We all want to experience the best restaurants andlittle local’s secret places when we visit a new place.Before you travel make sure you have done your research and asked enough peopleabout that specific place, and what it has to offer. We all like to eat, atleast I do… whenever I travel, I want to make sure I´ve tried all localflavours, drinks, specialties, etc. I want to have the real local taste and then greatstories for my friends back home. And don’t forget about the Instagramposts!
Whenever you come to aMexican beach what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Margaritas,tequila and cerveza right? Butwhat about food? Did you knowthat authentic Mexican cuisine is rich in healthy ingredients such as avocados,beans, limes, tomatoes and savory meats. In fact, Mexican food has earnedrecognition by the UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage contribution tohumanity.
What if you could tell yourfriends you´ve tried the best food ever? I´m sure you´ve eaten great food inmany different countries you´ve been at, but how about adding more experienceto your traveling resume? If you ever visit Costa Maya here are someof the dishes you MUST TRY:
Cochinita Pibil: It is roasted pork meat cooked underground in traditional covered BBQ
Our day began on a not very shinny morning. Costa Maya pier was rainy, but we were positive our day was going to get better by the time we got to either Chacchoben or Bacalar; and guess what? Apparently the Mayan Gods had all set up for us to have a great adventure in that little corner of the Mexican Caribbean.
We went to the archaeological site of Chacchoben first and got there JUST BEFORE everybody else did, so we had the entire site to ourselves. But an hour later, legions of buses were entering the site full with other tourists; we were very lucky.
Afterwards, we drove to Bacalar Town for our ride on a pontoon, and the lake is just BREATHTAKING; we went around some important spots and some neat, out-of-the-way places. After a few hours on the lake, we went ashore and were treated to a homemade meal from one of the local grandmothers who is highly respected in the community for her cooking skills. She made us chicken fajitas, guacamole, and a local Mayan specialty called "sikil pak." Think of it like a thick salsa made from pounded pumpkin seeds (pepitas), tomatoes, fresh habaneros, and cilantro. we finished the whole plate, she refilled it twice, and she even dashed home to get me a bag of the pulverized pumpkin seeds and the fresh habanero chiles she used to make it!
This COMBO TOUR is a great option if you want to see another great part of Mexico and want to escape the crowds. and connect with the wonderful, friendly locals, taste their food, see the natural and archaeological wonders, and become a better person because of it!
Our Fly Fishing excursion started early in the morning on the 6th of December. It was slightly cloudy at Puerto Costa Maya cruise port, but we were optimistic about the weather at our fishing flats near Xcalak town. As soon as we arrived, surprise!!! Clear skies and quietness in that little corner of the Mexican Caribbean. The sargassum was not a problem at all since there were locals cleaning out the beaches too. After a 50 minute drive, we were excited to get on the boat and get our gear ready. The pristine water of Xcalak allows you to see right to the bottom, as well as fish of course. We even saw a ray jump out of the water, which was amazing.
It was the first time for the guests to catch bonefish; a young couple from USA but I could tell they knew what they were doing. They usually spend some of their weekends back home fishing, but only using spin rods. He got really good at fly fishing and but she preferred the spin rod, although she caught about 5 bonefish, she knew was she was doing as well.
We had to move to a different location, to an old channel where you could clearly see everything under the boat. They kept trying but he had very little luck this time, except for him who caught a jack, he was very happy about it too. Some other fish bit the fly but were able to get away, which is all part of fly fishing. The weather was great and the water temperature just perfect. We got off the boat for a while to wade a little bit and see if we could catch something else but no luck, while she stayed for a while to walk and enjoy the water.
We went back after 4 hours and the ride home was amazing and very relaxing. Then we made our way back to the pier with excited talk about our fishing adventures. We hope to see them back in Costa Maya soon!
If you are taking a cruise ship to Costa Maya Pier, youare probably thinking about spending less of your hard-earned vacation money tobetter enjoy your time on land. And it’s understandable due to the high ratescharged onboard, and we want to help you save a few dollars and enjoy ourcorner of the Caribbean!
Like in any other service, there are advantages anddisadvantages when buying online. Please be aware of this TO DO list beforemaking your purchase.
1.Compareat least 3 different tour operators: Think of your day off-ship as a small luxurypurchase, especially when booking for your whole family! To ensure you investyour limited time in Costa Maya, try to compare the different shore excursionsavailable, but not based solely on price. Check which archaeological sites theyvisit, which beach they stop at for “beach break” and where the snorkel toursgo. Not all tours are created equal, and we have dedicated ourselves to findingthe best locations for each of the above tours!
2.Read thereviews: Always look for NEGATIVE reviews so youcan have an idea of what people are complaining about. Also remember that VERYFEW OR NO REVIEWS aren’t precisely a bad thing. Most of the time, people willwant to make public a bad experience, which won’t necessarily happen if theexperience was positive.
3.Webdesign: The professionalism of the onlineexperience reflects on the in-person experience. If the operator put a lot ofwork and thought into explaining the tours and using good quality photographsof the experience, then it may be worth considering it that tour operator. Weknow, because our first website was so much work! But we doubled our effortsand put as much work into displaying our favorite areas to be as inviting aspossible when in the Costa Maya!
4.Ask if transportationis included: Some budget touroperators require you to meet at their office downtown to begin the tour. Theymay offer a lower initial price, but the hassel and cost of taxis can add asignificant amout to your day! We make sure all our tours have the round-triptransportation already factored into our quited price.
5.Inquire about group size: Some operators combine multiple groups in order tosave on costs. You might end up on a huge bus, crammed in like sardines! Weprefer small groups and are better able to personalize the experience
Now you know what to do if you’re planning your nextadventure in the Costa Maya. Good Luck and we look forward tomeeting you!