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5 Reasons This Coastal Getaway South Of Cancun Is Growing Popular With Tourists Right Now

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As Cancun’s main beaches and resorts fill up with travelers amidst a record-breaking summer season, a growing number of tourists are heading to quieter coastal destinations in search of idyllic shores and stunning nature.

A white sand beach in mahahual with palm trees

Mahahual, a small fishing village in southern Quintana Roo, is one of the trendiest destinations this summer. Famous for its massive cruise ship port, the emerging destination is seeing its popularity skyrocket with other travelers that want to discover its tropical allure.

This summer, the coastal destination is seeing occupancy rates of well above 80% as travelers flock to enjoy the town’s rich history and diverse culture. 

People walking along pier to cruise ships in cozumel, mexico

With that in mind, here are 5 reasons to consider visiting Mahuahal this summer.

The Crown Jewel Of The Costa Maya

Much like the rest of the Mexican Caribbean state of Quintana Roo, Mahahual is home to a gorgeous coastline dotted with well-maintained white-sand beaches that are ideal for soaking up the sun or practicing all sorts of water sports. 

The town’s most famous beach, Mahahual Beach, boasts an impressive array of small bars and restaurants that cater to thousands of visitors. Sip on your favorite cocktail as you admire the azure hues of Mahahual’s tropical waters. 

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Step outside of the locales’s bustling downtown area and you’ll find endless stretches of remote white-sand beaches that extend as far north as the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. 

Rich Mayan History 

Situated on the lesser-known Costa Maya, which was once home to the ancient Mayan civilization, Mahuahal is an excellent choice for history and culture enthusiasts.

massive mayan ruins near mahahual

Undoubtedly one of the most impressive Mayan ruins in the Mexican Caribbean, the Chacchoben Archeological Site is just a quick 50-minute drive from Mahahual. Travelers without a car can book a guided tour of the massive site, which is one of the best-preserved in the region. 

Vibrant Atmosphere 

With Mahahual growing in popularity over the past several years, officials have worked hard to make this cultural hotspot more walkable for thousands of travelers. The result: Malecon, a gorgeous beachfront promenade lined with shops, bars, and restaurants.

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Much like Playa del Carmen’s Quinta Avenida, Malecon is the place to be in Mahahual. Whether it be for a quick stroll or a lengthy people-watching session, Malecon is a must-see attraction in this bustling destination.

Plenty Of Family-Friendly Activities 

While Mahahual is the perfect beach destination for solo and adult travelers, it’s also a growing family-friendly destination. Families can find plenty of exciting activities that make for an unforgettable experience.

A view of the Caribbean sea in mahahual

Are you looking for a fun way to spend the afternoon with your family? Visit Mayá, Lost Mayan Kingdom, a Maya-inspired theme and waterpark with an impressive array of aquatic rides. Meanwhile, thrilling zip lines are the perfect addition to an afternoon under the sun. 

Ranked one of the top 25 waterparks in the world, this park is a must for families. Admission costs $99 per person with more affordable tickets for younger travelers.

Endless Outdoor Activities 

Although Mahahual is famous for its easy-going and laidback beachside atmosphere, it’s also a hub for all sorts of outdoor activities. From birdwatching to extreme sports, Mahahual is a safe bet for travelers that want to try something new.

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Several reputable tour companies operate in the coastal destination, offering a range of guided excursions and experiences. Some of the most popular day trips for Mahahual travelers include this all-inclusive tour of the Lagoon of 7 Colors in nearby Bacalar and this tour of the historical Chacchoben Mayan Ruins.

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