Costa Maya, Mexico

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Costa Maya is a small tourist region of Mexico that is part of the Mexican Caribbean coast. It includes two small villages, Mahahual and Xcalak. While the port itself is home to a modern tourist shopping mall, a central plaza with saltwater pools and swim-up style bars, as well as stores selling a mixture of souvenir items, most visitors enjoy going further afield. For example Mahahual offers soft sandy beaches, a coral beach, as well as several bars, restaurants and shops. It is also building New Mahahual, which is sure to increase its attraction to visitors. A trip to nearby Uyumil Che, nicknamed the Monkey Farm, can be entertaining. This facility can best be described as a rehabilitation centre for injured wild animals that need to be returned to their natural habitat. Bird watchers are delighted with the number of toucans that can be spotted from the nearby jungle. For historians, exploring the Maya ruins that provide glimpses into the past, is a must.

Chacchoban is the closest at a little over an hour away, while just a bit further is Kohunlich. Another drawcard is the world’s second largest barrier reef that is a magnet for snorkellers and divers. Not only is the reef magnificent, but adding to its attraction are the numerous sunken ships. All visitors are sure to absorb the beauty of Costa Maya’s unspoiled coastal land, vast natural resources, rich historic and cultural influences, as well as getting a true insight into the essence of Mayan culture.