Costa Maya Cruise Ship Destination Port

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Costa Maya Area Weather

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Costa Maya is situated in an area prone to hurricanes.  From June to November, the area may experience strong winds and rains as a result of hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico. 

In the event of a tropical storm or hurricane alert, Shipdetective will post NWS updates and information for travelers - Weather Updates

Personal Security

Crime Report

Although the majority of visitors to Mexico thoroughly enjoy their stay, a small number experience difficulties and serious inconveniences. 

Standards of security, safety, and supervision may not reach those expected in the United States. 

Medical Care

Adequate medical care can be found in major cities.  Excellent health facilities are available in Mexico City, but training and availability of emergency responders may be below U.S. standards.  Care in more remote areas is limited.  Standards of medical training, patient care and business practices vary greatly among medical facilities in beach resorts throughout Mexico.

Water Quality

In many areas in Mexico, tap water is unsafe and should be avoided.  Bottled water and beverages are safe although visitors should be aware that many restaurants and hotels serve tap water unless bottled water is specifically requested.  Ice may also come from tap water and should be used with caution.  Visitors should exercise caution when buying food or beverages from street vendors.  

Getting around  

All facilities are within walking distance from the pier. Land and Water Excursions can be scheduled with your cruise line. Transportation will be provided by tour vans and buses.

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Costa Maya, Mexico

costa maya cruise ship pier photo by wiki user

Costa Maya, Mexico is located in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, located between Cancún and Belize on the Yucatan Peninsula. The Costa Maya includes the two small villages of Majahual and Xcalak. Xcalak is approximately 37 miles (60 kilometers) south of the Costa Maya cruise port, the fishing village of Mahahual is only about 1.9 miles (3 kilometer)s away.

The port is an all-inclusive destination with shopping, restaurants and tour excursions available just steps from the pier.  The center has a central plaza with saltwater pools and "swim-up" style bars. Mahahual has soft sand beaches, grass thatched palapas, and a coral reef a short distance off-shore called Banco Chinchorro.


Need to Know

Costa Maya is the first port designed exclusively for cruise ships - strategically located just hours from Cancun and several of the Mayan ruins. The pier can accommodate up to three ships at a time.   

Port of Entry

Costa Maya

mexico map

Time Zone

UTC - 6 or CST (EST - 1) Recognizes Daylight Savings Time

Map Coordinates

Mahahua - 18.714° N,  87.709° W

Xcalak - 18.27139; -87.83583

Average Temperatures

Water: 80º Summer - 75º Winter

Air: 85º Summer - 82º Winter

Island amenities include

3 grand pavilions

Mexican Folklore Show - 8 shows daily.

Artisan and luxury shopping areas

70,000 sq. ft. shopping center and craft bazaar.

Restaurants and bars

Lobster house and bar.

Salt-water pool

Featuring with swim-up bar.

Bicycle ,Kayak and Wave-runner

Rentals available.

Land excursions offered

Dune Buggy Tour

Drive along unpaved coastal roads

Kohunlich Mayan Explorer Tour

Visit Mayan archeological sites in the southern Yucatan Peninsula (about a 1 1/2 hour drive from the pier).

Chacchoben Ruins

Near the Belize border.

Lost Mayan Kingdom

A multi-million-dollar water-themed attraction featuring spectacular slides, an elaborate lazy river, a suspended ropes course that spans the property and more.


Interactive museum with three observation towers connected by suspension bridges

Horseback Riding

Ride through a prairie, jungle terrain and two horse ranches

Oxtankah Mayan Ruins

Explore and ancient Mayan trading center on the Southern Yucatan with a stop at the Chetumal (state capital city) Mayan Cultural Museum.

Fort of San Felipe

Tour with lunch at Bacalar Lake.

Water excursions offered

Boat Blast

Drive your own speed boat.

Airboat Adventure

Visit the Rio Huach National Reserve.

Jungle Beach Break

Secluded beach getaway.

More adventures available. Check your cruise company excursion catalog.


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