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We just got back from a cruise on the NCL Star to Costa Maya (we were there April 7, 2016) and spent the day at Maya Chan. It was AWESOME! This description from 2014 is very good and still all true. The owners ARE fabulous and the food and drinks are AMAZING!

 

From the moment you get there, you won't want to leave (I am ready to go back ANYTIME). They have awesome big blue floaty chairs with a drink holder in them and they come OUT to you for your drink order - and all drinks are INCLUDED.

 

Everyone there bent over backwards to make sure everyone had a great time. They have showers and lockers, and food and drink is included and free wi-fi. They provide snorkling gear and float chairs and glass bottom kayaks (didn't actually go on these, but others did). They limit the group to the number of cabanas/shelters they have and will not oversell the beach - so everyone has a chair and every group has a shelter, table and beach bed.

 

There is some seagrass there, but it didn't ruin our enjoyment. The staff worked very hard to keep everything clean and in good condition.

 

Check it out!! If you go, plan to spend the whole day there.

 

http://costamayabeachresort.com/

 

 

We were there this past February. Were you looking for some specific information?

 

The owners are fabulous, the food AMAZING! There is a fair bit of sea grass so if that's a dealbreaker for you, be forewarned.

 

I included it in my cruise review and here's what I had to say about it:

 

Costa Maya

 

We chose a private excursion for this port, the Maya Chan Beach, based on the rave reviews it got here and on other review sites. We struggled a bit with the decision, because it’s a bit of a drive out and this port was our shortest stop, docking at 7 a.m. and departing at 2 p.m.

 

Maya Chan Beach is an all-inclusive private beach - 5 miles south of the Port of Costa Maya – that takes care of transportation, entertainment (kayaking, beach biking, snorkeling, sand wedge golf) and food. Free wifi with computers is available onsite.

 

They serve a Mayan Feast (including chicken thighs, grilled skirt steak, garlic sea bass, mayan pork, and tortillas), and have a children’s menu.

 

From the beginning, the folks at Maya Chan Beach were welcoming and responsive to our questions. Two weeks outside out sail date we got an email with detailed instructions and a port map.

 

They – and other reviewers – caution about the seagrass. If you don’t like seagrass, they say, this may not be the beach for you. We’re landlocked prairie folk and didn’t really know what seagrass was. It smells bad and there was a lot of it. The entire time we were there, there was a gentleman raking up and disposing of the seagrass. Once you got further out into the water, the seagrass wasn’t as much of a problem. We were in a nice little palapa with a hammock, a beach bed, two adult beach chairs, and a small table. They provided a small kids’ beach chair and a bucket of sand toys for our granddaughter.

 

I cannot say enough nice things about the amazing people who run and work at this resort. From beginning to end, impeccable care and attention. It started when we got off the ship and went to the meeting point.

 

In our defence and before I start this part of the story, let me remind you that we were in vacation mode and had, apparently, left our brains in a bucket at home. We couldn’t figure out why no one was there to meet us. Someone finally showed up, very pleasant young man, and as we talked, we realized that we had arrived for the excursion on ship time instead of local time. Maya Chan arranged for a taxi and got us to the beach an hour early.

 

Once we arrived at Maya Chan and settled into our palapa, we were served drinks and homemade chips with fresh salsa and guacamole. Delicious. Drinks and food were included in the cost of our excursion. $58/adult, $30/child.

 

And the food was amazing. It was set up buffet style, locally sourced. The fresh fish – catch of the day – in a wine sauce, I think, was delicious.

 

Our five year-old granddaughter had spent the vacation in search of a real coconut and they obliged her by hacking down a coconut and giving her one to try. She was disappointed in the taste, but loved the experience!

 

You will not find more hospitable hosts than the people at this resort.

 

Oh hey, they also have a treehouse that you can rent (instead of a palapa).

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How were the misquitoes??

 

My DD is like a magnet to them...

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How were the misquitoes??

 

 

 

My DD is like a magnet to them...

 

 

We were there Thursday and I didn't notice any. I did get two mosquito bites at some point of our cruise, but I haven't idea when or where.

 

 

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Just to clarify... If I have a 7am - 2pm port with my ship departing from the East Coast, what time can I actually get the transportation to Maya Chan? (Specifically, what time do they start transportation? And I assume that would be an hour behind ship time?). Trying decide if it will be worth it for the early port time. I have a reservation on hold. Thanks in advance!

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We just got back from a cruise on the NCL Star to Costa Maya (we were there April 7, 2016) and spent the day at Maya Chan. It was AWESOME! This description from 2014 is very good and still all true. The owners ARE fabulous and the food and drinks are AMAZING!

 

From the moment you get there, you won't want to leave (I am ready to go back ANYTIME). They have awesome big blue floaty chairs with a drink holder in them and they come OUT to you for your drink order - and all drinks are INCLUDED.

 

Everyone there bent over backwards to make sure everyone had a great time. They have showers and lockers, and food and drink is included and free wi-fi. They provide snorkling gear and float chairs and glass bottom kayaks (didn't actually go on these, but others did). They limit the group to the number of cabanas/shelters they have and will not oversell the beach - so everyone has a chair and every group has a shelter, table and beach bed.

 

There is some seagrass there, but it didn't ruin our enjoyment. The staff worked very hard to keep everything clean and in good condition.

 

Check it out!! If you go, plan to spend the whole day there.

 

http://costamayabeachresort.com/

 

 

How was the snorkeling and the water? MC just seems so easy since everything is included, even transportation, but others say that the water is MUCH better at Blue Kay? I'm torn between MC, Blue Kay and Almaplena. Want a quiet beach with few or no vendors. Thanks!

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Murky water.. not great for snorkelling. But the resort is top notch for food service and relaxation. ..great lunch!

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