep in the jungle of Mahahual, a mysterious legend unfolds that tells a story of adventure. Years ago, expeditionary Stephen Johnson, hungry for a quest, delves deep into the thick Mayan jungle in search of the legendary golden city of the Maya. After weeks immersed in the unknown Costa Maya, his eyes were filled with wonder when he arrived at the Mayan aquatic adventure theme park, the Lost Mayan Kingdom.



Dolphin Discovery Costa Maya


Located in an amazing conservation area, surrounded by turquoise and crystalline waters, next to white sand beaches. Don’t miss the opportunity to have the best dolphin experience in this idyllic place. Also, explore the mystical Mayan archaeological sites, where you will discover fascinating facts about this civilization and how their findings and culture still influence our daily lives.


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How to Get Around to Mahahual



Mahahual is catalogued as a meeting point for multiple cruise ships, it has flourished as one of the preferred destinations for national and international tourism. This marvelous paradise in constant growth distinguishes itself as a fishing village that combines vibrant nature, abundant tranquility and unparalleled hospitality.



From Chetumal


From the Caribe Terminal at the Ignacio Manuel Altamirano Market, also known as the Old Market of Chetumal, two ADO buses leave daily. It will take you approximately 2 hours for your trip.



From Bacalar


You can take the same buses that come from Chetumal, but we suggest you go to Chetumal to catch the bus, as they are often full and it is not possible to board them safely.



From Cancun


To get there from Cancun, take an ADO bus to Felipe Carrillo Puerto (3.5 hours). Then take a Mayab bus to Limones (45 minutes) and, once there, take a Caribe bus to Chetumal, which takes an average of 1 hour.



From Playa del Carmen


From the ADO company, you have the most direct option with only one exit from their terminal to Limones. Then take a Caribe bus to Chetumal and from there to Mahahual.



From Tulum


Opt for a Mayab bus to get to Limones in a 2-hour trip. Once there, take the Caribe bus to Chetumal and then to Mahahual.


Map of Mahahual


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Security in Mahahual


When it comes to safety in Mahahual, your safety is key to having the best experience in this beautiful place. As in any corner of the world, it is always good to be vigilant. Petty theft can happen, even in paradise! Beaches, with all their magic, can also be ripe for distractions. So, keep an eye on your belongings, and let your mind relax and enjoy all that Mahahual has to offer. Also, don’t hesitate to ask locals about the safest areas and the best tips for exploring this enchanting corner.



Weather in Mahahual


Mahahual has a sub-humid tropical climate that makes its summers a little rainier than its winters. The average annual temperature is a delightful mix of 28°C, with highs of 35°C and lows of 14°C – not bad!


If you’re thinking of visiting, August is the hottest month, with a balmy 28.0 °C (82 °F). And if you prefer cooler temperatures, January is around 24.0 °C (75.0 °F).


The best time to embark on this adventure is from February to November. This ensures pleasant weather and moderate rainfall. The average maximum temperature is 25 °C in April and 19 °C in January, perfect for enjoying the beach.


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In Mahahual, every moment becomes a story to remember. From the sunrise on the Malecon to the star-filled nights, the magic of this destination never ceases to amaze. Get ready to live unforgettable moments in this coastal paradise. Explore from the crystalline waters to the archaeological wonders, without a doubt an unforgettable experience awaits you. Remember to enjoy the charms of the Malecon, savor the delicious local cuisine and dive into the waters full of marine life.


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