Costa Maya is one of the newest Cruise Ports in Mexico. Located on the eastern
coast of the Yucutan Peninsula, about 120 miles south of Cozumel, it is a natural
stop that is often combined with Cozumel or Grand Cayman on the Western Caribbean itinerary.
As of this writing, the google satellite data does not show the cruise ship docks.
Just like Cozumel, many of the activities and shore excursions available in Costa Maya
are courtesy of the coral reef that runs just off shore of the eastern coast of Mexico.
Some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the world can be found in this area.
Another very interesting attraction for the area is the abundance of Mayan ruins. Just like
their more famous big brother to the north in Tulum, the
Chacchoben ruins attract a good
number of visitors from among cruise ship passengers. The Chacchoben ruins were only opened to
the public in the past few years, having just been excavated within the past decade.
Here is a photo
I took at the site of a map of the Chacchoben Ruins.
I have included a marker inland to the west that was recorded at the base of one of the
pyramid shaped temples at the Chacchoben site. The track marked on the map was the path our
tour took to reach the site from the Costa Maya village. These points were recorded with my
Garmin GPS V.
To the south of Costa Maya is Mahahual. Once a sleepy fishing village, tourism has boosted
the town since the cruise docks opened. Thanks to Radio for providing the GPS coordinate for
As a bonus, I've also marked the GPS confluence location of 19N, 88W. This is the
intersection point of the integer degrees of latitude and longitude. An international
effort to map and photograph most confluence points on the Earth is documented at the
Confluence Project web page. The specific entry
for this point can be found