Day of the Dead in Mexico.

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One of Mexico’s most important religious holidays is celebrated on All Saint’s Day (Nov 1) and All Soul’s Day (Nov 2): Dia de los Muertos (sometimes called Dia de los Fieles Difuntos) – Day of the Dead. Traditionally, November 1st honors deceased children and November 2nd honors deceased adults.

Far from being a morbid event, Day of Dead emphasizes remembrance of past lives and celebration of the continuity of life. This acknowledgement of life’s continuity has roots which go back to some of Mexico’s oldest civilizations: Olmec, Zapotec, Maya, Purepecha. The Aztecs, too, celebrated Day of the Dead, although earlier (August) on the current calendar.

Day of the Dead is celebrated passionately throughout Mexico, and especially so in smaller provincial towns and cities.

One of the culinary highlights of the season is “Pan de Muerto” (Bread of the Dead) which is a semi-sweet sugar-coated bread made from eggs and infused with natural citrus fruit flavors. It’s traditionally taken with hot chocolate that has been mixed with cinnamon and makes for a perfect blend on a chilly November evening.

Planning for Day of the Dead can be done days, weeks or even a whole year in advance, during which time family members will gather ofrendas, offerings, to the dead. Toys are usually offered for deceased children and bottles of tequila, mezcal, or atole for deceased adults. Trinkets, or the deceased’s favorite food or candy, may also be offered on the grave.

During the celebratory period, it’s traditional for families to visit the cemeteries where their loved ones are buried to clean and to decorate the graves with the offerings. Offerings are also put in homes, usually with foods such as caramelized pumpkin, Pan de Muerto and small sugar skulls which are sometimes engraved with the deceased person’s name. Decorations usually include orange marigold flowers called cempaxochitl, or Flor de Muerto (“Flower of the Dead”).

Day of the Dead is a holiday that attracts a certain fascination for visitors from abroad. Celebrations in the city of Oaxaca and the town of Patzcuaro are particularly well attended by foreign visitors; early bookings for local accommodation are essential if you want to experience Day of the Dead at either of these places.

The precise ceremonies, offerings and customs for Day of the Dead celebrations vary by region and town. However, the fundamental traditions described here are echoed all over Mexico and a visit to a cemetery, where the graves are bursting with color and decorations, and the lives of those past are lovingly remembered by those present,is a worth while inclusion to your experiences of Mexican culture during this time of year.

November 2nd is an Official Public Holiday in Mexico.

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Display of dead bread at Mega Store.

Display of dead bread at Mega Store.

Bread and Other Offerings on Day of the Dead

The first and second days of November mark one of the most important cultural and religious festivals on Mexico’s events calendar: Day of the Dead – a festival that emphasizes remembrance of past lives and celebration of the continuity of life. Traditionally, November 1st honors deceased children and November 2nd honors deceased adults.

An important feature of the festivities is the creation of an ofrenda – an offering – that usually manifests as an alter in Catholic homes; placing upon this photographs of the remembered dead, accompanied by a number of traditional foods and decorations, including caramelized pumpkin, small sugar skulls, and orange marigold flowers called cempaxochitl, or Flor de Muerto.

Another traditional food oftentimes found on ofrendas is Pan de Muerto: literally translated, Bread of the Dead; colloquially, ‘Dead Bread’. This bread is sold by most bakers (and all supermarkets) only in the weeks leading up to Day of the Dead. As of November 3rd, the bread disappears, save for a few loaves that might linger.

Like Easter Eggs, or Turkey Dinner at Thanksgiving, Dead Bread is a treat that people look forward to and miss when its season passes. Of course, this passing of availability is the essential ingredient that creates its lasting allure: another example of how scarcity can make things attractive and endows them with some intrinsic value.

Day of the dead display.

Day of the dead display.

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Candy skulls.

Candy skulls.

Dead Bread is like any other bread, except that it has a few treats added into the mixture which serve to make it special. The generous amounts of butter employed in its making, accompanied by a citrus glaze and a good helping of sugar crystals dusted on top make this particular loaf a high-calorie sweet feast – that, when fresh, also happens to melt deliciously on the tongue.

A remarkable feature of the bread is the presence of “bones”, formed from the same mixture, and laid over the dome-shaped dough. These give the bread a somewhat macabre look, but rest well with the theme it represents.

The recipe, that can be easily found online, is quite simple. The succulent citrusy undertones are bestowed by the bread’s glaze, that is made using the zest from a fresh orange, and its juice.

The bread is best when taken on the same day it was baked, accompanied with a cup of hot chocolate, made the Mexican way (add ground cinnamon to the chocolate and whisk). One of the long-standing traditions of people who attend the graves of their loved ones now deceased, is to take Pan de Muerto and drink Mexican hot chocolate; usually after dark, when the cool November temperatures begin to make their presence felt in the night air.

Bread of the Dead is one of those Mexican foods which many foreigners have yet to try. If you live in Mexico, then you’ll know (or come to know) about Day of the Dead and taste the delicious bread that accompanies this important festival. If you are visiting Mexico, you’ll be able to obtain Pan de Muerto from baker’s shelves as of early October each year.

And of course Halloween candy is getting popular here.

And of course Halloween candy is getting popular here.

Thanks for reading, and Happy Halloween and Day of the Dead.

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

The Top 3 Factors to Consider About Moving Overseas

I got this email today from International Living, a magazine and website that touts different places around the world for epats to retire or live.

I remember reading the International Living website around 2002, and at that time they were pushing Costa Rica and Belize as the next great place for expats from the USA. Now they are pushing Ecuador, Panama, and still Belize, as great places for expats to live or retire. Never once in the hundreds of emails and updates over the years they have sent me, have they ever mentioned the Mexican Caribbean or Mahahaul.

So when I got the email below this morning, and read it, it kind of got me thinking, Mahahual meets all of the criteria listed in this article.

So here is my breakdown and take on these three factors that International Living lists and how they relate to Mahahual and Costa Maya.

I will share the article and then after article, I will state Mahahual’s case, and how it meets each factor listed.

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International Living Postcards—your daily escape
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dear International Living Reader,

No matter what your dream retirement looks like…or how it differs from anyone else’s… there are certain questions that all potential expats need to ask themselves.

IL Editor Suzan Haskins tells you what you need to ask yourself before you make your move overseas…

Erica Mills
Managing Editor, IL Postcards

The Top 3 Factors to Consider About Moving Overseas
By Suzan Haskins

To get to the point where you shut the door on your current life and embrace a new, very different culture and language takes a little doing. You need to weigh the pros and cons and make some wise decisions about where you’ll go and what you’ll do once you get there. For some people, doing all that is a piece of cake. For others, it can be a nerve-racking experience.

Sifting through all of the info you need to consider to make a move overseas can be kind of intimidating. There are so many decisions to be made that it’s easy to go into information overload. It’s kind of like the way you feel when you go into a restaurant with a five-page menu…and discover you can’t make a decision about what you want. Too many choices can paralyze you.

There’s a way to avoid that: The best favor you can do for yourself, in our experience, is to have a very specific idea of what you’re really looking for. Before you go, you need to profile yourself ruthlessly.

There are eight factors that are critically important to your success, in our opinion. These are things that can make or break a place for you. By considering those eight factors, and deciding which are the most important for you, you’ll be in a much better position to decide on the location that’s right for you.

So what do those factors look like? Well, there are too many for me to explain in detail here…but there are three factors, out of those eight, that seem to be top of the list in importance for many expats. They are:

1) Affordability

How does the cost of living stack up with your income and budget?

2) Health care

Will you be comfortable with the health care options available to you in a certain retirement destination? Are good health insurance or hospital plans available to you? Will the costs be in line with what you can afford?

3) Climate

Are you hoping for four seasons or year-round warm weather? It’s best to plan your exploratory visit during the worst weather season so you’ll know exactly what to expect.

Caribbean waters 1 mile from Mahahual downtown.

Caribbean waters 1 mile from Mahahual downtown.

Now I will examine each factor.

1) Affordability

How does the cost of living stack up with your income and budget?

As I have written past posts, Mahahual is very affordabile for USA and Canada expats or retirees. Housing costs are still inexpensive compared to the USA, Canada, and other Caribbean locations.

At the moment you can buy a 2br house in Mahahual for around $42,000 USD, and you can find nice places to rent for around $500 USD a month, much cheaper than a lot of Caribbean destinations.

2br house in New Mahahual.

2br house in New Mahahual.

Also there is plenty of land, beachfront and commercial that can be bought at very reasonable prices.

Services like cable tv, internet, electricity, and other services are much cheaper in Mahahual, compared to the USA and Canada. In fact cable tv and wifi internet will run you $399 pesos a month, around $34 USD.

Also food, eating out, and groceries are much cheaper in Mahahual, than other places on the Caribbean.

As I have written before, it costs me about $1,000 a month to live in Mahahual, and I eat out all the time because I don’t have a kitchen, and being single, it is almost as cheap to eat out in Mahahual as it is to prepare your own food. That $1,000 a month also includes my diabetic medicine, which is about $12 USD a month here versus $200-300 USD in the USA.

I have read lately that the average Social Sercurity check in the USA now is around $1,250 USD a month. That does not go very far in the USA, but you can live real good on that in Mahahual.

2) Health care

Will you be comfortable with the health care options available to you in a certain retirement destination? Are good health insurance or hospital plans available to you? Will the costs be in line with what you can afford?

I have written a whole series of articles on here about the health and medical care in Mahahual and Mexico. In Mahahual there is the CostaMed clinic and another clinic in the village. CostaMed takes a lot of insurance from the USA, and is a totally modern facility. I myself have nothing but positive things to say about the medical care here. There are free clinics several times a year in Mahahual, and last year there was a free eye clinic where I got a free pair of glasses.

In fact I have seen more doctors in my three years in Mahahual, than I ever saw in the USA. One day I was riding my bike back home from the port, and I passed the CostaMed clinic. I was having problem with my ankle and left leg being sore, so I stopped in to see my doctor. She saw me right then, and took care of me, and I was on my way in about 30 minutes. For more on medical care in Mahahual, read past posts on here concerning medical care, I go more in-depth in those posts, and give more details.

Free dental clinic in Mahahual.

Free dental clinic in Mahahual.

My doctor at CostaMed in Mahahual.  Dr. Karla Velasco, speaks English well, and not bad on the eyes either.

My doctor at CostaMed in Mahahual. Dr. Karla Velasco, speaks English well, and not bad on the eyes either.

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CostaMed clinic, near port in Mahahual.

CostaMed clinic, near port in Mahahual.

3) Climate

Are you hoping for four seasons or year-round warm weather? It’s best to plan your exploratory visit during the worst weather season so you’ll know exactly what to expect.

I can honestly say this, Mahahual has one of the best climates in the world. It is always sunny, cool tropical Caribbean breezes, and calm seas. Mahahual is Mexican Caribbean paradise full of nature and fauna. The water temperature in Mahahual is always around 80 degrees, which means year round water acivities, and diving and fishing. It is cooler in the summer in Mahahual than it is in my hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. In the winter the average temperature is in the low 80s and every now and then it will get down to 70 degrees in Jan. or Feb. In Mahahual you can wear you summer clothes all year round, shorts and tshirts.

Mexican Caribbean. Mahahual

Mexican Caribbean. Mahahual

So in closing, in my opinion Mahahual meets and exceeds all the factors listed in the International Living email that was sent to me.

Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

October Tourism News about Mahahual, Mexico

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Today I have some local news about tourism and future plans for tourism in Mahahual and Costa Maya.  I try to keep the readers of this blog informed on all the local news and information from sources here in Mahahual and Mexico.  I translate the original articles intact so sometimes the reading is kind of choppy.

There is a lot of buzz going on down here surrounding the new water park being built near the port, and the Mexican government is really pushing and helping Mahahual become a major tourist destination.

Mahahual, Mexican Caribbean.

Mahahual, Mexican Caribbean.

This article below is from http://www.quequi.com.mx.

Expect 7% increase in visitor destinations in the South Zone
28 de octubre de 2014

By Eugenio Pacheco-Quequi.- consider promotion director for the second week of December have more visitors.

The expectation for tourism to the state capital, Bacalar and Mahahual during the season year-end is received and is operating in hosting centers increased from six to seven percent of visitors.

This was announced by the director of the trust to promote tourism in the South Zone, Fernando Salazar House, who said that this possibility is due to the promotion held in recent days in Monterrey, where 80 business meetings were contacted in who attended and provided information to 250 tour operators in that city, tourist destinations on the Costa Maya, Bacalar and Chetumal.

“We met with travel agencies in Monterrey and talk about Chetumal, Mahahual, La Union, and all the attractions of this part of the state, of course Bacalar … will take advantage of the agreement with Interjet promoting us on their flights and that the company has seven daily flights to Mexico City, where they can connect with and traveling to this part of Quintana Roo said.

He felt that from the second week of December will be feeling the positive economic impact on the capital, which is the receiving center to destinations such as La Union, Kohunlich, Oxtankah and other destinations.

Plus it will support those who visit Mahahual and Bacalar, where the tourist infrastructure is still insufficient and in high season have to rearrange guests elsewhere in the South Zone.

He insisted that the benefit will be felt mainly in accommodation centers and shops in Chetumal, because traditionally hotel occupancy in the high season barely exceeds 40 percent, and with this promotion it is expected to exceed 50 percent .

Mahahual famous lighthouse.

Mahahual famous lighthouse.

This article is from http://www.iqcancun.com

QCANCÚN 24 SEP.- Secretary of Tourism, Laura Fernandez Pineapple, said priority was given to the actions to trigger the state tourism development in areas with great potential like the south of the state in which they invested 20 million pesos .

“We work closely with the private sector to create the necessary conditions for the promotion of business, supported by a government responsive to the needs and aware that strengthening the tourist destinations in the south of the state achieve a balanced and comprehensive and sustainable development “he said.

Therefore highlighted in particular the management and implementation in the near future to improve urban image of Mahahual, work which will invest 20 million dollars, and that includes the extension of the boardwalk at 580 meters, with equipment, street furniture, signage and street lighting.

He announced that the infrastructure developed integrates the master plan created to provide tourism services in Mahahual, creating a boardwalk over two thousand meters, a window to the state’s largest ocean, a walk that invites tourist to enjoy the scenery and quality services along this walkway is.

He explained that this work will benefit the 39 hotels and 343 rooms as well as service providers and visitors arriving by cruise to this destination south, and recalled that in 2013 arrived over 400 thousand tourists by sea.

He stressed that the national and international highway Tourism is important to this destination and an access member-coffee plantation at the junction Mahahual, in order to frame access to Costa Maya will be generated.

This project, he said, adds to the promotion and strengthening of the southern part of the state where major schemes have been launched in the area of ​​infrastructure, promotion, product development, training, tourism image and destination management.

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As you can see from the above articles from Mexican websites and publications, Mexico and the government here are predicting Mahahual and Costa Maya and the southern part of Quintana Roo, including Chetumal and Bacalar, to become major tourist destinations in the near future.  I am lucky and glad I showed up in Mahahual when I did to witness all this the growth on a first hand basis.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Responses from Belize vs Mahahual, Mexico Comparison

kayaks rio huach 055I have gotten a lot of responses from my series on this blog comparing living and working in Mahahual, Mexico to Belize. I have learned from these comments and responses, that there are a lot of people unhappy with their decision to live or retire in Belize.

I was in Mahahual a couple of weeks ago when there were cruise ships in town, and I stopped by the Tropicante to meet up with some guys from Texas who were staying with me in Mahahual. I was sitting there talking to them, when a man walked up to me and asked me if I was Stewart, the guy that writes the blog aboiut life in Mahahual. I told him yes, and introduced myself, and we got to talking. He told me he lives in Corozal, Belize and he reads my blog. He said he wished he would have read my blog two years ago before he moved to Belize, it would have saved him a lot of time and money. I will not give his name because he would probably get grief from his Belizean friends. He told me where he lives, and I know exactly where he lives and the area. He told me Belize was not what is was cracked up to be, and so was all the hype surrounding Belize on the internet.

I told him I knew exactly where he was coming from, that I bought all the hype, and that is how I ended up in Belize originally. He told me now is really considering moving to Mahahual after reading my blog about life here. He has had problems with theft, government, banking, and many of the other problems I hear about Belize. This is not the first person I have met who has the same complaints about Belize.

I know a guy, Mike, who now lives in Caldaritas, right outside of Chetumal, who still owns a house he paid for in Corozal, Belize, but much prefers living in Mexico, so he lets his house stay empty in Belize, because he will not live there, and rents in Caldaritas. He loves it in Mexico and left 4 or 5 years ago, and only goes back to pay his taxes in Belize.

When I lived in Belize I got to know the expat crowd there pretty well, and went to a lot of functions and parties and stuff. I have come to find out now is that 4 or 5 expats that I knew in Belize have jumped the border and have moved to Chetumal behind the Plazas de las Americas mall. Also a know a lady who owned a business and who lived in Corozal, and was one of the first expats in Corozal, who sold her business and property and moved to Caldaritas also.

I ran into a woman I knew from Corozal, Belize in Playa del Carmen this summer. She and her family I met in Corozal at an expat function, and I always ran into her in several of the expat restaurants and bars in Corozal a lot. (Corozal really had a pretty active expat community when I was there, and had a lot of functions and activities). She left Corozal, and lived in Caldaritas for awhile, and now she has settled in Playa del Carmen, and she loves it. She said a big drawback was the education system in Belize, because she has a seven year old son, and schools in Mexico, especially Playa del Carmen were much better than Belize. I asked her to read the blog and give me her feedback, and to be honest about how she felt about my depiction of life in Belize. She had lived in Corozal when I did, and went through some of the experiences I did, and also jumped the border to Mexico like I did so I wanted her thoughts on my comparision.
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I was kind of surprised when she told me she agreed with me 100%. She said she missed Belize and her friends in Belize, but she was happier in Mexico and glad she left Belize.

I also get a lot of comments and responses from readers on the blog about Belize, this is one I got the other day from someone concerning the QRP program I took intact from the Belizean government.

“There are a couple of inaccuracies , QRP need only to deposit their money in the bank. It can be put in on Mon. and withdrawn on tues. QRP does NOT pay exit fees. It only is done at Golden airport which is private, the money goes to the airport not the government. I have been in and out of Belize for six years , never was asked for a dime….. The one time payment for immigrating fee is lower than going for residence. They pay a fee and a monthly fee, it turns out to be much more. QRP can get a drivers license right away. Non QRP canNot bring in belongings free of duty and taxes nor can citizens . ….If QRP try to reverse their status they must go back and pay duty and taxes for everything they have brought in. ..And the biggest inconvenience is not being able to travel at will for a long time….Hope this helps.”

Another comment comparing groceries in Corozal to Chetumal fom expat in Belize.

“always good to know there are honest comparisons and useful information. I know that after a year< I long for some decent restaurants that do not cost an arm and a leg. I despise Heinz Salad Cream, the local potatoe salad and cole slaw disgust me. I see the many choices in the groceries in Chetumal and the lack of choices here in Corozal. I notice the Chinese monopoly on groceries and much hard goods, especially the inferior quality of goods. I notice the coastal area is largely bought up by Chinese. I did not realize that the local Chinese are originally from Taiwan, not mainland China.”

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These are just some of the examples of the reactions I get concerning my series of articles comparing life in Mahahual and Belize on this blog. I never thought when I started comparing living in Belize to Mahahual on this blog that I would get the feedback I have, both positive and negative. In fact, I am scared to go to Belize again, they might not let me in, because of this blog. More later.

Thanks for reading.
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Mexico Maligned

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More on safety in Mexico.

Originally posted on Costa Maya Mahahual:

I hear this all the time from tourists, and cruise ship passengers. They are scared to visit or vacation in Mexico because of all the media bias against Mexico by the USA media.
I answer a lot of questions about safety in Mexico all the time here in Mahahual and Costa Maya. This article I came across provides an insight I have to get across to the people I deal all the time, good article.
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Mexico Maligned
Posted on July 23, 2012
THE MEDIA’S MYOPIA

If you look up myopia in thefreedictionary.com you will find it defined as ” . . .a visual defect in which distant objects appear blurred because their images are focused, Myopiain front of the retina rather than on it; nearsightedness.” What you won’t find there, but probably should, are pictures of almost every major U.S. cable and broadcast news network.

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Mexico: A Traveler’s Guide to Safety Over Sensationalism

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I have been getting a lot of searches on this blog concerning crime and safety in Mahahual, so I thought I would reblog this.

Originally posted on Costa Maya Mahahual:

In doing some research about comparing Belize to Mexico in terms of safety, I came across this article from AMAR.  AMAR is an orginazation to help people with information about retiring in Mexico.

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Baja, California – Mexico, one of the world’s great travel destinations, is often singled out for violent crime without telling the whole story. While there is sporadic violence along parts of the U.S. border, the majority of Mexico’s key tourism areas are not only safe, but safer than many other popular tourism areas.

While the media often portrays Mexico as the most dangerous place on earth, it is statistically quite safe. According to NationMaster.com which uses U.N.-based data, Mexico doesn’t even make the list of the 36 nations with the highest murder rates. Mild-mannered nations like Sweden and Switzerland top Mexico for murders on NationMaster.com. The assault rate in the U.S. is nearly 5 times greater than…

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ExPat Romance in Mahahual, Mexico

I came across this information when doing research for the best and the worst places for expats to live or retire.

This survey come from the ExPat Insider on the website http://www.internations.org. It is a website that deals with expat information and studies.

I was not surprised when I read that Mexico is one of the best destinations in the world to find romance, I see it everyday in Mahahual and Mexico.

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Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Greece are the go-to places for romance. Greece and the Philippines also rank highly among love birds.

Top Countries for Relationships
and Romance

While insisting that certain countries are
better destinations for falling in love is
probably a bit far-fetched, some countries
just stand out when it comes to romance.
Greece, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, and the
Philippines are our top spots for expat
romance!

These are the destinations with some of
the highest percentages of expats who
either met their partner in their country
of residence or whose partner comes
from that country. But that’s not all: They
also scored well in other matters of the
heart, such as for example the share of
participants who are blissfully happy with
their romantic relationship.

Let’s take a closer look at where the love
birds among our survey respondents live.

Finding Love Abroad
Chile, the Philippines, Greece, and Mexico
are all great places for meeting your
significant other, it turns out. Nearly half of
our survey participants in these countries
who are in a relationship have met their
partner there.

Moreover, the vast majority of them is in a
relationship with someone who comes from
their current country of residence. At 66%,
the share of people who are in a relationship
with a local resident is the highest in the
Philippines. However, Argentina (55%), Chile
(54%), Mexico (54%), and Greece (53%) can
also show results that lie far above the
global average of 31%.

Thus, it does not come as a surprise that
expats in these countries are also much less
likely to be in a long-distance relationship.
In Chile, the share of survey respondents
whose partner still lives in another country
is only 2%. While the respective numbers
are indeed higher for Greece, Argentina,
Mexico, or the Philippines, they are still
below the global average of 15%.

Out of the five featured countries, the
Philippines (31%) and Chile (21%) have
the highest percentage of expats in a
relationship who met their partner after
moving abroad. Moreover, 29% of our
participants in Greece and 28% in Argentina
indicate that they moved there for love.

Greece also seems to be beneficial to
a couple’s happiness, as 53% state that
they are completely satisfied with their
relationship. The Philippines is apparently
home to even more romance, with 56% of
non-single participants being completely
satisfied with their relationship. The global
average is 43%.

Happiness in a Relationship
There are various factors which influence
a relationship and which might determine
its success. After all, a move abroad can
take quite a toll on a relationship as one or
both partners experience frustration and
alienation, as well as other symptoms of
culture shock.

Thus, the ease of settling in (of finding friends,
learning the local language, and feeling
welcome) in their country of residence may
play a big role when it comes to satisfaction
with one’s relationship. Mexico tops our Ease of Settling In Index, mostly for its high positive results for making friends (23%)and friendliness (58%). One can easily imagine that this explains why so many of our respondents in Mexico met their significant other after moving abroad.

The Philippines and Argentina also score
highly in these categories. The Philippines
comes in fifth in terms of ease of settling
in. Not only is it a very friendly destination
(53%), it also ranks very well for ease of
language. Argentina, on the other hand, is a
great place for finding friends. In fact, 22% of
respondents are completely satisfied with
the ease of making friends in Argentina.

When it comes to meeting people, already
established friendships play a big role in
Argentina and Chile. Overall, 74% of survey
participants in Argentina and 71% in Chile
indicate that they usually meet new people
through their friends as compared to a
global average of 59%.

In Love with the Locals

TOP COUNTRIES WHERE EXPATS ARE IN A
RELATIONSHIP WITH A LOCAL RESIDENT
Philippines 66%
Colombia 60%
Argentina 55%
Brazil 54%
Mexico 54%
Chile 54%
Israel 53%
Greece 53%
Poland 51%
Ecuador 51%
Russia 51%
Global Average 31%
This above information is taken intact from the website http://www.internations.org

I find this survey very true and right on when it comes to Mahahual and Mexico. I know a lot of people, men and women, who have found romance in Mahahual and Mexico.

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In fact I was very surprised when I first got to Mahahual and noticed that a lot of businesses I went to or frequented were expat owned. There are Italians, Germans, Americans (USA), and several others from different countries that own and operate businesses in Mahahual. The more I frequented these places the more I noticed that most of these expats had a local Mexican wife or girlfriend.

The more I settled  in and got to know people at the port and around the village of Mahahual, the more I noticed almost all the expats in businesses and foreign workers at the port were dating or living with locals or people from other places in Mexico of the oppisite sex.

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There are a lot of diiferent nationalities that work at Costa Maya Port and that makes a very diverse mixture of people. But all these nationalities had one thing in common, they all were involved in romantic relationships with Mexican men and women.

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I had a Mexican guy that worked with me at the port that dated a Croatian woman for awhile, (Croatina women cuss like sailors), there were Croatina guys dating Mexican women, Italian men with local girls, and just about any combination you can think of. My point being is it seemed like there was always romance in the air around the port and Mahahual.

I have a friend of mine who operates a business on the malecon and he is from the USA and has a Mexican girlfriend, and she helps out a lot with his business. Even the pizza place I go to the owner has a Mexican other. And the common factor is they all met in Mahahual, and did not know each other prior to that.

One thing I have noticed about Mahahual and Mexico is that there is not as much age discrimination here as in say the USA and Canada.  You see a lot of expat men with younger women here, and also older Mexican men and younger Latina women.  They seem to respect age down here more say than in the USA.  I am 56 years old, bald, and not that good looking, but I do all right in Mahahual when it comes to the local women.  I have a friend from the USA here who only dates Latina women and he loves the cultural difference.

I have met several middle age expats like me that have come to Mahahual and Mexico and have started over down here and have met someone they are now in a relationship with.

I cannot speak much on the female side of the expat romance part in Mahahual because I really do not know that many.  I do know a woman who owns a dive shop on the malecon in Mahahual from Canada, and she is married to a Mexican man.  Also I worked with a woman from England at the port who recently married a Mexican guy who is a diver, but I am sure there are more I do not know about.

So to sum up, if you are looking to retire or live in a place where you might have a shot at finding romance or a husband or wife, Mahahual and Mexico might be for you.  From the statistics above and from my personal experiences, I can attest that Mahahual is a great place if you are in search of romance.

 

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina