Mahahual is a beautiful beach in the state of Quintana Roo. Just a few miles from the city of Chetumal and the breathtaking Bacalar Lagoon, the town is named after the trees found throughout the area.
This spot is a popular Caribbean fishing village, with deeply rooted traditions and a laid-back lifestyle. Known among tourists in search of a hideaway on the beaches of Quintana Roo, Mahahual offers relaxation without the huge resorts that take away from natural views.
Today, many travelers are looking for a way to get in touch with nature and experience the local way of life in a serene place away from the noise and nightlife of destinations like Cancun and Playa del Carmen, leading them to this breathtaking town.
A dock can be found on the coast of Mahahual, as well as a one-mile boardwalk that had to be rebuilt after Hurricane Dean in 2007, which damaged over 70% of the existing infrastructure, including homes and businesses.
Rebuilding the town's dock was an important task because most of Mahahual's visitors arrive on cruise ships, an easier option than booking a flight to Cancun or Chetumal then driving down the highway.
Mahahual is a charming place with various restaurants, craft shops and ways to enjoy a day on the beach. A great location on Banco Chincorro, part of the world's second largest barrier reef, makes it the perfect spot for diving in the Mexican Caribbean.
Crystal clear, bright blue waters offer the perfect setting for a refreshing swim and enjoying the ocean. Dive alongside dolphins, manatees and seahorses, and see an endless variety of fish, sea sponges and turtles. If diving isn't your thing, you can also have a blast while snorkeling; there are so many spots to see the coral reef without going underwater.
Travel to Mahahual and discover one of the most beautiful places on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Written by Amalia Gutiérrez
Mahahual: A Village for Fishing and Tourism
- Amalia Gutiérrez