Mahahual, Quintana Roo: the Perfect Summer Vacation Destination

Snorkeling in Mahahual (Google)

I am meeting more and more people who are choosing Mahahual as their vacation destination lately. Yesterday I met a woman and her son from Florida, who came here on a cruise ship a couple of years ago, and decided to come back and spend some time here.

She and her son bought a one way ticket and are staying here in Mahahual indefinately. They are now staying at the Matan Kaan, but are looking for something on the malecon. I have seen them around town recently, and I talked to them last night at the Tropicante. They decided because they liked Mahahual so much on their cruise, they decided to spend the summer here.

Last night I also met a woman from Switzerland, and three women from France having dinner. There also was a party of eleven people from Chicago here, and four guys from Texas here on a scuba trip.

Snorkeling in Mahahual (Google)
Snorkeling in Mahahual (Google)

I am noticing more and more Americans this summer in Mahahual on summer vacation. There are more people on the malecon during this time of year, than others in the past, I have noticed. We are also getting a lot of Americans coming down from Playa del Carmen and Cozumel and spending the day or the weekend. This has not happened much in the past. I spent last summer in Playa del Carmen telling everyone I met there about Mahahual, so I guess it is now paying off.

So I got to thinking, Mahahual would be the perfect place for Americans,( or should I say people from the USA to be politically correct, because we are all Americans in this hemisphere), to vacation on the beach. I did some research, and the average week on the beach in say Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, or Florida will run you between $2,500-$3,000 a week.

Mahahual (Google)
Mahahual (Google)

You can fly into Cancun, spend a week here in Mahahual in a hotel room on the beach and malecon, for a lot less than that, and that includes airfare. During this time of year, it is our low season here, and the hotel rates have come down from high season. You can get a hotel room on the beach here for  a week between $400-$500 in several different hotels. That also includes all the amenties we have here in Mahahual, like cable TV, A/C, and hot water.

There are also a lot of things you can do in Mahahual. You can snorkel, scuba dive, fish, or just sit in the sun on a quiet beach. You can also take a day trip to Bacalar, and see the laguna, and Cenote Azul, both tourist favorites. The diving in Banco Chinchorro is fantastic, and you can book a boat from Mahahual almost any day.

Mahahual Quintana Roo (Google)
Mahahual Quintana Roo (Google)

There are also Mayan ruins nearby, Sian Kaan Biosphere, Chetumal, and many other places to go on a day trip. A lot of tourists also spend a day in Xcalak from Mahahual. There are several tour companies in town that can take you any where you wish to go or see.

I have had several Canadians and Americans, close to retirement age, who read my blog come down for a visit, and they told me what they like most about Mahahual is just sitting on the beach having a drink and doing nothing. You can relieve a lot of stress in Mahahual just sitting, relaxing, and watching people on the malecon walk by.


I think a lot of people want to experience the expat life and see if they like it, Mahahual is the perfect place to try it, and this summer would be a good time to come to Mahahual and check it out for yourself.

I mean, why take the same old summer vacation again, when you can come to Mexico and Mahahual for a lot less than your vacation in the states. Also you get to see different things, meet different people and experience their culture, and eat some great food.

Private spot on beach.

If you are interested in vacationing in Mahahual this summer, shoot me an email at, and I can find you a room, transportaion, tours, and whatever you want. You can come hang out with me and the other expats in the “Livin and Dyin in 3/4 Time Boys ” at the Tropicante.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina