Maya Chan Beach

A small, beautiful beach with a low-key vibe, Maya Chan Beach is great for snorkeling or just relaxing in the sand. There are lots of bright starfish scattered about, and you can even have a massage right on the shore.

Located in Costa Maya, Maya Chan Beach is on the South East edge of Mexico. You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. You may notice that beaches throughout Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean are usually fairly quiet, but Maya Chan Beach is a little different.

Amenities and Ambiance

For your convenience, restrooms are available at Maya Chan Beach. You'll appreciate that showers are available, so you don't have to spend the rest of the afternoon covered in sand. You'll also find umbrellas and chairs, so visitors hoping for some respite from the sun will get their wish. You will find the water here is fit for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you want to do some underwater exploration.

Don't forget that the area surrounding Maya Chan Beach is rather congested, meaning you may find quite a few people competing for the use of the same services.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Maya Chan Beach on the South East coast of Mexico. It is near some interesting sites like Dolphin Discovery, which is located less than a hundred yards to the west-northwest, and it is one of the popular spots in the area.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Maya Chan Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Dolphin Discovery Dolphin Encounter Service 0.0 mi. WNW --
Mahahual Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.8 mi. SW --

Cities and Towns

The closest part of Mexico to Maya Chan Beach is Mahahual. This interesting part of Mexico is only a mile and a half from the shore, meaning a trip here doesn't have to take all day. This area in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded.


How many other people you encounter at Maya Chan Beach will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. This spot is not near many large hotels, but you may encounter guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a decent amount of places to stay which can be reached in the car. A few of the more convenient choices can be viewed in the following table.

Accommodations near Maya Chan Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hotel Luna de Plata 0.1 mi. NW Guest house
Costa Maya Inn 0.5 mi. W Hotel
Hotel Quinto Sole 1.1 mi. SW Hotel
Hotel Caballo Blanco 1.5 mi. SW Hotel
Posada Pachamama 1.5 mi. SW Guest house
Matan Ka'an Hotel 1.5 mi. SW Hotel
El Hotelito 1.8 mi. SW Guest house
Balamku Inn on the Beach 4.2 mi. SSW Lodge
Margarita del Sol 5.0 mi. SSW Hotel


It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Maya Chan Beach; you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. ACA Pizzas is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant offers both Italian and Mexican menu items. They're also renowned for their pizza. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's just a short distance away.

Nearby dining options are included in the following table.

Restaurants near Maya Chan Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
ACA Pizzas (983) 123-8398 Italian, Mexican Very Casual 0.5 mi. W
Barkito (983) 135-2881 International Very Casual 0.5 mi. W
Big Papa's BBQ (983) 834-5780 Tex-Mex Very Casual 0.5 mi. W
Chiquita -- American Very Casual 0.5 mi. W
Corona House -- American, Mexican Very Casual 0.5 mi. W
El Capitan Mono (983) 112-1284 Caribbean Very Casual 0.5 mi. W
Green Iguana (983) 834-5728 Caribbean Very Casual 0.5 mi. W
Kimbara Caribbean Cantina (983) 143-9622 Caribbean Very Casual 0.5 mi. W
Machos Bar (983) 168-7226 Latin American Very Casual 0.5 mi. W
Padrinos Restaurante -- Mexican Very Casual 0.5 mi. W
Pizza Papi (983) 104-0667 Italian Very Casual 0.5 mi. W
Sulumar -- Mexican Very Casual 0.5 mi. W

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches in Mexico, so if Maya Chan Beach doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

Another location you may want to try is Tequilla Beach Club, located only a short distance away.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, but Maya Chan Beach is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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