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Mahahual is a village on the Costa Maya in the municipality of Othon P. Blanco on the Caribbean Sea coast of the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Previously a fishing village, it is now a rapidly developing tourist center.
The name of Mahahual possibly could come from the word "mahahua", it is a medium-sized tree, native to tropical America.
The village of Mahahual is only about 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) away from the Costa Maya cruise port, and cruise ships can easily be seen from the village. Mahahual has soft sand beaches, grass-thatched palapas, and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef that runs along the coast. Many hotels, bars, restaurants, and shops can be found in this quaint tourist town.
In 2010, Mahahual had a population of 920. Mahahual is to become a larger tourist center with an airport and a large dock for cruise ships.
A new development called New Mahahual is being created directly inland from the port. When ships are in port, the village is busy with cruise passengers.
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- Vázquez, Alejandro (7 April 2020). "Asesinan a balazos a alcalde de Mahahual en Quintana Roo" [Mayor of Mahahual shot dead in Quintana Roo]. MSN Noticias (in Spanish).
- O'Leary, Abigail (8 April 2020). "Mayor 'shot dead by gangs after blocking roads' to town to stop COVID spread". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
- Mahahual travel guide from Wikivoyage
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