Walk from pier to Mahahual?

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#1
West By-God Virginia
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Our cruise has changed ports from Cozumel to Costa May, so I'm trying to make changes to our excursions.

Looking at the map, I see the two locations seem a very short distance if you walk along the beach. The road appears 3 times as long. I read on another thread that there is a beach path the leads from Costa Maya to Mahahual.

Does anyone know where to find the path, and the actual distance? I love walking the beach, and we will need to meet the bus in Mahahual for the tour of Chacchoben ruins, so I need to know how long it would take.

I'd like to see as much of the landscape and flora and fauna as possible.

Thanks in adavance for any advice!
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#3
West By-God Virginia
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Thanks Billeelou. That's a bit farther than I'd like to walk. We'll take a bus/cab. Probably safer too.
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We were there two weeks ago, if you walk outside the gate towards some new shops they have built, it costs $2 per person to town. My wife and I, and our 13 yr old daughter wanted a ride and I tried to get him to do it for $5 because she was a kid, but he wouldn't do it for less than $6. But it's better than the $9 it would have cost in the port.

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My wife and I easily walked the beach area in about twenty minutes. We are in our fortys and not in top physical condition. The walk was a nice time with many iguanas and different birds along the way. When you come off the pier keep heading to the left and the beach keep going until you see a cement wall ;we just skirted around the wall and took the path. It was easy and enjoyable. We took a cab back.
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West By-God Virginia
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Thanks mcanuk! The path is the dirt road that runs along the shore, right? Was there anyone else walking? Were there any carts or bikes?

When I was in Australia, I walked everywhere I could and saw the most amazing plants and animals! I'm a bit of an earth cookie
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#7
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mcanuck,
It is not clear to me how you skirted around the wall. I have looked at photos and it looks like the wall goes right into the water. Did you walk into the water? or, did you follow the wall to the end and skirt around at that end?

I know this seems silly but I much prefer walking to taking a bus.

Thanks, from a fellow Canadian also in the 40's, only I'd say I'm in good shape, I walk everywhere I can.
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Livonia, Michigan USA
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I can't think of how you would walk. By the water I though I seen a wall.?????

And on the road you don't want to do that.

Its only 3.00 to get there and 2.00 to get back......

Cheap.. Fast and get ready to enjoy it.
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#9
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Originally posted by Deb&Bert
I can't think of how you would walk. By the water I though I seen a wall.?????

And on the road you don't want to do that.

Its only 3.00 to get there and 2.00 to get back......

Cheap.. Fast and get ready to enjoy it.
I don't know how they skirted around the wall either...unless it was really low tide...because when I was there you would have had to swim around the wall....Going for a walk down the highway seemed nuts...$3 was much better!
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#10
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Yes we did walk around the wall that goes into the water and yes your feet get wet.It was only up to our knees if that, as there is rock under the water(not corral).We had sandals on and had no problems.It wasnt a money issue,we could afford the cabs but just wanted to enjoy the walk. The path comes out just before Majauhal.The path is not always right on the beach but maybe 20 yards from it .I dont know how the other folks wound up on the highway as we didnt see it until we were coming into the village.It is easy to follow and not a big deal.The path did split at one point but we stayed to the left and kept the beach in sight for the most part.Yes there were other people along the path and some were sunbathing etc.
#11
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Funny thing about the walk along the beach from the pier to Mahahual. Several years ago when the pier opened there was a very nice path from the south end of the pier to the lighthouse near the town. Several business started to expand into the area. However, the owners of the pier said concern over security closed the south entry point (they had guards posted at the entry). Rumor has it the Taxi / Transportation Co-op did not like the lost business. Of course now you are encouraged to take the transportation.The walk is safe and not very long.
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West By-God Virginia
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I love a good adventure, as long as it's safe. Now I gotta convince the DH it will be a fun walk. And getting wet isn't an issue...I plan on being wet from May 14 to May 21 if at all possible
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West By-God Virginia
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And it looks like the dirt road goes by the Navy Station and then Tequila Beach (according to the map) I do believe we be walkin!
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We took a taxi to the beach and walked back last time we were there. It was a beautiful walk, right along the beach and you could see the ship from a distance. We saw huge iguana's along the way. It gets a little isolated though and both my husband and I were a little freaked out second guessing out choice. I think its safe but it was a little strange feeling. When you get to the wall you do need to walk in the water a bit to get around it.
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#15
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That path is very safe and used to be well traveled. It's actually listed as the future "boardwalk" in the city approved master plan for the port area. Unfortunately, the port owner is greedy and built a wall to keep cruisers in. The wall is built illegally; you are supposed to and used to be able to freely walk from the port to town. 50% of all the land between the port and town is owned by Americans, the other half by a citizen not related to the port.

Officials have been made aware of the wall and it will be dealt with. The overall walk into town is just over a mile, one way.

Along and further in from the boardwalk (towards the jungle), I've seen snakes, iguanas, birds, owls, crabs, coyotes and a racoon, as well as numerous fishes in the water. The snorkeling in town is terrible, while the snorkeling off of the boardwalk is quite good.
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West By-God Virginia
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Thanks Caribdreamin, that makes it much more clear. Now I can add a lovely walk to my adventures. Well, at least walking down to Mahahual...I may not be in any condition to walk back to Costa Maya
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#17
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We exited the gates and walked along the road to town. After the gate, we took the 2nd left. There is a sidewalk to the highway. The highway portion had a 10-foot shoulder. It was perfectly safe. At the lighthouse, was the start of the dirt road into the village.

On the way back, we took the street before the port road (through the dirt parking lot). We walked through an undeveloped subdivision. We were alone most of the way. We connected with the port road near the new shop, just outside the gates (where all the dune buggies are parked).

Also, there are a few stray dogs in Mahahual, but we did not find them threatening.
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Chupa Cabras,

Is this map you have available online? I'd love to see it if it is. Could you post a link to the map in a reply to this thread? It will help me get my bearings as to where things are.

Thanks much.

Chic
#19
West By-God Virginia
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http://www.xcalak.info/visit/uk/maha...a_map-uk.shtml

is the link to where I found the map. It shows the dirt road or pathway that goes to Mahahual from Costa Maya, but it doesn't show up on other maps, only the paved road which you can see is much longer.

Are you also thinking of walking, and when will you be going?
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#20
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I found another map but it won't allow me to enter the link; it replaces part of it with **********. I'll try to post it later.

http://www.*************/html/mahahual.htm

John
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