This past month, July, has been like a whirlwind for me. It started out with me in Merida, and then for the last two weeks I have been back in Mahahual. Even though I have only been back in Mahahual for two weeks it feels like a month, so much has happened.
First of all, this month, July 2015, the Costa Maya Life blog is going to have over 10,000 readers for the month. That is pretty remarkable for this time of year. The blog already surpassed last years readers in June. The readership of this blog has more than tripled in the last 3 or 4 months. Because of all of this popularity I have been able to attract advertisers and sponsors here in the Mahahual area. I am setting up the ads, and seeing clients now. The ads for the businesses will be on the sidebar and the reader will be able to go direct to the advertisers website.
I am now living on the new south part of the malecon, the part that has just been completed. It is a lot more quiet here than where I stayed before in the center of town on the malecon. I am staying at the Hammock House, right next to the Cabanas de Doctor. It is a kind of hostel, and it is right on the beach. I have been living lately with a couple of Mexican students who are here working during summer vacation. There was also a sculptor from Mexico City who stayed with us a couple of days. I am staying here for a while because of summer vacation, every place in Mahahual is full at the moment with Mexican tourists.
This has been a big year here in Mahahual so far with Mexican summer vacation tourists. I have met some from Veracruz, Tabasco, Monterrey, and of course Mexico City. There are a lot of cheap flights into the Chetumal from all over Mexico, and some tourists are taking advantage of that, and coming to Mahahual for the first time. In fact, I was standing in front of the Bacalar police station Tuesday,(that is a whole another story and blog for later), and a guy from Veracruz asked me if I knew anything about Mahahual, because I had a Costa Maya T-shirt on. He spoke perfect English, and he and his family were in Bacalar sightseeing, and wanted to go to Mahahual the next day. I gave him a couple of choices of places to stay. I saw them the next day on the malecon, and they had rented some cabanas at Blue Key for a couple of nights.
It is a little different down here on the south end of town than living above the Tropicante. There are more boutique hotels and dive shops down this way, and not as many stores and places to eat as downtown Mahahual. There is not as much foot traffic, but there are still a lot of tourists walking around or riding bikes. I noticed yesterday the cruise ship tourists rode by a lot in ATVs, dunebuggys, and golf carts. They really did job with the extension of the malecon, and the paved road and sidewalks will improve business on this end of town. There are benches and signs and a lot of improvements over past old dirt road.
So every morning after I write my blog and answer emails and things, I take a walk up the malecon to have lunch and do business. So I hang out on the malecon and do my thing, and then walk home, not a bad commute I think.
I kind of feel sorry for some of the tourists here for the first time. The seaweed is really bad now, worse than I have ever seen in six years I have been down here. The town is doing all it can to get it off the beaches, but over night it is back. It really was starting to smell, so yesterday the governor of Quintana Roo was here, and he did an inspection or something, and as I came home last night at about 9pm on the malecon, there were still dump trucks and bulldozers cleaning the beaches of all the seaweed. But the seaweed is a problem this year throughout the Caribbean, not just here in Mahahual.
So that is all for today, I have a lot more coming up, my trip to the Ejido village, more news about Mahahual and some developments, and much more later this week. And I want to thank all of the loyal readers of this blog for making this month the most read month ever, and I hope you keep reading.
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina