Here are this week’s questions and comments I have recieved this past week. I am kind of behind because over the last two weeks I have had some kind of stomach virus or bug, and have been under the weather. I am finally back to normal today. I will answer some questions and then post some comments below.
I am starting to get a lot of questions about Mahahual, and especially about rental properties, so I will try to answer these the best I can.
“Blogger Dude, Stewart,
Have asked a couple times about the churches. Are there any?”
Mahahual is not like my home state of South Carolina, where there is a Baptist church on every street corner. There is a Catholic church in the village of Mahahual, and also a Lutheran Church of Christ in New Mahahual. There are also several other small prayer meetings and groups around here also. And we also have the “Jevhovah’s Witness” group walking around all the time in the casitas trying to convert people. The church in New Mahahual is run by a group out of Michigan I believe, and I know Hugh and Deb Blackburn from South Carolina are very active in that church, and their soup kitchen. There is also a small Catholic church up the coast road to Xcalak, it is the smallest church in Mexico, I believe. So to answer your question, there are not that many churches here, since there are only about 1,080 people. What I also like about Mahahual is, there is not a single Baptist in town.
“Is there a way to get TO Mahaual on the cruise ship and get off the ship and stay a month or so….then get on a ship to return, also???? It makes such sense.”
This is a good question, and I have met several people who got off a cruise ship here and decided to stay in Mexico for awhile. I met a guy last year who told me, he and his family got off a cruise ship, and had Mexican Immigration meet them at the port and give them their visas and documentation. They booked one way cruise to Costa Maya, then got off ship and were going to travel to Tulum, see some ruins, and travel around Mexico, and then after a couple of months fly back to the USA from Cancun. So yes it is possible, but you would have to check with the cruise ship lines to see what their policies are, but it is doable.
“We want a 3-4 month rental. Prefer on beach or “Malecon”. Two bedrooms. Will consider living among the native population. I speak, read, and write fluent Spanish. MUST HAVE internet.”
I am glad that you will consider “living among the native population”, here in Mahahual, because that is about all we have here, is native Mexicans. There are very few non natives here in Mahahual this time of year. There are several different options on the malecon, and it depends on the time of year and other factors on what is availiable.
“Good morning, We would be interested in seeing your list of long term rentals, we LOVE Mahahual, we lived in Playa for 3 years, been back in Canada for 18 months, have a desire to move back to mexico but not playa, way to crazy there, really enjoy your blog,”
First of all, I do not have a list per se, of rental properties. In fact I have nothing to do with rental properties. I write this blog for Costa Maya Real Estate, and we sell lots and houses. I have gotten so much response about rental properties lately off of this blog, that I asked around and found out what is availiable. A woman asked me about a month ago to help her find a rental house, and I did, and she never even showed up in Mahahual. I know everybody in town that has rental property, so when someone asks me for a specific property or something I let them know. But there is no list of rental properties in Mahahual, just a network of people.
“What is the least expensive way to rent a car with insurance. We are buying a condo in Mahahual so will be down quite often.”
I have no idea, there are not many rental car agencies in southern Quintana Roo. They all are in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. My question to you is, why rent a car? You don’t need a car in Mahahual, and in fact the less cars here the better. In Mahahual taxis are 20 pesos, public transportation is cheap, you can ride a bike or walk everywhere. My experience with people renting cars is they don’t need them in Mahahual, because the car sits while you pay for it. If you are one of those Americans who can’t walk five feet without getting winded or sweaty, then maybe you need a car, but most do not. Public transportation is cheap and great here, so a car is not a needed expense.
Below are 2 comments I got on a ” Photos of 2 Houses for $42,000″ article.
“We purchased a casita like this 3 years ago. They are small 600 sq ft and basic but do have what you need. We upgraded with a/c, nice overhead fixtures, more electrical receptacles and a covering over the front door. Yes I would love to expand the kitchen and would love to see what others have done. But the design is a solid starter.”
THESE LOOK LIKE THE LITTLE HOUSES THAT USED TO BE IN PLAYA. MOST ARE GONE NOW, TORN DOWN SO CONDOS COULD BE BUILT. IN PLACES WHERE THEY REMAIN THEY HAVE BEEN BUILT UP AND ONTO AND ARE BIG HOUSES NOW. IT IS SO EASY TO EXPAND THEM IF ONE WANTS TO. JOEL’S IDEA WAS AN OUTSIDE STAIR GOING TO THE ROOF AND EXPANDING UP THERE. THERE IS SO MUCH THAT CAN BE DONE WITH THEM WITH A LITTLE IMAGINATION OR THEY ARE GREAT FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO STAY SMALL. PERFECT FOR RETIREES.”
This is a comment concerning on how to get to Mahahual post that I wrote.
“Thank you for the detailed and speedy answer! All excellent points. I am coming from LAX, so it may make a little more sense since I would not be backtracking, but I guess the trade off boils down to whether you want to spend the extra time transferring in MEX or on the highway from CUN. Price wise there isn’t too big a difference. I remember from many trips past that highway traffic could be an issue–at least between CUN and Tulum–not sure how it is these days.”
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina