Mahahual: The Forgotten Paradise

Filed under: Places to Visit - by Isabella Biava

Mahahual. If you have a long vacation, are a nature and sea lover and a restless explorer, you might want to drive further south of the Riviera Maya and pay a visit to Mahahual, a relatively new destination, or at least, less talked-about. What’s more, if you are on your way to Bacalar and you have a spare couple of days it will be well worth the detour to visit this pretty and still unspoiled town.

Mahahual is a former fishing village located on the so-called Costa Maya, which stretches between Punta Herrero to Xcalak, another fishing village which is almost on the border with Belize, right at the very tip of the state of Quintana Roo.

If you look it up on a map, it seems very close to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, and although you cannot have access from there, it looks like one huge natural park. You can barely see any roads on the map besides the main one that connects Cancun to Chetumal.

I was surprised to see that some cruise liners make a stop here, and when they do, the swanky little place turns into a touristy, crowded area, but only for a few hours.

It still remains however, one of the few untouched pieces of paradise, where the water offers an amazing natural playground for young fish, and is abundant in bright coral which hasn’t been burned out by development as yet.

It is an intact heaven for divers as well, who will find an unspoiled and unscathed underwater world, rare to see nowadays. 

The entire area is still pretty much virgin, and although they are setting the premises for a bigger project, we hope they will ensure it has a low impact on the environment and its precious natural resources. 

What we can see for now, beside the cruises, is powdery white sand, lush vegetation and blue sea. The main activities you will be offered as a visitor (besides relaxing on the infinite white beaches), will be all kinds of water sports, including fly board, kayaking, paddle board, snorkelling and fishing…

The accommodation offer is also very interesting and for every pocket, from luxury boutique hotels to small bed and breakfasts, or you can also camp, if you wish.

If you intend to go over a bank holiday weekend, you had better make your reservation in advance, or run the risk of finding everything sold out.

The culinary offer is also very interesting, enabling you to enjoy the finest restaurants or the simplest of snack bars, for every taste and preference. Italian restaurants are quite popular there, too.

We suggest getting there by car, so that you will be able to move around and visit the surroundings, thus enjoying your stay even more.

Happy exploring!

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