What else could we do here? Is there something else to see?
We were bored and we wanted to see more of this port. If there is a port, there should be a village or town we thought. So we hailed a taxi just outside of the port and inquired about a village, an old town, anything other than this little port. We want to see Mexico, after all that's where we are.
The driver told us there is a small village close by, per wikipedia it's 3 kms away. Checking our watches we found we have time for a short visit in the village and probably take a few photos.
The village is called Mahahual. The sign says it's a small drinking town with a diving problem. Good, the town has sense of humor.
What I found when we drove to the village are remnants of a devastating hurricane a few years ago. But what stood lining the beach now are palapa structures housing bars, restaurants and upstairs are accommodations. This is a diving town, snorkeling must also be big here. It has a very relaxed vibe, the atmosphere is almost lazy. The restaurants have seatings on the beach. There were a few stores carrying all the usual souvenir items you'd expect in the airport terminal.
It's charming. It's quiet. Has a backpacker's atmosphere, nothing fancy about this village, except the Caribbean. There are no annoying barkers asking you to try the nachos at their restaurants. We even had to ask a local where to get fresh coconut juice/water. Massages on the beach. Wifi signs everywhere. And we needed wifi signal. But the only way you can get the password is by buying something.
So we ordered some margaritas and nachos, and sat by the beach, watching a father and his kids on a small boat, kayak. I watched as one enjoyed an ice cream cone and worried that the angry sky would pour out while we were here. From here the humongous cruise ships can be seen in the distance, so close from this vantage point.
The business of sending message to family over at the same time the drinks and the nibbles arrived. The nachos were so-so (not a Mexican dish anyway) but the margarita was excellent.
We ended the time here by shopping for souvenirs and that's all she wrote on Costa Maya.
And now for the pictures:
No working during drinking time.
Where we got the margarita.
Small village lined with stores facing the beach.
Practically empty, or too late?
It was beautiful.
One more look at Yaya Beach beaching side seating area.
The ships appear so close.
A little rain came down as we were sipping margarita.
Hasta Luego, Mexico.
Upon our return to the ship, we were surprised to find docked next to us was this humongous Disney Cruise Line. Very impressive. It sailed ahead of us that evening, but before it did we tried to take a few shots and were jealous of the massive water slide it has on deck.
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