Is Mahahual, a beach village in Mexico, on your itinerary? Are you interested in its palm tree-lined, snow-white beach? Or perhaps you want to go snorkeling in its stunning coral reef? Or maybe you just want to relax and do nothing for a few days? If so, you might be disappointed with Mahahual. We have previously explained in another blog why we do not recommend Mahahual. However, we have found the ideal alternative on Airbnb and Booking.com: Cabanas Ecoturisticas Costa Maya. These beach cabins, located on a tropical beach, are the perfect place to unwind in Mexico!
Tip: you can book the Costa Maya Cabanas through Airbnb and pay the high Airbnb fees. However, they are also available on other platforms such as Booking.com and Expedia. We prefer these platforms over Airbnb and chose Booking for our stay.
Picture perfect Airbnb cabanas at Mahahual
We must confess that we mistakenly booked this Airbnb. We were seeking an exceptional place to stay in Mahahual and discovered the ideal spot on the outskirts of the town. However, we failed to realize that reaching these Airbnb eco cabanas actually required a 35-minute drive from Mahahual. Nevertheless, we swiftly discovered that it was truly worthwhile to spend every minute in the car.
The location of the beach hotel Cabanas Ecoturisticas Costa Maya was ideal. Each guest had their own cabana on the privately-owned beach. The serene atmosphere was enhanced by the white sand, palm trees, and the sound of the waves. This was a stark contrast to the crowded beach clubs in Mahahual with their lounge chairs. Comfortable chairs were provided in the shade of palm trees for all guests. Additionally, kayaks and snorkel sets were available for guests to use. We took advantage of these amenities to kayak and snorkel in the ocean, observing rays, colorful fish, and corals right in front of our beach cabin.
The atmosphere made this one of our favorite places to stay in Mexico. We arrived at the end of the year and had a memorable New Year’s Eve. Every evening is special, as the host serves a delicious community-style dinner with the fish of the day (250 pesos per person). But New Year’s Eve was even more special with a guitar, songs, a campfire, and laughter, counting down into the new year with all guests. We started 2020 with a fantastic group of people around a campfire among the palm trees on a beautiful beach. Is there a better way to start a new year?
Don’t anticipate a luxurious resort. It’s more akin to a modest, eco-friendly beach hotel. The cottages are simple and lack electrical outlets or a hot shower. The bed was rather small, particularly for Sebastiaan. Although slightly disappointing, it added to the incredible off-the-grid beach experience we had.
We paid 131 euros for two nights in the high season. You can book this property on Airbnb, but we prefer Booking.com. You can check the current prices and availability on Booking.com here. The breakfast, which included pancakes, kayaks, and snorkel sets, was included in the price.