Well things are back to normal for me now in Mahahual. After staying a month in Merida, I came back to Mahahual in late July, and the town was full of tourists. There was almost not a room in town during the peak Mexican school vacation this year. It is most summer time tourists I have seen since I have been here.
I think a lot of Mexican Nationals are discovering and vacationing in Mahahual for the first time. In July until the middle of August, almost every hotel room and condo in Mahahual was filled with Mexican tourists. These tourists were from a lot of the big cities in Mexico, like Mexico City, Merida, Veracruz, and several others. There has really been a big push by the Othan P. Blanco government in Chetumal to attract Mexican tourists to southern Quintana Roo. There were even flight specials to Chetumal from other cities in Mexico, and some as low as 599 pesos round trip from Mexico City to Chetumal.
So when I got back from Merida, the Tropicante apartment I was staying at had been remodeled, and there were people renting it for a month. Rooms and houses were hard to come by, so I ended up at the Hammock House, which is a house down on the south end of the malecon, next to Cabanas de Doctor. The Hammock House is owned by Ken from Blue Reef condos, and it is a pretty cool place to live.
The Hammock House is right on the malecon, and has a great view of the beach and Caribbean Sea. I stayed in the upstairs part, and Wilberth from Blue Reef condos and his wife lived downstairs. It was only walk or a short bike ride up the malecon, so it was very convenient for me. It is kind of like a hostel, and a couple of young male Mexican students, who worked at the Barefoot Beach Club also owned and operated by the guys at Blue Reef Condos, stayed with me most of the time I was there.
The house has a great balcony and porch that overlooks the sea and the malecon. I spent a lot of time just looking out the balcony doors staring at all the colors of the Caribbean Sea. I have never spent much time down on the south end of the malecon before, but it is nice and quiet down there compared to the middle of town and the malecon. I think the house is going to be available to rent during high season here,( for about $500-$600 a month I think), and it is a great place to stay on the malecon. If you are looking for a place to stay this high season, that is simple and cheap, and on the malecon, let me know, I see if I can get you the place. At the moment I know it is available for monthly rentals.
Well I stayed in the Hammock House for most of August, and had a good time and enjoyed it. Then out of the blue, two weeks ago I got a call from a couple of blog readers that I know, that own a house here in Mahahual. They were going back to the USA for health and personal reasons, and asked me if I would move into their house in New Mahahual, (or Casitas as the locals call it), and look after it while they put the house on the market for sale. I said sure, why not, and I moved in the next day, after they flew back to the USA.
Man, did I luck out. The house I am now staying in, is one of the nicest in the neighborhood. It has 2 bedrooms, 2 and a half bathrooms, air conditioning, great internet, hot water, full kitchen, washer, microwave, and all the other conveniences of the USA. This house is fully furnished, and very nice. Too nice for me, I am used to living out of the suitcase, and staying in one room places and apartments. I always end up in nice places with great views, but not as fancy and modern as this place.
The house has a nice courtyard with a swimming pool, and even cocoanut trees. It is in a very quiet neighborhood in New Mahahual on Caribe Calle, which is the back road to the port, and is separated from the Caribbean by mangroves. It is in a good convenient location, I can ride my bike to the beach in about 5 minutes, and into the heart of New Mahahual in about 2 minutes.
Living in New Mahahual is a little more convenient , than living on the malecon, and there are more choices of places to eat or shop. There is also a lot of new development going on in New Mahahual, that I have noticed lately riding around on my bike. Besides the construction of the water park, there are several housing development projects going on, so things are quite busy at the moment construction wise here.
So at the moment, things are kind of slow here tourist wise. Not that many people in town, and the cruise ship season is a couple of months away, and the “Snow Birds” will arrive in November.
So in the meantime, I am going to be sitting in the air conditioning, writing this blog, watching football on my computer, cooking my own meals, taking hot showers, and enjoying all the other luxuries of the good old USA in this nice modern house. Man, I am in “High Cotton” now.
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina