Yesterday the largest cruise ship in the world, the Royal Caribbean’s “Oasis”, docked in Mahahual. This was quite an event with many people who weren’t working going to the lighthouse to take photos and admire it’s size. Another cruise was also in, the Pullman’s, “Pacific Dream”, the majority of it’s passengers being Mexican and coming to know Costa Maya for the first time.
To mark such an event, the state’s Tourism Secretary, Lic. Sara Latife Ruiz, hosted a breakfast meeting with local business owners, which I was fortunate enough to be invited to. She talked about promoting Costa Maya as a destination for both Mexicans and foreigners alike and how it’s essential for all business owners to work together in order to promote the area as a whole, rather than individuals. She also mentioned that Mexico has had it rough recently with the combination of the world economy collapsing, the swine flu epidemic last April and the reports of violence in the north of the country.
Quintana Roo’s tourism department does have various plans to promote Mahahual and Costa Maya and the meeting was a great way for local businesses to join forces. Hopefully we’ll be successful in promoting tourism in the area, both national and foreign.
Often I find that people who come to stay at one of the vacation rentals that I manage comment that it’s just what they are looking for: somewhere off the beaten track, private beaches, clear waters, great coral reef so close by (I could go on!) with potential for growth and a great sense of community spirit. With prices ranging from US$55,000 (for a two-bedroom, 1 bath house in the residential area near the cruise ship port) to US$450,000 up (there are some beautiful beach houses that are being sold turn-key) the range of properties available suits many budgets.