Crab Migration to the Sea in Mahahual

Crabs marching to the beach.

Crabs marching to the beach.

This is the time of year where the blue crabs make their way to the beach here to lay their eggs. Each year, the beautiful beaches of Mahahual are visited by blue crabs that make their long journey full of obstacles, for the sole purpose of depositing  their small eggs in the sea.

This is the famous crab migration, Cardisoma Guanhumi, a species listed as threatened and is being closely followed by Mexican authorities and various conservation groups.

Cardisoma Guanhumi, crab.

Cardisoma Guanhumi, crab.

The blue crab is under strict care by various factors that have threatened its existence in the region.  One of the biggest threats to the crab is cars and trucks.  The crabs make a direct course to return to the beach to lay eggs, and sometimes this involves going across roads and highways.  Because of this a great number of crabs are run over by cars, cabs and other vehicles.

Crab on road.

Crab on road.

This happens a lot, crabs ran over, this is endangering the species.

This happens a lot, crabs ran over, this is endangering the species.

Some days you will see crabs everywhere on their trek to return to lay their eggs.  When I used to live in Barrio 55, you would see crabs walking through the hotel to get to the beach.  Some days when I am riding my bike, I have to dodge crabs in the road to keep from hitting them.  And it is really bad at night and if you are driving a car they are hard to see.

But it is a wonderful sight to see, thousands of little  crabs marching to the sea.  it seems that nothing stands in their way on their return to the beach.  The crabs will go through houses, bars, and anything else that stands in their way to get to the beach to lay their eggs.  Kind of like salmon, they return to the place of their birth, and deposit eggs.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina



Caban Condos Video


Caban Condos, Mahahual, Mexico.

Caban Condos, Mahahual, Mexico.

Here is a nice video of the rooftop of Caban Condos here in Mahahual. Beautiful view of the Cosya Maya Port and Mahahual.

This could be your view in paradise every single day! Penthouse condo roof top terrace.
Condos still available starting at just $199,999. Almost SOLD OUT.

Fly & Buy – Regal Property Developments will pay flight costs for any potential interested clients (certain restrictions apply)

Please contact us today.
306-262-4126 306-361-1800

Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Ñam Ñam Fast Food in Mahahual

Ñam Ñam now serves ber and wine, and has added some other items to their menu. They still have the best hamburger in town, and the other night I stopped by and got some chicken fingers to take home to watch football, and they were so good, they reminded me of home. If you are coming to Mahahual, stop by and check them out.

Costa Maya Mahahual

Right around the corner from me, right off the malecon, Ñam Ñam Fast Food has just opened. Ñam Ñam serves hamburgers, empanadas, burritos, chimichangas, tacos, taco salads, buffalo and bbq chicken wings, onion rings, desserts, and many other selections.

Ñam Ñam Fast Food is owned and operated by Noelia Ancibar and Isela Schiappapietra, both originally from Montevideo, Uruguay. They have been in Mahahual for five years, and they both have worked at several different businessess here in Mahahual, and at the Costa Maya Port. I have seen them around on the malecon, and at the port, but I never really had a chance to talk to them much until they opened Ñam Ñam.

Noelia and Isela, with their daughter, Nahia. Noelia and Isela, with their daughter, Nahia.

They visited Mahahual on vacation, and like a lot of other people I have met here, they decided to stay. They said they love Mahahual because of the weather here…

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How to Dial a Number in Mexico

Here is an article I came across which is a must read if you are from the USA or Canada, and plan on spending any time in Mexico.  I have been here five years and still get confused using the phone here.


How to Dial a Number in Mexico

by Tara A. Spears

One of the challenges for Gringos in Mexico is mastering the telephone dialing system. The uninitiated reader is thinking, huh, what’s the big deal, you just punch in the numbers….. but the process is different from the north of the border system. First off, you do not dial a land phone in the same way as a cellular number, plus add in the complication of needing to know if the number is a local call and the situation quickly turns frustrating. Not knowing Spanish really poses a challenge and increases the intimidation factor. While not a techie expert, I’ve managed to learn enough over the years that I can share some general guidelines that will empower you to place a call successfully.

How to call Mexico from the United States or Canada:

Land Line: Prefix needed: 011-52 Complete dial number: 011-52-327-xxx-xxxx

(Explanation: 011 is the international exit code and must be dialed first; 52 is the country code for Mexico; 327 is the area code for Guayabitos/La Penita land lines; 7 digit phone number)

US or Canada to a cell phone in Mexico: Prefix needed: 011-521 Complete dial: 011-521-327-xxx-xxx

Dial to US or Canada from Mexico: 001-area code-7digit number

Note that if you are in the city that you contracted for or purchased your Mexican cell phone, you will not be charged for an incoming phone call. If you are in Puerto Vallarta when receiving this call, you will be charged something per minute for mobility (what we used to call roaming.)

Dialing a toll free number north of the border from Mexico will not work

Calls to a toll free (also known as freephone/freecall) number are paid for by the receiver of the call, making them free for you, the caller. However, when dialing such a number from another country, you (the caller) will be charged international rates. So the call is no longer free when dialed from abroad. This is the reason why some long distance carriers/toll free number owners choose to block receiving international calls and generally advise their international callers to contact them on a regular telephone number.

To dial “toll free” calls to the USA or Canada, you must replace the 800, 866, 877, 888 prefix in the toll free number as shown in the table below:

USA Toll-free “Area Code” replace with

800 880

866 883

877 882

888 881

So, for example, to dial AT&T Wireless customer service in the USA (800-947-5096) you would dial from Guayabitos using either a landline or cellphone: 001-880-947-5096. These calls are not really toll free, you will pay around 50 cents/minute for the privilege of being able to access these services, depending on what type of service plan you have.

I know that some people wish to continue using their cell phone from home but if you are visiting for a long period of time, you can buy a Mexican SIM card (if your cell phone uses SIM cards) and receive incoming calls for free as well as pay a lower, flat fee to make calls to the United States.

Land line to land line in same city (example: La Penita to Guayabitos)

Prefix needed: No prefix, no area code Complete dialed number: 274-xxxx

This is the simplest option anywhere. The caller pays $1.5 pesos per minute plus IVA. A house Telmex phone line will get the first 100 calls per month free. A business Telmex phone line pays for every call.

Land line to cell phone in the same city (La Penita to Guayabitos)

Prefix needed: 044 Complete dialed number: 044-322-123-4567

As an example, the price per minute from Telmex to Telcel is approximately $1.84 pesos plus IVA.

Land line to cell phone in another town (La Penita to Bucherias)

Prefix needed: 045 Complete dialed number: 045-322-xxx-xxxx

This will be a long distance call from your landline and the calling phone will pay the entire cost of the phone call. The cell phone will not get charged for the long distance call.

For example, if the Telmex land line is 327-xxx-xxxx and you are calling a cell phone based in Bucherias, you will dial 045 322-xxx-xxxx. If this call is from a Telmex landline to a Telcel cell phone, it will cost $2.85 pesos per minute plus I.V.A.

Land line to land line in another town (La Penita to Guadalajara)

Prefix needed: 01 Complete dialed number: 01-333-xxx-xxxx

This is larga distancia automatica nacional (automatic national long distance) and you will dial 01 before the area code and the phone number. The caller will be charged about $4 pesos during the day and $2.50 pesos at night for this phone call (without a special larga distancia plan).

Cell phone to cell phone

Prefix needed: None Complete dialed number: 322-xxx-xxxx

To call a cell phone from another cell phone, regardless of where the person is located at the moment, just dial the area code and the numbers without a prefix. The caller pays, and the cost depends on the plan. The cheapest Telcel cost for this type of call is $1 peso per minute; an Amigo card charges $2.5 pesos per minute plus IVA for the same call.

Cell phone to land line in the same town (Guayabitos to Guayabitos)

Prefix needed: None Complete dialed number: 322-xxx-xxxx or simply xxx-xxxx

You can either dial the area code and the 7 numbers or just the seven numbers. The price will depend on your plan. It can range from $1 peso plus IVA to $2.50 pesos plus IVA per minute. If you have an Amigo card, and you call a land line, you will be charged $4 pesos plus IVA per minute. The caller pays.

Confused yet? The easiest thing to do while still learning the Mexican system is to write down the format, and refer to it as needed- I still do.


Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Almost Done! Chetumal Airport Expansion Update Sept 21,2015

Here is an update on the Chetumal Airport extension. It is an article by another blog writer here in Mahahual. I have been getting some questions about this lately, so this update is pretty informative.

Tales From Mahahual

There has been lots of interest from the recent blog I wrote on the airport expansion project in Chetumal, so I thought an update on the progress might be due. If you missed that original blog, click here to review that article. There has been a lot going on and some new info about the flights that will be coming in, and even some from the US. The work seems to be moving along nicely but I still can’t get a completion date. It should not be much longer though, as the airport has already hired new staff and so have a couple air carriers who will keep small staffs in Chetumal. We have to be getting close!

chet airport new terminal

As for the construction, most of the terminal addition and new customs areas are complete. The bulk of the remaining work is on the runway extension. Much of the new runway…

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Azul Oceano Condos Mahahual, Mexico

Costa Maya Mahahual

Azul Oceano Condos. Azul Oceano Condos.

There has a been a lot of new development going on in Mahahual lately, and one of these new projects getting starting is Azul Oceano Condos 21.3.

Azul Oceano are new condos being built on the south end of the malecon. The south end of the malecon, near the new extension, is where a lot of the future growth will exist. There are several condo projects in the process of being built, or in the planning stages. All of these new condos will be between YaYa beach, and the El Hotelito, and soon will become the most desired place in Mahahual to live.

azul condo 1

Azul Oceano Condos are going to be in the forefront and in the center of this most desired location. Located right on the malecon, Azul Oceano will offer one, two, and three bedroom luxurious condos, with all the amenities. Living on the malecon is…

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No hurricanes in the Atlantic Coast yet for first time since 1914

Here is an article from the Yucatan Times, explaining why there have been no hurricanes this year in the Caribbean.  I know I and everybody in Mahahual, are glad we got missed this year.

No hurricanes in the Atlantic Coast yet for first time since 1914

The Atlantic tropical cyclone basin has seen several named tropical storms thus far in 2015. But when it comes to hurricanes, this season hasn’t packed much of a punch, particularly in the western Atlantic.

Eric Blake, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center (NHC), commented on the lack of hurricanes west of 55 degrees longitude in the Atlantic basin so far this season. Blake said this marks the first time there have been no western Atlantic hurricanes through Sept. 22 since 1914, when there weren’t any.

The 1914 season was the last time no hurricanes formed anywhere in the Atlantic basin, which includes the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.

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Lack of Moisture

This graphic shows precipitable water, or a measure of moisture in a column of the atmosphere, anomalies this Atlantic tropical season. There has been a notable lack of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico into the Caribbean.

Two factors working against hurricane development, wind shear and dry air, have been quite prevalent from the Gulf of Mexico into much of the Caribbean all summer long.

Hurricanes thrive off of rich, tropical moisture evaporating into the air from warm ocean water. Dry air is detrimental to hurricane formation because it disrupts the cycle of warm moist air rising to form clouds and thunderstorms – a cycle that essentially gives a hurricane its source of energy.

Likewise, wind shear, or the change of wind direction and speed with height, creates a hostile environment for tropical systems, as it too disrupts the ability of clouds and thunderstorms to organize in a way that supports the formation or continuation of a hurricane.

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Unfavorable Winds An illustration of how an El Niño pattern can produce unfavorable wind conditions for tropical activity in the western Atlantic. (Image:

El Niño can be partially to blame. This setup features warming of the Pacific Ocean and is generally associated with unfavorable wind patterns across the western Atlantic.

On the other hand, not only is the Pacific Ocean warm and tropically active, but atmospheric moisture has also been well above average in that area. The result has been nine hurricanes in the eastern Pacific, but zero in the adjacent western Atlantic.

With El Niño continuing and no signs of any major changes in wind shear and dry air, the western Atlantic hurricane drought may continue for a while.


Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina