Costa Maya real estate. Discover the hidden jewel of the Mexican Caribbean

Costa Maya

Costa Maya real estate has not been explored by the masses yet, but more and more investors are slowly buying gorgeous beachfront properties for much less than in the Riviera Maya, its Caribbean coast neighbor. One of the reasons for Costa Maya real estate’s growth is due to the fact that Mexican federal and state government has officially projected its huge explosion by 2020 and are doing everything to achieve this goal.

The National Mexican Trust for Promotion of Tourism (FONATUR) is planning to develop 7,800 hotel rooms, a Marina, a high-quality golf field, a theme park, commercial centers, beach clubs, tourist, recreational and entertainment services, as well as an urban center with 20,800 houses. Once the projected work is finished, Costa Maya is expected to draw 11 million tourists annually, which will in turn create about 40,000 work places.

The participation of FONATUR is great news for the region. For 30 years, the organization has been the force behind tourism in Mexico by developing some of the premier coastal real estate in the country and encouraging foreign investment. FONATUR has developed five of Mexico’s top beach vacation destinations: Cancun, Ixtapa, Los Cabos, Loreto, and the Bays of Huatulco, starting a new era for Mexican tourism.

Now it’s the turn for Costa Maya real estate to develop at a pace never seen before.


Warm waters of the Mexican Caribbean embrace the white sand beaches and the rich eco-system of Costa Maya. This lush tropical region with deep Mayan culture starts south of the Riviera Maya (which ends with the town of Tulum and Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, passes through the lagoon of seven colors, Bacalar, the beautiful Caribbean town of Mahahual and extends down to the town of Xcalak by the border of Belize. It is in the municipality of Othon P. Blanco and in the state of Quintana Roo.

Much less developed than the Riviera Maya, and offering amazing real estate deals, Costa Maya is waiting to be discovered and has it all - turquoise warm Caribbean waters, white sand beaches, coral reef, tropical jungle, wetlands, rich wildlife and major Mayan archeological sites. It is the right place for those who love beach, nature, adventure, culture and history.


Costa Maya is home to many archeological Mayan sites, such as Kohunlich, Dzibanche, Kinichná and Chacchoben.

One of its most spectacular archeological sites, the perfeclty-planned Kohunlich, is located about 65 km (40 miles) west of Chetumal on Highway 186. The site, known for sun worshipping, contains about 200 mounds, most of them still not excavated. Settled around 200 BC, this majestic ancient Mayan city was constructed with elaborate pyramids, raised platforms, courtyards and squares, with palace platforms laid to channel rain water into cisterns and to collect it in a water reservoir. Kohunlich is best known for Temple of Masks (500 A.D.), a pyramid whose central stairway is decorated with large stucco masks.

Kohunlich Mayan Ruins

Dzibanche, 7 km from Kohunlich, was another major Mayan city, a capital of the Kan dynasty. Dzibanche is one of the few places where you can find ancient Mayan wooden lintels engraved with hieroglyphic texts. The beauty and grandeur of Dzibanche’s pyramids, such as the Temple of Owl, remind about how majestic Mayan culture was. 2 km from here you will find Kinichná, which means House of Sun. The area consists of small buildings set around a stunning Acropolis with perfect symmetry. The sites of offerings and burials found here tell us about the symbolic and ritual importance of this area. Kinichná and Dzibanche were actually one extended city, built in 400 - 800 A.D.

Chacchoben is another Mayan city that is known for monolithic circular altars. The Townhouse Temple is arguably the place where the sacred and the mundane met together. It was settled at about 200 B.C. and flourished around 300 A.D. One of the most visited archeological sites today in Costa Maya, it is located 11 km (7 miles) from the village of Chacchoben and 177 km (110 miles) south of Tulum, with boasts three restored pyramids, multiple staircases and walls. Further excavations are still continuing. Tourists visiting Chacchoben also can enjoy the surrounding jungle with abundant species of plants and animals - such as deer, armadillo, fox, spider monkey and others. The subtle play of light and shadow that adorns the tree tops of the jungle gives a magic feel to this fascinating archeological site.

Chacchoben Mayan Ruins


Bacalar real estate has also been on the rise. Bacalar is the magical seven-colored lagoon that has white sand bottom for more than 60 km and offers a relaxed lifestyle and opportunities for kayaking, swimming, and simply enjoying the nature. The town of Bacalar is a lazy, laid-back lake town with an old Spanish fortress and easy-going vibe.



The gorgeous, laid-back Caribbean town of Mahahual, bound to expand rapidly, is a major cruise ship port. In fact, the rapid Costa Maya real estate growth has been due by a large part to the construction of Mahahual’s pier that accommodates large cruise ships. The cruise ship port has inspired the growth of New Mahahual, which is the area surrounding the pier. New Mahahual now boasts a brand new shopping mall, multiple jewelry and souvenir shops and swim-up bars.


Xcalak is another quaint, charming Caribbean village of Costa Maya region, known for fishing, diving and tranquil Caribbean beach lifestyle. The waters are calm and clear, and you can spot multiple colorful fish and sea turtles. National Reef Park of Xcalak offers protection to all the local marine species.
Xcalak is located about 60 km (37 miles) from the cruise ship port of Mahahual and right by the border with Belize, close the spectacular lagoon of seven colors, Bacalar. Its history starts in pre-Hispanic times, and various new archeological sites are constantly being discovered around Xcalak - 16 new ones have been found between Punta Herrero and Boca Bacalar Chico.


A paradise for divers, the protected area of Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve, located 35 km (21.7 miles) off the coast of Mahahual, covers the area of 800 km2. Banco Chinchorro also has three uninhabited islands: Cayo Norte, Cayo Central and Cayo Lobos. It takes about an hour and a half to get to Banco Chincorro with a boat, but the experience is worth the trip. This is one of the most spectacular places for diving and snorkeling in the whole Caribbean. Here you can spot turtles, lobsters, barracudas, eagle rays, groupers, snappers (Dos Primas site offers a drift dive, and Aquarium I and II are perfect for a more shallow dive experience) and on top of it all, sunken ships (to see the ships, you have to snorkel at 40 Cannons site). More experienced divers should try the site of a sunken ship called Glenview, a British cargo ship that sank in 1960, and close by there are others - Ginger Scout, Cassel, Far Star, Tropic and others.

Banco Chinchorro

Next to Banco Chinchorro you will find the Mesoamerican Reef, which is the largest coral reef in the Atlantic Ocean with more than 500 species of fish.


Hondo River is a natural border between Mexico and Belize, where you can kayak or visit the Manatee Sanctuary. Manatees are marine mammals known as sea cows, and live freely in a protected area of 281,000 hectares.

The fishermen's town of Calderitas, located in the Bay of Chetumal, has a bird observatory and great local seafood.

In Chetumal, which is the capital of Quintana Roo, you can visit the Museum of Mayan Culture, the Biouniverzoo, where you will find the most representative species of southeastern Mexico, and Museum of the City of Chetumal.

Costa Maya real estate


It would be hard to find another place where you would be able to buy direct beachfront land for as little as you can in Costa Maya - for now. Costa Maya real estate is bound to flourish, and now it’s time to seize the opportunity of owning a beachfront property, right on the Caribbean coast. The current prices will not last.

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