Life on the Malecon in Mahahual, Mexico

Malecon after cruise ships leave.

Malecon after cruise ships leave.

Quiet malecon

Quiet malecon

The place to be when you are in Mahahual is the malecon on the beach. Malecon means basically “Boardwalk” in Spanish. The malecon is a pedestrian walkway with the beach to the east and businesses to the west. Many nice restaurants and shops line the malecon in Mahahual.

The downtown Mahahual malecon, although it is still in its infancy, it is already one of Mexico’s most spectacular. Mahahual, one of Mexico’s nicest and most pristine beaches, has the clear blue Caribbean sea, and a reef that runs the length of the entire downtown, protecting the beaches from any wave action and making the entire village beach like a giant swimming pool with palm trees.

Corona on the malecon.

Corona on the malecon.

Cruise ship day on the malecon.

Cruise ship day on the malecon.

Beach massages on the malecon.

Beach massages on the malecon.

View from start of malecon to cruise ships.

View from start of malecon to cruise ships.

"El Pez" fish sculpture on the malecon, made from plastic bottles washed up on the beaches in Mahahual.

“El Pez” fish sculpture on the malecon, made from plastic bottles washed up on the beaches in Mahahual.

The Mahahual malecon is just a bit over a mile and a half and extends from the town’s signature lighthouse on the north, to just past the city pier on the south. Within that area is the downtown city beach area, where visitors can find great deals on shopping from real local merchants, along with really fun beachfront restaurants, bars and beach breaks.

There are many cheap and fun tour operators for fishing, snorkel, banana boat, equipment rental companies, and beach massages along the malecon. For those who like to shop, the malecon is home to what is more like “real Mexico”, with family owned shops and small stands all along the downtown. Real Mexican products, at real Mexican prices.

On cruise ship days the malecon is full of tourists off the cruise ships and there is a lot of activity, but when the ships leave the malecon and Mahahual turn back into a sleepy fishing village on the Mexican Caribbean.

If you are a local like me you spend a lot of time on the malecon. On the malecon you can always run into someone you know, and a lot of expats and locals walk the malecon at night. I eat lunch almost everyday on the malecon, and it is great to eat your lunch on the beach with the Caribbean to look at. Almost every festival or concert in town is done on the malecon.

Iphone from Xcalak Dec 2013 to Playa May 2014 089

Victoria Ruffo, famous Mexican soap opera star filming a commercial on the malecon in Mahahual.

Victoria Ruffo, famous Mexican soap opera star filming a commercial on the malecon in Mahahual.

Always good food on the malecon. 50 pesos.

Always good food on the malecon. 50 pesos.

Keeping malecon clean.

Keeping malecon clean.

Sign for reminding tourists to keep trash off beaches.

Sign for reminding tourists to keep trash off beaches.

Always pretty women on the malecon.

Always pretty women on the malecon.

Beach volleyball at dusk on malecon.

Beach volleyball at dusk on malecon.

New construction on south end of malecon.

New construction on south end of malecon.

I ride my bike down the malecon everyday to work, and the natural beauty of the malecon and the Caribbean still amaze me.

The Mexican government will shortly begin the third phase of construction of the malecon in Mahahual, Costa Maya.

The original project by the National Fund for Tourism (Fonatur), comprising two 2, 850 meters from coastal infrastructure, street furniture, landscaping and pedestrian lighting from the cruise ship dock on the Costa Maya.

So if you are coming to Mahahual on a cruise ship, or just a vacation, you need to check the out malecon in Mahahual. One walk down the malecon and I am sure you will be impressed, there is not another one quite like it in the world.

Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

11 thoughts on “Life on the Malecon in Mahahual, Mexico

  1. Barbara Davoli says:

    Nice! I love to have places on the beach to eat and drink. Just wondering if there “virgin” public beaches there, beaches without any businesses, chairs, umbrellas, vendors, buildings, etc. Sometimes I need peace and quiet, just sand and the sound of the ocean, and not too many other people.

  2. Shannon says:

    It looks and sounds so inviting ! I will be visiting In Jan/Feb 2015 with my friend, Peter Conniff, who has visited for many years now. Looking forward to meeting people and enjoying the area ! 🙂

  3. Mason says:

    Well my girl an I are in the Yucatan for 24nights come this Sep. 02-26 an we may just leave Merida on the 20th an come rite down here for 5 days, This looks unreal. Kind of on a budget ($750mx night for room). Does anyone have suggestions. Thanks an have a great day

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