Posted 25 January 2011 - 12:07 PM
Posted 25 January 2011 - 10:01 PM
It is a nice place, not very cheap and the seafood is the best part... Coming out of the sea to your dish!! Only a few hotels and about snorkeling... I really donīt know, I did not snorkel!. The beach is very nice but not many things aroud there but nature wich is good!
Enjoy your trip!
Posted 26 January 2011 - 09:11 AM
Posted 26 January 2011 - 10:53 AM
Posted 27 January 2011 - 10:24 AM
Posted 27 January 2011 - 01:45 PM
Under Maps click Mahahual.
We perused and pondered and finally chose Maya Luna. It's a small place (4 units) - we felt lucky to get in on such short notice. The bungalows are beachfront with a shady front porch, hammock, very spacious, and clean. Loved it! The water in front there is shallow and full of turtle grass so the snorkeling is not good. We tried. There is a reef a-ways out but it wasn't safe (in my opinion) to swim out there and back. I remember we paid about $70+ a night. That is not "cheap" in my book but felt right for what we got.
I notice on TripAdvisor people talk about using the bikes at Maya Luna. We didn't see any when we were there. That would have been ideal. There is one main road along the water in Mahahual. Maya Luna is located 6+/- Km (3+ miles) from town... We walked and hitched rides to town - once w/ some cruisers in their golf cart. Taxis are available in town to get back if you don't want to walk. Fortunately there is a restaurant/bar in the hotel with delicious food. Guests from other hotels came there to eat. A full-on breakfast is included with your room which is very appreciated and pretty much took us to dinner. WiFi is available in the dining room as well for your computer or smartphone. There are a number of restaurants and bars in town. As we didn't have a rental car we were a bit limited but walking is do-able. There was no car rental available in town when we were there. Actually, locals were celebrating the recent installation of an ATM because there is also no bank. Take cash and make sure you understand how to pay for your hotel – not all take credit cards.
There are other hotels that I took a look at for future visits. The most well-known, Balamku, is just up the road from Maya Luna. Same beach, same turtle grass. Luna Plata is closer to town. Run by Italians, they have a good restaurant. But when I went to look around they and their guests were all smoking - alot. We don't, so that was a turn-off for us. 40 Cannons seemed pricey (and noisy) for the location. The Mahahual Hotel is very basic. Rooms seemed clean but... small dark hotboxes. Cabanas del Doctor looked intriguing... individual cabins around a courtyard + closer to town. But I couldn't find anybody to look at a room. As you can see from the map, most places are across the road from the beach. Only a few on the beach. But keep in mind the road is not that busy. Due to the potholes, cars drive slow and it was easy to flag down rides.
When the cruise ship arrives the town unfolds like a flower – all these souvenir shops open, golf cart tours go by on the road and every bar and beach chair is full. Then the ship leaves and it all gets real quiet. On days the cruise ship isn't there most of the shops and some of the restaurants aren't even open. It's a very small town; albeit spread out. Hurricane Dean really whacked it a few years ago. The mangrove forest that's right on the other side of the main road was basically wiped out. It is startling to see the expanse of dead vegetation, but a closer look revealed spots of green. It's coming back. The extensive rebuilding of the town from that event is remarkable as well.
It appeared to me snorkeling would be done from boats. I didn't dive due to windy conditions while there (which also cut into our beach lounging), but there is supposed to be fabulous diving close in and on the famous Chinchorro banks. There are several dive shops on the road. For that I would return.
Have a great trip and let us know what you experience!
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