Mahahual Travel Blog› entry 10 of 12 › view all entries
Mahahual was an obscure fishing village before the arrival of the nearby cruise ship port. Today, the tempo is picking up, but the village retains much of its off-the-beaten-path ambiance. The bus from Puerto Costa Maya dropped us off at the head of Avenida Mahahual, the unpaved beachfront main street. It is closed to motor traffic.
We started to walk down the street to look for a place to have lunch. We selected the Cat's Meow restaurant that we had heard about on a cruise discussion board. It was great! We sat at a table under a tent right on the beach. Barbara, the proprietor (she is from
I tried one of the Cat's Meow's specialties--Fish cooked in Mayan style in a banana leaf. Delicious! My wife and son had fajitas and our daughter had chicken quesadillas. The nachos were great, too. After lunch we waded in the ocean. I got the idea you could stay at your table as long as you wanted. There was no pressure to leave. (No rush to collect the bill, either.) Very relaxing! But, we did leave after a while to explore more of Mahahual.
We walked further on down Avenida Mahahual and looked at some stores. One can have a massage on the beach if desired. The beach here is very narrow. Most of the beach area has been staked out by restaurants, water sport rentals, or massage vendors. We also looked down side streets to see the secondary school, a fairly new arrival in the village. After a while, it was time to return to our ship. It was easy to find a taxi to take us back to the port area. We passed the landmark lighthouse on the return drive.