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****************** Costa Maya Newsletter-May 2011 ******************

Costa Maya Newsletters: of primary interest to property owners and those interested in Mahahual / Majahual - Rio Indio - Placer - Uvero - Punta Herrera - Xcalak and other points along Quintana Roo South

Editorial- Semana Santa in Mahahual/Majahual, a Joyful Weekend

Hi Costa Maya Neighbors,

When I first came to the Costa Maya, I was quite put off by the hundreds of tents that invaded the beaches. For those not familiar with Semana Santa (Holy Week). . . It is not really a week at all, but a joyful celebration that lasts three and a half days starting on Thursday and ending mid Sunday when the thousands of cars leave. During the week prior and the week after, those that have the time to spend continue their stay, but at near normal levels. But for those three days. . . the interior of the country empties out and people rush to the nearest body of water in tremendous numbers.

Marcia with Baracuda

You really have to be here to experience it. Up and down the beach, tents and pickup trucks line the roads. Mahahual itself was packed - chairs were a premium with restaurants selling space on chairs.

Mahahual-Majahual Semana Santa

Now to understand this, you have to understand how Mexican's vacation. They come to the beach already loaded up with coolers of drinks and beer - often bringing their portable grills. And they all want to be on the beach. Businesses can't make money unless they rent the chairs in the area of their federal zone. In defense of Mexican tourists - prices jumped up significantly. A plate that would have cost $180 pesos before Semana Santa jumped to $280 during the period.

In the Mahahual Pueblo there wasn't a room to be had and people who had not planned ahead had to sleep in cars, or go to Bacalar and Chetumal to find lodging. Ice and drinking water flew off the shelves and people lined up in Baroudi's and El Primos for staples, Tortillas and beer.

All day, every restaurant had it's own Techno-music blaring into the crowds and at night several stages with musicians made sure that sleep didn't occur until the early hours of the morning. Thankfully, while we were full here at MBG - it was blissfully quiet.

No vacancies in Mahahual-Majahual
(No Rooms)

Now that the throngs of Latin Americans have gone back to their homes its peaceful and quiet again, but something perceivable has changed in Mahahual - it has been "DISCOVERED." Argentineans, Brazilians, Belizeans, Guatemalans and San Salvadorans found their way to Mahahual. In fact, every weekend is getting more and more crowded as beach-going tourists make their way here. Those of us who have invested in the Costa Maya can be happy that international travelers are beginning to come to Mahahual for their holidays.

Passion flower - wild
On another note - I'm particularly excited to have Jim Conrad here for 6 months. If you are coming to the area - make sure you take the opportunity to go on a nature walk with him. I have been significantly humbled -discovering how little I really know about nature and how much I have to re-train my brain to erase what I thought I knew and substitute misconceptions with something miraculously right in front of me - like this passion fruit flower that I've previously dismissed as a weed. I keep getting these joke emails from good friends about getting older, which I refuse to do at this point - so I'm glad Jim is here to give me a little mental exercise. Please come by and take a nature walk with Jim (Free - but he does appreciate an occasional banana or tip if you come away enlightened.)

Your Costa Maya Neighbor,

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

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Current and Upcoming Mahahual events - Mark your calendar

  • Lion Fish Tournament April 8, 9 , 10th (passed, but report below)
  • Semana Santa (not really a full week) April 21, 22, 23, 24 (passed, but report above)
  • Governor's cup / Copa Governador (Fishing tournament) May 6, 7 and 8th (today!)
  • Ground Breaking for Hyperbolic Chamber in Mahahual May 7
  • Dorado de Plata (Fishing tournament) June 3, 4 and 5th
  • Copa Mahahual / Mahahual Fishing tournament sponsored by Tequila beach June 24, 25, 26th
  • Jatsa' ja - 19, 29, 21 of August

Cast Aways Bookstore opening next to Aromas

Cast Aways bookstore in Mahahual

Cast Aways used Bookstore just opened in the casitas right beside Aromas. The owner, Nancy Wilson says that most books are in English but they are currently looking for more Spanish books. Cast Aways also carries  Children's books in English.  Buy, Trade in used books & Sell. They will carry other unique items and encourage local artists to hang their artwork at the back of the store. Hours are Monday thru Wednesday 3pm-8pm., Thursday 9am-6pm., Friday 9am-12 noon and Saturday 10am - 2 pm. Closed on Sunday. Come Fall, Siesta may happen.

Welcome Nancy!

Hyperbolic Chamber ground breaking in Mahahual

The new Governor, Roberto Borge Angulolaid laid the foundation stone of a new hyperbolic chamber, which will service not only divers , but also patients with diabetes, sudden deafness and autism. The facilities that house the hyperbolic chamber will be built in an area of 150 square meters, located next to the Alcaldia's office. He recalled that the hyperbolic chamber is a project that was promised in his campaign. Previous to this, the closest chamber was 3.5 hours away.

Lion Fish Tournament

Mahahual Lion Fish tournament

April 8, 9 and 10th signaled the first Lion Fish Tournament in Mahahual. Over 10 teams of fishermen divided between divers and snorkelers brought in over a thousand fish with one person alone bringing in 75+ in one day. You can see the largest fish hanging up on display - some of the lion fish weighed over 1.5 kilo. (NOTE: if any of my facts are wrong - please correct me. I lost my notes and everything comes from memory.)

At the end of the tournament, the restaurants who had supported the tournament got the chance at picking lionfish to take back to serve. I wasn't sure how it all worked, so I got the last of the pick. Still, I was able to get enough to serve Lionfish tacos a few nights later. It's a firm flaky fish - perfect for tacos, by the way and nice with a spicy mango-habanero sauce.

Mayan Beach Garden - New at MBG

Growing Sea Beans

After the 3rd visit to Mayan Beach Garden, Tracy was hooked. Every location she visited was a seabeaning destination. Finally she decided to try her hand at growing sea beans.

". . . Well, frankly, I'm getting a little afraid.  The Sea Bean I told you about (the one I picked up this year that had begun to germinate on the beach) has been growing like mad!  I swear the thing was growing inches 'every day' right before my eyes!  I've attached a picture and maybe you'll enter it in the May edition"

Tracy says the species that she is growing is a Hamburger bean, also nicknamed Dear- eye.


Tracy's Seabean

Nature sessions with Jim Conrad

Those of you who have followed this newsletter may remember me talking about Jim Conrad when he stayed here two years ago. That was shortly after Dean and I'm afraid there wasn't the diversity of nature here at the time to keep Jim around for longer than a couple of months. Now he has promised to spend the rainy season with us here at Mayan Beach Garden - I think he will be surprised at how nature has taken over (or maybe not!). Jim will be conducting Nature walks and guided tours both here at the hotel and also on location in the Sian Ka'an and in the jungle starting in May.

Jim's nature meditation sessions promise to be informative and inspirational. One cannot help but be inspired by his philosophy of nature. Even better, sessions are free to guests of Mayan Beach Garden. Don't let this opportunity pass you by - he's only been here a couple of weeks and my guests love him. There is an excerpt from his newsletter written on location here at Mayan Beach Garden below.

Jim Conrad

Stand-up Paddle boards

I continue working on the sport of SUP, but Mayan Beach Garden just acquired two Panga Surf Stand up Paddle boards. I'm still at the kneeling stage, but I can see the attraction. I had my first lesson (after failing miserably on my own) and now that the waters are calmer with less wind, I'm doing better

12 foot epoxy Paddle boards usually rent for $20-$40 per hour at the snorkel shops in the US and Playa del Carmen. We will only be charging $10 per hour / $20 1/2 day here at MBG.

As always, Kayak use is free and snorkel equipment is $5 per day.

Stand up Paddle boards

New menus get rave reviews - Meet Faviola

Mayan Beach Garden has great food - but we do sometimes get tired of making the same thing all the time. Thanks to Faviola, who has been with me for 5 years and has been promoted to 1st cook, we've introduced some new recipes into our menu that are helping to "mix things up." We have had guests stay here for 4 weeks with only a couple of repeats. New to the list (and now repeatable) are:

  • Tic N Xic style fish - Fish cooked in banana leaves smothered with Achiote, garlic, herbs and sour orange
  • Calabasa stuffed chicken breast topped with a poblano sauce
  • Fish fillet cooked in banana leaf with epazote, shrimp, manchego cheese and mango
  • Cold and Creamy Lime Cake
  • Orange, Ginger, cumin, Rosemary and garlic roasted chicken breast
  • Roasted Pineapple-mint salad
  • Poc Chuc (traditional to the area, but new for us)
  • Toasted Sesame Cabbage, Chaya and cauliflower salad
Faviola is on the right behind Martin who is cleaning shrimp.

The Wrack at Mayan Beach Garden Inn continues to serve up great drinks through the summer

Through the slow months, Bill Ellis will be running the wrack bar. He invites you to visit and try out Trish's great Margaritas and her specialty, "the Crack at the Wrack". Trish will be in the US for the Summer, but Bill will be holding down the fort.

The Wrack bar is open until 10:00 PM.



The Wrack Bar

Costa Maya Villas New Pictures

Costa Maya Villas Condo Hotel has turned from beautiful to WOW, and when you come to Costa Maya, you will have to visit. My office is nearing completion (well sort of) - still need internet connection there to do business, but every time I go I see major improvements. This week it was landscaping and the addition of some of the tallest trees in Mahahual since Hurricane Dean. The pool deck is being poured and the parking lot graded, stairs getting finishing touches and Palapas nearing completion. .

Below are some new pictures.. Only two units remain unsold.

Costa Maya Villas Rooftop Hot tub
The roof-top hot tub is only missing tile - what a view!

Below, the pool and palapa is almost ready for party time.
costa Maya Villas pool

Costa Maya Villas and Cruise ship

For more information contact or Marcia at - cataloging flora and fauna of yucatan peninsula newsletter will be written from Mayan Beach Garden and the surrounding area for the next 6 months as Jim discovers and catalogs the plants of the area on his web page, . We are all going to school with him as our teacher - be it teaching us how to SEE nature, teaching Spanish for gringos or English to my staff.

I've included an excerpt from his first newsletter written here so you can get a taste of what might be in store for the next few months. Click on an image to view the web page on each individual plant species.


Actually, we've been here before. The six Newsletters issued between December 1, 2008 and January 5, 2009 came from Mayan Beach Gardens. Already we've described the general landscape here, and profiled the dominant species. Here's a brief review:

First, if you have Google Earth, do a search for "Mayan Beach Gardens Yucatan" and you'll see that we're exactly on a beach facing the Caribbean. The shallow, blue waters immediately offshore are home to endless "prairies" of Turtle Grass, Thalassia testudinum.

Here and there the Turtle Grass gives way to Shoal Grass, Halodule wrightii.

Mayan Beach Gardens and some private residences occupy a rather low, narrow ridge of white sand wedged between the Caribbean to the east and extensive mangrove swamps to the west. During the next six months we'll see and do many things in the mangroves, and the mangroves are enormously important to regional ecology, so you may want to review our mangrove page (click on image of mangroves)

On our narrow sand ridge, species diversity is low but the species present are highly adapted to our special environment -- sand instead of soil, and sand and air with lots of salt in it.

Other ubiquitous and conspicuous plants include Seagrapes, Coccoloba uvifera (right)

Also there's the silvery- and fuzzy-leafed shrub sometimes known as Sea-Lavender or Sea-Rosemary, Tournefortia graphalodes.
Sea Lavender (Tournefortia Graphalodes

Sometimes you see sizable populations of Coastal Spiderlily, Hymenocallis littoralis.

Few spiderlilies are flowering (in May), but plenty of large, purple blossoms of the Goat's-foot Morning-Glory adorn extensive vines running across the sand.
Goat's foot Morning-Glory

Turtle Grass
Turtle Grass, Thalassia testudinum

Shoal Grass
Shoal Grass, Halodule wrightii

The main trees are Coconut Palms and Chit Palms. You know what Coconut Palms look like. Chit Palm
Chit Palm

Sea Grapes (coccoloba uvifera)
Seagrape - Coccoloba uvifera

Spider Lily
Coastal Spiderlily, hymenocallis littoralis

The sand is wonderful to walk barefoot in, except for the Coastal Sandburs, Cenchrus spinifex.
Sand burs

The most conspicuous birds right now are Magnificent Frigatebirds who sail down the beach looking primitive and menacing in the sky, Tropical Mockingbirds at the mangrove edge and Yucatan Jays flitting among the resort's palms.

And now, let's begin looking at the other things..." (May 1, 2011 Newsletter)

Spanish word of the Month "Dar"

It's clear that I will never speak like a native despite the effort I put into it. So now I am down to memorizing Verb tables. I find it impossible to memorize the Presente, Futuro, Imperfecto, Preterito, Condicional, etc. etc. etc., but I'm still faced with the need to express myself. I've decided I can only memorize Present, Past and Imperative and then use helping verbs to get me past the rest. In the effort to memorize, I'm sharing my verb tables with you. You can find all the verbs I will be covering at Today's verb is "dar", or "to give," since I am continually telling my staff to give someone something. Please correct me if my Spanish is incorrect! NOTE: DAR has a lot of other meanings besides "to give" but this is a start toward learning a useful verb.

Tense English yo Usted, el, ella nosotros ellos, ella, Ustedes
Presente give doy das da damos dan
Preterito gave di diste dio dimos dieron

Examples in a sentence

  • Dieron un regalo a su hija./ They gave a gift to their daughter.
  • Juan me da el dinero. / John gives me the money.

I've also included a little video walking you through the Preterirto tense along with ver, which has a similar verb structure.

Quintana Roo news

Fires in Mahahual, Costa Maya and Quintana Roo 2011

As one passes along the highways in Quintana Roo and the Costa Maya one can't avoid the smell of smoke. Furthermore - it not a rarity to see flames licking the sides of the highway without anyone watching the fire or seemingly to be aware of its existence. It's somewhat frightening. As of April 21st - over 2500 hectares have been affected - with Felipe Carrillo Puerto and Sian Ka'an Biosphere have been the worst affected. Expect that number to double before this is over. The last time the area saw measurable rain was early February. You can view a NASA image of the fires by clicking on the image at the right.

Fires in Yucatan 2011

Rumored Train from Cancun to Chetumal

On April 12, the state secretary of Tourism , Juan Carlos González Hernández , called on investors to look forward to the development of the municipalities of Bacalar and Othon P. Blanco as tourist destinations. In this regard , he indicated that there are plans to work in areas with potential, such as the historic center and recreation area in Bacalar and cruising areas and beaches in Mahahual. "With the federal Tourism Ministry " he said, "will raise some projects , such as the creation of a light rail route Cancun - Chetumal, new flights and connectivity to China , Russia and South America to increase the flow of visitors to the State." There was progress with promoters and travel agencies for the promotion of rural tourism and eco - archaeological tourism in the center and south of the state .

Ferry to make a comeback

Looks like ferry service from Tampa to Progresso is going to make a comeback, it is also possible that passenger ships to Cuba from Tampa may start up.

Tampa port officials said in april that they are in serious discussions with two groups seeking to launch scheduled cruise ferry service to Cuba and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula (Progresso). The first trips could start early next year, said port director Richard Wainio. "They are moving forward very quickly," he said.

Many of you received emails from various sources regarding a survey about the Ferry. Because this is a valuable service, I've included the email here.

"Dear Expats & Snowbirds: I have been contacted by Fernando Pereira, the Commercial Manager of the Port of Progreso. Fernando is in charge of developing the ferry project and will be meeting with investors. ( He needs as much information as possible to present to the investors as there is a good chance this project will go forward as soon as November of this year. Fernando has requested hard facts, which as we all know, are difficult to produce. Therefore, we need as many responses as possible to gain as much information as possible before the meeting next week (NOTE: this meeting has already passed but they may still need more data). ,Fernando needs to know how many expats live in the Yucatan. Estimates are there are around 3000 of us; if anyone knows of a way to verify this we would appreciate the information. However, we know that many snowbirds will be interested in using the ferry service so we would like to compile a total number of both expats and snowbirds in the Yucatan. Therefore, I would ask you to please forward this email to all your expat contacts who live anywhere in the Yucatan and any and all American and Canadian snowbirds you know.

Please reply by email to and answer the following questions:

1. How many people are in your "group"?
2. How many months of the year do you live in the Yucatan?
3. Will you use a ferry service if it is available from Tampa, FL to Progreso, Yucatan?
4. If so, how many times a year would you use this service?
5. Will you bring a vehicle on the ferry?
6. If so, what kind of vehicle? IE. car, SUV, RV, motorcycle
7. Are you interested in cargo shipment?
8. Are you interested in pet service?
9. Do you want your email address on a mailing list with news of the ferry service and other Progreso news?
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. I look forward to your reply.

Best Regard--Tamara Magnusson

Bacalar Municipio announced (this is a repeat from last month)

(Important notice for all property owners in the Costa Maya and Bacalar)

On February second, the 10th municipality in Quintana Roo was unanimously approved. The new municipio will have an area that encompasses, 83 towns and a coastline of 20.1 kilometers. Why does it matter to people on the costa Maya? Currently you are in the Municipio of Othon P Blanco - a stable municipio with money, rules and regulation and experience. Further more - the 20.1 km. of coastline will encompass some of your properties. The municipio Council of Bacalar will assume duties on April 11, 2011 and for the first couple of years will adopt the rules and regulations of Othon P blanco. So in the short term nothing should change.

In the long term - it could change things dramatically. The new Municipio includes the area between Uvero and Pulticub, which has always been slated for hotels and development. Mahahual and Placer will remain in Othon P Blanco. On 307, the area includes Xul-Ha north to Limones, and the border of the municipio of Felipe Carillo Puerto, West to Emiliano Zapat a and Noh Bec and East to the west side of the lagoon. That leaves the area of Xcalak to El Uvero in Othon P Blanco.

So the limits would be established with the community south of Xul-Ha, north including Limones to the community of Noh Bec de Felipe Carrillo Puerto, west on the short route to Merida with Emiliano Zapata, also of Carrillo Puerto and east with the back of the lagoon of seven colors, so that leaves the part of the Costa Maya of Othon P. Blanco, in your area from Xcalak to El Uvero including of course to the cruise port of Mahahual.

If you have a home in the are of Pulticub and Uvero, your building permits will be coming out of this new municipio.

US Consulate SErvices

It's been a while since I sent out information about the US Consulate. If you travel in any foreign country, it is important that you keep the contact information for the US Consulate with you in the case of an emergency. It is also worthwhile before you travel to review the US State Department's travel page and more specifically the US Consulate page on Merida which I find far more user friendly and informational than the general State Department website.

Mahahual is in the US Consular district of Merida which includes all of the Yucatan Penninsula.

Merida (Campeche, Yucatan, and Quintana Roo): Calle 60 no. 338-K x 29 y 31, Col. Alcala Martin, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico 97050.


You may email ( or call the Consulate at:

011-52-999-942-5700 (direct dial from the U.S.)
202-250-3711 (Vonage dialing from the U.S.)
01-999-942-5700 (dialing from within Mexico), ext. 5722, 5723, or 5752
942-5700 (dialing from within Merida)
011-52-999-942-5758 (fax dialing from the U.S.)

What confuses a lot of people is the fact that while Merida is the District office, there are also local Consular Agencies that service Citizens of the US. At this time, there are no Consular Agencies in Mahahual, but as more Americans vacation and live here, that should change. The closest agency to Mahahual is in Playa. Following are contact info for the Consular Agencies in Quintana Roo

  • Cancún: Blvd. Kukulcan Km 13 ZH Torre La Europea, Despacho 301 Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico C.P. 77500; telephone (011)(52)(998) 883-0272.
  • Cozumel: Plaza Villa Mar en el Centro, Plaza Principal, (Parque Juárez between Melgar and 5th ave.) 2nd floor, locales #8 and 9, telephone (011)(52)(987) 872-4574 or, 202-459-4661 (a U.S. number).
  • Playa del Carmen: "The Palapa," Calle 1 Sur, between Avenida 15 and Avenida 20, telephone (011)(52)(984) 873-0303 or 202-370-6708(a U.S. number).
Offices are usually closed on US and Statutory holidays in Mexico.

Services offered by the US Consulate

  • Death of an American citizen abroad
  • Arrest/detention of an American citizen abroad
  • Sending Money
  • Help for American Victims of Crime Overseas
  • American citizens missing abroad
  • Abduction of a child abroad
  • Lost and Stolen U.S. Passports Abroad
  • Renewing a passport
  • Notarial Services
  • Recommendations of Translators and other services, such as Lawyers, Doctors
  • Custom's information
  • Consumer issues
  • IRS Income Tax
  • Voting
  • Warden Messages

You are encouraged also to register with the new STEP program for bulletins and emergency notices sent out by email.


I love you Xcalak

Xcalak will be saying goodbye to one of it's long term residents about half past May. Steve Dramstad, who, he tells me, first came down to Xcalak while on vacation in Akumal, to celebrate the Millennium at Costa de Coco's. In 2003 he drove down from Texas towing the silver bullet to do some technical dive instruction for Eric  who by then had bought XTC Dive Centre. He stayed on full time as Manager, Dive Instructor, Technical Dive Instructor, and last but not least, Dogs Body!


May Orchid.  Encyclia alata subspecies virella.

Mine was a part of a large plant divided so that now it has 5 stems of heavily scented flowers.  I had it given to me about a year ago, I wrapped the roots around the living branch of the Frangipani tree with strips from an old t-shirt. (A tip from an orchid loving friend of mine) kept them wet, well dampened them when I could. Within a short time new roots had rapidly attached themselves to the living branch, the t-shirt rotted away leaving the roots strong and the plant growing.
May Orchid

Laid back, extremely safety conscious he soon built up a following from the experienced divers and also the many many divers he qualified who came from all around the world to dive Xcalak and Banco Chinchorro. 

He also found time to take underwater photo's.  He took an incredible photo of a manatee that hung around one of the dive sites.He takes exquisite photo's of the tiny cleaner shrimps and other minuscule life forms down there. Check it out for yourselves on  he has 2 books of his photo's published and they can be purchased from his website.

2007 he went to head up the dive operation at Costa de Coco's. In the last couple of years since the Lion-fish plague he has been out with his spear gun fighting the fight.
The octopus article reproduced with Steve's permission.



"I love animal encounters underwater, especially when the encounter is perpetrated by the animal instead of the diver—when they approach you, instead of you chasing them. One of my favorite encounters happened a few years ago in very shallow water. We didn't have a boat going out that morning so I decided to just go in the shallow water at the end of the dock. We had a few cinder blocks lying on the bottom, which makes for a great habitat for fish and critters. When I first got down on the bottom there were several juvenile angelfish swimming around .


As I was shooting them, there was a sudden blast of sand that blew right in front of my camera. Looking around, I could not find where it came from. I went back to shooting and there it came again. This time when I looked up there was a good sized octopus staring at me.

He reached down with one arm and grabbed an arm full of sand. Raising it up to its siphon, it blew the sand at me. Forget the angelfish; I started to shoot the octopus. He quit blowing sand at me while the photos were being taken. He was just posing away on top of the cinder block. Over the next few weeks I would return to take more shots. Every time he saw the camera, he would come out and pose for me again."


Last but not least, please see the photos of my house in the classified section below. . . it is still for sale

Classified Adds


If you have something you want included in the classifieds, please send it to Limit text to 100 words and pictures no larger than 216 pixels wide. 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 being done as a community service.

House for Sale in Xcalak

This beautiful little house is perfect for someone wanting to open a restaurant as it is located in the center of town right on the beach. The home includes the federal zone a 16 x 24 meter lot and is owned by our dear Xcalak Polly.

The house comes furnished, is on the grid which means it includes water and power. Polly has always had internet via Satellite and the house includes satellite equipment.

i don't usually include this many photos when I do a free classified, but Polly has been so helpful writing her column that I couldn't help but let you all see what a beautiful home she lives in, even though all of us will be sad to see her go.










Side yard and entrance into back yard. By the way . . . the quad is SOLD.










Looking out over the bar into the large living room.









Bedroom with King size bed. Privacy wall separates dressing area and closet







Spacious front porch (large enough for outside restaurant style sitting) looks out onto the caribbean.

Email me directly for Polly's email address if you are interested.



Xcalak house

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