Fishing and “Virgin” Beach Questions about Mahahual

Today I am going to answer a couple of questions I got recently on this blog. Both of these questions I will answer today.

My quiet reading spot on the beach.

My quiet reading spot on the beach.

“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.”

Yes there are plenty of “virgin” beaches in and around Mahahual. There are also plenty of places in Mahahual without any businesses or activity where you can find peace and quiet.

Beach south of town on coast road.

Beach south of town on coast road.

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Caribbean waters 1 mile from Mahahual downtown.

Caribbean waters 1 mile from Mahahual downtown.

Peace and quiet on malecon in Mahahual.

Peace and quiet on malecon in Mahahual.

Mahahual beach on a Sunday morning.

Mahahual beach on a Sunday morning.

All along the road south towards Xcalak, there are numerous beaches and cocoanut plantations that are remote and do not have much “people” traffic. Also north of the lighthouse there are private beaches and seculed places. A lot of people camp out on the north side of Mahahual, and it is not uncommon to see campers and tents set up.

Campers on beach near lighthouse.

Campers on beach near lighthouse.

I myself have spent many a quiet day on the beach here reading a book on the beach. When there are no cruise ships in town, or no major Mexican holiday, you can still find peace and quiet along the malecon and relax. I know a woman who goes up around Blue Bay with her dog and mediatates in the mornings, because it is so peaceful and quiet there.

Even on the busiest of cruise ship days, there are plenty of places where you can still get peace and quiet. Mainly the malecon gets most of the cruise ship tourists and the area south of town gets hardly any tourists at all besides ATV tours.

Trust me if you are looking for “virgin” beaches and peace and quiet, you can’t go wrong by living in Mahahual. Mahahual is the “Mayberry” of the Mexican Caribbean. (If you are not familiar with the term “Mayberry”, it comes from the old Andy Griffith TV show about life in a quiet small town in North Carolina)

“Do you need a fishing license or,permit? If so, details please!”

I got this question the other day after I wrote a blog about fishing in Mahahual.
If you love fishing and the water like I do, the waters of the Caribbean around Costa Maya are great.

First to answer the question. No, you do not have to get a license or a permit if you are fishing with a rod and reel along the shores or lagoons. There is a fishing cooperative in Mahahual, and as long as you do not compete or try to sell fish around town or things like that, you do not need a fishing license.

If you have a boat and fish in the fishing tournaments you have to have certain permits and licenses, and these vary. But to beat the banks (as we call it in South Carolina), fishing all you need is a pole and tackle.

I have fished with an open faced rod and reel off the navy pier and the fishing communes pier, and along the beaches of Mahahaul without a permit. (Funny true story, I was out in front of the Tropicante fishing inside of the reef about 50 feet out from the beach one Sunday afternoon. I was bored and I was curious if I could catch something casting towards the reef in the pools. I was out there maybe 15 minutes, when I heard someone yelling at me. i turned around and I looked, and I saw 4 or 5 Mexican Navy Marines yelling and waving at me to come to shore. I thought to myself, oh no I am in trouble now. So I reeled in and walked back to shore,and these Marines were laughing at me and saying don’t you know you can’t fish here along the beach where there are people in the water, and plus you will not catch anything here. One guy told me I should go over by the lighthouse, and then another disagreed and said I should go to the pier, so this started a discussion between them back and forth. So I was kind of nervous while they were talking, I did not know if I was in trouble, or would they take my rod and reel, woud I get a fine? So I asked if everything was alright, and they said yes, just don’t do it again. I asked them if I needed a permit to fish and they laughed and said no, “Fish is Free in Mahahual” in Spanish, and went along their way.

Fresh fish for 50 pesos.  Woman on malecon makes my lunch with fish caught in the morning.

Fresh fish for 50 pesos. Woman on malecon makes my lunch with fish caught in the morning.

So I know personaly you do not need a permit to fish in Mahahual with a rod and reel, I do it all the time. Now in the future, things may change, but for now you can fish along the shores of Mahahual with a pole without needing a permit or license.

dorado, or mahi-mahi, up close

dorado, or mahi-mahi, up close

Big fish

Big fish

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In the future I will post a couple of fishing stories and more about fishing from down here.

Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

2 thoughts on “Fishing and “Virgin” Beach Questions about Mahahual

  1. Barbara Schroeder says:

    I am going to visit in March looking for a place to live out my years. I want to stay and soak up the ambiance. Then on to Xcalak, is there a beach road or do I get back on the highway. I would love a suggestion on a nice place to stay that won’t break the bank. I am 75 and like it quite I still love to swim and snorkel. My husband enjoys walking the beaches with a metal detector. Is Majahual a place I can consider.???

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