Mahahual and Xcalak

by zora on November 7, 2006

Mahahual is booming in a very weird, fast way. There are several new hotels in town proper, and quite a lot of restaurants and businesses.

Casa del Mar (p. 177) is moving once again, to a spot just north of 40 Cañones Hotel, but worth seeking out for the tacos and general good vibes.

Las Cabañas de Tío Phil (p. 177) has been taken over by Dreamtime Diving and made into a resort, so it’s substantially different and has changed its pricing. Dreamtime, incidentally, has changed ownership; it also has a Chinchorro license now.

In Xcalak, however, things are kind of the same. Marina Mike’s (p. 178) can’t be recommended anymore. Tierra Maya (p. 178) has changed hands, and Maya Village (p. 178) is shut. This leaves only Costa de Cocos as a reliable spot close to town, but it’s a very good one.

UPDATE: Jan. 12, 2007: I’ve just gotten a very bad firsthand report about Costa de Cocos. It sounds as if the owners aren’t on premises very often, and a lot of the attention (including the boats) has shifted to dealing with day visitors from the cruise ships from Mahahual.

However, reports are now good from Casa Carolina (which also does diving, like Costa de Cocos), and Tierra Maya, both of which are just up the road.

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Jim Bush March 22, 2007 at 10:27 pm

FYI – Sport Diver magazine listed Dreamtime as one of the 48 top dive resorts in the world (see the “2007 Edition”, which I think was released in January.) We’re headed there in late April. Bought your book (hasn’t arrived yet) and the map. Thanks for “being there” for us novice travelers to the Yucatan.

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