It's been a year since our small fishing village suffered
the ravages of Hurricane Dean. We are proud of the amazing challenges that
were met by so many who suffered great losses and destruction to their
homes, restaurants, tiendas and hotels on the Costa Maya.
Since last fall, Mahahual has been welcoming tourists even
though construction was going on and things were a little disorganized. The
Puerto Costa Maya has been closed all year and is expected to open later
this fall with returning cruise ships.
So for one year, the town has been recreating itself,
building a new malecon (boardwalk) and cleaning up. Even throughout all
this, we were very grateful that so many tourists visited Mahahual and the
hotels on the Costa Maya. Actually, this past winter was quite good for
hotels and restaurants, considering the image that "post-hurricane" has on
It's natural to wonder why the mangroves are grey and some
homes have not been rebuilt. But one year later, the green is returning
slowly and lots of people are enjoying our "new Mahahual".
Our diving centres are all reporting healthy reefs and
aquatic life. We've had great reports from tourists who have loved the
snorkeling and diving here as well as the daily fresh fish served in our
restaurants. That's one of our main attractions -looking at the sea on a
clean beach and eating fresh ceviche and pescado! The only visual impairment
is the grey mangrove as one enters town. With the new, grand road, the
entrance should look great, but it doesn't, yet. But once past this eyesore,
the town is really much the same as before -except for the malecon.
This boardwalk on the beach has become a gathering place
for locals and tourists; it's not unusual to see folks bicycling, jogging or
just sauntering along this lengthy, well - landscaped boardwalk. There is
relaxed sense of well being and promise and lots of restaurants!
If you were here before and loved it, come again and see
our facelift. Travel south and enjoy the relaxed life on Costa Maya.