Questions and Comments Mahahual January 2017

It has been very busy down here during holiday season, so I am a little behind on this section, “Questions and Comments”.  I try to do this once a month, but I think I missed December.  So here are my latest questions and comments I have gotten on this blog.

As usual, I will do the questions first, and answer them, and then post comments.

“I was wondering about that topic lately. Thanks for sharing.

Any sources you can give me for cooking authentic Mexican food?”

There are a lot of websites that are dedicated to authentic Mexican food, try Google or look for a cook book.  Tons of sources out there.

“Do you have any problems with ciguatera poisoning in the fish caught in the area? I’m heading down there in January and my fishing friends are scaring me to death about eating any of the fish caught in the reefs.”

No problems here, I eat fish here every day. Don’t listen to your friends.

“What is the status of this development as of Christmas 2016 please?”

This question is about new housing development in Mahahual that lists houses at $155,000.  One house has been built, and others are starting construction.

“What are the current times that the ADO leaves Playa for Mahahual? Is it daily?”

Yes it is daily. Times are 8am, 11am, and 4pm, I believe, you might want to check on exact times.

“I came down 3 months ago with a flight arriving Cancun at 0930. I arrive PDC by 1130 and had to wait for the 4:30 bus. I was thinking there has to be a better way? That doesn’t involve changing collectives every few towns. You see lots of buses on hwy 307. Probably out of the main Cancun terminal heading to Chetumal but I do wonder if there is a more frequent bus direct from Cancun to Mahahual? ”

“Nice blog..good info amigo. Exploring a small business opportunity there…looking for a studio or small apartment to rent for 3-4 months. Ang suggestions?”

Nothing to rent at the moment anywhere in town.  I checked with several places for some other blog readers.  I cannot even find something long-term for myself.  No room in Mahahual this winter.

“Hola Stewart–what do you think the odds are for another cruiseport down by Puerto Angel?”

None, nada, the is an expansion of current port planned to include another dock. None, they are going to expand current port. Only natural passage through reef.

“I always enjoy your blog.can you direct me to the community Facebook page I’m going to be living there next winter and I want to look at what it’s about.”

One good community Facebook group here is Unidos por un Mahahual.

“Lol…no snow here in Toronto Canada…1st bout of winter I’ve had in 4 years ! Need your guidance…want to explore Mexico and muhahaual…explore opening a snorkl adventure Center there… I’d like to find a comfortable but inexpensive room or studio for 2-3 months to rent. Can you refer me to someone? Grateful as always and keep the posts them!”

Nothing for rent at moment.  Your best bet is to come down and scout around, is the best advice I can give you.

“Stewart, I have question regarding asylum in Mexico – remember reading but cannot find again. Is there an email for you I can use. Many thanks.”

The article is in archives of this blog.  If you need more in-depth information I suggest you contact my friend  Milly Arceo at  She is an Immigration Specialist in Playa del Carmen.  She used to work for immigration, so she knows what she is doing.  I talked to her today, and she is going to handle some thing for me.  Just tell her Stewart sent you, she can give you all the details and options.


And now the latest comments.

“Very interesting I came here about 15 years ago to pdc. Have been back and forth. And totally agree with you I am English American but am much happier here iin Mexico. Of course I have lived in foreign countries most of my life. Fi will friend you. Intend coming up there soon to visit. Enjoy every day to the full as I do.”

“How about a PATRIOTS hat and a can of spam ! LOL !”

“Red Snapper, beautiful, great fish for ceviche. Try fresh conch for a delicacy ceviche delight or shrimp or crab meat if available, All good!”

“Sounds like the acidity in ceviche helps to supplement low stomach acid, as well as making the protein easier to digest by ‘pre-digesting’ it. That’s a good tip.”

“Great information We are planning on retiring and looking now for beach front property.”

“The Mexican military engineer invented the fusil mondragon, the first semi auto rifle on the world, and a few cannons that has been used all over the world.”

“This is a great article and sums up the entire and what I refer to as, the south of Tulum experience. From a selfish point of view, I hate to see articles like this, I saw the same thing happen to the Florida Keys from the late 70s to the 2005 era, not good. Not good meaning the entire article is true, Mahahual is wonderful, the Keys used to be wonderful and I do not want to see Mahahual go the route of complete commercialization and ruin the beauty of: No Shoes, No Shirts, No Problem.”

“I couldn’t describe our future life together any better, this is what we and probably 99% of the population needs in the USA. Toss in health that doesn’t bankrupt you and it is what I would call as good as it ever is going to get. Love You”

“Congratulations! That is a huge achievement! I love Costa Maya and just recently traveled on a cruise there. Check out my recap at

“The schedule appears inaccurate. We will be in costa maya on january 26.”

“Wish I was there! We got 6to 9 inches in Boston, MA”


Mahahual, Mexican Caribbean.

Mahahual, Mexican Caribbean.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina







Photographing Crocodiles in Mexico

Today’s PM edition will be about the crocodiles of Banco Chinchorro.  I found this article the other day, and it was good, and full of information about the crocodiles here.  Trust me they are everywhere here and Belize, and play a vital part in the ecosystem here.  So you might find this interesting.

Photographing Crocodiles In


Another Blogger’s View of Mahahual

Every now and then I meet some very interesting people here in Mahahual that are world travelers. People that have decided to leave the USA or their respective countries, and see the world.  I met Aussie Steve and his wife last year while they were  traveling through Mahahual on their world tour.  Aussie Steve had a blog also and wrote about their travels.  He wrote some of his impressions of Mahahual and I shared on this blog.

I like to give different views and opinions from other from time to time on this blog.  I think people who read this blog like a different outlook or perspective from time to time, than just my opinions and thoughts.  I read a lot of other blogs and websites in my research, so I like to see and read other people’s opinions of Mahahual as well.

A while back I met an interesting couple from Cleveland, Ohio who are staying here in Mahahual for an extended period.  They are Ellen McGregor Kotran and her husband Tedly.  I think if I am correct, they both were in the television business in Cleveland.  She writes a blog about their travels, and she has written several articles on her blog about their stay here in Mahahual.  I found that has some unique observations of Mahahual that I have not thought about writing.

So today I am going to share some articles she has written about their stay here in Mahahual.  I think they are going to be here a little while longer, but I am not sure how long their stay is.



One stop at a time

Tulum or Mahahual:

5 reasons we picked

Mahahual for now

May 1, 2016 1 Comment

Tulum’s beach is a magical place. In addition to endless white sand and turquoise water, there’s a spiritual feeling many people experience just south of the famous Maya ruins. I’ve heard it described as a spiritual vortex – similar to the vortexes in Sedona, Arizona. That description feels right to me. I will always love Tulum.

That said, we are budget travelers who retired early. We want a simple life, and we don’t have a gazillion dollars for high rent.

So, here are five reasons I personally like living in Mahahual more than I liked living in Tulum, for now.IMG_8115

#1: It’s more affordable to live on the beach in Mahahual, or very close to it.

  • There are many options for short visits to Tulum – from hostels and hotel rooms in town, some miles away from the beach, to boutique hotels right on the beach for tidy sums of money. Or, in Mahahual, stay across the street from the beach for much less money. Google hotel prices, and you’ll see what I mean.
  • For apartment living, in Tulum you can find monthly places right on the beach, but there is no way I could afford that. So, I paid about $320 in town – miles away from the beach – for one room studio with a bed, small table, basic kitchen, good sized porch, water and wifi included. For Tulum, that was a decent deal. I had a good landlord and I would rent there again. Here in Mahahual, it’s a different scene, with less demand, so prices are lower. We are paying roughly $500 a month for a one-bedroom, split-level apartment with bed, dresser, full kitchen, couch, coffee table, water, wifi, TV and cable included, with an amazing rooftop, ocean view deck, across the street from the beach. Stars and sunrises on the Caribbean Sea. Oh, heck yes.IMG_8640

#2: Mahahual has a malecon. (A walkway with no cars on or near a beach.)

  • The beach road in Tulum is congested with speeding taxis and tourists in a rush. Several times, I was nearly hit by cars speeding by me on my bike once I left the bike path from town. There are no speed bumps on the beach road to the north, and every car speeds. Some drivers are texting. It’s not cool. At the few spots where you can see the beach from the road, you can’t enjoy it because of all the traffic.
  • In Mahahual, I can jog along the malecon – along the beach – along the ocean. I stopped running while I lived in Tulum because I got too hot without an ocean breeze, and I didn’t feel comfortable running with music on the beach road. I love jogging with the ocean breeze right on me the entire time. You can see it from our rooftop deck.FullSizeRender(11)

#3: Mahahual is an authentic small town.

  • You won’t find Starbucks here, like you will in Playa del Carmen or in Tulum. There are only mom-and-pop convenience stores, no Oxxos. No Chedraui, no Walmart or Bodega Aurrera. When you buy something at a store, that money goes to a family’s small business. Not a giant corporation. I. love. that.
  • If you need something you cannot find in town, Chetumal is the state capitol, and it’s 90 minutes or two hours away, by car, bus or colectivo (colectivo is a shared taxi van, and I’m pictured in one below).FullSizeRender(42)

#4: Snorkeling is better in Mahahual.

  • You can walk to the reef – it’s very close to the shore in most spots. It runs along the beach through the center of town. If you’re a decent swimmer, you can get to a few spots south of town without a guide boat. There are more fish and coral here closer to the beach than Tulum – it’s not even a competition. The water doesn’t get too rough or – generally speaking – go over six feet until you’re on the ocean side of the reef.
  • Plus, Banco Chichorro is accessible by boat from here, if you’re in the market for an incredible dive. (Albeit, it’s expensive.)DCIM100MEDIA

#5: Mahahual is more laid back – and people seem happier.

  • The vibe here is so casual, it’s contagious and coveted. Kinda like how Tulum was more than a decade ago. I’ve overheard visitors from the cruise ships say this is the best port they experienced on their trip.
  • Think about it: don’t you always feel better when you see the beach and the ocean? Because of the malecon, the Caribbean Sea is accessible to everyone – it’s right there. It’s not just for the high rollers jetting in for vacation paying big money for a ‘private’ beach, as in Tulum. Maybe this easy access to the beach helps create the collective happy vibe here in Mahahual.IMG_9307

Will it stay this way here? Or will it grow to be more like Tulum, or Playa del Carmen? I have no idea. I can’t see the future. I do know this – there is some development already happening here, with more planned.

For now, at this point in our early retirement lifestyle, Mahahual has many positive points that are more comfortable for us than Tulum. It’s easy going, it’s friendly, it’s less expensive, it’s beautiful. And we like these points. No, we love them.


Dental care in

Mahahual, Mexico

May 25, 2016 Leave a comment


It takes 90 minutes to two hours to get to Mahahual from the nearest large urban centers in southeastern Mexico: Chetumal, the state capital, and Felipe Carrillo Puerto, which is the next largest urban center south of Tulum.

My husband thinks of Mahahual as a tropical island because it’s 35 miles off the main highway running north and south in State of Quintana Roo, and there is basically nothing but mangroves or jungle once you turn off the highway. Mahahual’s seclusion is part of its charm for us.

Americans expect full services and convenient comfort in places where they live, like malls, post offices, grocery stores and Walmart. None of that is here. There are bodegas with all the basic food supplies you need to live, and there is a medical clinic with ambulances on standby on cruise ship days.

Once a week on Tuesdays, a dentist drives here from Chetumal. This is a huge boon – as it saves a nearly a four-to-five hour round trip to Chetumal on public transportation.

My husband and I were due for our cleanings, so I made an appointment a week in advance by stopping at the office of Dr. Mario Adrian Soto Diaz. His office is in a building just off the main drag by one of the less expensive hotels, by the main taxi stop.


Dr. Diaz has a modern office set for basic care with a dental chair like you would see in the U.S. and sterilized tools. He is a pleasant professional. One look inside my mouth and he instantly accurately recounted my dental history.

He was thorough and gentle during my cleaning. My teeth feel great – clean and smooth. Dr. Diaz didn’t find any cavities, but he did alert me to some cosmetic work I will need to have replaced, probably within the next year. To anyone staying in Mahahual, I recommend Dr. Diaz, should you need a dentist while you are here.


Dr. Diaz told me most of his patients are people like us – people who either retire here or who live here for an extended time. If someone has a dental emergency, the can be seen right away on Tuesdays without an appointment. But that doesn’t really happen.

Sadly, many if not most of the local people cannot afford the luxury of a dental cleaning. The gringo price for us was the equivalent of a mere $33 each. For the convenience and the Dr. Diaz’s expertise, that’s really nothing. But, that’s incredibly steep for a working class Mexican. We are so lucky to have the means for the cleanings.

I also have some experience with medical care in Mexico, including an annual gynecologist visit in Chetumal, including a mammogram, immediate care in Tulum for likely Chikungunyaand another time for parasites, and also for a urinary tract infection while I visited Campeche. All good experiences overall.

But back to Mahahual. I really love this place on so many levels. We are here for just under one month more before we start our next adventure.

Mahahual is mostly known to tourists who come on cruise ships and visit for a few hours in a day. When those tourists board the boat to leave, this place reverts back to a tranquil, laid back paradise. Even when the cruise shippers are here it’s a paradise — it’s just a little more crowded.

Aside from the cruise ships, there are more Americans coming here to retire, or for extended stays, like us. There appear to be more foreigners buying land and property in this area. If Mahahual sounds like a place you’d like to check out, read more about it here.


No sargassum in

Mahahual, Mexico, a

gorgeous Caribbean

beach town

April 4, 2016 Leave a comment

For those people searching the internet for “sargassum” and “Mexico” and “Caribbean” and keep landing on this site because of my previous Tulum posts – this post is for you.

No sargassum to speak of here in Mahahual.


Just regular, run-of-the-mill seaweed and sea grass. That’s what much of those dark spots are under the water.


There also are bits of coral close to the shore.


There are many colorful fish. But today was my first time with the GoPro, so I was a little slow, and only caught a couple of good ones.



In addition to no sargassum, there aren’t any tourists either, if it’s a day with no cruise ship parked at the dock.

So, we just snorkel on. Come visit. Mahahual is only a couple more hours south of Tulum.



Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Mahahual Cruzando Fronteras Festival

The Mahahual Cruzando Fronteras Festival kicks off today, and runs through next week.

The festival

We are dreamers and we attracted a great challenge: to create a Cultural Festival a cultures around the world without borders.

The intention is to invite Mahahual writers, artists, craftsmen, directors, writers, and musicians, without putting limits (do not have borders, even living in the last frontier, we reject the very idea of “limit” or “border”, because we love cross them, overcome them, and amalgamate) to this mix of artists from different cultural backgrounds; and also created within the activities of the week workshops, courses, debates, a kind of “mutual pollution of knowledge” under the aegis of a Ecoturistico Pueblo, Mahahual, which has so much to teach while anxious to learn and know. Therefore there will also be dedicated to exhibitions of materials produced during the Festival and those brought by the guest artists spaces.

The Festival aims to bring together a series of events, or rather, a wide range of annual events involving the institutions of the participating countries to consolidate an appointment that aims not only to meet the needs of art and culture of the inhabitants of Quintana roo, but especially to further develop the innate ecological awareness of its people and to provide the largest in Mexican territorial waters international support for the protection of coral reef. Here is the Mayan culture and is the source of many of its inhabitants; their language is still spoken and written.

The aim of the Festival is to offer a thousand “tastes” without cause “indigestion” of grandstanding. They participate internationally famous people, along with countless artisans less known to the public intellect, but able to leave their “footprint”.

The locals are small, but stubborn and Mahahual has accustomed us to walk and sail against the wind.

Mahahual is also a positive example of multicultural integration where cohabit Mayan elders and others from different regions of Mexico besides Italian, English, Dutch, Spanish, French, American, German and Lebanese. All they motivated by a “pioneer frontier spirit” in the search, above all, a different quality of life and who often leave behind large cities, each in their own way and for different reasons, are considered fugitives: “Our leak is a sign of rebellion, a sign of vitality, the search for a new world. Many envy us because “we all” sea, sun, nature, a quiet life without stress clock. But no, what we lack culture. Therefore, we propose an exchange: you, men of letters and art, otórguenos their experience, their knowledge and in exchange we will donate them our wealth, serenity, joy of life, the rediscovery of Mother Earth. All together, mavericks, visionaries and intellectuals, not only will Mahahual a beautiful place to live or spend a few weeks of detoxification, but also a laboratory of ideas, proposals and models, which will create new ways to show that change is possible. Ours is a challenge for those who feel the need to dream, to nurture utopias. The Festival will not be a goal to reach, but a collective journey, and a journey meant to give you the emotions that live along the way. ”

Here is a video about the festival.

For a schedule of events and the performers and artists on stage, you can go to the Mahahual Cruzandos Facebook page for more information.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina



Lost Mayan Kingdom Semana Santa Promotion

If you are in Mahahual, or coming to Mahahual this weekend, and you want something different to do than fight the crowds at the beach.  You might want to visit the Lost Mayan Kingdom water park and try something different.

There is a big Semana Santa promotion going on now.  The special rate of $ 730 (pesos) adult, $ 650 child, which includes your admission to the park, unlimited access to all activities, facilities plus a hotdog combo that includes a hot dog, fries and soda.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina