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Old 10-05-2012, 07:21 PM   #1
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Need help deciding what to do in Costa Maya!

We are on the fantasy for xmas and on xmas day we are at costa maya. I have heard that the port area is nice place to hang out. Has anyone ever went into the town? How did you get there and what is there to do? I saw they have a bus that goes from the port into town. Has anyone had any experience with this? Any help would be greatly appreciated. We wanna make sure that our xmas day is a great day! Thanks!
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:26 AM   #2
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We spent the day at Maya Chan Beach. It was all inclusive. Transportation. meals, drinks, open bar, glass bottom kayaks, snorkeling gear, sand toys, personal covered areas. They are completely honest in all of the information that they send about their beach location. We would love to go back there again.
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:21 PM   #3
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Port area is not very nice, the looonnnnggggg walk from the pier took longer than our time wasted in the port village. Take an excursion or stay on board IMO. Damn whistle from Senior Frogs is enough to skip this stop altogether for my family
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:34 PM   #4
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We just got off the Magic and chose to stay in the port area. It was our 3rd trip to Costa Maya, so we did have previous experience. We had a great day, swam in the pool, had some frosty beverages from Carlos n Charlies and just relaxed. They have a huge saltwater pool with a large swim up bar. In town there are lots of places that have nice areas on the beach to enjoy the water and food and beer. I do wonder how many places will be open on Christmas Day. Do a search on this board for Costa Maya and you will find out alot of information. Also, there is a tram that runs up and down the pier, so you don't have to walk unless you want to.
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:58 PM   #5
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This weill be our first time to Costa Maya and we want to go to Chachobben ruins. Has anyone gone recently?
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:23 PM   #6
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This weill be our first time to Costa Maya and we want to go to Chachobben ruins. Has anyone gone recently?
We booked the Disney excursion to the ruins, everything was great until it started to pour & basically cut the tour short. Disney refunded our money, once they confirmed the weather with the tour provider. We heard from other folks who did not book their excursion through Disney, that they were not eligible for a refund.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:27 PM   #7
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This weill be our first time to Costa Maya and we want to go to Chachobben ruins. Has anyone gone recently?
My DH and I did the adults only tour to Chacchoben on the 9/22/12 Magic sailing and REALLY enjoyed it! What was nice about this one was that the Magic was the only ship in port that day, so there were only 4 buses of people from Disney @ Chacchoben, so it wasn't overly crowded at all. Something to consider when trying to decide which ruins to visit on a cruise. Check the port schedule and see how many ships will be in port so you can guesstimate how crowded any ruins might be.

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Old 10-06-2012, 01:15 PM   #8
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We just got off the Magic and chose to stay in the port area...Costa Maya...there is a tram that runs up and down the pier, so you don't have to walk unless you want to.
Is there a cost to use the tram? If so, how much? Does it run continuously? We will be there in 5 weeks!
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:50 PM   #9
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Is there a cost to use the tram? If so, how much? Does it run continuously? We will be there in 5 weeks!
There is not a cost to use the tram and it runs up and down the pier continuously. It waits a few minutes at each end to fill up, but not too long. There are tip boxes all along the sides, but I really didn't see anyone using them. I think this is a service provided by the port.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:22 PM   #10
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Another vote for may chan beach.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:37 PM   #11
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Stay on the ship and enjoy the ships amenities. We did and at dinner we heard nothing but praise from the tired hot travelers who adventured off the ship at CM.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:02 PM   #12
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Stay on the ship and enjoy the ships amenities. We did and at dinner we heard nothing but praise from the tired hot travelers who adventured off the ship at CM.
We used to think the same way ( the cruise terminal is crap) until we visited the Tropicante a $2 cab ride away to a lovely Mexican town with a great beach and nice locals. Venture out and you will have a great time in Costa Maya
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:16 PM   #13
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We used to think the same way ( the cruise terminal is crap) until we visited the Tropicante a $2 cab ride away to a lovely Mexican town with a great beach and nice locals. Venture out and you will have a great time in Costa Maya
Completely agree!!!

We were just at Tropicante last week. It was our favorite port day(crappy weather in Cozomel and GC) we lounged in or lounge chairs on the beach being waited on. Had great food, delicious and cheap frozen margaritas, massages, and my son played on the very calm water!! It was such a fun day...just thinking about it has me longing to go back to Tropicante!!
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:34 PM   #14
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We just got off the Magic on Saturday. We did the Tropicante in Costa Maya...I definately recommend it! Email Steve ahead of time and he will get you all set up. I felt very safe going outside the mall area. The mall area is nice looking but it's really just full of expensive shops. They wanted $2 for one postcard there!!

Here's the link to the Tropicante: http://www.sandalsandskis.com/Tropicante.html

I just posted pics of Costa Maya on my blog today if you want to check them out: http://aimeesland.blogspot.com/2012/10/costa-maya.html
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Completely agree!!!

We were just at Tropicante last week. It was our favorite port day(crappy weather in Cozomel and GC) we lounged in or lounge chairs on the beach being waited on. Had great food, delicious and cheap frozen margaritas, massages, and my son played on the very calm water!! It was such a fun day...just thinking about it has me longing to go back to Tropicante!!
We did this too! We had a lovely warm afternoon. Not windy, and calm shallow water! We just ordered cheap beer, my daughter and aunt had a great 1/2 hour massage for $15, and the girls got henna "tattoos". Vendors do stop, but they are not pushy! I did buy three silver bangles that I love! Got home and saw a beaded bracelet my daughter bought at our dollar store! It was by far the most inexpensive and relaxing excursion of the trip!
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