Posts Written OnJune 2014

Xcalak Mermaid

As Jason recently mentioned, there are a lot of things that wash up on the beaches here in Xcalak. Instead of throwing it away, or ignoring it, someone decided to get creative and create this piece of art, the Xcalak Mermaid. We pass her twice a day when we walk the dogs along the beach. So far we haven’t heard her singing or luring us to her underwater lair, but sometimes the Xcalak Mermaid is the only other ‘person’ we see for days and so it’s nice to have her company. I promise that we haven’t gone stir crazy and started…

xcalak beach find

Imagine the giant eddy that would occur if powerful ocean currents swept for thousands of miles to swirl around a massive barrier reef system and then rush up the coastline of a jutting peninsula. Well there you have it, the waters off of Xcalak. The Mesoamerican reef system sits about a half mile off the coast of Xcalak and directly in the path of one major current coming up the coast of Central and South American and another major current that sweeps West across the Caribbean. These factors combine to create a giant vortex of nutrient rich waters resulting in…

Portuguese Man of War

We are surrounded by wildlife here in Xcalak both on land and at sea. Lately there have been quite a few of these washing up on shore, it’s a Portuguese Man of War. I thought they were a kind of jellyfish, but National Geographic tells me I’m wrong and I’m guessing they would know. Regardless, while they are beautiful and fascinating to watch in the water, those tentacles dangling down in the water are deadly to certain fish and excruciatingly painful if they come in contact with a human. I understand that they can travel in large groups, sometimes in the thousands. I hope…

Grocery Shopping in Xcalak

Living in a remote part of Mexico means that we’ve had to adjust to things taking longer to do, longer to get to and overall being quite a bit less convenient. Like grocery shopping. The days of a quick stop at the store to pick up bread or milk or beer? Hah! Where we live now, spontaneously deciding what’s for dinner is not an option. We have to do planning and preparation if we want to eat. And we do. So how do we go grocery shopping in Xcalak? Leading out of town is a one lane dirt road known as the beach…

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