Puerto Costa Maya Travel Guide
Shopping Passengers alighting from cruise ships in Puerto Costa Maya are carried by shuttle to the Mayan-inspired port complex, which boasts 70,000 square feet (6,503sq m) of shops and a bazaar. On offer are a wide variety of typical Mexican holiday souvenirs, especially local crafts, as well as designer perfumes, leather goods, and jewellery. The bazaar stallholders expect bartering to take place.
Restaurants The Puerto Costa Maya port complex contains some fast food outlets and eateries, but visitors docking here who want to enjoy a leisurely local meal can take a stroll into the fishing village of Majahual, where there are several small, rustic restaurants along the beach serving up Mexican favourites, as well as delicious lobster and fresh fish. For something a little upmarlet, try Leaky Palapa Restaurant. The Krazy Lobster offers cheap and delicious seafood right on the beach.
Nightlife As it is mainly a cruise destination, visitors to Puerto Costa Maya tend to be day-trippers who do not spend evenings at the port. Those who find themselves overnighting will no doubt be staying in a beach cabana in Majahual, where the only entertainment is to sip margaritas in an unsophisticated open-air beach bar under the stars. This lack of a nightlife scene is considered an advantage by some holidaymakers.
Activities Being a purpose-built cruise ship port, Puerto Costa Maya exists mainly to cater for shore excursions, and there is a huge range of these available for passengers. Excursions include bus tours to the Chacchoben Mayan ruins, bike and kayak trips along the coast, catamaran snorkelling expeditions, trips to the historic Bakalar lagoon, 4x4 drives through the jungle, and thrilling airboat rides. Alternatively, visitors can just enjoy some souvenir shopping, laze on the beach, or stroll into the nearby sleepy fishing village of Majahual.
Negatives Puerto Costa Maya can sometimes experience hurricanes and tropical storms. Hurricane season runs from June to November and visitors to the region during this time should take care to check weather and storm forecasts.