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Introducing Mahahual

Some locals weren't exactly crying the blues after Hurricane Dean rolled into town in 2007 and badly damaged the town's new cruise-ship dock. But the dock has been rebuilt and despite ongoing concerns about encroaching development, Mahahual has managed to retain a pretty laid-back Caribbean vibe.

Sure, cruise-ship tourism has brought quite a few tacky shops and gringo-friendly bars to the north side of town, but head south in the direction of Xcalak and you'll have no problem finding your own private beach with sugary white sand.

What's more, there's great diving and snorkeling here, and there's just enough nightlife along the beachfront malecón (waterfront promenade) to keep you howling at the moon.