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Costa Maya Newsletter > Archived Costa Maya Newsletters > Costa Maya-Mahahual October-2011 Newsletter

*********** Costa Maya-Mahahual Newsletter-OCT 2011 **********

Costa Maya Newsletter: of interest to visitors and property owners and anyone interested in the Costa Maya, Mahahual / Majahual - Rio Indio - Placer - Uvero - Punta Herrera - Xcalak and other points along Quintana Roo South

Editorial- Report on Hurricane Rina

Hi Costa Maya Neighbors,

For the past few days we have been watching hurricane Rina as it stalled off the coast of Honduras. When it was forecast to become a category 3 and go through the Costa Maya Area our hearts sank. We were told Monday that the internet was going to be disconnected - a death knoll for many of us. Fortunately, on Wednesday the 26th, about 2:00, with the storm only 12 hours away, the storm was downgraded to a category one. Mahahual collectively cheered and we were never disconnected.

Marcia with Baracuda

Placer is 20 km north of Mahahual, just 15 km from the Hurricane warning area at Punta Gruesa (those of you who know where GVI is located will know how close Punta Gruesa is.) On the morning of the 27th, after Rina blew by, there was little damage. We checked even as far north as Pulticub and there didn't seem to be much damage there, in fact the beaches were beautiful.

Mayan Beach Garden Beach after Dean

However, on the day leading up to Rina, all the locals in the area acted as if the equal to Hurricane Dean was coming straight at us. Despite the scientific weather data online that it was both lessening in intensity and turning north - they were convinced that windows needed to be boarded up, the grocery stores emptied and money emptied out of the banks. I didn't hear the radio reports they were listening to, but I started to look at my own preparations - was I preparing enough, and was I interpreting the data correctly? My stomach started to run flip flops. That brings me to the psychology of fear. When those around you act afraid, you start wondering - "should I be afraid too?" Then despite all the facts, all of the information you get from reliable sources (like the National Hurricane Center), you get caught up in the culture of fear.

Fueled by the media, I can see this fear exploding in the American public's perception of Mexico. Europeans and Canadians are not so fearful of Mexico and certainly understand that the Yucatan Peninsula is safe and one of them even told me that Merida is the safest city in Latin America of it's size. While I can't verify that fact - it certainly doesn't feel dangerous when you are anywhere in the peninsula and just like Rina, none of the data supports a personal safety risk . If any of you have not visited Mexico lately because you feel it is dangerous, it might be worthwhile to analyze whether you too are caught up in a culture of fear. The beaches are still beautiful, the sun sublime, the people friendly and yes, however, some things never change. There is still that issue of the gas station attendant cheating you at the pump. ;-).

Your Costa Maya Neighbor,

Marcia Bales. . .writing this from Placer and Mayan Beach Garden Inn - 20 km north of Mahahual.

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Calendar of events in Mahahual

  • Mexico changes time on Sunday Oct. 30 - NOTE: this is different than US time change.
  • Art Exhibit at Matan Ka'an 7:00 PM Nov. 16th
  • Auction to raise money for Spay and Neuter Clinic
  • Spay and Neuter Clinic Sept 9th and 10th
  • Dentist in Mahahual on Tuesdays
  • Recycled bottle pickup on Wednesday mornings 9:00-1:00 in the Casitas.
  • Jatsa'-ja 2012 - 3rd weekend in August

Painting auctioned to raise money for Spay and Neuter Clinic

Peluditos Mahahual will run the 2nd phase of the sterilization campaign on Nov. 19th and 20th by reservation. They have raised quite a bit of money, but are also auctioning off the painting shown at the right.

The current bid for the painting is $200 USD. This can be shipped anywhere in the world, and the cost of the shipping goes to the buyer.

Nombre/Name: "Happy Beach Dog" "Perro Playero Feliz"
Donada y Pintada por / Donated and painted by: Xcalak artist Vonda Look
Technic/Técnica: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 36 x 24 "
100% of the proceeds benefit the spay and neuter clinic for local dogs and cats.

You can make a bid on facebook at this link:

Beach Dong

Banco Chinchorro on the UNESCO Tentative List as a World Heritage Site

The following is courtesy Jules Page at XTC dive center.

Banco Chinchorro is a stunning atoll reef lying 35km offshore from the southeast coast of Quintana Roo. The Chinchorro Banks are massive at 25mi/40.2km long north to south and up to approximately 10mi/16km wide, an area of 800km2, with a land mass of only 6.7km2. This shallow-lying reef has claimed many an unsuspecting vessel over the years. As a result of this, it is known as one of the world's premiere shipwreck diving spots. Recently several more of these wreck sites have been opened for public access, although in order to visit them you must must be accompanied by an approved park guide who has attended a specific course designed to educate tourist operators about Chinchorro and its wrecks. For more information please enquire at The many wrecks of Chinchorro leads to one of the reason it has been nominated to become a World Heritage Site.

Another contributing factor is the amazing ecosystem in Chinchorro, which it is approved will be first in the Underwater Mixed Heritage Category (natural/cultural). Recently UNESCO spent four days on Chinchorro

evaluating the area, collecting information which will help decide whether Chinchorro will be listed as a WORLD HERITAGE SITE. We do not know the outcome, but once it has been announced, we will keep you updated about the status of this magnificent reef. It is currently listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Center – Tentative Lists.

The UNESCO advisory board consisted of underwater archeologists and scientists and was joined by Comision Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP) park rangers and committee members of Reserva de la Biosfera Bancho Chinchorro. They made camp at the ranger station on Cayo Centro, the largest of the three small islands. The island shore is fringed by mangroves and plays host to a large population of crabs as well as a small group of local fisherman (members of a co-operative) residing in stilt dwellings offshore and a few on land.
“The benefits of Chinchorro becoming a World Heritage Site are immense. This will enable Chinchorro to secure long term funding and in the event of emergency it can gain access to Rapid Response funds as well. It is important that reserves with such a healthy reef ecosystem, significant cultural and immense beauty be protected. It was an honour to be apart of the data gathering.”
Javier Salas, owner of XTC Dive Center.

If you have not seen the documentary “A la mar” by Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio, it is based in the area and has breathtaking imagery that gives a sense of the beauty of the region. It is currently only available in Spanish. Or come and visit it first hand.


Malecon Continued?

Governor Borge has announced that the 2nd phase of the Malecon has been approved. It is not clear what that means for Mahahual. I've attended a few meetings and it appeared that the town was in unison to continue the paving of Huachenango and also some other projects. However, in a news announcement dated the 29th of September, Borge announced the project, but didn't give any specifics, mentioning the light house and a continuation of the malecon, but didn't say which direction it would continue.

News from the Mahahualaneans (Welcome Back Marilyn!)


Km. 55 Primary school has been closed and all of the students are now attending the Primary school on the Malecon. Due to the number of students they are holding 2 shifts daily for classes. So you will see children all day long.... going to and from school.... drive carefully.

When the new school is constructed in Km. 55, ALL primary students will be relocated there. The Secondary School will remain the same (grades 7,8,9). It is "rumoured" that the Primary School on the Malecon will become a “high school”...currently they travel to Limones or Chetumal when they wish to further their education.


The playground equipment donated through contributions from Carol Tumber’s clients and Tara Shields fundraisers is being temporarily stored at “Blue Bay Restaurant” (on the beach) until the new school is finished being constructed. While at our meeting we saw several children using the equipment and Maria related that they come after school to enjoy it.

Sewing Center:

Several people have donated sewing machines and it looks like soon there will be three. These are for a “single mom’s” sewing center which will be located in the casitas. We have also donated several boxes of fabric and notions. There is one more sewing machine in Canada to come down... so if anyone is driving from western Canada please contact me. As soon as the sewing center is open, I will let you know.

Silent Auction:

Date: November 26th
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Marshall’s casa at Xaczil Ha (km. 10.4) south of town

We are collecting donations for the Silent Auction – if you would like to donate, please let me know ASAP. In addition to items donated for the auction, drinks and snacks are available along with “smoky dogs”.... at reasonable prices.

Children’s Christmas Party:

Date: December 16th, 2011-10-22
Place: Not decided yet... we are looking at alternatives

Tony and Shannon are packing down 50 stuffed toys which she collected by having friends donate them to Tony’s 50th birthday party in lieu of gifts!!! Wow. Also Natalie and John are touting down 80 toys donated through their gigs in lieu of a cover charge!!!! You two are amazing... how inventive. New people to the area, Kelly and Laurie Bailer are donating the toys for grades 4,5,6. It looks like we have a great start on the gifts. Verna from Canada has donated stuffers for the gift bags, Lulis of Margarita del Sol has donated 3 piñatas along with the candy for them. I also have on hand 60 toys donated by friends in Calgary. Marcia of Mayan Beach Garden just informed me that she has a bag of toys donated by a client as well.

*We need Coca Cola and/or Pepsi Cola to donate towards this event.

CPR: Free Classes

November 1st to the 5th there will be Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
CPR classes offered in English by Tara Shields, R.N.

Place: MAYA CHAN at 4:00 p.m.(time to be confirmed)

*You need to register with Justa or phone 983 110 9496 so that the classes can be divided over the 5 days. Please let JUSTA know as to which day you would prefer to attend. Classes will be organized based on response and you will be notified of dates and times. A Spanish AED course will be held at a later date.


Baseball equipment has been donated... including some clothing... If you know of an interested party who would like to sponsor/coach a baseball team, please contact Maria at Blue Bay Restaurant.

Senior frogs officially opened

The night of September 21st, Senior Frogs officially opened it's doors with a party that lasted all night. I had a group of Belizean tourists that went into town to check it out and didn't come back until 5:30. Half of them ended up in the pool that borders the Malecon. They said that there is nothing even close to something like that in Belize. There probably isn't anything like that out side of Mexico, I would imagine! It's good to have a bar that's goal is to be open all the time. We'll see if they can maintain it! Check it out when you are in Mahahual. It is located on the Malecon north of Tequila Beach and Quinto Sol Hotel.

North Mahahual Electricity News

The project to bring electricity from Rio Indio north to Placer is well on its way. The decision was made to break the project into two segments - the first segment going South from Rio Indio and the second going North to Placer from the Cantrera complex at km. 3. The first segment going south has already been funded by the homeowners in that area. If you live in the Rio Indio South area and want the electricity to pass by your property, please contact Joe Labore who is organizing that leg of the project. That area should have power by the end of the year.

Because the north segment includes far more homeowners and there is quite a bit of land that has no home owners, there is a lot more work to do there. Joe Labore is collecting information for both legs. Several people are working on this. Contact me at if you want your name passed along to them. The north section to Placer will need commitments from all property owners to make this happen and keep the cost low.

Farewell to Bill Hayes

Those of you who hang around Mahahual might have known Bill Hayes and his smiley face. On Oct. 3, 2011 he passed away in Denver, Colo. after nearly five years of fighting cancer. He's been around as long as I can remember in Mahahual, passing by Mayan Beach Garden every once in a while to say "Hi". In February of 2012 there will be a service in Mahahual for those who knew Bill. You can read more information in a local Idaho obituary at this link.

Bill Hayes

Mayan Beach Garden - New at MBG

Christmas Rentals Going Fast

There are only a few rentals still available for Christmas time. Taj Majahual and Casa Porto Vino still have some availability. Mayan Beach Garden is full for some of the dates, but has availability before Christmas and for New Years. If you are thinking of a last minute trip, make sure and make reservations before there is nothing at all left.

Mayan Beach Garden opens two new rooms

We are just putting the finishing touches on the 2nd of two Caribbean Balcony beachfront rooms at Mayan Beach Garden. We know it is a risk right now to spend money adding more rooms considering the economy, but felt the need to add more beachfront to make up for the ones we lost in Hurricane Dean. We are reserving the room back by the road exclusively for friends and family. This will leave Mayan Beach Garden with 7 rooms, 5 beachfront and 2 ocean view. The rooms will be ready for rent starting Nov. 15th. We've added some pictures below.

New room Beds
View of the King sized bed from hand painted mirror, talavera tile and sink.

new view from beach
You can see the second level from the beach

Bathroom with hand painted mirror and sink
Talavera sink, conch water spout and hand painted mirror and last, but not least - the view below.

Good bye to Jim Conrad

Jim returns to Hacienda Chichen at the end of the month of October. Sadly, Sunday will be the last newsletter issued from Mayan Beach Garden Inn.

An excerpt from his newsletter on below.

I will continue to post excerpts of Jim's newsletters written here. Today, I'll take my last nature walk with Jim and bid him a sad farewell until hopefully he returns some time in the future.

Jim Conrad

Spear Fishing teams up with Mayan Beach Garden

Spear fishing Costa Maya
More Info on Mayan Beach Garden and spear fishing. . .

Those of you who may have wanted to learn how to spear fish with an expert - the time is now here. Mayan Beach Garden is partnering with Mike at Costa Maya Spear-fishing.

Spear Fishing is the ultimate in sport fishing. The use of tanks for Spear fishing is illegal in Mexico, but free diving and snorkeling is completely legal. Mike has all the permits needed to take you either from shore or boat snorkel. With a few tips, you'll find you can stay down longer and even maybe spear some fish.

Spear fishing is highly selective, uses no bait and has no by-catch meaning no  turtles, Dolphins, Manatee, or other protected species are hurt . With education and proper regulations, spear fishing can be the most ecologically sustainable form of fishing.

Ghost Crabs excerpt from www. (Authored by Jim Conrad)

Just about anytime during the day as you're walking along the beach or the scrubby rise between the ocean and the mangroves, but especially at dawn and dusk, you see the white, black-eyed, fuzzy legged crab shown above.

About the size of a saucer, this is the Atlantic Ghost Crab, sometimes referred to as a sand crab, OCYPODE QUADRATA. You can see in the picture that one of this species' claws is larger than the other. This points to the fact that the genus Ocypode resides in the same family as fiddler crabs, the Ocypodidae, famed for having a single claw so large that it looks like the crab is playing a fiddle.

In the short time I've been here I've learned three things about our ghost crabs.

Atlantic Ghost Crab

First, they dig deep slanting tunnels into moist sand (four-feet deep, at a 45° angle, I read), and if a favorite ornamental plant stands above the tunnel the digging's disturbance may damage or kill the plant.

Second, ghost crabs eat an enormous variety of foods, such as the blackened, brittle, dried leaf the one in the picture is munching on, and; third:

If you're jogging down a road at dawn and come upon a ghost crab, if it figures it can't outrun you, it'll stand its ground and try to face you down, holding its white claws before it like a judo expert keeping his dangerous hands out front. In dim dawn or dusk light, the white claws are very conspicuous, almost seeming to glow. A good-sized dog wanting badly to sniff the critter, seeing the spectral white claws brandished before him, cedes his sniffing rights.

Many crab species are aquatic, but Ocypode quadrata is beautifully adapted for life on land, only occasionally returning to water to wet its gills. Ruppert & Fox in 1988 published a work describing how the species also can moisten its gills by extracting water from damp sand, using fine hairs near the base of its walking legs to wick ground water up onto the gills through capillary action! The species also must be close to water at mating time, for its females release their eggs at the water' edge.

In Wayne and Martha McAlister's Life on Matagorda Island, an online "Google Book," I learn that Ghost Crab tunnels enter the sand at 45° angles and are directed so that they catch the onshore breeze. Often two tunnels join into a Y, possibly to create a draft through the lair. Other tunnels are simple Ls or Js, the bottoms enlarged so that the crab can rest and turn around during the day when normally it's belowground. The tunnels descend to just above the water table, and usually there's just one crab per tunnel.

Ghost Crab tunnels aerate the sand, but also newly hatched sea turtles tumble down them. Ghost Crabs prey on both turtle eggs and recently hatched turtles.

A study in Malaysia with a different species of ghost crab found that when the crabs tunneled into turtle nests they would break open several eggs. This began a sequence of events normally resulting in the entire clutch being destroyed -- though the crab may actually eat only a few eggs. The crab's tunnel serves as an entry point by other predators, such as ants and fungi, plus diseases affecting the whole nest arise from the broken eggs.

Ghost Crab tunnels

Culture shock in Mahahual

Culture shock is a phenomena that I have just begun to analyze. I've read several psychologists explain the factors that lead up to it, but mainly it is the effect of being immersed in an unfamiliar culture. To put it in the context of Mahahual and Southern Quintana Roo, foreigners here may be bothered by the fact that first, They don't understand the Mexicans here and secondly, Mexicans do not understand them. This difference has nothing to do with language but is compounded when the foreigner doesn't understand Spanish. When we try to make sense of some behavior we are experiencing, we interpret the unknown, often incorrectly. What happens next is a feeling of social isolation from the new surroundings, despite it's beauty and we begin to be critical of the new culture and we begin to romanticize the culture we came from). I've passed out of the culture shock phase, but I can see others struggling. Things don't bother me so much anymore, and in most cases, I've embraced many of the differences, I don't even stress myself out any more when I'm late to something. However, the ability of a Mexican to wait in line for a very long time is something I'm sure I'll never acquire.

waiting in line

I've listed below the 10 items that most people run into when they are here, some annoying and some of them are lovely differences.

  1. Land of Manana. The thing that makes Mexico nice to visit and vacation makes it infuriating to get anything done. The inability to plan anything can be extremely frustrating. It can take forever to get something done.
  2. Kissing on the cheek: I could write an entire article just on this, but basically, kissing on the cheek is a charming custom where friends, or even casual acquaintances greet each other, but I think I did it incorrectly when I first came to Mexico., No one explained the rules of kissing to me, so it took me a while to figure out what I was supposed to be doing. A) kissing is on the right cheek, B) Traditionally it is practiced Woman to Woman, Woman to Man but not Man to Man. C) If it is just an acquaintance, kiss the air and just touch cheeks. D) While some men kiss every woman, it is traditional for the woman to make the first move E) it isn't necessary to kiss the cheek of those you see every day like a neighbor or employee. F) It is appropriate to kiss someone at the time you are introduced. Here in Quintana Roo, they all do it. I've been at meetings where they
  3. Provecho : I really like how people say "Provecho" in a restaurant. What they are saying is "enjoy your meal." Sometimes complete strangers in a restaurant will say Provecho to another table as they leave the restaurant, especially if they have just enjoyed the meal. Replying with "gracias" is always a good idea.
  4. Culture of tolerance: Mexicans as a rule are some of the most tolerant I've ever seen towards other religions and lifestyles. It is not uncommon to belong to more than one church. Still, it is predominantly a catholic culture and evidences of this are everywhere from local holidays, fiestas, artwork, love songs, nativity scenes and alters on government property and a general celebration of catholic ritual. It is one of the things I love about Mexico - the freedom to celebrate and embrace religion without fear of reprisal. Whether or not you are Catholic, you can enjoy the cultural festivities along with the rest of Mexico. You will notice also, how quickly they embrace the festivals and celebrations of other cultures as well. Some of the cultural activities may inconvenience you, such as the annual pilgrimage on Dec. 12, and the only option is to embrace it and enjoy it rather than get frustrated.
  5. Telling you what you want to hear: At some point, you realize that Mexicans will tell you what you want to hear because it is polite. Transversely, if the truth were unpleasant, it would be impolite to tell you. What that equals is people telling you that things are possible when they are not, and telling you that they will make something happen which never does, or that the price will be $$ when in reality they never added $ and $ making it $$$$. I've learned not to believe the "yes" that comes too quickly. You can get mad, and they will still provide a smiling, "yes" over and over again and then never deliver. Jim Conrad, who has lived with Mexicans for many years says that if you were in their circle of friends and family, and they told you something that was what you wanted to hear, but probably untrue, you would know that about them and not worry about it. Or, if they start to welcome you into their circle, some of them may even begin to tell you the unpleasant things you don't want to hear (like my longstanding workers). But it is not polite to say something to a gringo or stranger that is unpleasant..
  6. Mountains of Paperwork. This is a country of paperwork. You can give your paperwork to someone and two weeks later they will ask for it again. You must save every piece of paperwork you have because inevitably you will have to produce it. Furthermore, make sure it includes the stamp - or it isn't legal in many cases. Coming from a digital society, this seems so foreign - but hey, we are in a foreign country so must get used to it And oh, by they way .. . that document on the wall is proof that they know what they are doing. Whether or not they have experience, if they don't have the certification, they can't get the job.
  7. Family is the most important thing: I once had a man tell me he didn't understand Americans. He said that in the US, when someone gets married they move out of the house to get away from their parents. In Mexico, they move in with the Inlaws. "Why do you want to be away from your family?" I couldn't answer that. You will also notice that they seem very admissive to their children, especially male children. They don't yell at their children, rather they let them run all over at will.
  8. Mexican helping hand: This is one of the best things about Mexican culture. If you have a problem with your car, if you are lost or just need help. . . someone will come to your aid. Helping someone is just part of the culture. They can't say "no" to someone in distress. Kim and I have been the recipient many times. Complete strangers have stopped to ask if we needed help on the side of the road, even consulting with their friends to solve our problems.
  9. Noise tolerance: Yes, the blaring loudspeaker, the constant music and the deafening music is everywhere. My staff can't work without music, and it has to be loud. I was attending church one day while outside music blasted. It was hard to hear ones self think. I asked one of the members why they didn't ask them to turn the music down. Yes it was loud, but she said it had never occurred to her to do it.
  10. Language: Even though a good percentage of the people in Mahahual speak English, and even though you may speak a little spanish, the nuances of language may be completely lost on you. Think of all the miscommunication that can occur between two English speaking people. If one person is Primarily Spanish speaking and the other English, the differences can be huge. I don't know how many times I think I'm telling them to do something and they think I said NOT to do it. This lack of communication can cause you to miss a lot of what is going on. That creates a feeling of isolation and confusion.

After the honeymoon is over, how do you climb out of the depressing phase of cultural shock on the Costa Maya? Experts say to learn the language, get involved in community projects, and Ex pat groups, communicate via email and phone to those in your country of origin and realize that after the culture shock phase is over, the reason you came to Mexico to begin with will be revealed to you.

is mexico safe?

Quite a few of my guests had told me that their friends and family have told them that Mexico isn't safe and they are crazy to go. I mentioned the psychology of fear in my editorial, but here are some links to some articles on-line where others are speaking up candidly about the travel conditions and safety:

Is it Safe to Travel to Mexico Now - Peter Greenberg Peter Greenberg interviews Robert Reid, U.S. travel editor for Lonely Planet

The O'Reilly Factor: Should Americans continue to vacation in Mexico: Video replay from Fox News

Is it safe to Travel to Mexico, an entire web site devoted to travel in Mexico, with statistics to back it up sponsored by San Miguel Homes and Real Estate.

Mexico Taxi Project Mexico is spending $30 Million dollars to convince Americans that Mexico is safe. This web site is part of the campaign. In the taxi project, hidden cameras photograph Tourists on their way to the airport candidly talking about their vacations. Upon their arrival, they are told of the project, sign permissions and maybe will be seeing their faces showing up in advertisements.

Picture of the Month

This photo was taken by Harvey Steeves. He received this flat tire driving along the beach road. Not sure how he got a wrench in his tire, but at least he had a spare!

Flat Tire

Quintana Roo news

Planetarium in Chetumal

Governor Roberto Angulo Borge announced the opening of the Yook'ol Kaab (our Universe) Planetarium in the first week of november. The planetarium is located near the zoo with an autotorium that has capacity for 200 people.

It also has an observatory with a telescope of 40 centimeters, the largest in southern Mexico, sundial, living workshops for students, multipurpose room, cafeteria, restrooms and administrative offices.

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, Nov. 24-26

Riviera Maya is sponsoring it's annual Jazz Festival this year. The reason I mention this is that we have had several guests go to the Jazz Festival and then pop down here for a few days, so this is also good for the Costa Maya. This year, entertainers include Jon Anderson from the band YES, Stanley Clarke, Richard Bona, YellowJackets, Natalia Lafourcade, Randy Brecker, Toussaint Bros and Enrique Pat.


I love you Xcalak


It has been an absolute pleasure to accompany Jim on his "walks" these last months. He is a mine of information, so knowledgeable, happy to pass this on to those of us that were, are, interested. I will look forward to receiving his nature observations weekly in his newsletter. Still being able to get answers to what critter I have found and don't have any idea what it is. I will miss him as will many others. Perhaps next year Jim? or maybe a trip to Merida to see what you have over there!

After a great evening with friends, dinner and good company, I had the long, uncomfortable drive back down the beach road to the Pueblo. So driving very slowly trying to miss the biggest potholes (cenotes), chanting the road mantra, "I hate this road, I hate this road", when I saw two pairs of amber eyes staring from the side of the road. As I got nearer the headlights picked out two Ocelots looking at the car curiously.



They moved into the road and the headlight beams before they dissolved into the dark having given me a great sighting. I had heard that there were at least two families of Ocelots living in those parts, hence the disappearing pets. At least twice as big as a domestic cat, with beautiful dark markings, stripes and spots. Fantastic!

October and I have noticed a change, the wading birds are back. The family of 5 Ibis are back feeding in the shallows, they seem to start the other side of the town pier and work their way right the way up past XTC up to Coco's. Flocks of Egrets take off from the ditches along the roads out, I've seen most of the herons, and heard both the Little and Big Blue Heron in my garden during the night. They are extremely loud, a raucous squawk that makes us all go "what"!!. We can excuse all that because they eat the crabs, Hooray, (sorry Carole). Maybe it's just because of all the rain we've had, but, when I see the Tarantula's crossing the road it is definitely a change of season. I have never seen a squashed one so I think they just march across with their beautiful red furry backsides shining in the sunshine and we all make a point of missing them.

Blue Heron
October 13th
Took Lulu for her morning walk in between showers, well, downpours. We like to walk down to the town pier and on it to the end, this morning we spent at least an hour watching what I first thought were dolphins playing. There was a fishermen watching as well, he said " too big to be dolphins and they have short noses". He said whales, so after returning home and looking on the computer, I can only think I have been watching enthralled as a mother Short Finned Pilot Whale played with her young calf. They were at times no more than 4 feet away, giving a clear view from above, as I was standing on the pier, They were playing tag and torpedo runs. They certainly know how to disperse water! When the sky started to clear and the first panga came past they disappeared.
Pilot Whale
Stopped to buy some eggs at Ranchito kilometer 5, now they have new labels for all those tasty salsa's that Lordes makes. They also have the honey and honey related products from the Co-op at Felipe Carrillo Puerto. They have the liter plastic bottles for 65 pesos, what a deal. They have honey in very nice glass bottles for the tourists, they have pollen and honey with pollen in, honey with seeds, it's amazing. They are growing arugala and cilantro and other greens. Oh joy, I managed to get 3 passion fruit (maracuya). Stop off and see what they have, it's all fresh and a good price.

Classified Adds

Classified adds have moved to this link Classified Ads. If you have something you want included in the classifieds, please send it to Limit text to 100 words and pictures no larger than 600 pixels wide, but preferably 432, so that text can go side by side the photos. Include a contact email or phone number. It is a good idea to use an email address that is not your primary address to limit Junk mail coming your way. There is no charge, this is a community service for sale by owners.

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