Questions and Comments about Mahahual September 2016

It is time for the latest comments and question on this blog.  I try to do this once a month. I answer comments and questions provided by the readers of this blog.  This month I have had quite a lot of comments, and a couple of good questions.  As usual I will do the questions first, and then do the comments.

view from the roof of proposed Aqua Star Hotel and Condos.

“I have been to Costa Maya a few times and the last 2 years I have snorkeled just south of the light house in front of the first dive shop by the dock going out. It is good snorkeling once it gets a bit deeper, but the boats come in and out there. Is there a better spot that you would recommend? Any shore spots that you can scuba dive from and rent tanks? My wife and 2 kids will all be diving or snorkeling, but renting a boat for all 4 of us, is just too expensive. I have heard of beaches about 5-10 miles south of the cruise docks, but not sure of their name. I would love to get your thoughts. We will be there in January 2017.”

Very good question, first of all. snorkeling is great here in Mahahual.  Some of the best places are the remote areas.  Also you can take a snorkeling tour by boat here for around $20-$25 a person.  The boat takes you to a remote place on other side of the reef.  The area you mentioned in your comment is good, and used by a lot of tourists here. The beaches you have heard off 5-10 miles south of town are the best.  The farther away you from the town and tourists, the better the snorkeling is.  Let me know before you come in January and I can set some stuff up for you.

“Stewart, if your from the US and go to live in mexico, is it possible to take something like directv or dish with you as well and use it to watch? I ask because i have a couple of friends that were deployed to Jakarta and they were able to do this. Just wondering if you know of anyone over there that has done this and if it would work. As you know we are on the initial planning stages for moving down there and would be a huge plus if this was possible.”

I am not sure if you can bring your Direct TV dish with you, but I am pretty sure if it works in the USA, it might not work here, because a lot of things are blocked here by USA media.  For instance ESPN watch is blocked here, and a lot of other media.  They have SKY TV here that has a lot of programs in English, and stuff like the NFL network and other sports.    Most of us expats here like me, watch most of our TV over the internet and everything else for free.  There are numerous websites that have programming and sports, all for free.  I watched college football all day on Saturday just using my computer.  But I am sure in the near future, there will be Direct TV or something similar here.  I will keep you posted on media available here.

I have gotten a ton of comments this month, so I am going to share some of those now.

“Yeah, I’d buy those 3/4 Time Boys a cerveza. I relate to them closer than Kentucky. Good read, and damn funny.”

“Stewart, one caveat to your most excellent blog on If Trump Wins. Please do not move to Mexico if you voted for or supported Trump, please go to Canada or somewhere else when Madam President Hillary is sworn in.”

“Awesome post, Stewart. Thanks so much! You answered a lot of my questions. I’ll try to get you that can of Hormel Chili smuggled to you. (I personally think Wolf Brand Chili, no beans, is better, mho.) Question is: Beans or No beans?”

Me:Beans of course, I am not from Texas.

“Lol, not everyone can be so lucky. Beans it is!”

“Your Gamecocks won!!”

“I’m planning to. Take me another 12 years and some Spanish lessons, though. I’m about tired of US political shenanigans from all sides, and the common folk having to pay for it all.”

“I wouldn’t worry about trolls. I enjoy your BLOG. Can’t you block comments from these or approve comments before you allow them to post?”

Me:I don’t mind the critics, keeps me humble. I believe in free speech, if someone hates me, I believe they have the right to express it. He is first bad comment in a while. I usually post them along with the good comments.

“Your choice, of course. I blog, just a bit, or re-blog, for family and folks that may visit me and the few who have said they might retire here. Your Blog, on the other hand, is perfect for commercial sponsors and rotating affiliate programs. Additionally, the trolls kick down, for no reason, where you live and work or enjoy retirement. That’s a different story. I have always felt a responsibility to give back to any place I live and work.”

“Good info and read. Just the perfect information for anyone wanting to become and EX-PAT in mexico.”

“Good gosh, i just ate, and this made me hungry all over again! These is by far the best either eaten alone, or in tacos. Oh i am hungry.. hehe”

“We are looking for a home or condo. Either will work. Within walking distance to beach. In or around playa. Looking for medical costs as well. Insurance, all that goes with moving. Plus maybe open up a little bar close to the beach just to keep us entertained.”

“There are a lot of readers because the content on here not only serves EX-PATS, or future EX-PATS. It serves those wanting to go there and have a good time. My wife and i are future EX-PATS and will be moving there soon. So all this great information is highly appreciated. Job well done! Keep it coming!”

“Congratulations Stewart, well done! In honor of your accomplishment, I am going to crack open a bottle of Patron, cut up a few limes, dust off the sea salt and have a few shots with some cold Dos Equix. Thanks for the excuse to drink, much appreciated!”



(Moving to Akumal)”

Me: Is that Wade Hampton Generals, and Clemson Tigers? My 2 arch rivals.

“Absolutely! My wife and I are WHHS grads (’72). I’m actually a Georgia Tech grad, but I pull for the Tigers, too.”

“I like your blog, Stewart. Keep up the good work. I also like how you keep it pretty much politics free. Ignore the guy/gal, and start intentionally misusing grammar. That’ll teach them, and it might come out pretty funny.”

“As we say in Rhode Island, fuggedahboutit. How about something more interesting — that corn liquor made down in Xcalak? What’s it like? “Corn whiskey” covers a lot of ground — white lightning to fine bourbon. Go forth and research, sez I.”

“As they say in New York, forget about it. There are a large group of people in the United States that watch Fox News. I refer to Fox as the low information voter and viewer, foreign owned, lying tabloid on TV. But Fox does us nose breathers a real service by keeping the mouth breathers out of Mexico where they will ruin the country for all of us. Your Blog is an informational portal in to Mexico, the customs of Mexico, the food of Mexico, the Holidays of Mexico, Travel Information in Mexico, the list goes on and on. I am not surprised at the 200,000 figure, I am surprised it is not higher. Remember, Mexico is full of “rapists and murderers” so the ignorant are always going to question comments by a Gringo in Paradise. Best tweet I read when Trump visited the President of Mexico was, “Trumps in Mexico, hurry and build the wall now!” Keep up the good work Stewart and ignore the morons please, just pray they don’t visit Mexico anytime before they die.”

“Just let’s hope this negative blogger never graces our beautiful little paradise with his nonsense.”

“Does the name J. Brodie Bricker mean anything? He was (is) my soccer coach. If you played basketball or football against WHHS back then you probably played against one of my brothers.”

Me: I played a lot against Wade Hampton, in baseball and football. I was friends with Todd Hendley, Chris Miller, Rick Aldredge, all those guys. Also I know Clyde Mays quite well. I also started Nepals, the strip club with Pete Manos.

“I’ve known Pete since 6th grade. You probably played football against my brother Greg. You also probably played BB against Bob Patterson who was a friend of the family. If you swam in S.A.I.L in the summer, we all swam for Wellington Green.”

Me: Played baseball against and with Bob Patterson. Won state title in 1974 Bob and I were pitchers on team. I think I know Greg also.

“And when somebody disrespects Juanga. That also pisses Mexicans off. And Donald Trump.”

“fun read! #2 sounds horrible though!!😄”

“HAHAHA! Man this list made my day and it’s only getting started! What a great read.. Thanks!”

“Great info and love what people think about the water. I mean the most your going to get is the runs for a few days. hahahaha. Is that upsetting? No heck it’s going to clean you out.

I’ve been to numerous places in Mexico, not once have i had issues. Most places are safer than some cities in the US. Heck just in the city i live in right now in the US there are areas i would not even dare go into and think i would come out alive, or half alive. Yet there are places you go in Mexico that you would think that, but are actually good places to visit.

“Man i can’t wait to go back!”

“I can honestly attest to this as i have stayed there for even less a day. Of course the better part of me get me all the time, but it can be accomplished. Do your homework, research before you go and you can do a lot with just $30 or less as stated on this write up. Love it!”

“I can honestly attest to this as i have stayed there for even less a day. Of course the better part of me get me all the time, but it can be accomplished. Do your homework, research before you go and you can do a lot with just $30 or less as stated on this write up. Love it!”

“Ohh that is so awesome to know that the locals are into making their own blends. I will have to swing by and get a taste of some on my next trip.”

“Hey Stewart, I enjoyed reading a few of your posts. I haven’t been to Mahahual yet, though I’ve been living in Bacalar now for 2 months and 6 months in Progreso before that. I wonder if you’d care for some company this Saturday for college football? I haven’t checked the times to see when the Gamecocks play but my UofL Cardinals play in early afternoon and are hosting ESPN College GameDay The game is against Florida State, both teams 2-0 and it’s No 10 vs No 2 (the first top 10 matchup of the season). If you hadn’t heard about our QB I’d be surprised, though maybe you haven’t seen him play for a full game. If not, you’re in for a treat. I think he’s got like 13 touchdowns rushing and passing in the last 2 games, and crushed several ACC records playing a total of five quarters. Anyway, I’m looking forward to finding a way to watch the game, and someone to yell at the screen with would be welcome.”

“Have a very happy Independence Day🙂”

“Actually, the real hero of the War of Independece was Iturbide, but nobody likes to mention him. And Guerrero. We like to mention him, but he was also sentenced to death by firing squad.”

“We will. Though Clemson fans with their orange-colored $2.00 bills they spend in town are classy and always welcome in Louisville. I figure as a SC fan you probably feel differently about the team, but their fan base is a riot to tailgate with in my experience.

“Yeah, look forward to hearing from you next day or so.”

Jajaja you really must have scared her. I remember the days in MX when young women went nowhere without a chaperone. The US male students complained all the time that they couldn’t talk to MX girls. Those days are long gone.”

“Happy Birthday Stewart. Chin up, for everything there is a reason. I hope your luck soon turns around. Hang in there.”

“Ouch! I sent feliz cumpleanos to Stewart Rogers
If this is a good address for you…?”

“Stewart, you are killing me here in Texas. In the US/Florida Keys, those fish are called Hog Fish or Hog Snapper. Whatever name they are given, they are delicious cooked whole and not filleted. In Tulum, El Carmella Jrs serves them and they are called Bocanetti, not sure about Mahahual. Don’t tell anymore gringos about that fish, word will get out and soon the price will go up or there won’t be anymore or at least they will be scarce. I didn’t know about the Hormel Chili but I think we can find room in one of our bags for a few cans. See you the end of next month! Save some frio cerveza and bocanetti for us please”

“It was a good time, Stewart, thanks for the write up. It was great to meet you, and I’m glad you enjoyed the chili. The Tipsy Turtle really loaded up the dish, didn’t they. Yeah, I call them hogfish, too. To me, much better than the grouper people try to push. They had some nice hogfish, for sure. We had a great time in Mahahual, even if we didn’t find any ‘square fish’. It’s a beautiful place. I think you are going to carve your niche out in Mahahual. Just hang in there: Good times always follow hard times! Remember your friends when you get rich and famous!”

“Hey, Stewart, looks like you got the wrong coral snake picture. I’m pretty sure that’s the false coral, and perfectly harmless. The old saying is,
Red Touch Yellow – Kills a Fellow
Red Touch Black – Venom Lack, or
Yellow Touches Red – Soon You’ll Be Dead
Red Touches Black – Friend of Jack”

“My buddy Bill, from WV said the moon was good stuff, and bought a small bottle, for fairly low price. He said it was good stuff. I had a porter and a hamburguesa, and they were both real good. Excellent place for a meal and enjoying the breeze.”

“No injuries, no one hurt and no fire department”

So those are this month’s comments any questions, if you have any more feel free to send them.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina



3 thoughts on “Questions and Comments about Mahahual September 2016

  1. Laura says:

    Is there a Catholic Church in Mahuhual and how can I find mass time? I’ve searched countless sites and the only info I can find is they are building one

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