We had no idea what to do today in Costa Maya, so we decided to go to the beach. We’re not really beach people. Anders doesn’t like to just hang out at the beach (he can’t really sit still), but I found this place online that was like a beach club and offered 1-hour massages for $30! So, that was enough to convince him that it might be worth it. Besides, there was also a malecon (boardwalk) with shops that we could check out if all other things would fail.
We got off the ship and walked along the super long pier until we got to the harbor. It was immediately like entering a theme park with lots of entertainment, shops, people dressed as pirates, etc. There was a swimming pool and man-made beach area and bars, and I’m guessing some people (especially families) just hung out there because it was easy and convenient.
There was also a water park where you could swim with dolphins – a really “nice” dolphin prison, if you ask me. Of course, I wanted none of that but I know a lot of people tried it. Urgh! Poor, poor dolphins.
On the website I’d found, they carefully explained that if you asked for a taxi to go to the beach club, they’d immediately ask if you had a reservation and act like you wouldn’t be able to go without one. And that’s exactly what happened! We just told them that we had a reservation.
Well, we walked outside the harbor area where all the taxis were. Apparently, taxis aren’t allowed to pick up people inside the harbor area. For $2 per person, we drove for about 5 minutes and arrived to the beach at Mahahual where a guy escorted us to the beach club.
The beach club was called Tropicante and was owned by an American. It reminded me a lot of Sosua in the Dominican Republic and it was nice. They had beach chairs and tables right in front of the ocean. There were lots of palm trees so the whole area was very well shaded – perfect.
The servers were all Mexican and really friendly people. We ordered some food, which was okay/good. Anders ordered tacos, but said they didn’t have any real taste. The guacamole was a little bland too. I ordered the Molcajete Jalisco, which was the most expensive on the menu ($15) and it was excellent!
Fortunately, the weather held off even though we got a little rain. I went for a swim and the ocean was super shallow and temperature was fresh! Not warm, not too cold. I’d forgotten my towel, but they actually rented towels at $5 for the day. Not bad.
About 1 pm, we’d digested our food well enough to get a massage. They had the massage tables right on the beach and it was amazing. At $30 for an hour, you can’t beat that…especially not when you compare with the prices they’re charging on the cruise ship.
We paid our bill (after having corrected a few mistakes on the bill) and went for a walk along the boardwalk and picked out a few souvenirs. The area felt really nice and safe to walk around it. There were lots of vendors everywhere and also on the beach, but they’re not pushy at all. If we didn’t want anything, we just told them “no, gracias” with a smile and they walked away without giving us any hassle.
All in all, we had a wonderful day and I’d definitely recommend a trip to the beach. There are lots of beach clubs along the beach, so you can pick the one you like the best…they all seemed pretty much the same to me.