Port of Call Spotlight: Costa Maya, Mexico

Costa Maya is the name given to a tourist region of coastline in the Quintana Roo region of Mexico bordering the Caribbean Sea, located just north of Belize. Costa Maya is a unique cruise port in that the port area and pier was built entirely to cater to visitors. Unlike other cruise ports where you typically leave the port immediately upon arriving, you may find yourself wanting to spend the whole day in port in Costa Maya! Though there’s plenty to do beyond the port as well.

Costa Maya’s port was rebuilt after a hurricane in 2007 making it feel fresh and new. The port was built to reflect a small Mexican village and is full of shops, dining options, and even a large pool with a swim-up bar. There’s also a dolphin interaction experience and an adventure park nearby.

The adventure park, called the Lost Mayan Kingdom, is a great option for families or thrill seekers as it has a number of waterslides, zip lines, river tubing, and a pool and cenote to swim in.

The area around Costa Maya port was originally a fishing village and its small town, Mahahual, is still there and makes for a great way to spend your day. You can take a shore excursion to get there or take a quick taxi ride (just a few minutes) from the pier. In Mahahual you’ll find more shops and a gorgeous beach with lounge chairs you can rent.

Mahahual is also a great place to rent some snorkeling equipment and swim around in the water to view sea life as Costa Maya is adjacent to part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second largest reef in the world. You can also do a snorkeling shore excursion that will take you on a boat to a prime snorkeling spot on the reef.

While a big draw of Costa Maya is the water – from the sea to pools to water slides – that’s not all there is to do for adventure seekers. Those who want to see how ancient civilizations lived will be excited to know there is a shore excursion to Chacchoben Ruins, a lesser known, but still important ancient Mayan site in Mexico.

Celebrity Edge is Celebrity Cruises' newest ship.
Celebrity Edge: the newest ship from Celebrity Cruises

The other thing that makes Costa Maya such an alluring cruise destination is that it is one of the ports of call the Celebrity Edge (Celebrity Cruises newest cruise ship) will be making when it begins sailing at the end of 2018. One of the itineraries Celebrity Edge will offer is a 7-night Western Caribbean sailing that is scheduled to stop in Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman. You can visit even more ports of call and make your vacation a 14-night one by booking back-to-back sailings that includes Celebrity Edge’s other itinerary for the Eastern Caribbean and also visit San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

To find out more about Celebrity Edge, including its innovative Infinite Veranda staterooms and the industry-first Magic Carpet, a cantilevered terrace that “floats” between the decks serving as both a waiting lounge for tender boats while in port and a unique oceanview restaurant experience in the evenings, click here.

To book your Celebrity Edge or other Celebrity Cruises sailing to Costa Maya, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.