Virgin Voyages' guide to Costa Maya, Mexico
Ancient ruins, sleepy beachside villages, and natural lagoons with seven shades of blue — this Mexican port is beaming with culture, history, and beauty.
Turquoise, coral & soft white sand
Raw and less-curated than other ports in the region, beach towns Mahahual and Xcalak give you a glimpse into a somewhat undisturbed side of the Yucatán Peninsula—often feeling like Tulum before it became Tu-lum. Drenched with reminders (and ruins) of the Mayan history that built the region, exploring the area feels like a study in contrasts—a dynamic balance of who it was and what it’s becoming.
Discovering the Yucatán Peninsula
The history. The geography. The culture.
Glass Bottom Boat and Snorkel Tour
Chacchoben Tour & Uchbenkah Lagoon Lunch
Mayan Wellness Retreat with a Xaman
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Okay, but what is a cenote? A natural well formed by the collapse of limestone — exposing water below.
For the especially curious, hop into your Jeep and caravan through the quiet fishing village of Mahahual for an off-roading excursion through Costa Maya — the less expected way to navigate the jungle, beaches and unexplored parts of the region.DISCOVER MORE SHORE THINGS
Leaving the region, it’s clear you’ve parted with a place whose identity is rooted in duality—a place aware of the lure of it’s natural beauty and eager to celebrate it, but also managing to preserve the cultural and environmental sanctity it has sustained for so long.
For a country whose tourism is tied to famous destinations like Cancun, you can’t help but leave feeling like you’ve found a secret spot. It’s not true, of course—but in the quiet, sleepy moments on the beach savoring fresh ceviche—it might as well be.
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