I get this question all the time from people and tourists here. “How did you end up in Mahahual”? I must answer that question five times a day on cruise ship day. So this morning, I went back and looked up what I wrote about Mahahual my first year here.
When I first showed up in Mahahual, I was writing on a blog I had started in Belize, http://www.oasisresortbelize.wordpress.com. I had started this blog when I lived in Belize, and wrote of my experiences there.
So I went back this morning in that blog to find some stories I wrote of my first year in Mahahual, and my impressions and experiences that I never shared on this blog. I found a story that I wrote about my first year in Mahahual and reflecting on that year. I am going to post that today. I found this story interesting, and reminded me of some things I had not thought about in almost five years.
Reflections on 2012 from Costa Maya and Mahahual, Mexico
January 2, 2013 by oasisresortbelize
Looking back and reflecting on 2012, I have come to realize that 2012 was one of the most interesting and challenging years of my life. I started the year in Caldaritas, Mexico, went to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico to look for work and I ended up in Mahahual, Mexico instead.
While I was living in Caldaritas, I met a guy named Dory Hernadez at the casino in the Plaza de Americas in Chetumal, and he told me there was a lot of opportunities for someone like me in Mahahual. I had not heard much about Mahahual except from Mike Shuler, an American who I was living with in Caldaritas. He kept telling me that his friend from Texas, Roger, had gone to Mahahual and loved it. After staying in Playa Del Carmen for 2 weeks in late January, and looking for work. I decided that Playa was a little big for me, so I decided to check out Mahahual and see if I liked it and what it had to offer.
At this time I was considering going back to the USA and trying my hand at something there. I fell in love with Mahahual the moment I stepped off the bus here. I also ran into my friend Dory and I hung with him a couple of days and got to know some people. I checked into Hostel Mahahual, owned and run by Fernanado who also has the 100% Aguave Restuarant and beach club.
My first day in town I was offered a job with Shark Tours at the cruise ship port on a straight commission basis. I had stayed in the Tres Mundo hostel in Playa Del Carmen and I liked the hostel life, so I ended staying at the hostel for 5 months. I met some very interesting people when I was living in the hostel, including a lot of Europeans, Americans, and some South Americans.
I started working at the port and realized I really liked it. I got to deal with cruise ship tourists from American whenever a ship was in town, and I found out I had a knack for handling tourists and helping and educating them about Mexico. I started in March at Shark Tours, and after a month, low season hit, and the ships went from 5 or 6 a week to just 2 every 2 weeks during the summer here.
While I was living in the hostel, 2 American hippies from California and a woman from Germany named Steffi Hiller moved in across the hall. Steffi and I started hanging out and we ended up staying with the 2 hippies in Villa Aguila in Xcalak, with an English/Italian guy who invited us to stay with him. Before I knew it a combination of Big Brother/Survivor on the beach and jungle of Xcalak. The hippies did not last long and they ended up getting kicked out of the place for basically being Californians. They did nothing to help out with the life in the jungle and were cheap and never had any money, and would not even pick up after themselves.
So the 3 of us stayed there for a while in Xcalak, and tried to make it and get along, but it did not work. We left and Steffi took off and I don’t know where she is, and not have heard from her in a long time, and probably never will.
After that I came back to Mahahual and moved out of the hostel and into where I live now the Kay Kook hotel in Barrio Cinco-Cinco. Since then I have been working at the port with shark tours and also helping out with Costa Maya Real Estate. I am glad that I decided to stop in Mahahual, because I have a feeling I will be here for a long time.
I have met a lot of good and nice people in Mahahual, including my friends Steve Uhl, Maggie Flores and her family, my boss Carlos, the guys I work with at Shark Tours, and numerous other people I can all list. Life is good for me here, I am not getting rich, I live in a room with a bed, table, and chair, but I have internet and a clean shower and bathroom, and my place is very safe and secure.
I eat out a lot, the food is good here and cheap. I always have things to do and events and things to go to. A big part of my job is to go into town and check the tourists I have sent into town on various excursions or places and socialize with them, and even sometimes have a few drinks with them.
I really enjoy my life now and look forward to 2013, because I think things are only going to get better here. The people here are really nice to me and everybody in town seems to know who I am and my name. I get “Hey Gringo” a lot but that does not bother me. I almost forgot to mention my special friend who I also met in 2012 Perla Tandy, who I met in Mahahual, she is Mexican and one of the nicest smartest women I have ever met and now is in Flight School to work for the airlines.
There are a lot of other people I can mention who came into my life in 2012, and there are more events that happened, but that would take quite awhile, and I don’t want to take up any more time. All I can say 2012 was good to me and I hope 2013 is even better, and I want to thank all my readers of my blog for you reading my blog and continued support, and I hope you have a great 2013. Thank You Stewart Rogers
What I found interesting about this article I wrote almost five years ago is, I still feel the same way I do about Mahahual. Mahahual is not for everybody, but it is for me.
There is not much going on this weekend in Mahahual, so I think I am going to have a ‘throwback weekend”, and post some of my older stuff from my blog I started in Belize. So over the next couple of days I will be posting some stories I wrote before we started the costamayalife.com blog. So stay tuned.
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina