Tour of Costa Maya and Mahahual “La Premiere Partie”

I meet a lot of people in my travels around Mexico, that have never been to, or heard of Mahahual before. This summer I was in Playa del Carmen visiting a friend at his condo, and I met a woman by the pool who was in Playa del Carmen looking to buy a place in Mexico for the winter months. She is from Canada and lives in Quebec. We got to talking about living in Mexico , and I brought up the fact that Mahahual was a great place to live, and if she wanted I could give her some information about real estate there, and I also gave her the blog address, so she could read about Mahahual.

Diane Boissoneault, pen name Lili Gulliver at Bacalar.

Diane Boissoneault, pen name Lili Gulliver at Bacalar.

Well she went back to Canada and later sent me an email saying she would be back in November and would I show her around when she got back to Mexico. She said she was reading the blog while she was in Canada, and she liked it.

She got back in town at the first of November, and asked me if I would take her and her friend on a tour of Mahahual and Costa Maya, and show them some real estate. They said they had a car, and would drive if I went with them. So I said no problem I would be glad to show them around Mahahual.

We left Monday morning November, 3,from Playa del Carmen and set out intending to see Bacalar, Mahahual, and other points of interest along the way. It was my first time being around two French Canadian women, and I sat in the back seat and listened to then talk French the whole trip to Mahahual, and I did not understand a single word they said the whole trip.

Edith Guay with old fisherman in Rio Indio.

Edith Guay with old fisherman in Rio Indio.

When we got to Mahahual, the first thing we did was to go by the Costa Maya Real Estate office, and meet Carlos and Monica, and set up some places for them to see.

We first went to Rio Indio, north of Mahahual, to look at some beach property. We looked around Rio Indio at some beach properties, and then we had some lunch, on a quaint local place on the beach. We had some great conch cerviche, and whole fresh fish, and ate lunch right on the beach.

Looking at beach property.

Looking at beach property.

Carlos, Edith, and Dianne discussing beach property.

Carlos, Edith, and Dianne discussing beach property.

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Rio Indio.

Rio Indio.

Rio Indio restaurant, quaint little place on the beach.

Rio Indio restaurant, quaint little place on the beach.

Conch cerviche, best I ever had.

Conch cerviche, best I ever had.

Lunch being prepared.

Lunch being prepared.

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Cooking over a wood stove.

Cooking over a wood stove.

Very windy that day.

Very windy that day.

As we were looking at beach property, we came across this local man, who is a lawyer by the way, they had just caught and killed a crocidile and were eating it for dinner. He caught it on his property, and he showed it to us.

As we were looking at beach property, we came across this local man, who is a lawyer by the way, they had just caught and killed a crocodile and were eating it for dinner. He caught it on his property, and he showed it to us.

Preparing fresh crocidile for dinner.

Preparing fresh crocodile for dinner.

After lunch and looking around, we headed back to Mahahual, to go to where were staying for a couple of days. My friend Steve, who owns and operates the Tropicante in Mahahual, let us stay in his apartment over his restaurant on the malecon. It is a 2 bedroom right on the beach with a balcony, and a great view of the ocean and Mahahual.

View from Tropicante.

View from Tropicante.

Diane, Maggie, and Steve at the Tropicante.

Diane, Maggie, and Edith at the Tropicante.

Once we got settled in and freshened up we met Steve and his novia Maggie downstairs, and talked about Mahahual and it’s future and development. I then took Diane Boissonneault and Edith Guay, the two women from Canada I was showing around,on a tour of the malecon, and we walked around the village.

I have been in Playa del Carmen this summer, so I was running into people I have not seen for a while, and everybody was very friendly and happy to my Canadian women friends.

After that we went and got Maggie and Steve in the car to go out to dinner. Since it was Monday I suggested Padrinos because I could watch Monday Night Football while we ate. Well Padrinos was closed, so we ended up going to a new place on the beach on the south part of the malecon.

We ended up at Ibiza Sunset a new place I have heard and read about, but not had a chance to go yet. We had a nice dinner there, and they had the game on for me. I had a great cheeseburger and fries, and everybody else had pasta and chicken, and they all enjoyed their meal. I also got to meet the owner Karla, and she was real nice, and I told her I would be back. If you have not tried the place, you might want to check it out, it is next to Luna de Plata on the dirt road south of town.

Everybody at dinner at Ibiza Sunset.

Everybody at dinner at Ibiza Sunset.

New place, very good food and atmosphere.

New place, very good food and atmosphere.

The women had wine with dinner, and after a long day of looking at properties and traveling, we went back to the apartment on the beach and turned in for the night.

This was Day 1 of our trip, I will go into Day 2 tomorrow.

I guess I should give some background on my traveling companions. Edith Guay recently bought a condo in Playa del Carmen where I have been staying since May. She is from Montreal, Quebec and is a holistic healer, and into natural foods and diet. She is in real estate, so it was good to have her along on the trip, she asked all the right questions. I got to know her family from Canada around the pool this summer when they came to stay in her condo. She owns a car here she brought down from Canada, so she drove on the trip. She likes Playa del Carmen, and now lives here year round.

Her friend, Diane Boissonneault, also from Quebec, I got to know sitting around the pool this summer. Diane is an author, and has ten books published. Her pen name is Lili Gulliver and you can find out more about her by going to http://www.liligulliver.com. She writes sexual erotica novels. (I think that is what they are called, she wrote a book like “Sex in the City”, but it was more like sex around the world). In South Carolina we would say she writes “dirty” books, I said that to her and she did not like it. I met her this summer and she reads the blog and likes it, and because of this she is looking to maybe buy something in Mahahual, to live in the winter months. She has a farm in northern Quebec which she lives in the summer. She showed me photos of her farm, it looks beautiful, but it is under snow most of the winter.

I do that from time to time down here, I give people tours of Mahahual and Costa Maya, and have done a bunch in the past. My boss in Mahahual calls me the “Redneck Pied Piper of Mahahual”, because of all the people I bring and get to come to Mahahual. In fact if any of you blog readers want to come take a tour of Mahahual and south Quintana Roo, let me know. I can meet you at the Cancun airport or Playa del Carmen, and take you to Mahahual or anywhere you want to go or see in Quintana Roo. I know some people are kind of hesitant to come to Mexico because of all the bad press in the media in the USA. Don’t worry I can take you around in complete safety, and I know all the ins and outs of traveling in Mexico. I enjoy traveling in Mexico, and it is very safe, and every day is an adventure. I got a friend coming down from USA this weekend, and we are going to Merida, Holbox, doing some birdwatching in Rio Lagarios, and maybe hit Isla Mujeres.

So if you want a personal tour of Mahahual and Costa Maya, let me know. There are a lot of things to see and do, and since I have been here five years now, I pretty much know Quintana Roo pretty well. My email is s.rogers.920@hotmail.com get in touch if you want to come visit.

Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

3 thoughts on “Tour of Costa Maya and Mahahual “La Premiere Partie”

  1. Diane Boissonneault. says:

    Well done and well said… Thank you Stewart, you made our trip very enjoyable and interesting. Edith and I felt very safe having you around…and sorry for our french conversation but c’est la vie… we like our idioma… Thank you and keep on the good work , I hope people will go to Mahahual, because it,is worth going there, Au plaisir.

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