Information & Facts
Being a purpose-built cruise ship port-of-call, Puerto Costa
Maya exists mainly to cater for shore excursions, and there is a
huge range of around 20 of these available for passengers.
Excursions range from bus tours to the Chacchoben Mayan ruins, bike
and kayak trips, a catamaran snorkelling expedition, 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.
Spanish is the official language in Mexico. Some English
is spoken in tourist regions.
Mexican currency is the New Peso (MXN) divided into 100
centavos. Credit cards are widely accepted, particularly Visa,
MasterCard and American Express. Travellers cheques are generally
accepted, but cannot be cashed on Sundays. ATMs are available in
most cities and towns and are the most convenient way to get money,
but for safety reasons they should only be used during business
hours. Although most businesses will accept foreign currency it is
best to use pesos. Foreign currency can be exchanged at one of many
casas de cambio(exchange houses), which have longer hours
and offer a quicker service than the banks.
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.
Being 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
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. Mamacita's has chain-restaurant quality
food with a fun and festive atmosphere, while El Faro serves
delicious homestyle local food.
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