Reaction from the Belize vs. Mahahual Series

These are a couple of comments I recieved on this blog today on my series I did on comparing my experience living in Belize to where I now live, Mahahual, Mexico. I did not solicit or alter these comments in any way.

I have had several people tell me in person that I was correct in my comparasion of Corozal, Belize to living in Mexico and Mahahual. I have mentioned severals examples of these in the past.

So I have decided to share these comments, and leave the writer’s name out for privacy reasons. I will give my response at the end of his comments. These comments were posted on my Belize vs. Mahahual Pt. 4. post.

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” I have lived in Belize since 1999 & agree with you wholeheartedly that it’s A LOT more expensive there than anywhere in Quintana Roo except for Cancun & Cozumel. The advantage to Belize is that as an English speaker you can wander around without any i.d. and claim that you’re a Permanent Resident and no one will question you because all us Gringos look alike and there are thousands of Gringos from U.K., U.S. and Canada that live in Belize. You can also go to any immigration attorney and buy a Permanent Card for US$ 400. In Mexico, however, you have to make sure your paperwork is in order or face fines & jail time followed by deportation.”

“Does anyone have a place I can go that will compare the cost of living Specifically for Mahahual versus Placencia Belize? Have vacationed in Mahahual but was always so blitzed never got around to checking out cost of living (i.e. rent, groceries, taxes, etc)”

To answer the final comment and question. You can look in the archives of the past Belize vs. Mahahual posts and I give a blow by blow breakdown of the cost of living in Mahahual, compared to Belize. Placencia by my account is much more expensive to live than Mahahual.

Also if you live in Mexico, you only have to renew your visa every 180 days for 289 pesos. In Belize you have to pay either $25 or $50 usd a month to stay in the country.

I have several more questions and comments concerning traveling to Mahahual from Cancun, that I will answer tomorrow.

Things are very busy here now. I am meeting blog readers everyday here from around the world. Yesterday a guy from Perth, Australlia came up and introduced himself and told me he read my blog before traveling to Mahahual from Australlia.

I also met a couple from Montana tonight, and they asked for a good place to eat dinner. They stopped me and asked me if I was Stewart. I took them over to my girls at Ibiaza Sunset on the malecon, and they had dinner there.

I am still surprised and amazed at all the attention this blog is getting, and I have noticed since the blog is on the first page of Google, and other search engines now, more and more people are doing internet searches on Costa Maya and Mahahual. The searches are also coming from all other the world, and even Middle Eastern countries and even Russia has readers of this blog.

Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

2 thoughts on “Reaction from the Belize vs. Mahahual Series

  1. Donna Norstadt says:

    I enjoy reading these comments. We have a casita and come down to Mahahual once or twice a year until we are ready to retire. 2 things I am still sorting out and would not mind your ideas. Advantages to just maintaining the tourist visa versus getting a residente temporal visa. Also whether to purchase a car in Mexico or bring one down from the U.S. I have done my research and know the rules. My command of Spanish is not good enough to negotiate if purchasing from a private party and hoping the papers are in order. What are your thoughts on these two items? Thanks

  2. A Oldweiler says:

    STEWART, FRANTICALLY BUSY HERE NOW BUT HAD TO COMMENT. YOU PROBABLY SHOULD NEVER GO BACK TO BELIZE AFTER THAT SERIES. THEY WOULD PROBABLY HANG YOU!!! HAHAHA

    SAW ED LAST NIGHT BUT HAS BEEN A WHILE SINCE I HAVE SEEN JILL. HAD NOT BEEN GOING OUT MUCH TILL LAST WEEK AND NOW CAN’T FIND ENOUGH TIME AT HOME TO GET LAUNDRY DONE!!!

    GLAD YOU’RE KEEPING BUSY.

    ALMEDA

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