There are plenty of things to do in this popular port of call. Costa Maya, Mexico is on the Eastern side of Mexico, so it is considered the Western Caribbean. Port Costa Maya, Mexico itself has shops, food and attractions, but in our minds the top two things to do in the port are to take an excursion to see the Mayan Ruins at Chacchoben, or to go to Maya Chan Beach.
Visiting the Chacchoben ruins is a wonderful experience, but it is a long ride each direction. If you visit the ruins we suggest booking your excursion through the cruise line to ensure that your ship doesn’t leave you stranded. The ruins are not close by. All ship excursions are waited for by the cruise lines. Happily, we don’t have this worry with visiting Maya Chan Beach. It’s much closer to port Costa Maya and transportation is waiting to take you back at the end of your stay. However, with Maya Chan Beach you must book your reservations months in advance online. They only take a limited number of guests.
What you need to know about money safety…
If you are looking for souvenirs you’ll find them to be plentiful in the port of Costa Maya. Remember that many of the vendors will have the same wares. It’s expected that you’ll negotiate for a better deal for something that catches your eye, and so you should. One note of cautions is that using cash is safer than using a credit card when ashore. Credit card skimming can be a problem from time to time. While we have not encountered it in Costa Maya, we have in Cozumel resulting in a tedious ship to shore phone call with the bank to straighten it out. Always travel with more than one card. Keep the cards in your cabin’s safe. Cash is king. We suggest that you keep it tucked away and out of sight, and go ashore with only as much cash as you think you will need for the day for any food, beverages, tips, independent transportation, and souvenirs.