Semana Santa 2015 in Mahahual

This past week has been pretty hectic and busy here. It was Semana Santa here, and between cruise ship tourists and Mexican spring break tourists, the town has been packed both day and night. If you never have been in Mahahual during Semana Santa, you are missing out.

In Mahahual this past week, every hotel, hostel, and camp site was full. Yesterday I tried to find some rooms for some people from Belize, but could not find anything at all. The beaches were full all weekend, and there are still even people here today on the beaches. Even the eco-resorts down the coast road from here to Xcalak were packed with tourists.

This was my fourth Semana Santa, and what I noticed this year that was different from the others I have experienced, was there were a lot of people from Mexico City and Belize here this weekend. I met numerous people here from Mexico City this past week, and even met some people from a village in Belize, Libertad, where I used to spend some time with a woman friend I had who lived there.

In fact there were so many people here from Mexico City this week, I had a hard time telling them apart from the cruise ship tourists from USA and Canada. I was surprised to find out many people from Mexico City were so light skinned, and spoke perfect English. They also wear all kinds of American clothing, like New York Yankee ball caps, designer Tshirts and clothes, and just about anything else you can think of. From my understanding Mexico City has the best schools in Mexico, and the people that come from there are usually very educated and cultured. A lot of the women from Mexico City look and dress like women from the USA, and it is hard to tell them apart from USA women tourists. And of course a lot of them are very attractive and light skinned.

I spent the weekend in front of the Tropicante renting tables and chairs to all the Mexican tourists, and we filled up all weekend, and expect more today. What is funny is when Mexicans go on vacation, they go on vacation, they bring the whole family, kids, dogs, grandma, grandpa, cousins and coolers and lots of food. They rented tables and chairs for the day, and just kind of moved in until dark, and then they packed up and left.

I was the only Gringo working in town all weekend, and I got to experience what not many Americans or Canadians will ever get to see. I am very observant, so from my chair this weekend, I took in all the sights, sounds, and smells of Semana Santa from the eyes of an American, and it was a great experience. I got to see many Mexican families having a great time on the beach, and discovering Mahahual. I was surprised at the number of whole families that came to town, and not the USA where you get a lot of young people during spring break partying. I just sat in my chair, helped people out, and took it all in.

What also surprised me this weekend was the number of Belizeans who crossed the border to come to Mahahual on Easter. I met one guy from Corozal, Belize, who owns the Cactus Plaza, a place I used to eat at when I lived there. I also met a customs agent from the border, and numerous other Belizeans. Yesterday the whole beach in front of the Tropicante was filled with Belizeans, and I got to meet and talk to a lot of them. It brought back memories, hearing them talk in Creole all day, and I could understand everything they were saying. Belize really does have some nice people, and I enjoyed talking to them. Once they found out I was an American, they had all kinds of questions for me. A lot of them were here for the first time. I met Belizeans from Belize City, Orange Walk, Corozal, Libertad, and several other towns. I am going to Belize next month, so I told a couple of them I would stop by when I am there.

So today I am going to share photos I took during the week of Semana Santa , because I know a picture is worth a thousand words.

The weekend started off with the "Passion of Christ" march down the malecon on Good Friday.  I have seeen these in Corozal and Caldaritas, usually the whole town participates, but here everyone was working.

The weekend started off with the “Passion of Christ” march down the malecon on Good Friday. I have seeen these in Corozal and Caldaritas, usually the whole town participates, but here everyone was working.


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The past 2 years mahahual has had guys on bikes collecting trash to keep the beaches clean during big holidays.  They do a good job, and come around every couple of hours to collect all the trash.

The past 2 years mahahual has had guys on bikes collecting trash to keep the beaches clean during big holidays. They do a good job, and come around every couple of hours to collect all the trash.

Beach full.

Beach full.

Check out the table, they brought everything but the kitchen sink.

Check out the table, they brought everything but the kitchen sink.

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Everybody works in Mahahual on Semana Santa, even little kids who live here collecting all the cans to sell.

Everybody works in Mahahual on Semana Santa, even little kids who live here collecting all the cans to sell.

And of course every Mexican holiday has pretty women working the malecon, this is a Fresca girl.

And of course every Mexican holiday has pretty women working the malecon, this is a Fresca girl.

More Fresca girls.

More Fresca girls.

I saw a lot of hammocks.

I saw a lot of hammocks.

I like this photo, guys out drinking in the water having a good time.

I like this photo, guys out drinking in the water having a good time.

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Kane and Jorge, who work at the Tropicante, renting snorkeling gear, and tables and chairs, also having a good time.

Kane and Jorge, who work at the Tropicante, renting snorkeling gear, and tables and chairs, also having a good time.

And of course young boy flies his kite into a building.

And of course young boy flies his kite into a building.

Night on the malecon.

Night on the malecon.

Little boys who live here on the malecon, posing for photo.  The guy in the middle is named Danger, iI promise that is his real name.

Little boys who live here on the malecon, posing for photo. The guy in the middle is named Danger, iI promise that is his real name.

Belizean family from Libertad, Belize, they know a woman friend of mine who used to live there.

Belizean family from Libertad, Belize, they know a woman friend of mine who used to live there.


Stuffed pineapple 75 pesos, don't forget the chile powder.

Stuffed pineapple 75 pesos, don’t forget the chile powder.

Nice treat.

Nice treat.

Vendors selling everything.

Vendors selling everything.

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Great full moon over the malecon Friday night.

Great full moon over the malecon Friday night.

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Shop next door.

Shop next door.

Jorge and Kane pumping up floats for the kids.

Jorge and Kane pumping up floats for the kids.

Mayan warrior from port in town.

Mayan warrior from port in town.

Photos for kids.

Photos for kids.

Cute kids everywhere.

Cute kids everywhere.

Birdman.

Birdman.

Mayan skit on the malecon.

Mayan skit on the malecon.

How they travel here in Mahahual.

How they travel here in Mahahual.

Ferminted pineapple juice, not bad on a hot day.

Ferminted pineapple juice, not bad on a hot day.

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Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

3 thoughts on “Semana Santa 2015 in Mahahual

  1. A Oldweiler says:

    GOOD PHOTOS STEWART…….LOOKS LIKE A FUN TIME. I CAN REMEMBER WHEN PLAYA LOOKED LIKE THAT. YOU’RE GOING TO BELIZE??? AREN’T YOU AFRAID TO GO THERE SINCE YOU WROTE THAT SERIES BASHING THEM!!!

    YOU MENTIONED THE LIGHT SKINNED MEXICANS FROM MEXICO CITY………..THEY ARE VERY PROUD OF THEIR SPANISH HERITAGE AND MANY WILL SAY THEY ARE SPANISH RATHER THAN SAY THEY ARE MEXICAN. ALMEDA

  2. I lived in Mexico for almost a year when i was 19, I loved it. I was a hippie surfer living in my VW bus, on the Mexican west coast beaches, San Blas area. Late 60’s..The beaches were empty then. No development. None. Even Puerto Vallarta only had a narrow dirt road. I had to drive thru small rivers to get there. Decades late, I went to Cancun in 83′ , it was just beginning to boom. Now, I have come full circle, back to Mexico for the 3rd act. I have always been drawn to this country. Its hard to explain to someone. Maybe you understand. My 28 year old daughter visited Tulum a few months back and a very old dear friend has been going to tulum winters for 25 years. Somehow this time, I paid attention and I knew; it’s time to move back to Mexico and i know where i want to live: Between Mahuhual and Xcalak. Your blog is very helpful in getting a boots on the ground feel for the area. Most people underestimate common sense in favor of raw data. Like the mexican crime rate is raw data but Stewart common sense experience is reality.

    . Mexico is definitely a nation with a far more diverse ethnic population mix than many south american nations. Mexico, on both coasts, seems to have a mixture of native indian and spanish descendants, Mayan on the east; caribbean side and Huichole on the puerta vallarta side. Almost no african caribe mixture in the population, that seemed to have stopped at the Belzian border. Great, Great articles Stewart. Thanks. I look forward to meeting you in the next two months, let me buy you lunch, will be there for a month to look at property in Xcalak and the coast/beaches south of Mahuhual. I figure may/ june is the slowest time and best weather. You have the most informative blog about life on the Mahuhual to Xcalak coast on the Internet and that’s saying something.. Again, thanks. I’ll be the guy with the Red Sox T-shirt on. …. Fels.

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