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Maya Chan Beach Resort

Costa Maya is a popular Western Caribbean port of call for cruise ships, but I often get asked what is there to do there. The Mayan ruins are very popular but I have done them twice and the thing about ruins, they don’t really change.  You can read about Agent Stacy's experience with the ruins here. The other popular options are water related, with all inclusive resorts or Bacalaar Lagoon trips being the most popular. After extensive research, we decided to give Maya Chan All-Inclusive a try. Your Kingdom Konsultant agent can book this for you, as it is not offered through the cruise lines.

The road to Maya Chan

Since the Port of Costa Maya is privately owned, it is heavily controlled. They want you to stay in this immediate area and spend money on their shops and amenities and they don’t let independent tour operators in. We had directions and a map from Maya Chan showing us where to go to meet their representative. It is a bit of a walk and a little confusing to get out of the port area, but we found it well worth it. After about 25 minutes, we had arrived at the meeting location and got checked in. Within 10 minutes we were boarding our included taxi to take us to Maya Chan. 

You have to exit the Port and walk until you find this Pyramid

It was just under a 30 minute ride and the roads are a bit bumpy so be prepared. But once you arrive the hospitality is just wonderful. Our group was greeted and shown the locations of the amenities before being shown to our private reserved space with shade, chairs, tables, a hammock and a beach bed for our party. It was so nice not to have to scope out a spot on a crowded beach for our family of 6 to fit together and be comfortable. A few minutes later we had welcome drinks and snacks to enjoy while we got settled in. 

View from our reserved spot
Examples of the comfy amenities waiting for you
Welcome snack: chips, salsa and guacamole and welcome cocktail: rum punch.
Aside from our lovely spot, lunch and drinks were included along with floating chairs, snorkel gear, water toys such as paddle boats, kayaks and paddle boards. There were also life vests, beach games and beach toys available.
The only things you had to pay extra for were massages (but the prices were very reasonable and quality massages!) or souvenirs along with a tip at the end of the stay if you enjoyed your service. After we got settled in, we walked around to take it all in and see what we wanted to do. Unfortunately, it was seaweed season which is beyond the hosts control, but they were working hard to keep it as clear as possible for the guests (you could see the difference if you looked at the next beach over.) 
Bar area, but they also had servers constantly checking on us to bring drinks!
Lunch was served within an hour of our arrival and the line was long when it first opened, but the food was fresh and plentiful. It was a build your own taco bar with steak, chicken, pork and fish available along with all the toppings. We found the food to be wonderful and everyone found something they enjoyed. 
Dining area, or you could eat on the beach
Our taco selections
Oreo Milkshake
They even had milkshakes available which we enjoyed for dessert.  After lunch they came around and arranged our transport back to port. Taxis would leave every 30 minutes and you could pick your time up until you HAD to leave to make it back to your ship in time! We picked 2:30pm which was the perfect amount of time for us, but I probably could have stayed a bit longer! 
Their family pool you can also use
Two cats and two dogs live here too
Frozen beverages galore!
Treehouse for some great views
My family enjoyed paddle boats, kayaks, building sand castles and just reading on the beach throughout the day. WiFi was also included here which our kids definitely appreciated.
Ten minutes before our taxi pickup they came around to let us know so we could pack up and get ready. We had an easy ride back to the ship and thoroughly enjoyed our day at Maya Chan!

Maci Schau
Maci is an avid foodie and loves trying out new restaurants and seasonal food offerings in the parks.  You can email Maci at


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