Today we went ashore in Costa Maya. This is on the Yucatan peninsula about 150 miles south of Cancun in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.
The port itself is just a creation of the cruise ship industry. An open air mall with a couple of saloons and restaurants accompanied by the diamond stores, the silver stores, the Tanzanite stores and the mexican wood carved trinkets. There are Mayan ruins about an hour inland. Mostly its just a quiet private beach front area for the tourists to get off the ship and stretch their legs. This was probably especially appreciated this voyage because the crossing from Tampa to Mexico was rougher than any of the other cruises I’ve been on. The winds were pretty high and the ship was moving around a lot more than is usual in my experience.
We walked around the mall for a bit and took some pictures but the heat was brutal and we quickly stumbled back to the ship and had lunch in the dining room with a breathtaking view of the shoreline. Tomorrow we will land at Cozumel. The docks at Cozumel have been damaged by hurricanes so we will have to be tendered to shore from the ship. That should be an adventure.