Life on the Malecon in Mahahual when Cruise Ships are in Town

Malecon after cruise ships leave.

Since I have been in Mahahual, I have always worked at the port when crew ships are in town. But since Groupo Cancun took over tour sales at the port, I am not allowed to work at the port anymore.  They got rid of me as soon as they took over. .

So I am not working at the port anymore, so because basically I write this blog for the port, I don’t know if I will be doing this blog much any longer. If I just disappear from this blog, or you never see any of my posts anymore, you can go to my personal blog, http://www.oasisresortbelize.wordpress.com to keep up with what is going on down here. I started this blog when I lived in Belize, and my boss from the port read it, and asked me to start a blog about life here.

This blog is about living in Mahahual and working at the port, and my view of living and working in Mahahual and Costa Maya as someone from the USA. So like I said before, at this moment I don’t know what direction this blog will be taking in the near future, because of the factors I have already listed.

Since I am not working at the port now, I have been living on the malecon, right above the Tropicante. I have several options at the moment in Mahahual for my future, so I am here helping out until I decide what direction to take. I have a balcony overlooking the Caribbean Sea, so I am content to hang out here for awhile.

It is totally different here on the malecon, than it is at the port on cruise ship day. In the past, I have got up at the crack of dawn, jumped on my bike, rushed to the port to met cruise ship tourists as they got off the boat, and did tours all day. Now I wake up to the sounds of the malecon coming alive getting ready for the rush of cruise ship tourists for the day.

Dawn on malecon, ship in distance.

Dawn on malecon, ship in distance.

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Ship heading to port.

Ship heading to port.

First thing to come by every morning is garbage truck.

First thing to come by every morning is garbage truck.

It starts with all the businesses on the malecon cleaning the beaches, setting up all their tables and chairs for the tourists on the beach, and putting out their merchandise. It is quite a sight to see, all the activity getting ready for thousands of cruise ship tourists.

Local Mennonite selling his fruits and vegatables.

Local Mennonite selling his fruits and vegatables.

I got a prime seat on the balcony overlooking the malecon at the Tropicante, and I can see almost the whole malecon and village getting ready for the day. You can smell food being prepared and the sounds of the little sleepy village coming to life. The other morning I woke up to the smell of chorizo sausage being grilled somewhere outside.

View from my balcony.

View from my balcony.

This past week, my first week back in Mahahual after awhile, I hung out at the Tropicante on the beach and malecon and met with some blog readers who were in town, and wanted to meet me. The Tropicante is right around the corner from the Costa Maya Real Estate office, so if anyone needed any information about real estate here, I could just take them around the corner.

I just sat in a chair all week and talked to cruise ship tourists and other people who read this blog. I got to meet a lot of interesting people this past week. I got to meet Wesley Stevens, member of Commodores, who now performs on cruise ships, several University of South Carolina students, and even a Furman student from my hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. I also met a lot of college football fans from all over the USA. I always wear a Gamecock hat on the malecon, (like I did at the port), and I get a lot of comments and meet people that way.

Wesley Stevens, was in Stylistics, and Commodores, sang on "Brick House".

Wesley Stevens, was in Stylistics, and Commodores, sang on “Brick House”.

Two Gamecocks, Zach and Joe Placek, brothers one is attending University of South Carolina, and one graduated 2 years ago.

Two Gamecocks, Zach and Joe Placek, brothers one is attending University of South Carolina, and one graduated 2 years ago.

Furman student here.

Furman student here.

It was a totally different experience from what I have experienced in the past at the port. I just got to sit around and be myself. I met a LSU fan the other day from Misssissippi off the Dawn cruise ship. He just sat down with me all day, and asked me all questions about living here, and how he could move here. It has kind of overcast and rainy, so we just sat all day and talked about living in Mahahual.

Steve Uhl, owner of Tropicante, with some cruise ship tourists.

Steve Uhl, owner of Tropicante, with some cruise ship tourists.

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What I have found here on the malecon, and when I worked at the port is, when you meet people from the USA, and you tell them you live here, they are shocked and amazed. They cannot believe a southern boy from the state of South Carolina, and a University of South Carolina graduate at that, is in the middle of nowhere on the Mexican Caribbean living here.

Little kids playing sand amongst tourists.

Little kids playing sand amongst tourists.

I kept my computer on bowl games last week, people kept checking on scores.

I kept my computer on bowl games last week, people kept checking on scores.

Local boys on malecon playing.

Local boys on malecon playing.

These are getting popular here.

These are getting popular here.

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Cook's family at Tropicante, waiting for him to get off work.

Cook’s family at Tropicante, waiting for him to get off work.

I answered a ton of questions this past week about me, my life, how I got here, was I crazy, was I running from law, and a host of other questions from southerners on cruise ships. I did all week what I basically do on this blog, educate people and tell the truth about living here.

My view every morning when I wake up.

My view every morning when I wake up.

I got a bunch of people wanting to come back and visit in the future, so we will see how that goes.

So in the near future I will be hanging out here at the Tropicante during cruise ship days, doing my thing if you want to find me. I am not sure what the future brings, but what better place to wait it out.

Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

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