Casa Kerpis, New Mahahual, Mexico

A lot of new homes are under construction or just completing construction here in Mahahual and Costa Maya.  Here is an example.

Casa Kerpis

Architectural design Vanguard.  High standard of construction.  Designed and built by one of the leading firms in the development of the Mexican southeast.

Brand new modern home.  2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 in master bedroom with dressing area), living room, kitchen, dining room, pantry, large rear garden, parking lot for 2 cars, reinforced perimeter wall, hydraulic system with large tank, pump and water heater.  It is ready for the expansion of a swimming pool, terrace and laundry room.  The home is also conditioned for the construction of a second story.  Just a short walk to the beach.

It is located in the most exclusive residential area of Mahahual.  Located on a private street which guarantees security, tranquility, and privacy in the long term.  Just a few blocks from the international cruise ship teriminal ¨Puerto Costa Maya¨, and future water park.

The house has a total of 1,025 square feet of living space and is on a 3,985 square foot lot.

Price:  $114,000 USD

$1,350,000 MXN pesos

If you are interested in this home or any other property you see, contact us at http://www.mahahual-propiedades.com or hit the link on this blog.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

 

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Snorkeling Trip with Captain Huacho

Repost from earlier this year.

 

Snorkeling is fantastic here in Costa Maya, and this past Monday, I had the chance to go on a snorkeling excursion and shore lunch with a local legend here Captain Huacho.

Captain Huacho telling his stories

Captain Huacho telling his stories

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Captain Huacho is a world famous sailing captain, diver, snorkeler, and is a local legend here. I have written a blog about Captain Huacho on here before, so some readers may be familiar with him.
Trey Greeley, a blog reader of mine from Wisconsin, had read about him on this blog and asked me to set him and his friend down from Wisconsin, on a snorkeling trip with Captain Huacho. Trey and his wife own a house here around kilometer 14 on the beach road south of town towards Xcalak. Trey and his friend were in town for his friend’s birthday, and Trey wanted to set up something special for his birthday, so I got them hooked up with Captain Huacho at his place on Kilometer 9.
Captain Huacho is quite a character, he opened the first dive shop in Playa del Carmen in 1974, and also the first bar on the beach there. He is also a world renowed sailor and captain, and has won several sailing regattas throughout the world. He told me he won the Cuba Sailing Regatta in 1988, and got to meet Fidel Castro. He has a lot of stories and he has sailed around the world, and has traveled the world extensively. He now gives tourists snorkeling tours in his boat off of his beach. He has a beautiful beach and it reminds me of the set of “Gilligans Island”.
I set up the trip for this past Monday and we all met at the Captain’s house. I took along Denisse Sanchez a friend of mine, because she had heard of Captain Huacho and wanted to meet him.
It has been kind of chilly lately, so Trey was not sure if it was warm enough to snorkel, but Captain Huacho eased his fears and said water temperature never changes much here. We set out the four of us and the Captain in the boat and traveled maybe half a mile from his beach and we started snorkeling. The water was warmer than I thought and it was great visibility, and everybody got to see a lot of fish and coral life.
I was kind of worried about taking Denisse with us, her being a woman, I did not know if she could swim well, or be able to keep up with three of us men in the water. Well I was mistaken, she jumped in the water and was a natural. She was raised in Cancun, so she had grown up her whole life in the water.
We explored the reef, and Trey took some underwater photos of us all, and the water was crystal clear. We snorkeled for awhile and then headed back to shore for lunch and some drinks.
Captain Huacho had grouper prepared for us and it was excellent, along with coconut water, tortillas, rice, and everything common here for a shore lunch. Trey brought the Captain a bottle of rum, and he did he usual story telling about the history of his life and his lifestyle here. We sat and ate had some drinks and talked and had a good time.
It was my second or third time visiting Captain Huacho, and I am entertained every time I go there.
I think Trey and his friend had an unique experience that they will remember for a long while. The snorkeling was great, food great, and the atmosphere amazing, and the conversation interesting. All in all a great day in Costa Maya.
If any of you want to take a snorkeling trip or visit Captain Huacho’s beach, contact me, Stewart Rogers at s.rogers.920@hotmail.com and I can hook you up. It is a great experience and one to check out if you are in Costa Maya.

Heading out to snorkel

Heading out to snorkel

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Caribbean waters

Caribbean waters

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Denisse posing for camera

Denisse posing for camera

Trey Greeley taking photos in boat

Trey Greeley taking photos in boat

Preparing to snorkel

Preparing to snorkel

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Cutting up grouper

Cutting up grouper

Cooking fish

Cooking fish

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Rice Mayan style

Rice Mayan style

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Huachos helper preparing lunch

Huachos helper preparing lunch

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Bar on beach

Bar on beach

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Gang on the beach

Gang on the beach

Denisse and I

Denisse and I

Beach at Captains

Beach at Captains

Denisse relaxing after snorkeling

Denisse relaxing after snorkeling

Fresh coconut off the tree

Fresh coconut off the tree

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch on Mayan table cloths, palms

Lunch on Mayan table cloths, palms

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Me at lunch

Me at lunch

Sign in front of Huacho's place

Sign in front of Huacho’s place

Entrance to Captain Huacho's place

Entrance to Captain Huacho’s place

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Nacional Beach Club & Bungalows Mahahual, Mexico

In the heart of Mahahual is a very nice little place, Nacional Beach Club and Bungalows. Owned and operated by an American, Evan McKenzie and his wife Anna, the beach club is located right on the beach and overlooks the malecon.
There are nine bungalows, all with wi-fi, ceiling fans, private bath, and a garden or beach view. The deluxe suites have air conditioning and are all beach front. There is also a restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch and they also have a full bar.
Nacional is open on cruise ship days and does a good business with the tourists and crews.

Right on the malecon

Right on the malecon

Quiet and tranquil.

Quiet and tranquil.

Pool

Pool

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Dining room.

Dining room.

Outside bar.

Outside bar.

Clay oven made from natural materials collected here in Mahahual.

Clay oven made from natural materials collected here in Mahahual.

Swing bar stools.

Swing bar stools.

Inside bar.

Inside bar.

The bungalows can be rented monthly, weekly, or daily, and the rates range from 550 pesos a night during low season and 750 pesos during high season.
Nacional Beach Club has won numerous awards on Tripadvisor and is very popular with tourists from the USA, Canada, and Europe.
Evan is originally from Dallas, Texas, and has been in business here in Mahahual for four and a half years. He loves working and living in paradise. He said his choice was East Texas or here, so he choose Mahahual. He and his wife Ana are also very active in the community and with the schools.
If you are looking for a place to stay while you are in Mahahual, go check out their website, http://www.nacionalbeachclub.com Thanks, Stewart Rogers USA/South Carolina

How Safe is Mexico?

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This is an article I came across about how safe it is in Mexico, good read.
Mexico is safer than many cities in the U.S.

More than 150,000 Americans safely visit Mexico every day. And while the media sensationalizes stories of violence in Mexico, Mexico is safer than many major U.S. cities. Travelers feel relatively safe visiting popular U.S. cities like Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington D.C, or Atlanta. Visitors from around the world enjoy these vibrant cities in relative, reasonable safety. Yet each of these cities is statistically less safe than Mexico.

Mexico and politically charged Media Bias.

In the debate on immigration reform in the US, the facts on safety in Mexico have become a casualty of politics. To change public opinion and policy, politicians sometimes throw fuel on the fire. If you make up an exciting story about “severed heads in the desert”, it gets a lot of attention and people believe it. The governor of Arizona admitted this story was baseless, but only after months of damage was successfully inflicted to the image of Mexico. The homicide rates above are facts from the FBI, not political fabrications.
Media Favoritism versus Facts.

New Orleans is beloved and its renaissance is showcased in the news. The FBI reports the murder rate of New Orleans is declining, but it is nearly 4 times higher than all of Mexico and over 5 times higher than Mexico City. New Orleans is still an amazing place to visit and the Media is right to champion this inspirational city. But Mexico is at least as remarkable and there is a clear difference in how each of these storied destinations is portrayed in contemporary news.

Every city and country has places that are safe and dangerous. Mexico is no exception. The areas that are dangerous should be avoided. And those that are safe should be enjoyed and celebrated.

Archives Deleted From Costa Maya Life Blog

First of all I would like to apoligize to our loyal readers and followers of this blog.  Over the past week all of the past posts and articles on this blog http://www.costamayalife.com have been deleted.  All the archives and posts for the past two years have vanished.  We can’t figure out if the post was hacked and the password stolen, or was done accidentally by WordPress or some other factor caused the erasure of all the past posts and photos.  It is very disappointing and disturbing to us that all this hard work and information has been deleted.

If you perform an internet search and you may come across a blank page with just the title of a post and no content, I again aploligize.  Article and post  titles will still continue to show on most internet search engines.  I still have the titles and photos of all past posts and articles, and plan to repost these in the future.

Also I have been reposting past posts about Mahahual to provide content until posts can be rewritten and posted.  Because I am reposting past articles, some of you followers of the blog may get a number of emails containing new posts and updates.  I will try to keep these to 2 or 3 a day.  I have reposting and reblogging and did not realize that some of you may be getting numerous emails each day.  I was alerted to this today by some loyal followers who live here.  I plan in the future to write a current blog each day and also try to reblog a post from the past to try to recover some lost information.

If any of you followers or readers have a particular post or topic you remember from past posts, fill free to comment below and I will be sure to include that information.  Also if there is anything subject matter or topic you would like to see more of this blog, let us know.

Again, I apoligize for any inconvience, you have or may experience on this blog because of deleted posts or photos.  If you reach the blog on a search engine and no content is shown, just click home page and you will be directed to current articles and photos updated to meet the search topic you were looking for.

Thanks for your support, and I hope you continue to keep reading and following in the future.

Stewart Rogers  USA-South Carolina