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Mayan Beach Garden
20.5 km N Camino Costera | Mahahual-Uvero, Mahahual 77940, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #2 of 20 Mahahual B&B and Inns
Port Macquarie, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

My husband and I spent a week at Mayan Beach Gardens in early February, on the recommendation of our daughter who goes there whenever she gets the chance, and we agree that it ranks with one of the best and most relaxing holidays we’ve ever enjoyed. .

This boutique off-the-grid hotel, managed by proprietors Marcia and Kim and their staff, is located on the road to Mahahual, alongside a sand beach fringed by the Mesoamerican reef. Several of the rooms have decks which overlook or lead directly onto the beach. We had the “Uxmal” room, which we loved – open and airy, with views east and south over the ocean from the hammocks on the shaded deck. The décor is simple and elegant with delightful quirks – like the conch shell in place of a tap spout (metal rusts quickly in the salt air).

It’s worth the long trek from Cancun airport to enjoy strolling along uncrowded beaches and the excellent swimming conditions – warm, clear water inshore of the reef. There’s plenty to see within a few hundred metres of the shore, although the most impressive elkhorn corals and fish shoals are on the far side of the reef breakers. The hotel also offers a selection of kayaks, for above water exploration and quick access to a good snorkeling spot.

It’s well worth opting for the meal plan, as the food is good value, freshly prepared and delicious. All meals are served in an open-air dining room and are Mexican cuisine with an emphasis on fresh fruits and veggies. A selection of house cocktails, spirits, beer and wine are available at the bar. You will not go hungry. Dinner is a beautifully-presented three course meal at a communal table, where you can enjoy meeting other guests and Kim’s dry humour.

While I could have spent the entire week between hammock and ocean, there are other cultural and outdoor activities within striking distance of the hotel, and Marcia is a fund of information about these.

Highlights of our stay included:
• Joining Marcia on a swimming expedition across the reef to the “fish aggregation point”
• Tortilla Tuesday – learning to prepare torillas, sopes, empanadas etc from scratch in Marcia’s kitchen.
• Tequila tasting, with tapas – a history and tasting of pulque, mescal and a selection of sipping tequilas
• Fresh tortilla chips and salsa with most meals, as well as an amazing seafood soup presented in a coconut
• A visit to the Dzibanche Mayan ruins - it was just us, the birds and a great big sky. A far cry from our experience of the crowds at Chichen Itza.
We're already planning to revisit as soon as we can.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Marcia B, Owner at Mayan Beach Garden, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
It was such a pleasure to meet both of you and to match you to your daughter, who we love. I'm also delighted that you enjoyed our reef. I always wonder how it stands up to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, so your comments are especially appreciated. I'll pass on the comments to Fernando, Fabiola, Kim and the rest of the staff. Has the baby arrived?. . . .
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Mayan Beach Garden is the best place i have ever stayed in Mexico, bar none. Have been going for 35 years. Marcia and Kim have developed a wonderful, relaxing, place with a warm personal touch. The rooms are simple but incredibly well executed. The beach was awesome. The staff is courteous but not dotting. The atmosphere almost compels you to relax (Jill and i parked the car and never even opened the door again until that sad moment when we had to put the luggage back in the car to leave). And, the food in the restaurant is absolutely delicious.
We highly recommend the Mayan Beach Garden and will be returning, hopefully soon.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Marcia B, Owner at Mayan Beach Garden, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
You are the true beach vacationer. I love it when people know how to take a beach vacation. The fact that you parked the car and didn't leave speaks to our desire to make sure that you can relax and get into the land of "mañana". Hammocks on every deck are there for that purpose and we picked this location so you could take endless beach walks. Thanks for the review and we look forward to seeing you again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

The Mayan Beach Garden is an oasis hidden away from the highly commercialized portion of the Yucatan running from Cancun on down. The food was outstanding. Our room was spacious and quiet (except for the surf which readily put us to sleep. We signed up for a cooking course and learned how to make tortillas and their varieties. That was a lot of fun. Great pina coladas too.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Marcia B, Owner at Mayan Beach Garden, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
I enjoy reading the reviews and finding out what people liked about Mayan Beach Garden and then matching the review to the writer. Trip Advisor prefers we don't identify the guest, but usually I match it up pretty well. I'm glad you enjoyed the cooking class. Hopefully we will see you again in the future and we'll try to have something new to offer.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

What a fabulous experience we just had at the Mayan Beach Garden! My husband and I have been exploring the Yucatan for several years, and on each trip we venture into new parts of this beautiful region. This year we were very fortunate to spend three nights at the Mayan Beach Garden Inn, and it was a wonderful stay in so many ways! Hosts Kim and Marcia have created a class act in this amazing outpost of civilization, comfort, and beauty along a remote stretch of the Costa Maya. We were traveling with another couple, and the four of us agreed that the MGB offered the most comfortable accommodations and the very best food of our entire trip. Oh, the FOOD!! We loved it - so fresh, tasty, and well-prepared; and can I just say that the margaritas were the very best we had during our entire vacation? There were a couple of other things that made MBG a very special part of our trip: the intimacy of the place and the way dinner is offered with all the guests made for a really fun way to meet and trade stories with other like-minded travelers, and the exceptional helpfulness of employees Martin and Rafael was the icing on the cake. JUST GO THERE!
PS - There is no pool or fitness center, so try the ocean! Bring DEET; you are off the grid and in the jungle!!

Room Tip: As two couples traveling together, we loved beachfront king units 2 and 3!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Marcia B, Owner at Mayan Beach Garden, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Your review brought a smile to my face. Thank you for taking the time to write. We appreciate that only a select few travelers find the vacation spot that matches their personality and that we were able to match yours! The weather continues to be spectacular, the roads have dried up from the earlier rain and the jungle birds are singing! We hope to see you again this way.
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

The Mayan Beach Garden was exactly what my wife and I were looking for after 2 weeks exploring Chiapas. It is an extremely well run establishment on a beautiful stretch of the Costa Maya, just 1/2 hour north on Mahahual on a very good road.

The food is incredibly good and the bar is well stocked! Had the best margaritas of our entire trip!

We loved taking trips into the Sian Ka'an Reserve which starts about 20 km up from Mayan Beach Garden on a paved road. Ask Marcia for a map and be sure to hit the beach in front of the abandoned house at 24km within the reserve for some of the best from the shore snorkeling anywhere in the world.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Marcia B, Owner at Mayan Beach Garden, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
The Sian Ka'an is certainly a must see and I'm glad you made it up there despite less than perfect roads. A vehicle with high clearance is definitely a good idea - mainly for maneuvering potholes in the beach road. 24 km might be far for some folks, but boogie board beach and the shipwreck are much closer. Thanks for mentioning the Sian Ka'an in your review. I'm not sure that everyone is aware of its beauty.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

WOW is not enough. Try a truley incredible getaway. Sunny skies, powder sand, and azure blue water. The staff could not be nicer and everyone is treated like family. The food is out of this world, as every meal we had was a home run. Apparently cooking classes are available and will have to take advantage next time. I have never seen the Milky Way this clear at night it was incredible. Mayan Beach Garden's was tough to leave, and we could easily have stayed longer.
A real treat.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Marcia B, Owner at Mayan Beach Garden, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
This year has been such a pleasure. I'm glad you ventured away from cloudy Seattle to the warm sunny beaches of the Costa Maya and Mahahual. We've been very lucky this year to have had the best string of guests that I can remember. Thank you for your wonderfully kind comments and have a great year until we have the pleasure to see you again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

I don't know how Marcia does this. We come all the way from Kansas to enjoy a couple of days on the beach and find ourselves happily focused on picking up trash. She NEEDS yellow flip flops for her mosaic and I can't just take them off my feet and hand them to her. They must be sincere....washed up from some exotic port onto Mayan Beach Garden's playa. I am a patron of the arts as I fill my trash bag on long walks down the shoreline. These jaunts are punctuated by swooping pelicans, bright yellow fish in bathtub-sized pools just off shore, encounters with fellow travelers from much more interesting places than Kansas, local fishermen who will chat on happily in language I don't understand, Magnificent Frigate birds soaring overhead, beach mutts bounding into the surf ...the personification of joy. It's impossible to be unhappy at Mayan Beach Garden.

Room Tip: Every room is great.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Marcia B, Owner at Mayan Beach Garden, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
This is one of my all time favorite reviews. What can I say! I've never been compared to Tom Sawyer before, but I'm delighted to be in his company. Thank you for the plug to find yellow flip flops. More are finding their way to my door, so I think your review deserves some credit. Until next year!
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Address: 20.5 km N Camino Costera | Mahahual-Uvero, Mahahual 77940, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Costa Maya > Mahahual
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Mahahual
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Secluded off the grid solar powered beach front Inn, nestled on sandy white beach on the Mexican Caribbean. Walk for miles in either direction, swim or snorkel from shore. This is the closest Hotel to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere- maps and independent traveler's guidance are available. King sized beds, fans and large bathrooms in each room. Hot Breakfast included. To protect the tranquility and quiet of the hotel, only children over the age of 12 are allowed during the months of January, February, March and April. ... more   less 
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