This Hidden Mexican Coast To Skyrocket In Popularity After Maya Train Opening

This Hidden Mexican Coast Skyrocketing In Popularity After Maya Train Opening

The Costa Maya is one of the most underappreciated places in the southern part of the Mexican Caribbean state of Quintana Roo.

Tens of thousands of cruise ship visitors visit the hotspot, but it doesn’t get nearly as much publicity as places like Cancun and Playa del Carmen. 

However, that changed after the completion of the Maya Train route between Palenque and Cancun.

These less-traveled locations offer a unique look into ancient Mayan culture and are home to some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the area, even though they lack the massive all-inclusive that dot the rest of the state.

According to recent statistics, the region is particularly well-liked by tourists this winter, with almost 80,000 people planning to spend their time discovering the region.

Based on the most recent estimates, Quintana Roo’s state capital and cultural hub, Chetumal, is getting ready to receive about 51,000 visitors this winter. The southern destination is primarily well-known for its historic neighborhoods and old wooden buildings, many of which are undergoing major renovations as part of the Barrios Mágicos initiative.

Chetumal Beach

Chetumal is a coastal city that can be visited for a day trip or a longer stay from nearby Tulum and Bacalar, thanks to its train station which is part of the Maya Train network.

In the meantime, it is anticipated that Bacalar, an eco-hotspot, will see close to 21,000 visitors this winter, ranking it as the region’s second-most popular destination. Small boutique hotels and overwater bungalows are Bacalar’s specialty; these lodging options are more intimate than the large all-inclusive found in other parts of the region. 


Finally, approximately 8,000 passengers are anticipated to arrive at Mahahual’s cruise ship hub during peak season. Even though it’s not as high as other parts of the Mexican Caribbean, it’s still a great place to get away from the crowds. However, Mahahual receives thousands of cruise ship visitors every day, which occasionally gives the impression that the place is crowded.

Discovering the Wonders of Costa Maya

Mahahual Village: Often referred to as the heart of Costa Maya, Mahahual is a tranquil fishing village with a picturesque beachfront. The village is known for its laid-back atmosphere, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant coral reefs, making it a paradise for snorkelers and divers.

Chacchoben Mayan Ruins: For history enthusiasts, the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins are a must-see. Located just a short drive from the cruise port, these ancient ruins offer a glimpse into the Mayan civilization. The site features several restored temples and is surrounded by a lush jungle landscape.

Bacalar Lagoon: Known as the ‘Lake of Seven Colors,’ Bacalar Lagoon is renowned for its strikingly clear blue waters and is a perfect spot for swimming, kayaking, and sailing. The lagoon is also home to unique geological formations like cenotes and stromatolites.

Bacalar, the New Tulum of the Popular Mexican Caribbean Coast

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sian Ka’an is a natural wonder. This biosphere reserve boasts a rich biodiversity, including tropical forests, mangroves, and a large marine section intersected by a barrier reef.

Maya, Lost Mayan Kingdom: For adventure seekers, this themed water park offers a unique blend of Mayan history with fun and excitement. It features water slides, zip-lines, and a lazy river, making it an ideal spot for families and thrill-seekers.

Local Cuisine Experience: No visit to Costa Maya is complete without indulging in the local cuisine. The area offers an array of dining options, from beachside shacks serving fresh seafood to upscale restaurants offering traditional Mexican dishes.