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.
Mahahual destination guides
Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Chacchoben Day Trip
When your cruise ship docks in the port of Costa Maya, embark on a 3.5-hour shore excursion to Chacchoben.
Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Scuba Diving Beginner's Course
While in port in Costa Maya, don’t miss the opportunity to discover scuba! This beginning scuba diving course is especially suited for those who have never been diving before. With a PADI-certified dive master, explore the amazing underwater world of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest coral reef system in the world. During your 3.