Carnaval Costa Maya Mahahual 2018 Review

It has come and gone like a flash. The pueblito has returned to its quiet and sleepy state from the figurative and literal hangover from this past weekend’s Carnaval activities. The only sounds are the blowing of the seasonal breeze through the trees and songs of the tropical Great Kiskadee and Yucatan Jay birds pirched in them. It was a great weekend of parades, dancing and entertainment in that familiar imperfect Mahahual style.

The events kicked off Friday with a parade leaving from our neighborhood, casitas, scheduled for 6:30pm, which started promptly at 7:30pm in typical caribbean fashion, and traveling down the malecon with music and candy for the kids, ending up in “the dome”. As residents of casitas we thought it would be nice to grab our bikes and get there early to make sure we had a good spot for the show. That turned out to be silly of us because the parade only left from casitas, it wasn’t for casitas, as evidenced by the main float cruising by at mach 30 without a single wave or candy thrown our way.

The events calendar said the parade started in casitas so ourselves and a few flabbergasted others were left eating dust and sucking exhaust fumes as the floats whizzed by. If you are coming next year, be aware of that fact. Things don’t always make sense so plan for other eventualities!

After regrouping we headed down to the dome to check out the other events before the music started. There was a good sized crowd in good participatory spirits compared to last year at the light house when only a few hundred showed up and had all of the energy of a crowd at an international insomnia convention. The kings and queens were announced, the local dance troupe put on a show, the vendors fired up the tacos and marquesitas and Carnaval was officially under way for 2018!

The kids took over the stage with their care-free and cutting edge dance moves and once the Dos Equis took hold, everybody else was moving too. Lights flashed, cans emptied and tails shook until the music stopped around 3am.

Saturday’s activities were published only on the local facebook page in plenty of time for people to plan their day…late Saturday morning.  So if you were like me and don’t live on facebook, you had no idea there was another parade and round of activities before the music started again, despite my best efforts to try and find out what the schedule of events for the weekend was…flamboozled twice by the parade!

We made it down to the dome Saturday expecting a smaller crowd with a little less enthusiasm but what we found was a sea of little brown locals, dancing and smiling, peppered with hairy white tourists and expats who were just as happy to be there. The energy was thick and the night was quality once again. The kids ruled the stage and the lights flashed into the wee hours.

Overall Carnaval in Mahahual in 2018 was a success. We might be a small community but we really felt big this past weekend. If the improvements from 2017 to 2018 are any indication of the trend for the future, I would say don’t risk missing Carnaval 2019! Just make sure you don’t wait for the parade in casitas!

 

 

 

 

Carnaval Schedule of Events in Mahahual Costa Maya 2018

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Here we go guys as promised! For those gringos without the lingo I will translate for you here so you know what is going on!

Friday February 16 starting at 7:00pm in the Dome!

Kings and Queens of Carnaval 2018 Mahahual

7:00pm – Welcome and Presentation of Hosts

7:05pm – Inauguration by the Municipal President of Othon P. Blanco, Ing Luis Torres Llanes

Coronation Ceremony, Queen of Inclusion, Queen of Pro-Diversity, Emperors and Kings of Carnaval

7:30pm – Carnaval Antics

9:00pm – Presentation of Troupes

10:00pm – (Musical Acts) Los Huiros de Cozumel, Nohoch Purux y Pompi, and the best DJ in the Mexican Caribbean, Disco Macs

 

So there you have it! Looks like this year we are going to be celebrating in the dome instead of under the lighthouse. Stay tuned for updates from the festivities!

Carnaval 2018 Calendar for the Mexican Caribbean

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Carnaval is coming to Mahahual this weekend! I will post a schedule of events as soon as I can get my hands on it! For those who will be here visiting us for the first time you can look forward to live music, performances, comedy, arts and crafts, and more!

Fastest Fish Visiting the Mexican Caribbean

Non-impact observation is the best way to see these lightning fast fish / Photo: Wikimedia
Non-impact observation is the best way to see these lightning fast fish / Photo: Wikimedia

With individuals recorded at speeds of 75 km/hr, the Atlantic sailfish has one of the highest speeds recorded for aquatic animals

dato2The fastest fish in the ocean are within the group of billfishes which are large predatory fish like marlins, swordfish and sailfish. They all have a spear-like rostrum or ‘bill’ used to slash their prey and have a large dorsal fin. Billfish are found all over the world but sailfish prefer tropical and subtropical waters. Some scientists think it is only one species of sailfish worldwide, while others think there are two separated species (Pacific and Atlantic).

Sailfish is considered highly migratory. They have been known to travel as far as 3800 km in the northwest Atlantic! Their migratory patterns are likely linked to waters between 21° to 28° C. The Atlantic sailfish gathers in large groups in the Mexican Caribbean, giving us the opportunity to see them during winter.

The Atlantic sailfish can reach up to three meters and owes its name to the spectacular dorsal fin which stretches nearly the length of its body. It can also streamline itself by retracting it into a groove in the dorsal side of its body. It is thought they use the dorsal fin to herd fish, make itself look bigger to fend off predators, cool down after periods of high activity, and to increase body stability while swimming and hunting.

They are usually found in the upper layers of water but can go as deep as 200 meters. Although they usually do not exceed speeds of 36 km/hr, individuals have been monitored at speeds of 75 km/hr which is one of the highest speeds reported for aquatic animals! It is primarily caught in sport and artisanal fishing, and declines have been observed in Central America, Iran and India. However, despite its importance in sport fishery, there are no stock assessments or reliable landings data to understand the species and the threats it may face.

Although it is a highly prized game fish due to its size, strength, jumps, and speed, non-impact observation of the amazing wildlife we get to see through snorkeling tours seems a better approach to me than chasing and/or killing these amazing predators through any sort of fishery. For a bit more information: http://marinebio.org.

source:http://www.theplayatimes.com/fastest-fish-visiting-mexican-caribbean/

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

You know you’re in Mexico when…

Today some Mexican culture and humor from the Matador Network.  I subscribe to the Matador Network and they have some really good articles, and some excellent writers. They give insight to life in Mexico, as seen through their writers eyes, some are Mexican natives, and some are expats.

1. “Madre” becomes a good thing, a bad thing, practically anything, but also your mother.

2. You can stop a bus wherever you want, as if it were a cab.

3. Everyone around you is wearing an overwhelming amount of hair products.

4. People laugh at you because you said you love chile or longaniza.

5. Sanitation workers are equipped with a bell, a donkey or both.

6. Every celebration is overtaken at some point by a chiquiti bum… and everyone there knows the whole incomprehensible litany.

7. You order a beer and you are asked if you want it “normal.” The opposite of normal can range from a little lime and salt, to an assortment of sauces, chili, tomato juice and maybe even some gummy bears… or shrimp… for real.

8. Someone gets his face smashed into a birthday cake and everybody applauds.

9. Your Spanish skills are immediately put to the test with two common and apparently simple concepts: limón and lima.

10. Fireworks become a totally acceptable substitute for an alarm clock, especially if you have a church nearby (and you’ll have a church nearby).

11. The same goes to the military band of your nearest school.

12. You have to stop your car in the middle of a lonely road because some guys are asking for money for a quinceañera party or for painting the local church. They use a piece of rope to stop random cars and have the quinceañera right there as proof of their good intentions.

13. The first cut in a birthday cake is a circle around its center and nobody has a convincing explanation for this.

14. Fresh made tortillas are available from specialized shops everywhere.

15. People suddenly forget what punctuality means… and you quickly follow the trend.

16. You look both sides of the road even when the crossing light is green.

17. It doesn’t matter what you’re having for breakfast, you’ll get a side of either papaya or frijolitos.

18. You’ll either be greeted with some superb coffee from Chiapas or with water for Nescafe.

19. The wall in front of you is painted with political propaganda, some party info featuring Polymarchs or a moralizing message from the virgencita.

20. Four people hanging from ropes cast themselves into the abyss from the top of a giant pole while playing drums and flutes and everybody acts as if that were perfectly normal.

21. Every single restaurant offers “something else”, like “tacos, tostadas… and something else.”

source:https://matadornetwork.com/abroad/know-youre-mexico/

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

It is That Time of Year Again

Well it is that time of year again, hippie season in Mahahual.  Every spring, about this time of year, after the snows start to melt up north, hippies from Europe and the USA start showing up in Mahahual.

Hippie van showing up in Mahahual, loaded with hippies.

Hippies chilling out.

Some of the hippies perform music, juggle, and other things to try to make money to survive.  They show up every year about this time, and leave before it gets too hot.

One of the hippie girls doing belly dancing on the malecon.

Another thing I find interesting is, most of the “snow bird” expats are leaving, or have already left to go back up north.  It seems the hippies show up as soon as the “snow birds” head back up north, I wonder if there is a correlation there.

Also Semana Santa starts this weekend, so we will be having college students from all over Mexico here next week on spring break.  So the next two weeks should be very interesting here in Mahahual, stay tuned.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South carolina

Yemaya Beach Club and Resort, Mahahual

First of all I would like to apologize to Robert Gruber, owner of Yemaya Beach, for taking so long to get this article out.  I went to a birthday party about a month ago, took some photos, at Yemaya Beach, and I told Robert I would put them on this blog with his information and website.  Well I had to leave the birthday party early, and kind of forgot about the article until I found photos this morning.  So again sorry, I have been a little behind schedule.

Like I said, Yemaya Beach is owned and operated by Robert Gruber, originally from Germany.  I have seen Robert around Mahahual since I have been here, so he has been here quite a while. Well he has opened a beach club south of town on the coastal road to Xcalak.

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His place is about 4.5 kilometers south of town.

Entrance to Yemaya.

It is a great little spot on the beach, and you can see the port and Mahahual from the beach there.

Beach at Yemaya.

Robert has a swing bar, a restaurant, and all the other beach club amenities. You can hang out on the beach, snorkel, get a massage and there are also kayaks.

Cool swing bar.

Birthday party I was at.

They also have rooms, or cabanas I should say, you can stay in.  Here is their ad off of booking.com.

“Offering a barbecue and views of the sea, Yemaya Beachclub & Resort – Mahahual is set in Mahahual. The resort has a sun terrace and a private beach area, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.

The rooms have a private bathroom.

You will find concierge service at the property.

A range of activities are offered in the area, such as snorkelling, windsurfing and diving. The nearest airport is Chetumal International Airport, 68 km from Yemaya Beachclub & Resort – Mahahual.

We speak your language!”

Also I got this off of their website.

“Our secluded, private beach club offers an authentic “off the beaten path” experience, while our friendly staff, full service bar & restaurant provide all the necessary comforts. Kayaks are available for guests as well as massages (upon request).

Whether you are looking for an exclusive beach location where to kick back for the day, a serene spot where to settle for a camping vacation in the Caribbean, a gorgeous setting where to celebrate a special occasion, or just a place where you can enjoy doing nothing, Yemayá Beach Club & Resort is waiting for you!”

So if you are here on a cruise ship, or on vacation, or an expat looking for a different place to go for the day or night, check out Yemaya Beach Club and Resort.

If you are interested in visiting or booking a room at Yemaya Beach Club and Resort, I am enclosing their website below, so you can check them out for yourself.

http://www.yemaya.com.mx/

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina