All these years and I still struggle with getting customers a mile and half, from the cruise ship port, to my restaurant’s downtown location. How hard can it be?? We have
cheap taxis and transport shuttles, so really, how hard can it possibly be? Well, in Mahahual Mexico, even that can be difficult. So much so, I’ve decided to write a detailed
blog on that process and hopefully, help cruise visitors spend less time being confused, and led all over hell and a half-acre in the process, and more time at their downtown beach destination.
First off, there are only three ways you can get into town; walk, taxi or use a port operated shuttle. The walk is for the most part an enjoyable one, and can be done in about 45
minutes. I say for the most part, because there is a 200 yard stretch that you have to walk along a boring shoulder of the road, but the rest is actually a nice walk and there is
a blog I did several years ago that talks in detail about that if you click here. You can’t walk into town, or back, along the beach. There is no entry into the port from the beach, so don’t try. The port is a federal point of entry and it must have controlled entry only. That can only be done from the one main exit on the opposite side of the port as the ocean.
The taxis are the best way to get from the port and into the town. They are fast, cheap ($2 US per person) and safe. The port does not allow them to get closer than about 50 yards from the port’s exit, so to get into town via taxi, you must find the port’s exit and walk just up the street. The port makes it hard to find the exit, hoping to instead get you to ride their shuttles instead. Just walk past the shuttles and you’ll see the exit gate. Always check and remember the taxi’s number in case they do not drop you in the right location or should you leave an item behind, we can often get it back quickly.
From the Gate Toward Taxi Stand From Taxis Stand Back to Port
When you arrive via taxi, they will drop you at the corner right behind the Tropicante. Just look for my greeter on the corner. If you have a reservation, your name will be on the his sign. If not, no worry, you do not need a reservation to get in.
The port shuttles are convenient and originate from inside the port. They take more time, cost a dollar more per person, and have too many, and inconsistent stops along the way. Stops are full of hawkers who will say anything to confuse you and get you to follow them. The idea of an open air ride into town is very nice, and the transports are safe and fun. However, the behavior of the hawkers and the drivers who cater to them, I suggest the taxis.
For The Tropicante, Look For The Orange Building Across From The Soccer Field and The Basketball Dome In The Back Of The Photo Above. The Shuttle Will Drop You Somewhere Close???
Take The Shuttle Trams and Follow The Map
Always note the number of the transport, taxi or tram, and report any bad behavior to the port upon your return. This is especially true if you are harassed by hawkers or pushy “jaladores”as we call them, that jump on you with their menus and slick lines before your foot hits the pavement from the transport. They are harmless but very annoying. A smile and a simple “no gracias” as you keep walking is all it usually takes to get rid of them.
If you ask for my place, they will tell you everything from we have been closed or you need a reservation to get in, to I was kicked out of the country for beating up Santa Claus and kicking puppies. Many even tell people I’m full, but own their place too, so come in and all is the same. Trust me, I don’t own another place and not all beach clubs are the same! Read more about paid jaladores here.
Finding us is easy, but sometimes the locals make it hard. Taxis from outside are the best. They might try to talk you into another place, but don’t worry, just laugh and tell them to take you to the Tropicante and they will. If you take the shuttle print the map, just ignore the jaladors and stay on until you see the basketball dome. Don’t worry, the town is small, so you’ll find us in 5 minutes, no matter where you get dropped.
See you when you get here.