MySql "spatial" type

I have just come across MySql’s “spatial” type. For one of my projects I store a lot of coordinates (points and polygons) in the DB although no real operations are carried out on them - ie I do not need to calculate distances, bounding boxes… I just use the coords to plot out shapes and points on a map. Given this, does it make sense (ie, is there a speed benefit) in storing my coordinates in using the “spatial” type?