Anita, the Vagabond in Mahahual

I met a woman the other day here in Mahahual.  Her name is Anita  Agape, and she is originally from Crimea.  She is here on her world-wide trek, and found Mahahual by mistake.  She said it was the closet beach to Bacalar Laguna, and she hitch-hiked from there to Mahahual.

She is a world traveler, and has visited over 28 countries.  She is also an aspiring travel blogger and writer.  So today she is going to try her hand at doing a blog for me about her travel experiences.

Anita Agape disFRUTA al a playa

Anita Agape disFRUTA al a playa del Mahaual, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Hi, I’m a Russian-Israeli, born in USSR and lived in Israel over 15 years. This cultural cluster with influences of adventurists from the popular TV made me always skip a beat while thinking of far-away countries, cultures, foods, languages…

So what inspired me to start actually living the vagabond life-style? What makes a person one day walk away from the society norms? Choose the home-free ways?

Well it was easy for me, tired after 3 years of university and broken-hearted from a long-lasting relationship that sank down like Titanic, I just wanted a change. I wanted my heart to be alive. the only thing that gave me the feeling of excitement was looking at world maps. But I didn’t had any money to travel. So it all started with hitchhiking inside of Israel to even simply visit my friends and then I just got….addicted. This feeling of meeting so many random, but good people every day, being exposed to THEIR life stories, their hobbies and much-much more…

This was my gate to the amazing huge world of infinite choices, opportunities, knowledge and the most important thing, diversity in all and everything.  I met from political party leaders and millionaires to home-less people, from rainbow-warriors and hippie tribes to ravers, advocates and doctors, criminals and priests…

By now I have hitchhiked cars of every type imaginable, from custom-made to private hand-made, from motor-bikes to sail-boats and even airplanes.

I am not an experienced writer, but I have a lot of great and unbelievable stories that I am willing to share, to inspire you, but my MAIN goal today is to show how good the world is, that majority of the people are good and nice, sharing and caring…which is very different from what the main media on TV and newspapers shows. So it’s all about giving another perspective on this wonderful, wonderful world.

And for today’s topic, Mahahual.

I am traveling in a bit different way, as I’ve been on the road for 3 years, generally without money, only by hitch-hiking and camping out. I don’t have plans where I’m going or schedule, only general ideas. So after enjoying Bacalar lake, I wanted salty beautiful ocean, I don’t like very big touristic and crowded places.  So hitchhiking from the lake I was asking the locals about nice beaches with a chilled out vibe…I ended up in Mahahual.

My first impression was as if I got into the zoo, there was a huge floating building in the gorgeous colored waters, and a flood of American yuppies. Within 2 hours all of this circus was gone and all was left were young travelers of different nature, from hitchhikers, vagabonds, travelers with vans, to tourists on budget and work exchange divers. Young, laid back vibe with fun people who don’t look to spend a lot of money and yet enjoy life in its fullest.

Second discovery here was that there are actually 2 main areas where you can hang-out. The first and the main is, of course, the beach. Mahahual has gorgeous beaches with probably more than 50 shades of blue. The locals fish here to provide you with amazing fresh fish and themselves with free food. There are some restaurants, some more expensive than others, but the prices are still reasonable for a promenade, while in the back street, the places are cheaper and generally very tasty. I feel like the biggest thing TO DO here is to have a scuba-diving experience, or at least snorkel, which is great here. You can find from Kundalini yoga  and nature store, to water-bikes and water-banana attractions. My personal favorite here is drinking Pina Coladas in a hammock while socializing with tourists, locals, and travelers, and jumping in the water every now and then.

Don't be scared of the rain, it passes within only a few minutes and then you can enjoy swimming again! Anita in the Caribbean waters.

Don’t be scared of the rain, it passes within only a few minutes and then you can enjoy swimming again! Anita in the Caribbean waters.

Of course there are also many more activities provided for high paying tourists addressed mainly to cruse ship clients, that some are in a separate zone near the ship dock.

The second area to hang out is the local’s village, located only about a kilometer away from the beach. It has several  “tienda”s, so-called super-markets, reasonably priced apartments for longer stay, really good restaurants with way cheaper prices, great food and events like live music, ladies night and etc. All of it mainly oriented toward this young crowd and locals that live here and daily provide the services to the cruse boats and local-Mexican tourism. My personal favorite here is going to live concerts and dancing salsa at the ladies night.

The life here can be from very “tranquilla” to very intense, it depends on what YOU are looking for. You can stay in the hammock all day and snorkel in the ocean, eat (the best I have had in a while) pastries of the bakery and fresh ceviche, or use the tourism to find work and get some money. You can be in the center of the touristic zone or a bit outside, where you will be swimming almost always alone in the ocean…and the last thing… don’t miss the sunrise in Mahahual! Personally, it energizes me and gives me so much positivity for the upcoming day, that it’s probably almost my hobby by now.
At first there was nothing to do after 8 at the evening in the touristic zone, as the locals and work exchange people closed the businesses and went to the village zone, but now as the vacations are fully on there are also a lot of activities on the promenade at night.
I enjoy Mahahual as I can choose how involved I am here, if I prefer to stay at the more hermetic areas or more touristic…after a very short period of time I got to know a lot of the locals and now my feeling here is way more cozy, rather than “annoying touristic” feeling I had in the beginning when everyone just tried to sell me things.
And the last thing… if I have to give you some advice for “How to have a better time in Mahahual?”
1. enjoy here and now, be in the present moment, forget your problems! “Acuna Matata” vibe.
2. don’t be scared to try new things.
3. don’t lend money to Mexicans here.
4. if you never had Horchata, it worth trying it, its cheap 😉
5. if you eat fish- try ceviche.
6. watch the sunrise.
7. treat yourself for a massage.
***and if you are broke like me, don’t be afraid to say it, you might get cheaper prices or even work.
8. Enjoy!
-With love and fun, Anita Agape.
Anita enjoying the Pitaya, "Dragon fruit" on the beach of Mahahual, Mexico.

Anita enjoying the Pitaya, “Dragon fruit” on the beach of Mahahual, Mexico.

I hope you enjoyed this different perspective of Mahahual, and Anita’s insight.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

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