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Video: What to do on Your Cruise Shore Excursion in Costa Maya, Mexico

Summary: Sometimes the way to spend time in port is the simplest: just head to the beach. In Costa Maya, we recommend a visit to Yaya Beach at Mahual

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Here's some shore excursion help: What to do in Costa Maya, Mexico.

Sometimes the way to spend time in port is the simplest: just head to the beach. In Costa Maya, we recommend a visit to Yaya Beach at Mahual.

CruiseCompete's keys to Yaya Beach at Mahual are:

1. It's very easy to get to on your own from the ship;

2. It's inexpensive, and;

3. It's a great place to relax.

Getting there is easy. You don't need reservations or to arrange transportation in advance. Just walk straight out of the cruise port, hail a cab, and tell them you want to go Yaya. It's just a 5-minute, $2-per-person cab ride away.

Small hotels, restaurants, bars and trinket stands are separated from the beach by a road-sized walkway. Mahahual is sheltered by a breakwater 100 yards off shore, leaving shallow sand bars near the beach--great for small kids. Hour massages are available on the beach for as little as $20--perhaps the best bargain you'll find anywhere.

A number of different proprietors can guide you to lounge chairs and hammocks near the water. Drinks are cheap. Vendors walk by frequently, offering hats, jewelry, and wind chimes. You may even see the occasional strolling Mariachi in full costume, offering to play for tips.

If you have kids, make sure you ask a vendor to make you an ID bracelet. Watching these experts weave a name out of just a piece of plastic and spools of nylon thread is pretty impressive.

A fun option for lunch is eating out on the sandbar. Plastic tables and chairs sit right out in the water. Keep your feet in the sea as vendors bring you fresh guacamole and some outstanding fish tacos.

Snorkel equipment is also available for rent, and fly boarding--where the people surf fifteen feet above the ocean's surface on jets of water--is also an option.

But perhaps the best choice is simply to relax and enjoy the day.

For more information about Costa Maya, please visit:

Costa Maya Shore Excursions

Costa Maya Port Reviews

Cruises that Visit Costa Maya

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