During our visit to the southeastern region of the Yucatan Peninsula, Carole and I stopped by the little beach town of Mahahual. It is located about two hours drive north of Chetumal, the capital of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Until fairly recently, Mahahual was a fishing village, remote and sleepy. Then it was discovered by young backpackers and sailboat enthusiasts, who enjoyed its laid-back atmosphere as well as snorkeling and scuba diving in the pristine water. As usual, word spread.
Mahahual became ever more popular to those seeking an off-the-beaten-track beach experience. Eventually (some would say unfortunately), the people with money noticed it. Then, the cruise industry built a dock and big ships began to tie up here. Fortunately, none were in port on the day we visited, so the scene was fairly calm and sedate. To find Mahahual on a Google map, click here.
The Beach Scene