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.
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina