The new port of Mahahual gives access to the undeveloped palm-studded coastal region called Costa Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. It starts some 180 miles south of Cancun and runs to the border with Belize near Ambergris Cay. It is a place where the second largest barrier reef in the world and the breathtaking coastline are backed by ancient forests. Time seems to have forgotten this remote, somewhat primitive area although development for tourism is now rapidly growing.
As little as five years ago Mahahual (also spelled Majahual) was nothing more than a few palapas on the beach and an outpost for the Mexican Navy. Then the cruise ship industry took an interest in Mahahual's undeveloped coastline and built a deep water pier for their boats. Since then an entire town has sprung up to entertain a growing flood of seafaring vacationers who disembark here to enjoy Mahahual's sandy white beach and inland adventures. The centre of town is actually quite small but beaches stretch north to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve and south to the coastal town of Xcalak, last stop before Belize.
Costa Maya is protected by the same reef that thrills divers in Belize and Cozumel, meaning that beach sand stays put and the waves are minimal. It boasts a vast array of tropical plant and animal life and only a short distance from the beach, the most prolific and unspoiled reef beckons the snorkeler, diver and fisherman. Coconut palms sprout everywhere, and birdlife, coatimundi, small wildcats and monkeys abound in the nearby jungle. From Costa Maya explore the old Mayan City of Chacchoben, the Museum of Myan Culture and the Mayan City of Kohunlich famous for its 6ft high stone masks that adorn the sides of the temple. The Mayan ruins of Chacchoben are very near the town of Limones and a bit farther south are the ruins of Dzibanche and Kohunlich, famous for its 6ft high stone masks that adorn the sides of the temple.
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