Interestingly enough, his first language was a Mayan dialect and he even taught our group a few phrases! There are also several hills and mounds on the site covered in vegetation. Allow 15 min to walk to meeting point. Any recommendations for a snorkel tour? Any other all inclusive suggestions in Costa Maya ? You'll also find important temples of Mayan history featuring pyramids built using 5th-century Maya architecture methods. But RCL no allows me to snorkel or ATV, ah well. Also is jaimes at blue reef the next best option for an all inclusive if Maya Chan is closed when Im there ? Theres not as many visitors to the site given that it is a bit farther. Say your bus breaks down in the middle of the road or there was an accident forcing the roads to close and be blocked, whatever the reason for the delay, the ship will wait for you. Booking your own Costa Maya shore excursion will not only save you money but it will provide you with the option of unique and diverse excursions, small groups, individualized itineraries and the freedom and knowledge to go off on your own if you so choose. Id love to connect with you via Instagram @katarina_adventourbegins, Facebook @Adventour Begins, and Pinterest @katarina_adventourbegins. They particularly seemed to enjoy climbing up and down the stairs and searching for monkeys in the trees. Costa Maya cruise terminal can accommodate the worlds largest cruise liners (Royal Caribbeans Oasis Class) and has 4 berths in total. You can post now and register later. Costa Maya excursions By Cruiser58 August 30, 2021 in Shore Excursions Share Followers 2 Reply to this topic Start new topic Cruiser58 Members 48 LocationNortheast Texas Posted August 30, 2021 I'm interested in suggestions for things to do in Costa Maya. The food (various tacos) was fresh and very tasty. This beautiful beach is located in the lively fishing village of Mahahual and is the closest one to the port. For us, Jaime's at Blue Reef supplanted Maya Chan as a favorite destination at Costa Maya. Best Fresh fish and shrimp! Our drive was only 22 minutes. Island Marketing Ltd specializes in unique and boutique tours in addition to our best for less excursions, offering excellent value for some of the most popular tours. The cruise stops in Roatan, Costa Maya, and Cozumel. Costa Maya, Mexico is uniquely situated in in an ideal location that provides access to incredible sea and land adventures. Please click on the name of yourcruise ship below to view Excursions that are compatible with the arrival anddeparture time of your ship.If your cruise ship is not listed, please contact us aswe are in the process of adding additional ship. Welcome to Costa Maya Cruise Excursions, your guide to shore excursions in Costa Maya. Children can have fun at pint-sized slides and mini pools at the Monkeys Island kids area. If you're looking for a snorkel tour, make sure to visit the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, full of amazing tropical fish and coral formations. Unless you are paying in full when you book, there are no other credit card options. Driving down the day before to hang out in Galveston. Here are the most popular tours. They accepted my reservation without a deposit but I don't think that will be a permanent practice. These experiences are best for tours in Costa Maya: Chacchoben Mayan Ruins from Costa Maya; Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Chacchoben Day Trip; One Day Tour to Chacchoben Mayan City and Bacalar Lagoon with a Certified Guide; 1 Day Costa Maya All Included Beach Break (transportation + Food + Drinks) Snorkel boat tour in search of turtles The port is owned privately, and was a recent development. for $3 per person each way, and the ride takes no more than 5 7 minutes. If you've done this, would you recommend it for adults/kids (10/8/6)? This is an active family group - so they are not interested in the ruins or beach break type of activities. For some adventure, consider a boat tour or a kayak or canoe rental at the Bacalar Lagoon, also known as the Seven Color Lagoon by locals, where you can also see the wonderful cenotes (natural deep-water wells). Lunch consists of a sandwhich with one piece of ham and cheese so it's mostly bread. Man atop the steps of Chacchoben Mayan Ruins in Costa Maya, Mexico See Costa Maya cruise port on Google mapsif(typeof ez_ad_units!='undefined'){ez_ad_units.push([[336,280],'adventourbegins_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_3',127,'0','0'])};__ez_fad_position('div-gpt-ad-adventourbegins_com-medrectangle-4-0');The entrance to the port of Costa Maya. Great service, drinks and food. You will have the chance to see all types of fish in a magnificent coral reef. Clear editor. Do you know about when you'd like to sail? I haven't been back since covid but plan to some time in the future. Local vendors and beach massage areas are also available, as well as other facilities including showers, changing rooms, and restrooms. It lived up to its reputation. Started in 2010, Royal Caribbean Blog offers daily coverage of news and information related to the Royal Caribbean cruise line along with other relevant topics of cruising, such as entertainment, news, photo updates and more. we were looking to do an ATV adventure at Costa Maya, but we see the maximum age is only 70 [quite angry about this we are]. CHECK SHORE EXCURSIONS IN Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico, *Please see all applicable Terms & Conditions for Promotions, Chinchorro Shipwreck Marine Life, Costa Maya, Mexico, Cochinita Pibil Tortilla Dish, Costa Maya, Mexico, Shop Ceramic Artifacts, Costa Maya, Mexico. Some of our partners may process your data as a part of their legitimate business interest without asking for consent. When booking with outside tour companies, you will have to make your way to the meeting point yourself at the appointed time. Just go. Posted 1 minute ago. The 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise visits Galveston, Texas; Roatan, Honduras; Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico and Galveston, Texas. White powdery sands and a barrier reef make it ideal for swimming and snorkeling as the water is calm and crystal clear, so make sure you get your camera ready for turtles, stingrays and a spectacular coral reef!if(typeof ez_ad_units!='undefined'){ez_ad_units.push([[300,250],'adventourbegins_com-banner-1','ezslot_7',129,'0','0'])};__ez_fad_position('div-gpt-ad-adventourbegins_com-banner-1-0');Mahahual Beach. Selfishly, I hope the word does not spread too quickly, because this resort is an uncut diamond in the rough. Or you can just opt to relax and laze around by the water, soaking the warm sun of Mexico. Water activities: The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef runs through Costa Maya, and shore excursions aimed at getting you out to see the coral and fish include diving, snorkeling or kayaking in a. Within the same archeological zone, in the heart of the jungle, you can also visit Kinichn ruins located approximately 4 km (2.5 miles) from Dzibanche. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account. It's about the same amount of travel time as Maya Chan since it takes the "highway" instead of the beach road. Costa Maya is a cruise ship port in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and very close to the border of Belize. I saw this on a non-RC site (the ones on RC are different), and it looks very interesting and fun. Hello folks. Source: Located 4 blocks away from the port, the Native Choice only accepts cash if booking a tour on partial payment. Thank you for reading and Happy Cruising! Can't remember exact name. I don't have a suggestion, but just wanted to say that my Cruise Planner suddenly has eight new excursions for Costa Maya thatcoincidentallyappeared the day after the New Year's sale ended. This is where you normally meet for shore excursions, and where you can book last-minute excursions if you wish so.Friendly dolphins welcome guests at the end of the pier. By And as our time in Costa Maya was short (11AM - 6PM), I felt comfortable knowing the ship would wait for us if we ran into anything unexpected along the way. . On our way there, we chatted with our guide, who gave us a lot of information about Mayan ruins. There may be an additional $5 $8 charge for video cameras. The only downside was the bumpy ride back and forth. - How much time do we need to allow to actually get off the ship in each of the ports of call? The entrance fee is around $3.50 per person. Theres even a duty free shop where you can opt to buy alcohol. Do not make that mistake, you will be glad to have chosen one of our Boutique Excursions regardless of the Western Caribbean Port you will be visiting on your cruise. Learn more about the park on the Lost Mayan Kingdom Waterpark website. Forgotten for decades, the ruins were re-discovered in 1942 by a local farmer who built his home on the site. Plus it has a dive shop (Pepi Dive) in the same building that I can dive with and the others in my party can snorkel with (+$) out on the reef. We were there in September 2019, so unsure what the post-covid service is like, but pre-covid service was fantastic. Once you exit the ship, a long flat pier takes you to the terminal building housed in an orange building. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time at port to do both. lisabeth. Mahahual village is very safe and the beach is ideal for families and people of all ages. The excursions and guided tours designed to take your getaway to the next level from locally-taught culinary classes and land tours infused with culture and history, to adrenaline amping outdoor thrills and off-the-grid exploration. At Costa Maya, you can walk the shops in the nearby village (take a short tram ride or cab), but we enjoyed Chacchoben Mayan Ruins. A truly fantastic place to visit and a great location for snorkeling, swimming and other water activities!if(typeof ez_ad_units!='undefined'){ez_ad_units.push([[336,280],'adventourbegins_com-leader-3','ezslot_15',135,'0','0'])};__ez_fad_position('div-gpt-ad-adventourbegins_com-leader-3-0');Laguna 7 Colores Bacalar. Paste as plain text instead, This multicolor freshwater lake is fed by underground sinkholes or cenotes and white sandy bottom that gives the effects of the different hues of blue. The Chacchoben ruins are part of an ancient Mayan city, with structures dating around 700 A.D. Chacchoben remained a ceremonial site for Mayans until 1847, at which point the Caste War began, leading to the eventual abandonment of the site. Island Marketing Ltd offers tours and excursions for almost every budget and individual need. You, therefore, often end up shuffled onto crowded excursion tour buses and large boats packed to capacity. Once you have your ticket for your excursion, all you need to do is show up at the appointed date and time at the location mentioned on the ticket. Man atop the steps of Chacchoben Mayan Ruins in Costa Maya, Mexico. The case above happens very rarely, but it does happen! I pulled up a December cruise and saw it as well. Had a great day there on my last cruise in 2019! 3rd party tours are usually just outside secure port area. And the Dzibanche Mayan Ruins are believed to be an early capital of the Kan Dynasty. We were there October 3 and had a great time. There is a cruise created walled in shopping area at the port that is very typical of what you would see in other ports - there is some shopping in town and at the beach area. Walk through the ruins of this ancient Mayan ceremonial center and climb its spectacular temple dedicated to the Sun God. Even though theres 4 ships at port while we were there, we managed to get a private tour of Kohunlich since nobody else booked the same tour we did. Also known as the Land of the Red Corn, this 3.000-year-old site was once an important pilgrimage place for the ancient Mayans. Maya Chan Beach Resort is a private all-inclusive beach resort located in minutes south of Puerto Costa Maya in Mexico. . Has anyone done the "Beach Break" excursion at the Beach Escape Club in Costa Maya that is offered through Royal Caribbean? Any ideas for something cool to do there? To view the purposes they believe they have legitimate interest for, or to object to this data processing use the vendor list link below. Looking forward to being there in less than 3 weeks now! Transfers and taxis from the Costa Maya cruise port to the beach cost around $2 $3 USD per person each way. I cannot tell you how much fun it was and . We paid for the tours ourselves nor did we get any freebies from this company. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account. Thanks ahead of time . View excursions by Cruise Line and Cruise ship. Scottison 10 mo. Spanish is the main language in Mexico, however, like in any major tourist cruise port, English is widely spoken. Costa Maya is a cruise ship port in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and very close to the border of Belize. Service couldn't have been better. They are going in March. I am already looking forward to returning and exploring more of what the port has to offer. Due to the fun nature of the excursion the tour is rain or shine. Our first tour to Chacchoben pre-covid, there were around 14 of us in the van. Is it better to book a shore excursion with the cruise company? Car rentals are also available inside the cruise port complex. document.getElementById("ak_js_1").setAttribute("value",(new Date()).getTime()); Hi! The admission ticket includes access to both sites. In a Nutshell: Do yourself a favor and go. Like what you see? We booked our Chacchoben and Kohunlich tours with a local company called The Native Choice. Forgotten for decades, the ruins were re-discovered in 1942 by a local farmer who built his home on the site. Were flexible, if your plans change, let us know 48 hours ahead of your scheduled activities and we can change at no charge to you. Which is a better Costa Maya Tour: Chacchoben, Kohunlich or Dzibanche? As advertised, a chill float down the river and then a stop in the lagoon for swimming. Your previous content has been restored. Any other all inclu. The small town of Xcalak is on the Caribbean coast, on a peninsula and is 20 miles north of Belize. 25 Top Shore Excursion Packing List Items. Our rates are direct rates from the operators which allow you to save money while providing you with a greater selection of shore excursions to choose from. Does it include lunch and drinks or will those be extra? Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. TessOR Kohunlich Mayan Ruins Tour Price: $89.00 Join us in this expedition to the ruins of Kohunlich and admire one of the most studied sites in the area. 1 The best way to travel between Roatn's West End and West Bay Beach is by water taxi. ! (Royal Caribbean at the time). We provide firsthand information on each and every excursion we offer and recommend the excursions that work best for you. Posted September 6, 2019. Usually the tour companies who supply tours to the cruise lines discount the price of their tours to the cruise companies. This is the only place in the world where you can swim with crocodiles in the wild, so make sure you bring your best waterproof camera as you will want to capture this once-in-a-lifetime moment! Kohunlichs ruins used to be houses where the nobles lived, with a temple. If you are traveling in a small or large group, check with the Shorex Team onboard for private customized trips. What to Pack for a Caribbean Cruise: Top 40 Must-Have Items, Check out the top-rated Costa Maya tours and activities. Ultimately, since I would be spending the following day at the Nachi Cocom Beach Club in Cozumel, I decided to book an excursion to Chacchoben. Via email,Mike just reassured me that it should be great and if not, he'll let us know and give us a refund before we get off the ship. Also is jaimes at blue reef the next best option for an all inclusive if Maya Chan is closed when Im there ? There is a small group tour for a few $ more. After excavations, the site was opened to the public in 2002. Whether you cruise multiple times per year or you're new to cruising, the goal of Royal Caribbean Blog is for it to bea useful resource for keeping up to date with what's new and exciting with Royal Caribbean. We do 50+ laps at the Y pool 4 days a week plus gym equipment and I ride close to 100 miles a week on my road bike. For casual fare, stick to Mahahual. Public transportation is available, but I do not think it is a good idea to experiment with the service due to the limited time in port and especially if you do not speak Spanish. Juices, Lemonade, Sodas and Shirley Temples. 3 hour Open bar and beach lunch included. Offering Costa Maya cruise excursions and shore trips in All-Inclusive Beach Breaks pass, Snorkeling tours, Catamarans, ATV tours, Mayan Ruins, Private Boat Charters, water sports and more!! You could opt to just stay and explore the port if you wish. The cruise lines have basically run out of new places to go so "they" (no idea who "they" really is) worked with Mexico to find a suitable place . There are unaffiliated guys who take snorkelers out right at Jaime's - their boats are over to the right side when looking at the water. Seeing those huge faces engraved in the stone was a definite highlight. You can do as little, or as much as you want. All Guides are bilingual and INAH certified. 4. Incidentally, Costa Maya is on the mainland of Mexico down toward Belize. Pasted as rich text. There are tours that combine the lagoon with Chacchoben, or you can opt to just do the 7 Colors Lagoon by itself. The Costa Maya port is also the closest access point to many of Mexico's lesser-known and less excavated Mayan sites, making visits to these sites incredibly worthwhile and within easy access right off of the cruise ship. Mahahual Beach is a great place to relax, with plenty of beach chairs and umbrellas available. Virgin Voyages Restaurants Guide what restaurants are there and where to eat onboard, The ultimate guide to Virgin Voyages activities on the ship/What to expect during Scarlet Night, Port Guide and shore excursions in Costa Maya, Port guide and shore excursions in Bimini/What to expect at the Beach Club at Bimini, Rhapsody of the Seas (Royal Caribbean Cruise Review), Holland America Alaska Cruise Review (MS Noordam), Our First Ever Cruise (Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas Review), A Day Trip Itinerary to Isla Mujeres Mexico, Cheap Nassau Shore Excursions with a toddler. Cruise line representatives help you get to the correct bus and make sure that you get out of the ship on time. Costa Maya Cruise Excursions offers a variety of options for you . Aunt and mom) just returned from a 7 day Princess Caribbean cruise with a stop Costa Maya. CoopCEA-Dad We figured we could just snorkel off the beach. Clear editor. ago. Besides the gorgeous sandy beach, Mahahual has several other spots of interest, such as the Faro de Mahahual lighthouse, and Mahahual boulevard filled with countless shops, supermarkets, restaurants, and bars. Thanks ahead of time . I think the "Habitat Maintenance" you see is something lost in translation to English. Costa Maya offers an abundance of excursions and activities to delight Royal CaribbeanCruise Lines Adventure cruisers of all ages and activity levels. Having worked in the cruise industry for over 7 years as Concierge and Shore excursions staff (Rivages du Monde, Viking River Cruises, Royal Caribbean International), Ive gained priceless, inside knowledge about the ports of call and have become a shore excursions expert. A multitude of delicious lunch options included! The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. Required fields are marked *. I really enjoyed Almaplena pre-covid when Maya Chan was full. Although it does look like their price has increased quite a bit the past few years, it used to be identical to Maya Chan but now shows as $96/person. By alwines2017. Dont miss the chance, there are only a limited number of ruins you can physically climb in Mexico. We did an ATV excursion in Cozumel and it was a blast. 2 If you run out of sunscreen, pick up some cactus juice lotion. Your email address will not be published. Dzibanche looks a bit more like the typical Mayan site, so if you had a choice to pick between Dzibanche or Kohunlich, pick Kohunlich. Children under 12 years old and elderly visitors do not pay. Costa Maya is the name of the area that . 14 Seater, A/C Vans with Federally Certified bilingual Drivers. The impacted cruise is a 7-night roundtrip Western Caribbean sailing from Galveston, calling on Roatan, Costa Maya, and Cozumel, with three days at sea for guests to enjoy all Allure of the Seas . Or head to the fort of Bacalar, home to cannons of real-life pirates of the Caribbean. Ride along the Costa Maya beautiful Beaches! Mayan ruins are probably the most popular excursion. Learn traditional Mayan culinary skills with a cooking demonstration, dine on authentic cuisine and dip in the crystal-clear waters of the nearby lagoon. It was a merchant town where people from all over used to sell their goods in the market. Clear editor. For a shore excursion in Kohunlich in Costa Maya, we paid $75 per person for a private tour. Embark on the journey of a lifetime and explore the ancient ruins of pre-Columbia-Mayan civilization archeological sites Kohunlich and Dzibanche, while taking in breathtaking views of nearby jungles on this adventurous shore excursion outside of Costa Maya. We have done the large group Chacchoben tour of about 5 hours. 3. Today, we've got an EPIC River Tubing Adventure to check out as part of our port stop in Costa Maya. Blissfully enjoy mother nature's robust coral reef playground while scuba diving with eels, nurse sharks, lobsters, and countless tropical fish.