Mar 30, 2006, 11:17 PM
Post #2 of 11
First off, do a search on this forum using Chetumal, Calderitas and Bacalar and you'll find some discussions on the area.
I have spent some time in the area, more recently as we have friends who are developing some land in Calderitas, basically a suburb of Chetumal. I've looked at some property there and I'm still pondering it.
Personally, I like Chetumal. In the 12 years I've been coming down here it has grown both in size and sophistication. There is what I consider a great mix of small town feel, urban city, big box stores, little tiendas, a lot of history and a strong Mayan presence. The buildings are tropical modern, ie most of them get wiped out regularly by hurricanes and no one builds anything permanent except with concrete blocks.
There is already a beginning boom and there will be further expansion of the area and prices. The building of the cruise ship dock in Majajual, while far away and seemingly disconnected has had an effect. A stronger effect has been recent political power that has centered on local Chetumal families. Power brings development and wealth and pork barrel projects, you can see all that in Chetumal now.
It has a lot to offer in location, not on the caribbean so not under so much financial and political pressure by money so big you can't conceive it. It has a backwater tropical vibe that appeals to me. Still, the bay of Chetumal is huge and bayfront land has the benefit of cool breezes and beautiful vistas along with killer hurricanes. There are many diversions in the area: boating, fishing, diving, and swimming in the bay. Tons of wildlife, thousands of types of birds, marine creatures, manatees, monkeys, jaguars even.
It's on the border with Belize which opens a lot of easy trips and interesting sites, both on the mainland and by sea. It's close to some fascinating Mayan ruins and in the midst of a fascinating present day Mayan culture. Did I mention it had a great history? and the local Mayan museum is wonderful.
There is a lot of opportunity in Chetumal now, and the buzz of future development is in the air. Will it all really happen? I don't know, probably some of it is inevitable. Meanwhile there are little towns on the bayou's that serve great shrimp, lots of nooks and crannies to explore especially by boat and a pretty relaxed, tropical feel to the place. It's hard to get worked up about anything as hot as it usually is. That's the clinker of course, the heat and humidity is pretty intense in the rainy season. If you get a hundred feet off the water, it is pretty warm anytime of the year. You adjust though, I've gotten cold there in the winter when the nortes blow and you see the locals in ski jackets. I've never gotten that cold, but I have wanted to get out of the wind.
You asked about work, that's another kettle of fish. How did you pick Chetumal and have you spent much time there? What made you decide to move there?
Jonna - Mérida, Yucatán