Costa Maya & Southern Caribbean Coast attractions

Top Choice Dive Site in Mahahual

Banco Chinchorro

Divers won’t want to miss the reefs and underwater fantasy worlds of the Banco Chinchorro, the largest coral atoll in the northern hemisphere and known for its shipwreck sites, coral walls and canyons. Some 45km lon…
Top Choice Lagoon in Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Síijil Noh Há

About 8km south of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, off Hwy 307, you'll find a bumpy 3km dirt road leading to this sublime, solar-powered ecotourism center. Run by the local Maya community, the wooded grounds overlook a quie…
Top Choice Lagoon in Chetumal

Laguna Milagros

Paddle out on a kayak or simply have a swim in the azure waters of Laguna Milagros, about 23km west of Chetumal, in the town of Huay-Pix. Waterfront seafood restaurant El Abuelo rents kayaks (M$150 per hour) and ser…
Archaeological Site in Corredor Arqueológico


Though it’s a chore to get to, this site is definitely worth a visit for its secluded, semi-wild nature. Dzibanché (meaning ‘writing on wood’) was a major city extending over more than 40 sq km and there are a numbe…
Archaeological Site in Corredor Arqueológico


This archaeological site sits on a jungle-backed grassy area. The ruins, dating from both the late pre-Classic (AD 100–200) and the early Classic (AD 300–600) periods, are famous for the great Templo de los Mascaron…
Archaeological Site in Corredor Arqueológico


Part of Dzibanché (ticket price includes entry to both), but well removed from the main site, Kinich-Ná consists of one building. But what a building: the megalithic Acrópolis held at least five temples on three lev…
Museum in Costa Maya & Southern Caribbean Coast

Museo de la Guerra de Castas

Housed in an 18th-century building and with a passionate director, this small museum does a fine job of detailing the more than four centuries of oppression suffered by the Maya on the peninsula, with its main focus…
Museum in Chetumal

Museo de la Cultura Maya

The Museo de la Cultura Maya is the city’s claim to cultural fame – a bold showpiece that's beautifully conceived and executed, though regrettably short on artifacts. It’s organized into three levels, mirroring Maya…
Fortress in Laguna Bacalar


The fortress above the lagoon was built in 1733 to protect Spanish colonists from pirate attacks and rebellions by local indigenous people. It also served as an important outpost for the Spanish in the War of the Ca…
Beach in Mahahual

Mahahual Beach

The beach right off Mahahual’s beautiful malecón (waterfront promenade) has powdery white sand, plus water so shallow you can swim out a good 100m.