Discover Costa Maya from A to Z

To the south of Quintana Roo is the Costa Maya, a beautiful region made up of the destinations of Chetumal, Bacalar, and Mahahual. Its exuberant nature, lagoon systems, history, archaeological sites, and unique attractions to discover make it an authentic paradise of calm, relaxation, adventure, and fun where you can also feel the warmth and hospitality of its people in each of its corners.

Chactemal is the capital of the state of Quintana Roo. The tourist attractions that surround it have the magic of transmitting to visitors the beauty of their nature, the ancestral history of their communities, the flavors of their cuisine and the uniqueness of their culture.

How to get to the Costa Maya

From the City of Cancun

Via Federal Highway 307 will pass through important tourist places like Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, will pass through an important junction, towards Mahahual; continue towards Bacalar Magical Town and finally Chetumal.

From the City of Mérida, Yucatán

Via Federal Highway 293 until connecting with highway 307 Cancún-Chetumal; Take the route to the south 75 km to Chetumal.

From the rest of the country

You must take the exit towards the southeast of the republic to the City of Villahermosa, then take the Federal Highway Mexico 186 Villahermosa - Escarcega continue to the right on the 186 until you reach Chetumal.

From Central America or Belize

Take the road that leads to the border bridge of Santa Elena. From the city of Belize, it is a 2: 15-hour tour and you must go through the towns of Orange Walk and Corozal, until you reach the Belize-Mexico border, take the route south until you reach Chetumal.


Bay of Chetumal
Bay of Chetumal

The gateway to the Costa Maya is Chetumal, formerly called Chactemal, is the capital of the state of Quintana Roo. The tourist attractions that surround it have the magic of transmitting to visitors the beauty of their nature, the ancestral history of their communities, the flavors of their cuisine and the uniqueness of their culture.

On Bahia Boulevard, the longest in the entire Yucatan Peninsula, are the most attractive monuments and sites of the city and is the perfect setting to admire the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets of the Mexican Caribbean. The Bay of Chetumal has been declared a Manatee Sanctuary.

It is a city with great cultural and historical richness with interesting places to visit such as the Mayan Culture Museum and the City Museum.

Very close to Chetumal is Calderitas and Laguna Milagros where different aquatic activities are carried out and exquisite cuisine based on fresh fish and seafood is enjoyed.

Throughout the Ribera del Río Hondo there are springs, streams, cenotes and lagoons, all of them very little known but of unique beauty.


Currently, Chetumal has 73 hotels and 2,208 rooms; from an independent, small and comfortable hotels to chain hotels for the business traveler segment.


International Business and Convention Center Modern building that pays homage to the Mayan roots, is the work of the great Mexican architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez. It has spaces for exhibitions, fairs and various types of events. It has a capacity of up to 5,000 people with a total area of ​​29,743m2.


Town of Bacalar
Town of Bacalar

Just 30 minutes from the city of Chetumal is the Magical Town of Bacalar, a beautiful destination in which the beauty of its natural attractions stands out. Bakhalal, as it was originally known, means Place of Reeds. It is located on the side of the Laguna de los Siete Colores, named for its different shades of blue, and offers the ideal space for swimming, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding or boat rides and observe in all its Splendor these beautiful natural colors.

Bacalar is the perfect place for lovers of nature and tranquility as well as being full of history, adventure, and culture.

In the Fort of San Felipe, used in antiquity to defend the area, is the Piracy Museum where the whole history of the town and its relationship with pirates is concentrated.

The Bacalar Rapids, which connect the lagoon with the waters of the Hondo River through the Estero de Chac, is known as the Route of the Pirates. It is a magical and unparalleled place where besides enjoying the beauty of its waters it is possible to know about the stromatolites, unique mineral structures in the area and of great importance for aquatic life.

Another natural beauty on the outskirts of Bacalar is the Blue Cenote, whose mirror of water reflects as if it were a famous painting, all the nature that surrounds it.

In the central square local artisans exhibit their crafts made in a variety of sacred woods such as the Ciricote, a type of hard and dark wood, and the Mahogany, which has an intense red color and can reach an elegant finish.


Bacalar currently has 62 hotels and 573 rooms, ranging from cabins and spacious bungalows to small independent hotels.

Mahahual & Xcalak


It is a small fishing village located less than 2 hours from the city of Chetumal. Its crystal blue turquoise waters make this charming little town a unique place to enjoy all its natural beauty with the family. It has the only cruise ship dock in the southern zone of the Mexican Caribbean.

Here is the Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve - the largest coral atoll in Mexico - and where you can admire beautiful corals and colorful fish.

Just 60 kilometers from Mahahual is Xcalak, one of the last virgin beaches of Mexico, perfect for diving and admiring the great natural diversity.


Mahahual currently has 42 hotels and 561 rooms, ranging from cabins and spacious bungalows to small independent hotels.

Gastronomy in the Costa Maya

The cuisine along the Costa Maya is highlighted by dishes of fresh fish and seafood, such as pink snail ceviche with purple onion and fish cooked with coconut milk, in addition to fish in Marcum, wrapped in banana leaves, with chili, axiote, and oregano, that gives an incredible flavor to the dish.

Mayan culture along the Costa Maya Chacchoben

Only 70 km from Chetumal, Chacchobén was born as a small village in the year 200 a. C. However, it is currently considered one of the largest settlements in the area known as the Lake District. Its name refers to "red corn". Among the structures that stand out, are the groups known as the Gran Basamento, Las Vías, and Group II, which includes the tallest building.


Archaeological zone located 69 km west of the city of Chetumal. Its origins date from the year 200 a.C. The Temple of the Masks, today is the most emblematic structure of the state of Quintana Roo.


It is one of the largest and most important sites in southern Quintana Roo. Its foundation dates from the year 200 a.C. Of the most important constructions in the area stands the Temple of the Cormorants, the Temple of the Captives and the Temple of the Dintels.


Two kilometers north of the Dzibanché settlement is the Kinichná complex (Casa del Sol). This set is distinguished by the construction of a monumental.

Acropolis of three levels integrated with a series of low buildings around a plaza, which is believed to have functioned as platforms for minor temples.


Near the Bay of Chetumal is the small site of Oxtankah, where besides the Mayan structures, there are the remains of a Spanish chapel, it is said that it arose and reached its apogee during the Classic period of the Mayan culture (300 and 600 dC).

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