Thursday, May 13, 2010

Visiting the Costa Maya: Punta Allen, Mahahual, Xcalak

Our family recent took a quick getaway to the Costa Maya for a long weekend.  What a great trip to unwind!  

The Costa Maya is the coastline south of Tulum and extending toward Xcalak.  The Costa Maya definitely moves at a slow pace, unconnected, unplugged, and spectacular!  The area surrounds the Sian Ka'an Biosphere, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which offers a huge stretch of virgin coastline that is filled with flora, fauna, and Mayan ruins. 

We spent the first night in Punta Allen at the Cuzan Guesthouse.  This Guesthouse has rustic cabañas on the beach and offers fly fishing trips.  Be forewarned:  The road to Punta Allen is a rough one!
The second night we moved further down the coast to Mahahual.  It had been awhile since either Josh or I had been there.  What a change!  Mahahual features a cruise ship port, which has sparked a variety of restaurants and shops along its new malecon walkway.  We stayed in the Balamku Inn.  A lovely place just south of the hustle of the malecon area, the Inn has lovely accommodations that are supported by completely green technology.  Its 24/7 electricity is generated by wind/solar systems and the bathrooms feature composting septic systems.  While the infrastructure is self-generated, Balamku is an excellent example of how seamless green technology can now be -- you would hardly notice!

On the drive from Mahahual to Xcalak, there is a place called Xahuayxol.  Don't ask me how you pronounce it, but Josh and I both agreed that it was the most beautiful beach on the coast.
The next two nights were spent at another fishing lodge in Xcalak called the Costa de Cocos.  Another nice place with  cabañas, restaurant, and excellent staff.  Caden and Josh tried their hand at fly fishing.  Caden reeled in a bonefish and Josh caught a big permit on a spinning rod.

Other great places that we would have stayed had we had a bit more time or a few more nights are: Lake Bacalar and taken a kayak trip with the Ecological Center for the Sian Ka'an Biosphere.  The Center also offers accommodations that look spectacular in the heart of the Biosphere!

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