Aug 26, 2006, 4:43 PM
Post #7 of 18
I have always been surprised that the Yucatan forum never generates much traffic. Maybe it's because there are so many tourism/travel oriented forums that do have a lot of traffic, there's no need for people to post questions here.
Yes, I've thought about that too. I think that most people who are interested in the Yucatan are going on vacation, at least that's how it seems to me on other forums like Lonely Planet. I still read the Merida forums because they are people who live there which is more interesting to me. The ex-pats I know along the Caribbean coast are heavily involved in the tourist trade, it's difficult not to be, and their interests are not the same as retirees in Ajijic. Course, that's a big generalization but probably true for the majority. Also, despite being father away from the US most of them are in closer contact and return more often. This is due to the relatively cheap airfares to Cancun, the back and forth of visitors and friends all winter and the desire to escape the summer weather. Because of that and the proximity of Belize, many people who live there never bother to get an FM3 and spend many, many years on FMT's. Last year I heard form friends that it was getting more difficult to get 180 days at the Belize border and some friends who have lived there for over 10 years were actually getting FM3's. I'm even thinking about it as I may want to sell my place in the next few years and there are advantages.
I love many parts of southern Mexico and have spent more time there than in the north even though I obviously travel through the north twice a year. There are spots that are not so hospitable though, the state of Tabasco is one. Probably no one would care which sector it went into but it definitely belongs in the south. We have a bad joke about Tabasco, we call it pestilence. That said, there are a lot of ex-pats there because there are a lot of foreigners who work for Pemex or contract companies there. I'm guessing those people have their own support with each other and with their company and rarely need this kind of forum. Ed would know if that's really true. The rest of the south has ex-pats, particularly the states of Yucatan and Chiapas, but I don't know why they are not attracted to a forum like this. Perhaps they have their own places on a Yahoo group or somewhere free or perhaps they are not using the internet much. My guess is that they are a different demographic, perhaps younger and still working.
Jonna - Mérida, Yucatán