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The Cozumel Living team news for you

First let us wish you and your families and wonderful and safe holiday season.

Susana and Cristina are attending courses to become an AMPI (Mexican Board of Realtors associated with NAR in the USA) certified Realtors.

Our Nancy has now returned from a one month vacation in Moscow, Russia and Bali, Indonesia. I would like to congratulate Bill & Nancy as they got married on 11/11/11. Nancy also recently became a great grandmother on 11/18/1, congrats Nancy!!

Hurricane Season is officially over and we dodged a close call this year with Hurricane Rina. The hurricane gods were with us when it turned from a Category 3 and into a tropical depression.

Ironman this was a great success with 14 Cozumeleños and 2325 registered athletes, 1768 men and 557 women. The youngest male competitor was 19 and youngest female was 21. There was also one competitor that was 74 years old!!! The winner in the female category was Simone Benz of Switzerland and from the winner from the males was Michaell Lovato of the US, congratulations Iron men & Iron women.

NANCY

KATHY

SUSANA CRISTINA DAVID

TRASHY LITTLE GROUP

The Trashy Little group focused their November efforts along Melgar to clean up ahead of this year’s fantastic Ironman event. On November 20th, approximately 30 group members convened at the area near LaHach/La Palapita Beach bars and went to work. The group combed a large area between the Stingray facility all the way down to the Sunset Bar and left it CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL again. The equivalent of 78 garbage bags of litter and beach debris were removed from this high traffic area where many cruise ship passengers and routinely pass by. It was great to see so many folks helping and all the new faces. Elisa and friends from PASA once again volunteered their time and truck to come haul the bags away for the group - truly making it a community effort.
Special thanks to this month’s hidden treasure sponsors:

LA CHOZA. GUIDOS * ROLANDI'S * THE COZUMEL COMPLETE GUIDE II
* THE BLUE ANGEL HOTEL AND RESTAURAN T * LINDA LORD - ART INSTRUCTION
and congrats to the finders of the ITUNES gift card, and the GEMSTONE NECKLACE.

Please consider patronizing these generous sponsors and thank them for helping out.
The Trashy Little Event for December is being held on December 11th. Come on out and support your community and have fun with us! Location details will be available on the group’s page.




Safety and community come first in scenic Cozumel
Maribeth Mellin, Special to SFGate, Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Maribeth Mellin / Special to SFGate

Family and community is an important part of the culture in Cozumel. The plaza is a place both locals and tourists enjoy.

When people ask about my favorite place in Mexico, they're typically surprised by the answer. Oaxaca and Chiapas are at the top of the list. Loreto, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Veracruz and Michoacan all make the cut. But my favorite, as in the place where I'd love to retire? That would be Cozumel, Mexico's largest Caribbean island. Unfortunately, it's also Mexico's busiest cruise port, which might explain the questioners' puzzled expressions. More than three million cruise passengers arrive annually, spending a few hours in duty-free diamond shops while clasping hourglass-shaped souvenir glasses. Those who tour the island's wild windward side, snorkel above pristine reefs and chat with locals in the plaza and experience a few of the reasons I long to become a cozumeleño.

Safety First
On my first Cozumel trip in 1988 I camped on the sand at Playa San Francisco, a Swiss army knife and bug spray my only defense. If local laws and my aging joints allowed, I would do the same today without fear. Safety is Cozumel's number-one attraction. Bill Horn moved from Mexico City to Cozumel in 1978 because, he said, "It was safe." Horn is well-known around town. Recently his well-loved 1972 Volkswagen Safari, an island icon, fell victim to rust. Horn found a classic old BMW in Cancún and bought it on a whim. Reality soon set in. "This is not the time to be driving around in a flashy car," he said, referring to Mexico's drug battles and crime stats. " But I'm safe on this island."

Get the picture?
Purse snatchings and robberies do happen, of course, and travelers should be just as cautious as they would be at home. Drunken tourists stumbling around late at night are tempting targets. But violent crimes are so rare that when they do occur, the rumor mill goes into overdrive for weeks. The Mexican Army, Navy and Federal Police all have facilities on the island, which served as a U.S. air base during World War II. Cozumel has its own police force as well, and the fancy jewelry shops along the malecón have security patrols 24/7.

"Cozumel is the safest place to visit in Mexico, and is most likely much safer than the city where you currently live," said Ric Hajovsky, who lived on the island from 1977 to 1990. Hajovsky and his wife met on the island and moved to Mexico City and Texas to work in nautical archeology. They recently returned for good. "We decided to retire and return to where we first met and fell in love, our beloved island of las golondrinas," the swallows for whom the island is named. "Many things have changed since we left twenty years ago, but many are the same. The island is still a safe haven."



Mexican Traditions for Christmas

Christmas for Mexicans, in traditional homes and rural areas, is a religious holiday.

It is a celebration of the Nativity. This means the birthday of Our Lord Jesus. In order to prepare for the day of symbolic commemoration, we have the "Posadas". These celebrations are a "Novena" or nine days before the 24 which is the "Noche Buena" or "Holy Night".

These Posadas are an enactment of looking for lodging of St. Joseph and Virgin Mary, called The Pilgrims going to Bethlehem for the Census according to the Scriptures. Each family in a neighborhood, will schedule a night for the Posada to be held at their home, starting on the 16th of December and finishing on the 24th on Noche Buena.

Every home will have a Nativity scene. The hosts of the home are the innkeepers, and the neighborhood children and adults are Los Peregrinos, who have to request lodging through singing a simple chant. All carry small lit candles in their hands and four teenagers of about the same height are chosen to carry Los Peregrinos.

The Peregrinos will ask for lodging in three different houses but only the third one will allow them in. That will be the house that is supposed to have the Posada for that evening. After all the prayer is done, then it comes the party for the children. There will be a Piñata, (pronounce Pignata, for it has an ñ instead of an n), filled with peanuts in the shell, oranges, tangerines, sugar canes, and seldom wrapped hard candy. Of course, there will be other types of chants the children will sing while the child in turn is trying to break the Piñata with a stick while he/she will be blindfolded.

For the adults there is always "Ponche con Piquete"(sting), which is a hot beverage or "Punch" made out of seasonal fruits and cinnamon sticks, with a shot of alcoholic spririt.

On Noche Buena, December 24, everybody goes to Misa de Noche Buena which is at midnight. After the Mass, everyone goes to their respective homes to have dinner with family and any friend who does not have a family is always welcome to be part of a family celebration, and most important of all to place the Baby Jesus in the manger in the Nativity scene.

The presents are not received on Christmas, for Christmas is a celebration of Life of Our Savior.


Christmas in United States of America

Santa Claus was born in US in the 1860's he was named this as he had a white beard and a belly, so he was named Santa Claus as this was the Dutch word for St Nicholas, Sintaklaas. Although the Dutch had bought him with them in the 17th century, he did not become an important person at Christmas until the Novelist Washington Irving put him in a novel that he wrote in 1809. This first Santa Claus was still known as St. Nicholas, he did smoke a pipe, and fly around in a wagon without any reindeer, but he did not have his red suit or live at the North Pole, he did however bring presents to children every year.

In 1863 He was given the name Santa Claus and bore the red suit, pipe, and his reindeer and sleigh.

Now Christmas celebrations vary greatly between regions of the United States, because of the variety of nationalities which have settled in it.

In Pennsylvania, the Moravians build a landscape, called a putz - under the Christmas tree, while in the same state the Germans are given gifts by Bels nickle, who taps them with his switch if they have misbehaved.
Early European settlers brought many traditions to the United States. Many settled in the early days in the South, these settlers would send Christmas greetings to their distant neighbors by shooting firearms and letting off fireworks. In Hawaii this practice is still in use as under the sunny skies, Santa Claus arrives by boat and Christmas dinner is eaten outdoors.
In Alaska, a star on a pole is taken from door to door, followed by Herod's Men, who try to capture the star. Colonial doorways are often decorated with pineapple, a symbol of hospitality, also boys and girls with lanterns on poles carry a large figure of a star from door to door. They sing carols and are invited in for supper.
In Washington D.C., a huge, spectacular tree is lit ceremoniously when the President presses a button and turns on the tree's lights.
In Boston, carol singing festivities are famous. The singers are accompanied by hand bells.
In New Orleans, a huge ox is paraded around the streets decorated with holly and with ribbons tied to its horns.
In Hawaii, Christmas starts with the coming of the Christmas Tree Ship, which is a ship bringing a great load of Christmas fare. Santa Claus also arrives by boat
In California, Santa Claus sweeps in on a surf board.
In America the traditional Christmas dinner is roast turkey with vegetables and sauces. For dessert it is rich, fruity Christmas pudding with brandy sauce. Mince pies, pastry cases filled with a mixture of chopped dried fruit.The majority of Americans celebrate Christmas with the exchange of gifts and greetings and with family visits. For many, the day begins on Christmas Eve with the Midnight Mass. At Christmas it snows in many states, so dinner is usually eaten indoors. Dinner usually is roast turkey, goose, duck or ham served with cranberry sauce, then plum pudding or pumpkin pie followed by nuts and fruit.
American homes are decorated with holly, mistletoe and branches of trees, most have a Christmas tree hung with electric lights, tinsel, baubles, and strings of popcorn and candy canes.
In Colorado, an enormous star is placed on the mountain, it can be seen for many kilometers around, while in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a star is lit in early December.
Polish Americans on Christmas Eve spread hay on their kitchen floor and under the tablecloth to remind them of a stable and a manger. When they make up the table for dinner two extra places are set up for Mary and the Christ Child in case they should knock at the door to ask for shelter.
In Philadelphia, a procession called a mummers parade runs for a whole day with bands, dancers and people in fancy dress. There are two homes for Santa Claus in the United States one is in Torrington, Connecticut, where Santa and his helpers give out presents. The other home is in Wilmington, New York, where a village for Santa and his reindeer is located.

In Arizona, the Mexican ritual called Las Posadas is kept up. This is a ritual procession and play representing the search of Mary and Joseph for a room at the inn. Families play the parts and visit each other's houses enacting and re-enacting the drama and, at the same time, having a look at each family's crib.

 

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CASA TORTUGA
135 Av. Sur #7 between Calle 1 Sur and Adolfo Salas


Located in the Juan Bautista neighborhood this lovely home in two levels offers: 2-bedrooms with A/C minisplits, 2.5-bathrooms, master bathroom with tub and 2 showers, kitchen, living room, dining room, ceiling fans through out, studio that could upgrade for a third bedroom, terrace, well in the backyard with enough space for a pool, washer/dryer area, and a lovely front yard with garage for two cars, water cistern, well, hydroneumatic pressurized water pump, wireless internet and telephone line.

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LOT TITO
75 Av North between Juarez and Calle 2.

Great lot right off Juarez Av. with a small unfinished 1 bedroom, living room, kitchen, bath construction with beautiful trees. A perfect size lot to finish a house with a big garden full of plenty of fruit trees and flowers.

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Lot Size : 12.5 front x 49 deep = 612.5 M2 or 42 ft. x 165 ft. = 6,930 sq.ft.

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$65,000 USD


CASA DOS ARCOS
Calle 17 Sur between 15 Av. y 15 Av. Sur Bis South
Located in the Corpus Christi neighborhood

One level 3 bedroom home in a super convenient location to shopping and 3 blocks to the ocean!
A high-visibility location also offers a great opportunity for a small business or as a vacation rental property.

The home is walled and gated with a charming front patio and lawn, outdoor shower and off street gated parking.

Lot : 12 x 18 meters = 216 m2

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KAHI KAAX
25 AV between 6 and 4 Col. Centro

Nice 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathrooms one level house in downtown.

Kitchen, living room, dining room with a nice swimming pool.

Come furnished and it's ready to move in!!!

$240,000.00 USD


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DIVE SHOP FOR SALE

Dive Shop - was $225,000 has been reduced to $150,000 FOR AN IMMEDIATE SALE!! Work and live in Paradise, doing what you like to do!

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CASA CC

Contact us today about a very special deal: 3 bedroom, 3 bath furnished home in Corpus with a pool appraised at $260,000 and listing reduced to $175,000 for an immediate sale!

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BEST LOT DEALS

 

MAR ESMERALDA
Kilometer 6.99 on the highway to Chankanaab south of the The Money Bar Landmark Resort & north of the Hotel Fiesta Americana

Spanning 100 meters of gorgeous Caribbean oceanfront this incredible property is a perfect investment for a commercial property. Located along the quiet and stunningly beautiful "old" highway, Mar Esmeralda is situated between the new luxurious Landmark Resort and Fiesta Americana Hotel. Density is 200 rooms per hector (a little over 400 rooms are possible in total six floors high or 66 houses per hector (a little over 132 homes in total).

Lot Size: 100 meters wide OCEANFRONT x almost 221 meters deep (Lot is on both sides of the highway) = 21,691.85 M2: a little over 2 hectors or 336 ft x 743 ft. = 249,648 s.f.

$3,470,000 USD

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Lot Size: 18.75m X 100m = 1875m2

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Density on these 2 lots together is 125 rooms


LOT 2
- OCEANFRONT -



Lot Size: 18.75m X 100m = 1875m2

$550,000 USD

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Lot Size: 20m X 100m = 2000m2

$375,000 USD

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LOT SIZE: 20m X 34m = 680m2
67 FT X 114 FT= 7,638 S.F.

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LOT 13-13 $55,000 USD
LOT 13-11 $55,000 USD



LOT WICK
Calle 7 Sur between 85 Av. Sur / 85 Av Sur Bis

A nice walled lot for a residential home or apartment complex. Nice homes all around this area. Easy access to Calle 11, close to the university, close to the new Sam's for shopping, and a straight shot to the ocean. This lot has a tall 10 Ft (3 meter) concrete wall with gated entrance that adds value to the lot.

Lot Size: 533.34m2 / 5,740 sq. ft.
With 10 Ft concrete Wall all around the lot.

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$85,000USD


LOT BORDER

Located on the road going into the island across from the entrance to Caleta and the El Presidente Hotel & Spa and the New Marina, this property has electricity off the road, a lots of fruit trees such as avocados, papayas, guayabas, oranges, limes. Really near to Paradise reef and Puerto Caleta.

Lot Size: 20 m x 40 m = 800 m2 / or 67 ft. x 134 ft. = 8,611.12 sq.ft.

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CASA CRYSTAL
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CASA DE LA FUENTE
PDS PH 1 PENTHOUSE
LAS VENTANAS C 303
CASA RANCHO
LOT EDDIE
VILLA DELFIN
VILLA SIRENA
MIRAMAR 102
LOT TORMENTOS
CASA LOLA II
PUEBLO NUEVO LOT 17
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NEW LISTINGS

 

CASA CLUB

Beautiful house in the Corpus Cristy neighborhood, with 2 bedrooms and 2 complete bathrooms, living and dinner room, kitchen and laundry area, with big back patio with space for a Spa and at front parking for 2 cars

Size: 216mts2/2,325 sq.feet

$170,000.00 USD

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CASA ALUM

This residence is located at the north area of downtown. It comes with 3 big bedrooms each one has it's own bathroom and big closet space, the master bedroom comes with huge walk-in closet and a bathroom with a separate tub/shower, also the 2nd floor has a little kitchen-et bar area. First floor has big kicthen living and dining room area with a bar space and office. There is a laundry room and service room as well. This house has great potential for a bed and breakfast hotel.

Has a big pool 112.5 sq.mt with a big jacuzzi.

Size: 698.75mts2/ 7,513sq.feet

Construction: 6,565sq.foot

$840,000.00 USD


LOT MILLET

Located at 65Avenue at the corner of Calle 18 in a areally quiet neighborhood near to the airport, great to build a nice house with a pool.

Size: 360mts2/3,875 sq.feet

80,000.00 USD


LOT MAYA
COUNTRY CLUB.- NORTH COAST

THIS EXCELLENT 4 LOT ARE UBICATED ON THE COUNTRY CLUB RESIDENTIAL ZONE INFRONT OF THE GULF COURSE.

Excellent for investment opportunity, you can build condos or private homes, B &B, with ocean View, one block to the beach access. In the best zone for Kite boarding, wind surf.

Lote #1 28 x 40 = 1120 mt2 12,055.56 sq.ft -- Lote # 2 26 x 40 = 1040 mt2 ft 11,194.44sq.ft
Lote # 3 34 x 21 = 714 mt2 7,685.54 sq.ft -- Lote # 4 21 x 27.59 = 579.39 mt2 6,236.50sq.ft

TOTAL = 3,453 mts2-- 37,167.78 sq.ft

HAVE TO BE SOLD TOGUETHER

$580,000.00 USD

 


PALMAS REALES 1C
North Coast Highway

On North Coast Highway this beautiful 3 bedroom 3 bath condo has everything ready for you to enjoy what Cozumel has to offer. The condo is located on the 2nd level with panoramic views of the ocean. This condo comes completely furnished with all of the most warm yet sophisticated furniture. Throughout the condo is very high end polished travertine. The common area has a infinity pool overlooking the ocean that will leave you breathless. It is located across from the 5 star Jack Nickluas award winning golf course, and only a short 5 min drive into the center of town where there are tons of wonderful restaurants to choose from. Do not let this opportunity pass you by to get into one of the most sought after condo buildings on the island.

$399,000 USD

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CASA LORI

Large home in nice residential neighborhood off of Calle 11Boulevard. The home sits on two 12 x 30 meter lots so the total lot size is 24 x 30 meters (80 ft. x 105 ft.) It has a pool, outside bar entertainment area, and a nice Mayan garden. 3 large bedrooms with sitting rooms, 4.5 Bathrooms, an office and on the south lot there is a nice one bedroom apartment with living, dining, and bathroom.

$ 698,000 USD
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BUSINESSES IN COZUMEL FOR SALE

CELLULAR Business for sale, sale includes $24,000 worth of cell phone contracts, office equipment and furniture permits and SAMS concession. Good, easy business opportunity.
New Reduced $38,000
USD


Boutique Beachwear & Surf boutique for sale . Established business for 10 years in a good, inexpensive rental location. $100,000 USD

Inquire about Dive Shops/Fishing/Snorkeling businesses for sale. We have 4 opportunities to choose from. Serious, qualified inquiries only.


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