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Old 02-22-2009, 07:55 PM
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coast Maya.Do yourself a favor and research this place very well.Not impressed at all.
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Old 02-23-2009, 05:58 AM
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Welcome back cmash, did you enjoy the Independence? Sorry about the excursion not being very good, but hope the rest of the cruise was. Welcome to Cruise-Chat, we look forward to hearing more about your cruise.
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Old 02-23-2009, 06:20 AM
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cmash - Welcome to cruise-chat.com -You will find yourself spending many happy hours here doing all things cruising with the best shipmates on the internet! We learn from each other constantly and above all...We share the good and...the not so good! All in the name of cruising!

This is a fantastic website for cruise planning and shore adventures-Most Importantly-we share as much as we can so that other shipmates can enjoy the best and avoid the pitfalls!

You remarks about Costa Maya sound a bit grim! My view of the port is that it exists more as just a commercial enterprise than as a Yucatan resort location! Hopefully you'll be filling us in a little more about it-I sincerely hope the rest of your cruise was more enjoyable and relaxing! All of us here look forward to hearing more about it from you!

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Old 02-23-2009, 12:50 PM
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Hi! We did the beach break also when we were there. The beach was mediocre at best, they lined us up for the bus a long time before we could leave. People come and go in shifts with designated start and end times, but some buses leaving were so overcrowded (people figuring getting a later ride to the pier than they had arranged). It really did kind of stink.

We did a dune buggy on the beach adventure that was a loads of fun and if it go there again will most likely go for something along those lines.
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Old 02-23-2009, 12:59 PM
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I am not a Costa Maya fan either. It's like "Hey, let's build a fake Mexican town here - just like the one's they had in those Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns. Then we'll charge the gringos $5 for a beer and make them stand in long lines for a seat in a restaurant".

But I was happy to hear they had reopened after the hurricane leveled the area, because of the impact it has on the local economy.
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:51 PM
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There are at least three or four significant archaeological sites within reasonable driving distance from the port - if you enjoy Mayan ruins it is a historical research gold mine!

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Old 02-25-2009, 07:24 PM
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Cmash, welcome to cruise-chat.

BillyBuzzy, you are right about the Mayan ruins. When we were at Costa Maya, we took an excursion to see the Chacchoben ruins and it was the highlight of our trip. The nice thing about the Chacchoben ruins is that they were relatively close to the port and did not require hours of bus travel to get there.

Cmash, I hope the rest of your cruise was fantastic and that you have many happy memories!

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Old 03-03-2009, 05:20 AM
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When we took our IOS cruise in January to Costa Maya I booked a tour with David & Ivan (Native Choice Tours). My DH and DSIL went and said it was awesome! They had a small group and lots of personal attention. While they went to Chacchoben, I took my DD and 2 teenaged grandchildren to Mahahual to the beach. We caught the taxi-bus @ the little port village and found a perfect spot on the beach. Lounge chairs are abundant, the bars are not expensive and the water is wonderful. We would do it over again if we should find ourselves back in Costa Maya. I'm sorry your excursion was not so good, but if you ever go back, try something a little different. Oh, I didn't book these excursions thru the ship, but fortunately, there weren't any problems!
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