My first impression of Costa Maya as I disembarked was to ask Patty; “Is this place – Costa Maya of the Mahuhual – a cruise ship port fantasy or well-developed resort that’s keeping it pretty real?”

Mahahual came into existence in 1959 when the nation of Mexico gave land to fishermen from other regions to develop in the Yucatan, a wild and untamed territory that did not even have official statehood.  In 1974, Mexico created the State of Quintana Roo with Chetumal as the capital located one hour to the south. Government bureaucrats adopted Mahahual as a holiday getaway.  A few hotels, restaurants, bars soon sprouted and changed a sleepy fishing village into a tourist town that a decade ago passed Puerto Vallarta in popularity.

The Breakaway docked and we disembarked to walk a long pier, developed after Hurricane Dean, to the village and town. 

The southern view of the Costa Maya shoreline from the pier. 

The northern view of the coastline from the pier.

The cheery Costa Maya village entrance sign greets visitors.

The visitor enters the large Expedition Plaza and gateway to the beach, pool, shopping, dining and nature areas.

The is pathway is to one of two seaside beaches.  Several of our cruise ship stewards said Costa Maya was their favorite rest stop because beautiful beaches were five minutes and a $4 cab ride away. 

An elevated walkway to observe local exotic birds nesting in the canopy provides a great view of the spacious and attractive poolside area below it. 

A swim up bar and a poolside café cater to visitors needs and desires.

The base of the elevated walkway to view birds of the Yucatan contains a group of Flamingos.  See the following chart for describing the variety of local birds in the aviary.

Chart describing variety and location of birds in the canopy.

Retail vendors offer a broad and colorful array of gifts for tourists to buy.  Patty was on a mission to find New Orleans Saints logo adorned crafts for her grandsons who are big fans of the team.  She made a huge effort to find two hand-painted wooden plaques for a reasonable price. 

The tequila map shows where the Mescal plants are cultivated and processed. 

Chocolate is also cultivated in the Yucatan and sold by Kakaw.

A group portraying Mayans in traditional dress performed for the visitors as they returned to the cruise ship.  The performers were spirited, athletic, proud and beautifully costumed.

The final photograph of our visit to Costa Maya and Images of the Western Caribbean Region voyage and tour is a collection of local flowers in pots hanging above a leather goods store.  My guess is that represent the area’s native flowers.

We spent the next day and a half at sea and returned to New Orleans to drive home to Atlanta.  It had been an excellent cruise, vacation and sampling of western Caribbean locations and cultures.