An ancient maritime trading post of the Maya empire, Majahual is now a cruise ship port replete with restaurants, bars, saltwater pools, a beach club, artisan and luxury shopping areas, and the resources to explore the surrounding jungle and coral reefs.

A few miles/kilometers away, the villiage of Majahual (also known as Mahahual), with a population of just 500, doesn't have too much going on, which makes for a great day at the beach. The town has the Malecon, a clean and pleasant walkway that extends the length of its white-sand beach.

The Malecon is dotted with a few small hotels and restaurants that serve up Mexican fare and cold drinks to cruise ship passengers who take the taxi ride from the ship.

Among the hotels is the 40 Canones, a boutique, 12-room property with water running through its open atrium and swings instead of stools at its bar. Its bar and restaurant face the beach, which the property calls its beach club, where it has chairs and beds set up by the water.

Intrepid cruisers make their way to 40 Canones on ship days, citing Mexican fare that's less expensive than in the port area and a more quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Anyone who eats or drinks there can use the beach facilities for free.

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