5 reasons to get off the cruise ship at Puerto Costa Maya

By Chris

The Beaches

The Mayan Ruins Tours

Snorkel with Sea Turtles

Swim in Bacalar Lake

The food

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Fly Fishing with CMA

By Marco

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!


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By Marco

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!

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