Holy Week and Easter in Mexico

Semana Santa starts here this weekend. The town will start to fill up this weekend, and will be packed all next week. It is like Spring Break on steroids, and a sight to see.

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Semana Santa Traditions

Updated March 23, 2016.

Semana Santa (Holy Week) is the week leading up to Easter. This is a very important holiday in Mexico. Religious celebrations are at the forefront, but it’s also a time when Mexican families head to the beaches and tourist attractions.Most schools have two weeks vacation at this time, both Semana Santa and the following week, which is referred to as Semana de Pascua.

Dates of Semana Santa:

Semana Santa runs from Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos) to Easter Sunday (Domingo de Pascua), but since students (and some workers) enjoy a two-week break at this time, the full week preceding Easter as well as the following week comprise the Semana Santa holiday. Find out the dates of Semana Santa, which vary from year to year.

Travel During Holy Week:

Since schools in Mexico have a two-week vacation…

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European Back Packer Time of Year in Mahahual, Mexico

I did a post yesterday with some photos of some hippies coming through Mahahual, and I got several questions and comments. I forget sometimes that I am constantly getting new readers on this blog, and maybe have not read any of my past articles about life here. I got one question asking what is the “European Hippie Back Pack Tour”, I have mentioned in several posts. So I went in the archives and found a story I did about that 3 years or so ago. So here is the answer to that question. They are not necessarily “hippies” in the true sense, I just don’t know how else to describe them.
They have long hair, don’t bathe much, live communally, don’t work much, just to eat, and fit all the criteria that I learned about hippies growing up in the 60s. I know when they walk by on the malecon, all the Mexicans here say “hippie” under their breaths, so that is the term I adopted. I mean they have no political agenda, like hippies in the USA, just the lifestyle. I have met a bunch of them, nice people, just different.

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This time of year in Mahahual and through out Quintana Roo and Mexico, backpackers from Europe descend on the area.  Young men and women from all over Europe visit Mexico a lot during the months of May and June.  A lot of Europeans choose to travel through Mexico and other parts of Central America after they get out of school, or take a vacation from their jobs.  They fly into Cancun usually and embark south for places like Tulum, Bacalar, Playa del Carmen, and even Mahahual.

They have back packs and usually stay in hostels, or camp out along the way.  Most of the European backpackers stay for a couple of months, and try to see and experience as much as they can during their travels.  A lot are attracted by the Mayan ruins, while some just love Mexico’s beaches and the natural beauty and friendly people.  They start off…

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The Story of Mexican Beer

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The Story of Mexican


Mexican Beer

The Spaniards were the first to introduce barley and wheat based beers to Mexico although production was limited in the early days, in part due to the lack of available grains.

The first official concession to brew European-style beers was issued by the Spanish authorities in the middle of the 16th century; however, despite the brewers’ attempts to expand the business by growing more crops locally to increase the supply of barley at a lower price, heavy regulation and high taxation imposed by Spain on locally-produced beers and wines stymied the industry’s growth.

After Mexico’s War of Independence saw-off the European regulators and their taxes, beer production began to flourish in Mexico. During the latter part of the 19th century, an influx of German immigrants brought additional knowledge and expertise to the field which caused the local market to diversify and improve its…

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There’s No Shame in Becoming an Expatriate

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I usually don’t take much stock in what “International Living” puts out nowadays, but every now and then I find a good article in some of the emails they send me.  They currently are touting Ecuador as the greatest place on Earth for expats to live, after the bubble in Belize has kind of burst.

Any way they send me four or five emails a day trying to sell me on Ecuador or Costa Rica, some newsletter, and conferences and stuff.  I usually just look at the email and delete it, but yesterday I came across something I thought was interesting.

The editor wrote an article about explaining what an expat is, and I thought it was a very poignant article, so I thought I would share.  The article basically explains what an expatriate is, and clears up some of the misconceptions some people have.

I know a lot of…

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Americans Wanting to Leave the US in the Wake of Trump win Should Consider Mexico

I have been getting a lot of inquiries and questions since Trump won the election from people looking to get out of the USA.  Every day here we get questions about how to move here, and what it costs to live in Mahahaul.  I don’t foresee the politics in the USA getting any better in the future, so I plan on staying in Mahahual and Mexico, to escape all the turmoil in the USA.  Here is an article that gives some of the benefits of living in Mexico.

According to a Morning Consult/Vox poll conducted on March, 1 in 4 Americans has threatened to leave the USA if Trump won the election.  Americans say they plan to relocate to Canada, in fact, the interest in immigration to Canada was so great it caused the Canadian Immigration website to crash on election night.

An American entrepreneur has gone as far as creating a dating website called Maple Match, which brings Americans and Canadians together in hopes of finding love and relocating to Canada through marriage.

The fact is, it is not easy to immigrate to Canada unless you are a refugee, Federal Skilled Worker, wealthy or married to a Canadian and even then there are challenges receiving Permanent Residency in Canada. Mexico may be a better option to escape the US.

10 Reasons Americans Who Want to Leave the US Should Consider Mexico

  1. A tranquil life, Americans looking for a simpler lifestyle, away from the politics and the uncertainty of the US can realize a serene life in Mexico with a lower cost of living and a higher quality of life.
  2. Family life, Americans who have not yet retired, are moving to Mexico and working remotely, this lifestyle offers more family time, with amazing family adventures plus quality education for children. Typically expat children attend private school in Mexico, a perk you may not afford in Canada or the US.
  3. Economy, Mexico is the 11th-largest economy in the world, based on pay and cost of living, whereas Canada ranks 16th. Mexico also has a lower unemployment rate than Canada, and the middle-class sector continues to grow at a faster rate in Mexico.
  4. The American dollar stretches farther in Mexico than it will in Canada, as of today the US dollar is worth 20 pesos.
  5. Benefit from the Double Taxation Treaty between the US and Mexico, avoid paying tax in both countries.
  6. Renting and Owning Real Estate, Living in Mexico offers a better quality of life if you are living on a fixed income or social security, more freedom to enjoy life with some of the luxuries and amenities you may not have in the US or Canada. Property owners enjoy low condo fees and minimal property taxes in Mexico.
  7. Health and Dental, Fear of losing your healthcare? You can afford excellent health care in Mexico including, surgery, X-rays, ultrasounds and prescriptions at half or less than what you pay in Canada or the US., with minimal wait times. Quality dental care with state of the art technology at 50-70% lower than the cost in Canada.
  8. The People, retirees enjoy an active social life, with new and old friends from all countries, Mexico is an international melting pot of all backgrounds and different walks of life.
  9. The Climate, escape the cold weather by settling in the Riviera Maya where there is warm tropical weather year round, less rain, and no snow. Sunshine and an ocean breeze are good for the bones and the spirit.
  10. Mexico’s geographic proximity to the United States allows for quick and easy visits from friends and family who remain in the US.

Mexicans are leaving the US to take advantage of economic opportunities in their country; they are returning to reunite with family and to enjoy the lifestyle Mexico has to offer.


Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

No Time Change in Mahahual

Just to remind everyone, we don’t move our clocks forward or back here. This is a post I did last time clocks changed. I just noticed the change this morning.

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Another great thing about living in Mahahual is, you never have to move your clocks forward or back, it is the same time year round.  We do not change our clocks here in Mahahual and Costa Maya, and in fact the whole state of Quintana Roo, does not practice Daylight Savings Time.  We are on “Beach Time” here.  The official name is  “Southeastern Time Zone” of Mexico.


Autumn Clock Changes in Mexico 2016 (Backward)

DST in mainland Mexico (except the states of Sonora and Quintana Roo) and Baja California Sur will end on Sunday October 30th 2016, when the clocks will be moved back again by one hour.

Baja California and Mexican cities immediately bordering the US (including Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa and Matamoros) clocks move back one hour on Sunday November 6, 2016.

Note about US & European Clock Times

Mexico’s mainland clock-time change dates are not usually synchronized with U.S. or European clock-time…

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Quintana Roo sees rise in U.S. expats seeking residence

Here is an article from the Riviera Maya Times which is a sister publication of the Yucatan Times.  I am also writing and sharing some of my articles with this publication also.  This article talks about all the people in the USA who are interested in living in Quintana Roo. This article even mentions Mahahual as a place where expats are choosing to live.

CANCUN — Since 2014 at least two thousand U.S. citizens have applied for permanent residence in Quintana Roo, joining the nearly seven thousand who were already legally living in the state.

It is estimated that at least another four thousand Americans are temporarily living at the state, according to data from the National Institute of Migration (INM), which detailed that Quintana Roo is the fifth state with the greatest number of North American inhabitants at the national level, behind Jalisco, State of Mexico, Baja California Sur and Guanajuato.

The number of Expats living in Quintana Roo and Yucatan is on the rise (Photo: Visit Mexico)

According to the INM, the largest number of American citizens residing in Quintana Roo are concentrated in Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Mahahual and Akumal, the majority being citizens over 50, who are in semi-retirement, although the number of Americans who are in active labor sectors is rising from 2010 to date.

It is estimated that during 2010 there were at least 890 Americans working in some productive sector in Quintana Roo, but the figure increased to 1,400 by 2015, and it is estimated that by 2017 they could reach 1,500.

The INM headquarters in Mexico reported that after the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20 of this year, the arrival of Americans who applied for a residence permit in Mexico increased by 15 to 20 percent, compared to 2016.

For example, last year, 1,900 applications were filed nationwide in February, many of them backlogged since 2015, but this year there are already at least 2,150 applications for permanent residence.

Gabriel Campos López, a real estate agent in Cancun, said that the destination has all the elements that appeal to Americans, including its landscapes, the great purchasing power they have with the conversion of dollars, climate, infrastructure and the air connectivity, which has allowed this area to have greater American population each year, distributed between Quintana Roo and Yucatan. In addition to that, real estate development has high surplus value between diverse American sectors.

Cancun Expats (Photo: chapinseniors09.blogspot.com)

National panorama

From 2014 to 2016, the Mexican government authorized 72,140 Americans to remain temporarily or permanently in the country. Each year, on average, 24,000 residence cards were issued.

The main destinations were Jalisco, Mexico City, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Quintana Roo and Guanajuato. Three-fifths (46,336) of the total authorizations issued by Mexico in that period were for one of these places.

30% of the applicants (around 23,613 Americans) decided to extend their stay in Mexico for more than a year. This means that their permit has the permanent seal.”These immigrants are characterized by being at an age that allows them to enjoy free time and economic resources outside their country of origin,” explains Omar Lizarraga, a professor of United States and Canada Studies at the Autonomous University of Sinaloa.

The highest number of applications was registered in 2014: 29,286 Americans obtained a permit to remain in Mexico. One out of three (9,622) were residence cards.

Source: http://laverdadnoticias.com/


Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina