As we begin to emerge from the pandemic in Mexico, one of my great joys was observing Semana Santa in Puerto Escondido for the second year in a row.
Cuaresma (Lent), the 40 days plus Sundays leading up to Easter when the consumption of meat is traditionally reduced or eliminated, is greatly facilitated here by fishermen who deliver fresh caught shrimp, Dorado (Mahi-Mahi) and Tuna to the door for $250 pesos a kilo or approximately US$6.50 per pound. I have been enjoying Dorado and Tuna slowly simmered in butter, garlic and chipotle, as well as homemade shrimp pizza, and fabulous ceviche.
Holy Friday service at the beautiful, but still unfinished cathedral, was packed with at least 300 participants this year. The Easter Vigil was held at the much smaller but very pleasant Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (Our Lady of Solitude Parish) in the middle of the commercial area just above the main beach of Playa Principal.
I have been on the Oaxacan coast a lot lately due to the mostly continuing increase in buyers arriving from all over the world to relocate here. Recently, most new clients have come from Europe which, considering the current situation there, is not surprising. The beaches are full of people and mask wearing, at least outdoors, is a thing of the past.
By the way, you should know that there has been a lot of misinformation circulating on the internet recently regarding how a foreigner can safely, securely and legally invest in real property on the Oaxacan coast, particularly when bienes comunales (communal property) is involved. I am preparing a generic presentation to explain this in the clearest possible terms with examples of supporting documentation, and hope to have this ready for any interested party by the end of this month. Many clients have requested this so I look forward to having one presentation I can quickly send to anyone interested. The fact is that foreigners most definitely can safely, securely and legally invest in bienes comunales, as long the process is correctly managed. Let me reiterate, there is a lot of bad information floating around on social media and elsewhere on purchasing real estate in Mexico and other things about Mexico. Be sure to contact me via email (it’s included in my bio just below this blog) to get the correct answers, and I can vouch for any other content on Expats In Mexico. It pays to read a trusted source.
If you are headed our way, here is a tip: I am a member of a great gym only three blocks from my house in Puerto Escondido and have been enjoying that every day Monday through Saturday. The membership fee is $350 pesos per month. The gym has no A/C so all of the windows are open and several fans running. It is very hot a humid here so a good work out is a very cleansing experience, producing several liters of healthy perspiration. No virus precautions or restrictions have ever been practiced at the gym. It is a very healthy group of people and we intend to stay that way!
Hasta pronto, amigos y amigas.