February Blog Update

Source: Q-Roo Paul

If you’re a regular reader of the blog – and I sincerely hope that you are – then you may have noticed that we posted more articles than usual during the month of January. Don’t get used to that posting schedule — it was a rare event that only occurs during rainy weeks and peak tourist season.

You see, the period of time from early December through late January is the peak tourist season for the area that we call home. The hotels are packed with tourists, every other car has a rental tag and my favorite restaurants are full of strangers. At one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in Playa del Carmen, El Fogón, there was a long line of people waiting over an hour for a table.

Since I’m not fan of crowds, lines or waiting — I decided to dedicate more time to our hobby blog until things died down a bit.

Statistical Data

Since I spent over 18 years as a law enforcement supervisor, I have this strong tendency to judge success and failure based on statistical data. Statistically speaking, January was a successful month for the blog:

21 articles posted

156,248 page views

64,455 unique visitors

478 emails from readers

In case you’re wondering, we answered all of those emails personally. Unfortunately, our responses to AOL email accounts were often rejected as spam. We apologize to anyone with an AOL account who didn’t receive our response– we tried.

February Rocks!

February is one of our favorite times of year to travel around the peninsula and take full advantage of the beautiful weather. Although there are still quite a few tourists, it’s nothing like it was a few weeks ago.

Our calendar is jam-packed with multiple trips and we won’t have much free time until the first week of March. In other words, we won’t be posting very often this month. We will, however, still be responding to emails from readers — at least when we get some free time here and there.

Let’s Wrap This Up

The thing that I like best about blogging is that we don’t have to adhere to a strict posting schedule. It allows us the flexibility to enjoy perfect beach days, travel on a whim and enjoy every day to the fullest.

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About the Author

Q-Roo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years and retired at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He moved to Mexico with his wife six days later to enjoy a laid-back, Caribbean lifestyle on a tight budget. In 2016, Paul started a blog to share information with other people who may be thinking of making the move to Mexico. The blog, Two Expats Living in Mexico (qroo.us), has been viewed over a million times and Paul's articles appear in periodicals across Mexico.

20 Comments on "February Blog Update"

  1. Your ‘tourist’ situation is familiar to us….as we come from a small tourist local in Ontario called Westport … which is on the waterway known as the Rideau Canal.
    Each spring the ‘cottage folk’ descend on our area in droves…
    The good side of this is the boost it gives to the economy such as our town grocery store.
    The down side for us locals is the full parking lot and the lines waiting to check out their groceries.
    Like you guys, we gradually get used to traffic again…oh the pain of waiting while 6 cars go by….and settle in for another busy summer season .
    Saludos,
    Camille y Daniel

  2. Hello friends: From the very few blogs I read and follow, yours is by far the greatest. It gives me a surge of promise to return to my homeland when I retire in 4 years. Thank you for your excellent research and writing.

  3. “The thing that I like best about blogging is that we don’t have to adhere to a strict posting schedule.” So true, but you could add to that: “The thing that I like best about retirement is that we don’t have to adhere to much of a schedule at all.” Enjoy your February!

  4. Hi Paul, thanks for a great blog and enjoy your trips. Please be safe and I look forward to the adventures you may share with us after getting back from the trip.
    Take care.

  5. Safe travels and enjoy your outings! That’s one of the reason you live there. Will look forward to the next post, when ever it arrives. Thanks for all that you do.

  6. All good Paul re the quality and helpfulness of your blogs. Good too (for me) that you don’t just follow a rigid schedule of “sends”……..rather pick topics of interest to readers like me. Enjoy your traveling, thanks for keeping it upbeat and focused.
    Cheers/paulw

  7. Have a well deserved time off, and we will be on stand-by until your next blog!!

  8. Here I thought you were stepping up the game Paul…lol. The information you provide is incredibly useful. I cannot wait to be on our beach in Isla Mujeres Mar 16. Cheers, and again, thank you for the info.
    Heath M.

    • Hahaha, we’re stepping it up but with frequent breaks for travel, beach bars and leisure activities. March should be better — maybe 🙂

  9. I don’t blame you. Enjoy your retirement and the awesome weather down there. Until the next blog post. Take care.

  10. Joseph A Healey | February 8, 2017 at 11:18 am | Reply

    I guess i better pack up and head north for a week as there will be nothing to read lol
    Time for a visit to the pink lagoons 🙂

  11. Hola, hola Paul.
    I am one of your fixed readers and enjoy ALL of the valuable tips you gave and give. Living in Merida Centro for the 4th winter, we seriously are thinking about staying here all year. It is a great City and place to be and live. Having travelled extensively, coming from Europe, Germany, via Montreal, New York City, Toronto to Merida at 80, I can say, rarely have I found more friendly and helpful people than here in Merida.
    By the way your and your beautiful wife’s picture is gorgeous. Saludos from Betty + Werner.

  12. Susan Allard Snider McKee | February 8, 2017 at 12:37 pm | Reply

    Well Paul thank you so much for blogging at all . I find them informative and very interesting. You and your gorgeous wife have a wonderful time on your travels. It is nice to when the heavy tourist month is. Here in Ottawa I usually start getting fed up with winter now, had enough already. Lol. Next year for sure mexico is where I’ll be.

  13. Norm Stackhouse | February 8, 2017 at 12:42 pm | Reply

    I was wondering how much and how often does it rain down there?
    I hear of the “rainy season”, does that mean there are continuous days of rain?
    How about Hurricane season? Is it bad on the Cancun side?
    Thanks,
    Norm.

    • During the rainy season, it rains for 15-20 minutes and then it’s gone. As far as hurricanes are concerned, it depends on the season. This year, none of them affected us.

  14. John W Wirtanen | February 8, 2017 at 2:20 pm | Reply

    I look forward to each update, frequent or not! Each has been immensely helpful in my planned move to Mexico.

  15. Thanks Paul, I have become a committed fan of your blog. I am
    looking forward to our next trip down in mid March to PDC. Would love to get some of your favorite dining spots in Playa Del Carmen.Enjoy your travels.

  16. El Fagon is our favorite spot in PDC as well. We usually go to Cozumel now but always make at least one trip to PDC to visit El Fagon. We also never visit in “high season” because we hate fighting the crowds everywhere. Keep the blogs coming as we enjoy reading each one. Enjoy your February travels.

  17. Hola Paul, I was just introduced to your Blog. So far it looks great, I’m already learning a ton of valuable information. Cant wait to dig through it deeper. My wife Flower and I are in the process of buying at TAO. I will retire within the year from the Police/Fire Department in southern California. It looks like we are following in your footsteps. Thanks for the info you present, its helping tremendously. Rick & Flower

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