Friday, October 7 - 11:00AM - 7:00 PM
Puerto Cost Maya
Past meets present in Costa Maya. Cruise to Costa Maya and find ancient Maya ruins and mysterious jungles just begging to be explored, as well as private beach clubs and trendy restaurants— all in one place. It’s 250 square miles of paradise packed with entertainment and history, all just 30 miles south of Cancun.
The Great Maya Reef just off the coast is the second largest in the world— it’s a must-snorkel spot. Or you can kick back at the port village of Mahahual with an ice-cold michelada— a spicy beer cocktail— in hand. For a culture fix, head to the Kohunlick ruins to see the famous Temple of the Masks.
Costa Maya encompasses dense jungles, Mayan ruins, and world-renowned diving. We won’t find sky-rise buildings like downtown Cancun hidden in the reprieve of Costa Maya.
In fact, the Mexican port prides itself on a small-town Mexican village atmosphere with pristine waters and authentic villages. Sitting just north of Costa Maya lies the UNESCO Heritage Site of Sian Ka’an Reserve.
Diving or Snorkeling
It would be a shame to mention all of the wonders of Costa Maya without highlighting one of its best features.
As we roll into port in Costa Maya it is hard not to be awe-struck by the beautiful waters. What causes such pristine waters?
The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System encompasses over 1,000 kilometers and provides divers an experience of a lifetime. The famous diving spots of Belize are part of these waters.
What we have not yet heard about is the secret diving spots of Costa Maya. With similar beauty to its neighboring countries and dive spots, Costa Maya is every diver’s dream. If scuba diving is of interest, check out the dive shops in Mahahual and Xcalak.
Mahahual is a great place for us as we travel on Mexican cruises. It is also the closest beach area. It is only about two miles away and you can get there on a shuttle or taxi.
Diving is a must for seeing clear blue waters, abundant marine life, and shipwrecks.
Many of us are not equipped with proper certifications or training to handle the deeper dives. Not to worry—Costa Maya boasts a plentiful amount of snorkeling spots for the more relaxed tourist.
If we aren’t feeling like diving in the deep blue, heading into the dense jungles for Mayan ruins sounds like an appealing alternative. Many cruises to Mexico highlight Mayan ruins and we don’t have to look far.
The Temples of Chacchoben is a fairly new restoration project that dates back to as early as 200 B.C. Although it was discovered in the mid 20th century, it wasn’t fully renovated until 1994. Additionally, it wasn’t available to the public until cruises started to dock at the Costa Maya, Mexico port in 2002.
We have the option at Chacchoben to hire a guided tour or wander around ourselves. However, sometimes it is difficult to understand quite what is going on because of limited signs and information.
The ruins include three temples and are sure to leave us wanting to see more of the incredible Mayan architectural sites. A smaller village lies off of Highway 307. Limones is a much smaller site but also has a pyramid that is easily spotted.
Saturday, October 8 - 7:00AM - 5:00 PM
Cozumel is located in the Yucatan Peninsula, about 45 miles north of Cancun. Contrary to bustling Cancun, Cozumel is a quieter and somewhat less developed area to visit. It’s also a ferry trip away from popular Playa Del Carmen. However, when arriving by cruise ship, Cozumel will will feel anything but quiet. There are often 5-8 cruise ships in port, so you can expect it to be busy.
Your cruise ship will dock at one of these 3 Cozumel piers: Punta Langosta (downtown), International pier, and Puerto Maya. All of them are well developed and you will have no difficulty getting to any of the major attractions from any of these piers.
Getting around Cozumel
It’s very easy to get around Cozumel by cab. When you exit the port, you’ll find the taxi area with the taxi fares displayed. Fares to most beaches on the west side will amount to about 5$ a person/per way (1-4 people 15$).
TIP: If you opt to go with some of us to Mr. Sancho's the usual fare is about $17-$18 US Dollars (for 1-4 passengers in a taxi) and is plainly posted on the taxi stands.
If you book an excursion with the cruise line or a tour operator, most often you will meet at the pier outside your ship. However follow any instructions you are given.
The currency used in Cozumel is the Mexican Peso, however US dollars are readily and happily accepted. Major credit cards are also accepted, however you’ll want to keep some smaller bills 1$, 5$, 10$ handy for cab rides and a bit of haggling at the shops.
If you don't have plans to take a ship-sponsored excursion, you may want to join some of us for a visit to a local all-inclusive day resort, Mr. Sanchos.
We are located in the south side of the Island, just 15 minutes driving from the two main cruise piers. Over 1,500 feet of white sandy beach in Cozumel Island, exclusive for you and your family to enjoy the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea.
At Mr. Sancho's Beach Club in Cozumel, one thing is certain, there is no place for boredom as we have plenty of beach activities for you to choose from and perhaps the day will not be enough to enjoy them all.
Mr. Sancho's Cozumel is situated in over 1,500 feet of pristine sandy beach that makes it the perfect place for water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, wave runners, parasailing, we also have horseback riding and ATV Tours through both jungle and beach.