College Football Fans from USA in Mahahual

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Football season is here, cruise ship season right around the corner.

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What I like about working on cruise ship days on the malecon in Mahahual is, all the different people I meet from all over the world. A lot of these people are college football fans like me. I get to see shirts and hats from almost every university or college in the USA. I have started taking photos of these people in their college attire and sharing here on this blog.

This has gotten to be very popular, and recently a photo I took of some Ohio State fans here got shared on the Ohio State Instagram page. So here is my second and latest collection of college football fans here in Mahahual.

Hardin-Simmons fan from Anders, Texas, his son plays for the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys in Texas. Hardin-Simmons fan from Anders, Texas, his son plays for the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys in Texas.

Me in my Gamecock attire on cruise ship day. Me in my Gamecock attire on cruise ship day.

Angelo Dundee and his wife Michelle. Miami Hurricane fans, and their friends Samuel and Lavonne Nipper, Ga Tech fans from Bennetsville, SC. here on cruise. They are big ACC fans, and told me SEC is overrated, yea right. Angelo Dundee and his wife Michelle. Miami Hurricane fans, and their friends Samuel and…

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American Football in Mahahual, Mexico

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Football season starts today, so I am going to repost a couple of football articles today. The start of college football season is like a holiday for me. So Go Gamecocks.

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Football season is approaching,( or should I say “American Football”), and will be here in about 2 weeks. Now in Mahahual when you say football you mean soccer, as people from the USA call it, and to distinguish you have to say Football Americano. This got me to thinking, I bet there are people from the USA wondering if they lived in Mahahual would they miss out following their favorite college or pro football team on television.

First of all college football is not followed at all by most of the local Mexicans in Mahahual. They recognize several teams and logos because of all the cruise ship tourists who come to town on ships wearing their college logo on hats and shirts. We get a lot of southerners from the USA at Costa Maya Port, because of where the ships depart from, (mostly Texas, Florida, New Orleans and a couple…

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I Got a Football in Mahahual

My newe football, fresh from the USA.

My new football, fresh from the USA.

As some of you regular readers may know, I wrote a post on this blog about a month ago about how I needed an American football down here in Mahahual. Well it got here last week, just in time for football season.

A good friend of mine, Jamie Meeks from Clinton, South Carolinal bought one on Amazon and had it shipped down here. It got down here pretty quick, about two weeks, and I had someone pick it up for me in Chetumal.

It got here just in time, football season starts tomorrow, with my South Carolina Gamecocks playing North Carolina on ESPN. We have been getting ready for football season down here throwing the football around on the malecon for the past week.

Me, with my new football, with 2 Clemson fans off a cruise ship last week.

Me, with my new football, with 2 Clemson fans off a cruise ship last week.

Last week we had 2 ships diverted here because of Hurricane Danny, and I was throwing the football around with some tourists off of the cruise ships. Some of the cruise ship tourists kind of gave me a funny look, like, “What is a guy in a South Carolina hat doing down here standing around throwing a football”? We get a lot of college football fans down here during the winter here, so this football may come in handy.

Football season at Tropicante.  Use ash tray for football tee.

Football season at Tropicante. Use ash tray for football tee.

Saturday on the malecon I was throwing and kicking around the football with some of the young boys on the malecon. While we were on the malecon playing with the football, I noticed this 17 or 18 year old girl that is always kicking her soccer ball around on the malecon. I think her parents own the Veracruz store on the malecon. It is kind of like a convienece store, and I buy some things there from time to time. She works there, and lives there, and I have seen her kind of grow up the last 3 or 4 years. She is a good soccer player, I have seen her play on the athletic field in the center of town a couple of times. She is always on the malecon kicking her soccer ball around and practicing.

Well as we were playing with the football, the football bounced on down to where she was standing on the malecon with her soccer ball. She was standing there with her foot on her soccer ball, and had her phone in her hand texting. I have seen her kick a soccer ball half way down the malecon, so I was curious to see if she could kick an American football. So I asked if she wanted to try to kick it, she said yes. So I got down and held the ball for her so she could try to kick it, like for kicking a field goal. I swear she took 3 steps and kicked it straight and high down the malecon, nailed it. It would have been a 30 or 35 yard field goal, perfect right down the middle. Now this is the first time she has ever even tried to kick an American football, and what I found funny was she kicked a 35 yard field goal holding her cell phone in her hand, she just stepped up and nailed it, no practice or anything, dead solid perfect.

Football season is here on the malecon, and at the Tropicante now. Saturday, I took a couple if photos of “Chippy” and Danger playing “kill the man with the ball”. “Chippy” is a natural he can kick and tackle. What I am finding out is Mexicans can’t catch a football worth a damn. Even the Mexican men I have been throwing it to can’t catch. It bounces all around and hits them in the face and everything, funny, but they can all kick it pretty good.

Tropicante guys throwing football around on malecon.

Tropicante guys throwing football around on malecon.

I am going to put a little team together of the kids on the beach, and teach them to play American football. What was funny, last Saturday afternoon we were playing, and one of the young guys mother sent his sister to come get him to come eat dinner on the beach, they were having ceviche. He did not want to go, and wanted to keep playing. It kind of reminded me of my youth, when you got called home for dinner by your mother, but I never got called home for ceviche for dinner. I told me to go, I did not want his mother mad at me, and he sulked away.

chippy and Danger, seriously, that is there names, playing football on the malecon.

Chippy and Danger, seriously, that is their names, playing football on the malecon.

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So football season is here, (I will be pulling for my South Carolina Gamecocks down here), which means more cruise ships will be arriving soon, and the “Snow Birds” will be heading down in a month or so. So it looks like I have lasted another “low” season, time seems to fly own here.

Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Buceando Mahahual Hammerhead Shark Video

I am posting a recent video from Buceando Mahahual that shows a hammerhead shark roaming the reef.  Even though there is still seaweed washing up on the beaches at the moment here, scuba diving and snorkeling trips are still going strong.  The seaweed is only on the beaches and is not affecting the reef at all.

 

Scuba and snorkeling trips are still going to Banco Chinchorro, and there are also a lot of locals spear fishing for lobster and lionfish here at the moment.  I have seen people every day coming out of the water with fish and lobsters.  Not much going on now, so some of the locals spear and catch fish to eat.

Moises of Buceando Mahahual with lionfish he speared yesterday.

Moises of Buceando Mahahual with lionfish he speared yesterday.

There are guys every day running around on the malecon, with buckets of fish or lobster trying to sell them. You can get Caribbean snapper, grouper, permit, and several other kinds of fish, fresh caught, right on the malecon.  Also now is lobster season, and they are being caught here, and sold to the restaurants and locals, and you can get a good deal on the price now.

Fresh lobster caught spear fishing.

Fresh lobster caught spear fishing.

Local fisherman selling fresh fish

Local fisherman selling fresh fish

Jorge, of the Tropicante, with 2big barracudas he caught spear fishing lately.

Jorge, of the Tropicante, with 2 big barracuda he caught spear fishing lately.

So if you are coming to Mahahual in the near future or on a cruise ship, rest assured there are plenty of things to do here, like scuba diving and snorkeling.  You might want to try your hand at spear fishing for lionfish, you will help the reef with every lionfish you spear, and they are also good to eat.  You can also spear fish for lobster and other fish while you are here.  I am going on a spear fishing trip soon with Buceando Mahahual, so I will take some photos.

So even if you just like to eat fish or lobster, now is the season for that, not many tourists and plenty of fish and lobster here in Mahahual at the moment.

 

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Caban Condos, Mahahual, Mexico

 

Caban Condos, Mahahual, Mexico.

Caban Condos, Mahahual, Mexico.

There is a brand new condo project just about to be completed here in Mahahual, Caban Condos. Caban Condos are being developed by Regal Properties. These brand new condos are located in the Benque Soya part of Mahahual. Benque Soya consists of the property and land from the lighthouse on the malecon down to almost the port.

I never venture much down on that side of the malecon, so I had no idea of the new luxurious condos being built there. Last week I went down to talk to the developers and look around, and they gave me a nice tour. Mike Delaire, the owner and developer, and Parrish Kondra, sales manager of Caban Condos, gave me a nice and thorough tour, and I was impressed.

The condos are located on a nice piece of land right on the water, with a beautiful view of the Costa Maya Port to the left, and the town of Mahahual to the right. There is also a spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea from there.

View from terrace roof of condos.

View from terrace roof of condos.

The condos are located about 200 yards down the dirt road right in front of the lighthouse, very private and exclusive. The condos are set between the beach and the mangroves, and you are surrounded by nature. The condos are also just a short walk from the malecon, and also a short distance from New Mahahual, (Casitas as some of the locals call it), so the condos are very centrally located.

View of Mahahual from Caban Condos.

View of Mahahual from Caban Condos.

The condos are built to local regulations and specifications, and meet all the criteria set to protect the mangroves and environment here. The condos are all modern and have all the up to date amenities. I was impressed with the layout of the condos, and I especially liked the kitchen and all of the appliances. These condos also come ready to move in, from pots and pans, barbecue grill, washer and dryer, and just about everything else you need to move in.

Nice kitchen with all appliances.

Nice kitchen with all appliances.

Bedroom with great view.

Living area with great view.

The condos all are 2 bedroom units with a den, and are 1538 sq. ft. They all have granite counter tops, solid wood cabinets and doors, traveltine flooring, air conditioning, 6 appliances,(including a dishwasher), and all fixtures. There is also a furniture package available if you wish.

Roof top terrace.

Roof top terrace.

View from roof top.

View from roof top.

The Caban Condos are constructed to be hurricane resistant with concrete block walls and white stucco and slate tile finishing. There is a roof top terrace with an outdoor cooking area with a great view. All units also have an open air balcony to enjoy the cool Caribbean breezes, and sunrises and sunsets.

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They also have the first fresh water infinity pool I have seen in Mahahual, and it is nice. There is also going to be a pool side bar and 24 hour security.

Caban Infinity pool.

Caban Infinity pool.

Rex Farley, one of my blog readers in the pool, lucky guy.

Rex Farley, one of my blog readers in the pool, lucky guy.

The condos start at $199,000 USD, and there is also going to be a second phase of construction. The penthouses have already been pre-sold in this phase of construction. There is also a optional rental program available, if you want to rent your condo when you are not there to make some extra income. There is going to be a big need in the near future here for nice condos to rent in Mahahual during the high season.

Regal Development also has a condo project going on at the moment in Merida, and plans to be involved more here in Mahahual, with future projects. Both Parrish Kondra and Mike Delaire are from Canada, and have started their real estate development company here in Mexico , so they are registered and comply with all the rules and regulations here in Mexico. In fact, Parrish plans to move here full time in the near future. I will write more on Regal Development and their company in the near future.

So if you are looking for a very nice condo with all the modern amenities, and a spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea here in Mahahual, check out Caban Condos website at http://www.regalproperty.net/caban-condos/, or go to their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CabanCondos.

Here is a video of Caban Condos, to give you a better idea of the project.

All construction should be complete sometime in September I was told, so they are almost ready to move in. If you are looking for something off the malecon in Mahahual, but still want to be on the water, you might want to look at these. They are far enough away from town to be away from all the hustle and bustle, and the noise, but still just a short walk or bike ride away. I really liked the layout of the condos also, and I love the balcony doors and the great view.

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I just hope I get invited to swim in the infinity pool one day.

Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Belize versus Mahahual, Mexico Part 6 (cont.)

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Today I am finishing the post I started yesterday comparing crime and safety between Belize, (where I used to live) to Mahahual, Mexico, ( where I live now).

I used the U.S. Department of State website to get information and statistics concerning crime in Belize, and also Mexico. Yesterday I shared this information concerning Belize, and today I will include what the website says about Mexico. I will also share my personal insights and experiences like I did yesterday.

The USA media is constantly trashing Mexico, and because of this many people think Mexico is unsafe. Every day when I work at the port I have tourists off the cruise ships ask me if it is safe to leave the port and their cruise ships, and go into town. I tell them all the same thing, you are safer in Mahahual, Mexico than you are at home in the USA…

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Belize versus Mahahual, Mexico Part 6

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Mahahual lighthouse. Mahahual lighthouse.

This is my sixth part on my ongoing series comparing living in Belize to where I now live, Mahahual, Mexico. So far I have compared cost of living, medical and health care, food and drink, and the fact English is spoken in both places. Today I will concentrate on crime and safety in both countries.

I have already written several articles in the past concerning how safe Mexico is compared to the portrait painted by the USA media. Today I am going to include facts from the United States Department of State website. I will also give some examples of what I have experienced first hand.

Belize 2013 Crime and Safety Report

Belize is a high-crime country in Central America, located south of Mexico and east of Guatemala on the Caribbean sea. Tourism is a staple of the Belizean economy, and each year hundreds of thousands of tourists…

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