Mahahual, Mexico - We've NEVER seen anything like this (In a bad way)

We spent one week in the beach paradise Mahahual (Mexico) and it was NOTHING like what we expected.
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Mahahual, a town in the state of Quintana Roo is commonly known as Costa Maya. It's the only place we've visited in Mexico where almost 100% of its income is from cruise ship travelers. This makes for an interesting dynamic—one we really don't like, frankly.

Having 1-3 Mexico cruise ships stopping at Costa Maya very easily explains many of the strange things we found in this town. All the locals are catering directly to those visitors because they support the local economy. They speak English with you. You can pay in US dollars. Everyone who works in Mahahual is there to help these Mexico cruise ship travelers have a great time during their day in town.

But watch out! Once the cruise ships leave, most of the restaurants, shops, and activities will close their doors. It looks like a ghost town once Mahahual when no ships are docked.

In this Mexico travel video, we give you some tips on how to make your stay in Mahahual more enjoyable and affordable.

Mahahual, Quintana Roo is certainly beautiful....but is it worth it?

In January 2018, we sold everything we owned in the US (except our husky Laska & what fit in our tiny, tangerine Prius C3) to travel the world—starting with Mexico. Since then, we've been making travel videos about our life in Mexico and the new experiences we encounter while traveling the world. If you'd like to join our shenanigans, subscribe to our YouTube channel. You can also poke around our social media to find out what we’re up to each week.

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