Costa Maya (Mexico)

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Bahamas - Caribbean - Bermuda

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2019-08-24 02:54

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Puerto Costa Maya is Caribbean Mexico's second largest cruise port - after Cozumel. This is also one of country's most popular tourist regions. Part of Mexico's Quintana Roo state, the Mahahual municipality is near state's capital city Chetumal (located on the border with Belize) and at ~4 hours drive from Cancun (Yucatan Peninsula). Costa Maya port is also the closest tourist destination to the lesser known Mayan ruins in Mexico's Yucatan state (including Kohunlich and Chacchoben). In 2017 was discovered Ichkabal (the largest Mayan archaeological site) and since 2019 is added to port's Shore Excursion program for cruise lines-organized land tours.

Puerto Costa Maya (Mexico) cruise port

The region is generally undeveloped but has been rapidly growing after the construction of a large pier with capacity to accommodate world's biggest passenger liners. Other port upgrades included new shops and attractions. The new pier and port expansion project was completed for season 2017-2018, and fully operational for season 2018-2019. The result was increased passenger traffic growth from 900,000 to over 1 million. Port's daily cruise ship passenger capacity is 15,000 to 18,000.

Also in 2017 was opened the largest Mayan archaeological site Xcabal, located at around 1 hour bus ride from the cruise port. Until 2019, the site is open exclusively to cruise line organized shore excursions.

Puerto Costa Maya cruise port

Port Costa Maya features a modern shopping mall, central plaza and saltwater pools. There are also several shops selling discount-priced brand jewelry, beachwear, Mexican silver and handicrafts, hand-made souvenirs. It is generally open to cruise ship passengers only. Costa Maya counts with many experiences offered via Port Pass - an access pass to all in-port activities. Port Pass includes Kakaw (journey where visitors are guided through time to figure out how to prevent cacao beans from extinction and preserve chocolate); Aviary (hanging on top of the port, which is also home to dozens of Mexico's most colorful bird species) and Tequila museum (where tourists are hosted by two Mexican characters guiding them into in the tequila-making process, followed by all kinds of tequila tasting). One of port's newest additions is the Rockpool where tourists can relax, swim, drink and enjoy the view of the docked ships.

In 2017, the port handled around 1 million cruise ship passengers. In season 2018, their number reached 1,3 million. The number of expected in 2019 passengers is ~1,5 million. To increase its capacity, the port extended berths 3 and 4, allowing them to handle RCI's Oasis-Class ships (225,000 GT tons, LOA length 362 m / 1188 ft, max capacity 6780 passengers plus 2400 crew). This port expansion project resulted in capacity to dock 4 (3 large + 1 smaller) vessels simultaneously. The inauguration of Berth 4 was on March 12, 2019.

Costa Maya's largest cruise liners scheduled in 2018 were Symphony of the Seas (RCI-Royal Caribbean) on November 20 (7-day from Miami / Nov 17-24) and MSC Seaside (MSC) on January 11 (7-day from Miami / Jan 6-13). The port's The current day passenger record is 14,000. Port's max daily capacity is 15,000 (current-day passenger record is 14,000).

Puerto Costa Maya water park slides

In 2018-2019, to the Costa Maya excursions were added the new tours Bacalar Fort, Seven Color Lagoon, Aqua Rocket (speedboat tour), Dune Buggy, ATV Off-Road Adventure. At Maya Adventure Park were added a monster truck circuit and "animal encounter" experience. In 2019 was inaugurated the "Journeys to the Mayan Legends" attraction - river ride within the Lost Mayan Kingdom jungle. Additionally, the Maya Adventure Park offers 12 waterslides (all descending from its centrally-located pyramid) and several zip-lines and obstacle-bridge circuits. As shore excursion options are also listed various beachside clubs (featuring Beach Escape, La Bamba, Lagoon Club Uchbenkah) and 3 different snorkeling tours.

Mahahual

From Costa Maya can be accessed two small villages (Xcalak and Mahahual) and the road extends south to the southern border of Sian Kaan (north) approx 100 km (62 ml).

cruise port Mahahual (Costa Maya, Mexico)

Mahahual is just 3 km (2 ml) away and the berthed in Costa Maya cruise liners are easily seen from there. Mahahual was a small fishing village (with population around 800) before the docking jetty was constructed at Puerto Costa Maya (just up the Mahahual Beach) with capacity to serve large-sized passenger liners. Every day, cruise ships berth in Costa Maya and most of their tourists are bussed to Mahahual to enjoy cheap drinks, hand-made gift shopping, quad biking, watersports activities (swimming, jet ski rides, scuba diving and snorkeling). By the New Mahahual (cruise port development) project are planned the construction of new (second cruise dock) approx 12 km (7,5 ml) to the south (along the coastal road). This could result in up to 4 vessels docking simultaneously each day.

Now, after the construction of Puerto Costa Maya, Mahahual has been rapidly growing with a population of around 3000 and the capacity to receive over 15,000 tourists in a day. The town is located at approx 5-min drive from the cruise port. Shuttle bus service and taxis go to the Mahahual boardwalk, with fares (cruise port to Mahahual Town) at ~USD 5 per person.

In August 2007, Hurricane Dean heavily damaged Mahahual's cruise dock and destroyed much of the village. Cruise liners returned to Costa Maya in late-October 2008.

Since 2010, Mahahual quickly developed as cruise tourism destination featuring palapas (open-sided dwellings with thatched roofs made of palm leaves), soft sand beaches (best-known/largest is Mahahual Beach), a near-shore coral reef (Banco Chinchorro), numerous seaside restaurants, bars, hotels, gift shops.

The Malecon esplanade is a pedestrian seaside promenade lined with numerous restaurants and shops. Mahahual has ATM machines, HSBC bank office, Pemex gas station. Approx 4-km from Mahahual (along the coastal road to the south) are located small beachfront hotels, rental houses and restaurants. Most of the electricity is renewable (generated by solar panels and windmills). Roof-captured rainwater is collected and used for bathing and WCs.

Costa Maya cruise terminal

Puerto Costa Maya is the first Western Caribbean cruise port that was purposefully built for cruise ships exclusively. The cruise terminal complex was designed to resemble a Mayan city - thus truly exhibiting the authentic Mexican culture and history. Port's main entrance resembles a Mayan city facade and as tourists explore its infrastructure they kinda travel through time into a traditional Mexican folkloric town.

Costa Maya cruise terminal

Port's current capacity is 4 berths (4 ships may dock here at a time), with water depth of the pier allowing docking even of world's largest passenger liners (RCI's Oasis-Class). If more than 4 vessels visit at once, the other will be anchored and their passengers transported/ferried to the pier via tender boats.

Puerto Costa Maya cruise ship terminal

Majahual is located approx 5-min away. Limited taxis are parked at the village's exit. Taxi fare from Port Majahual is around US$5 PP. Banks and post offices are not available in port. There are pay phones in the shopping complex.

The following map of Costa Maya cruise port shows all facilities in the terminal area. The built by the pier cruise tourist village has several complimentary swimming pools (including 1 huge, filled with saltwater and featuring a swim-up bar), authentic Mexican restaurants and bars, restaurant grill, shops (including a convenience store and Market Place selling Mexican crafts), Jade Maya Museum, taxi ranks, transportation to Mahahual Town, bike rentals, even a Mayan Pyramid replica and its own beach (with hammocks, showers, volleyball pool). Additionally, Costa Maya offers a Mayan-inspired spa experience, a hanging Aviary, a tequila museum, a chocolate museum, "El Callejon del Sapo" (translates to Toad’s Alley for an exquisite culinary experience and Mexican folklore). The following map of Costa Maya cruise port shows all facilities in the terminal area.

Costa Maya cruise port map

Next map shows Costa Maya port's facilities, all tourist attractions and shopping options.

Costa Maya Mexico map

Most of the shops are open when ships are in port.

Puerto Costa Maya shops map

On the above map are shown the following shops:

  • (1) Diamonds International (Caribbean's largest selection of diamonds and diamond jewelry)
  • (2) Tanzanite International (thousands of loose and set pieces in all sizes, shapes and colors)
  • (3) Diamonds International (discount jewelry)
  • (4) Carpet Emporium (over 10,000 certified handmade carpets, including from Turkey, Persia, India, China; free DHL shipping worldwide, tax and duty-free)
  • (5) Diamonds International (luxury watches and designer jewelry, including the brands Caribbean Topaz, Chameleon, Chopard, Wyle, TAG Heuer, John Hardy, Korite, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Concord, Corum, Cyma, Dior, Ebel, ESQ Swiss, IWC, Longines, Maurice Lacroix, Movado, Philip Stein, Piaget, Edward Mirell, Judith Ripka, Yvel)
  • (6) Havana Club (premium cigars, including Monte Cristo, Cohiba, Romeo & Julieta, Partagas, the shop has a walk-in humidor)
  • (7a, 7b) Tequileria International (over 200 Tequila brands, including Agave, Mescal, Anejo, Blanco, Kahlua)
  • (8) Del Sol (world's largest color -changing retailer, custom-Made T-Shirts themed on the Mayan Ruins in Chichenitza)
  • (9) Silver Factory (unique silver and gold jewelry designs at low prices, including rings, bracelets, necklaces, also sells
  • (10) Taxco (silver factory, unique silver jewelry designs, semiprecious stones (amethyst, onyx, quartz, topaz, zircon, Swarovski crystals) at factory prices
  • (A) Bbandito's (Lobster Shack) is a beach restaurant with live entertainment (menu includes lobster burritos and fresh fish specialties)
  • (B) Mamasita's (Restaurant & Bar) - offers fresh fish tacos, poolside Bar Service and Happy Hour prices between 3-4 pm).

Port Costa Maya cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Costa Maya, Mexico. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
1 August, 2019
Thursday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Breakaway08:0017:00
1 August, 2019
Thursday
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Armonia08:0018:00
2 August, 2019
Friday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineHarmony Of The Seas07:0015:00
2 August, 2019
Friday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineMajesty Of The Seas11:0019:00
6 August, 2019
Tuesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineSymphony Of The Seas08:0017:00
7 August, 2019
Wednesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEmpress Of The Seas09:0018:00
7 August, 2019
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Fantasy13:0021:00
8 August, 2019
Thursday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Breeze07:0014:00
8 August, 2019
Thursday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Breakaway08:0017:00
8 August, 2019
Thursday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineLiberty Of The Seas08:0017:00
10 August, 2019
Saturday
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Armonia07:0016:00
11 August, 2019
Sunday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEnchantment Of The Seas12:0019:00
12 August, 2019
Monday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Equinox08:0017:00
12 August, 2019
Monday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Fantasy13:0021:00
13 August, 2019
Tuesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Freedom13:0020:00
15 August, 2019
Thursday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Breakaway08:0017:00
15 August, 2019
Thursday
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Armonia08:0018:00
16 August, 2019
Friday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineMajesty Of The Seas11:0019:00
16 August, 2019
Friday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEnchantment Of The Seas12:0019:00
20 August, 2019
Tuesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineSymphony Of The Seas08:0017:00
21 August, 2019
Wednesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEmpress Of The Seas08:0018:00
21 August, 2019
Wednesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineHarmony Of The Seas11:0019:00
21 August, 2019
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Fantasy13:0021:00
22 August, 2019
Thursday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Breakaway08:0017:00
24 August, 2019
Saturday
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Armonia07:0016:00
25 August, 2019
Sunday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEnchantment Of The Seas12:0019:00
26 August, 2019
Monday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Equinox08:0017:00
26 August, 2019
Monday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Fantasy13:0021:00
27 August, 2019
Tuesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEmpress Of The Seas07:0016:00
29 August, 2019
Thursday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Breakaway08:0017:00
29 August, 2019
Thursday
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Armonia08:0018:00
30 August, 2019
Friday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineMajesty Of The Seas11:0019:00
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