November 2009 Newsletter


SOUTH COAST - Km 6.99 Carretera a Chankanaab
Entre The Money Bar Landmark Resort y Hotel Fiesta Americana

Spanning 202 meters of gorgeous Caribbean oceanfront this incredible
investment property is perfect for your big business investment. Located along the quiet
and stunningly beautiful "old" road, Mar Esmeralda is situated between the new luxurious Landmark Resort and Fiesta Americana Hotel.

Lot Size: 41,758 square meters / 4.18 Hectare
449,479 square feet / 10.32 acres

Federal Zone Concession Permitted: 6 stories (21 meters high) of construction,
200 Room Hotel, or 66 Homes.

$8,600,000 USD
*One half of this lot is under consideration until Nov 20, 2009.
The other half is available for $4,300,000 USD.

! ! ! MAKE OFFER ! ! !

Contact Cozumel Living for More Information >>



Suite 5 Sur


Beautiful 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom Condo on the 5th floor of Puesta del Sol, Phase I. Nicely decorated, open style living-dining room with fully equipped kitchen. Spacious master bedroom with private bathroom and TV/computer area, offering wonderful ocean views.

Just minutes from downtown, Puesta del Sol is located along the quiet northern coast of Cozumel known for it's beautiful multi-colored waters. This spectacular ocean front living offers, airport and shopping convenience, and an easy walk into downtown. Solid concrete construction, including all interior walls, strongly maintained through Hurricane Wilma with few damages.

Oceanfront sundeck with pool provide a pleasant spot for lounging. Enjoy fabulous sunset views relaxing poolside!

$343,000 USD
Owner financing now available - Contact an agent today!


Located on 40Ave. Between 2 and 4 North.

This well priced lot has just been cleared and will including the small half-wall demolition. In an excellent location Lot Tim II is a great investment.

Lot dimension: 9 meters (front) X 25 meters (deep).
Lot Size: 225m2 = 2300 Sq. Ft.

$42,500 USD
.Owner financing now available - Contact an agent today!

5a Avenida on the corner of 17 Sur #1099

Oceanview penthouse in the great vacation rental neighborhood of Corpus Christi. Just one block from the ocean, this five-unit building provides easy access to the beach, world-class scuba diving, shopping, and restaurants.

Costa Azul spans two floors with separate sleeping quarters on each level. Spacious bedrooms each have full bathrooms with tiled Jacuzzi tubs and private balconies.

3rd story Palapa covered sundeck, offers amazing panoramic sunset views with built-in viewing benches
and bar complete with electricity. Enjoy while sipping your favorite drink!

Living room, dining room, fully equipped kitchen, pressurized water system, A / C Mini-Splits, backyard, storage, laundry room, and parking garage.

Comes completely furnished - Rents well - Ready to move in!

$195,000 USD
Cooperative home owners association with no monthly fees!!!
186m2 (2,002 sq.ft.) Construction


70 Avenida between Calle 7 y 11 Sur

Beautiful newer Mexican Hacienda with lovely fountain, pool, rinse tank, and dive gear storage area.
4-bedrooms, 4- bathrooms, 2-levels, living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry, A/C mini-splits, great balcony overlooking the back yard, very spacious covered parking for 1 car and more!

Huge garden, patio, and private pool with great rental history.
Gorgeous and spacious, at a fantastic price, this is a MUST SEE property!

NEW Low Price $300,000 USD



Calle 23 Sur between 10 Ave. y 15 Ave. Sur

Architectural gem in Corpus Christi! Unique 2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath home filled with charming details and stylish warmth. 2 large bedrooms with baths, each in their own freestanding building. The Spacious Main house with half bath offers views to the front courtyard and back patio with pool. Quality construction and attention to detail throughout. Comes partially furnished.

Lot size: 7.6 X 34 meters Approximately 258.4 square meters

Construction size: 131.77 square meters - Over 1400 sq. ft.

$229,000 USD



50 Av Sur on the corner of Calle 21

2 Bedroom / 2 Bath condos
Extras include Appliances, furnishings, and built in closet features.
Manicured outdoor space with shared pool and patio furniture.

$105,000 USD

Only 2 units left - Contact Cozumel Living today!


Island NEWS

"El Día de los Muertos"
Day of the Dead

El Dia de los Muertos is an ancient Mesoamerican celebration to commemorate the memory of deceased ancestors that is observed on November 1st and 2nd of every year in synthesis with the Catholic holiday of All Saints' Day which occurs on November 1st and All Souls' Day which occurs on November 2nd. Scholars trace the origins of the modern holiday to indigenous observances dating back thousands of years, and to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl; queen of the underworld who rules over the afterlife.

The traditional mood is much brighter than the American view of death, with an emphasis on honoring the lives of the deceased, and celebrating the continuation of life; the belief is not that death is the end but rather the beginning of a new stage in life.

The holiday is especially popular in Mexico but it is also celebrated in the Philippines, Brazil,
in Mexican-American communities in the United States, and to a lesser extent, in other Latin American countries.

Celebration of The Day of the Dead is not directly connected with the church and is viewed more as a pagan or native tradition. Representation of this ancient holiday is strongly rooted in Mexican folk art, figurines, costume, and decoration.

There is no parade in Cozumel although the holiday is celebrated. Around this time of year you will see local vendors selling decorations and flowers, decorated cemeteries and homes, and markets offer sugar skulls and day of the dead bread as featured items.

Common symbols are the skull or calavera, which celebrants represent in masks, called calacas and foods such as sugar skulls. Other holiday foods include
pan de muerto or "bread of the dead", a sweet egg bread made in various shapes. Families usually clean and decorate the graves with ofrendas, or offerings, which
often include orange marigold flowers called "Flor de Muerto" or zempoalxochitl. These flowers are thought to attract souls of the dead to the offerings. Toys are
brought for dead children and bottles of tequila, mezcal, pulque or atole for adults. Families will also offer the deceased's favorite foods and candies on the grave.
Shrines are also put up and decorated in homes, and offered their favorite foods such as mole, candied pumpkin, pan de muerto, fruit, and sugar skulls. These
ofrendas are a welcoming gesture for the deceased. Some people believe the spirits of the dead eat the "spiritual essence" of the food and pillows and blankets
are left out so that the deceased can rest after their long journey.

"La Calavera Catrina"

José Guadalupe Posada
2 February 1852 – 20 January 1913

Jose Guadalupe Posada was a Mexican engraver, illustrator, and artist whose work has influenced many Latin American artists and cartoonists due to its satirical acuteness and political engagement.

Posada's best known works are his calaveras, which often assume various costumes, such as the Calavera de la Catrina, the "Calavera of the Female Dandy", which was meant to satirize the life of the upper classes during the reign of Porfirio Díaz. Most of his imagery was meant to make a religious or satirical point. Since his death, however, his images have become strongly associated with the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, the "Day of the Dead".

Largely forgotten by the end of his life, Posada's engravings were brought to a wider audience in the 1920s by the French artist Jean Charlot, who encountered them while visiting Diego Rivera. While Posada died in poverty, his images are well known today as examples of Mexican folk art.

"Lila Downs Live in Concert"

Friday, November 20, 2009
8:00 pm

A mix of Latin, jazz, folk, and world beats, Lila Downs' music, like herself, is hard to define. Lila grew up in the Sierra Madre mountains of southern Mexico, in the state of Oaxaca, and also in Minnesota. Her father, a Scottish-American cinematographer/painter, came to Mexico originally to make a documentary about the blue-winged teal's annual migration from Canada to the Yucatan Peninsula. He met Anita, Lila's mother, a Mixtec-Indian woman, who sang in Mexico City.

Her career as a musician began when she started singing mariachi songs at the age of eight. When she turned 14, Lila started voice lessons in Los Angeles, continued in Oaxaca City at Bellas Artes, and moved back to Minnesota to study voice and anthropology at the University of Minnesota.

If Downs' performances are marked by anything, she is a reflection of a 21st century world culture where ethnicity and national boundaries are blurred. Whether it is "La Llorona", or a sensual jazz tune sung in flawless English, or a coquettish Mexican singing a bolero, or a native Indian conveying the sad stories of Mexico's Mixtec, Nahuatl or Zapotec cultures in their languages, Downs discovers a part of herself in the essence in each song.

Her career continues to move forward as a composer, acting & film, and other independent projects.
Credits include: the voice of Frida Khalo in the pbs production "The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo" and as Tango Singer in the feature film "Frida", starring Selma Hayek and Alfred Molina; including multiple performances in the
film's soundtrack.

She currently lives in Coyoacan and collaborates with musicians from Mexico, Canada, Cuba, Peru, Argentina and Paraguay. Downs performs her own compositions and also taps into the vast reservoir of native Mesoamerican music, singing songs in the Indian Mixtec, Zapotec, Maya and Nahuatl languages of Mexico.


Event info: (987) 113-4394 / (987) 101-4280

Centro de Espectaculos Moby Dick
65 Ave between Calle 19 y 21 Sur
(987) 872-7740

100p, 200p y 400p


"Living in Mexico: Tips for Tipping"
- Mexico Real Estate Investment -

- Grocery Stores
- Restaurants & Bars
- Transport & Driving
- Hotel Services
- Tour Guides & Activities

Tipping is part of the everyday culture when living in Mexico. This guide will explain when to tip and how much, and why tips – or "la propina" – are such an
important part of Mexican life.
Although there are exceptions, guidelines for tipping in Mexico are roughly the same as the US or Canada, but probably more
generous than Europe. Tips in tourist areas are welcome in Mexican pesos or US dollars. It is even worth bringing some $1 bills with you especially to use for tipping.
The US dollar is worth about 13 pesos at the moment.

Restaurants and Bars: When your receive your bill always check to see if service has already been included. If you see a charge labelled propina or servicio this is a gratuity that the establishment includes automatically with each tab, you may wish to leave more for exceptional service but this is not required. You may also see IVA, this is government tax. In Cozumel, "IVA", or government tax, is 10%. You will nearly always have to ask for "la cuenta por favor" to get the check as Mexican waiting staff will very rarely be in a hurry to move you from your table, giving you time to sit back and relax. If you have questions about your bill simply ask for assistance.


For more information on current issues, real estate, and living in Mexico
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November 2009 K. Rauschl