The first time I visited Mahahual in 2017, I had a feeling that the sleepy beach village near the border of Belize would become a bigger deal before too long.
Why wouldn’t it? The beaches south of Tulum, along the Costa Maya, are just as epic as the ones closer to Tulum, except they are far less populated.
In Southern Quintana Roo, the focus is on ecotourism, as much of the coast is protected within the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.
My predictions were met with cautious optimism, as a lack of direct flights to the state’s capital city, Chetumal, from the U.S. was lacking.
But all of that changed in December with the arrival of a new nonstop flight to Chetumal from Miami.
Chetumal is the gateway to southern Quintana Roo and places like Mahahual and the nearby Magical Town of Bacalar.
It’s early in the game, but with the opening of luxury lifestyle and design hotels in the area, the inevitable upward trajectory of tourism development is gaining momentum.