A Friday Night In Smalltown Mexico

30 Oct

What is there to do for a retired expat on Friday night in a sleepy little Mexican town, far from the nightlife of Cancun and Playa del Carmen? While my wife was enjoying an evening of gringo poker, I thought I’d take myself out for dinner and a walk around the park to see what’s shaking in Bacalar.


The gazebo in the heart of downtown Bacalar.

It was early by Mexican standards. Families would be out as soon as the sun went down and the evening cooled. Vendors were setting up shop, probably looking forward to the Day of the Dead activities next week. Memorial alters will be on display around the park featuring candy skulls, family photos and lots of marigolds. It is an annual competition and a huge draw that brings people into town to participate or view. There were few tourists about this evening and sales were slim pickings.


The first vegan restaurant in Bacalar.

I ambled over to El Mango y Chile. I very much want to support local entrepreneurs who try new things that bring flavor to Bacalar. Dani and Jesús, the owners, are go-getters and the food is yummy. They also have a food blog mangoychile.com with lots of healthy Mexican dishes.


A lovely patio overlooking the Laguna.


Someone out on a sunset sail.


A street dog with sweet eyes and a thumpy tail was under a table. I want to take them all home.


The classic “burger” that come with the best fries in Bacalar.

My dinner was yummy. The location is perfect and I hope the restaurant thrives. No walk about is complete without a stop at one of several new heladerías that have popped up around the square.


A must stop for any and all visitors. The owner is Mr. Personality and fun to talk to in English or Spanish.

Cappuccino ice cream was the choice this evening before I caught a taxi home. There is probably more action in some of the bars if one is looking for it. I do wish that there were live music and a dance venue, but that would require us to stay up past 9:00. I would consider it, believe me, except in Bacalar, nothing starts until 9:00. Ah, for a night of youthful energy once a week. I don’t think it’s asking too much, do you?

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12 Responses to “A Friday Night In Smalltown Mexico”

  1. Carolyn Niemeyer Weiss October 30, 2016 at 9:13 am #

    I do not think it is too much to ask!

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 October 30, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

      Right! I just can’t figure out who to ask it of.


  2. Teresa October 30, 2016 at 12:51 pm #

    Really really like your blog, Alex. I look forward to it every week! I should say that more often. And I recognize that beautiful sailboat! That’s Paul’s GABRIELA! http://www.velasybrisas.com. Abrazos

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 October 30, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

      You are missed. Would you please take care of that pesky election and get you tushie home.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Karen Hodgens October 30, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    So beautiful! Reminds me of twilight on Isla Roatan (Honduras). I copied your Snoopy cartoon. Hope you don’t mind. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 October 30, 2016 at 9:52 pm #

      Hi Karen. Copy away. Thanks for stopping by.


  4. LJones October 30, 2016 at 6:02 pm #

    ANOTHER great blog!!! It’s so fun to read about this little town and BE here – think I’ll go visit. See you both tomorrow 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 October 30, 2016 at 6:23 pm #

      Lots going on for DOTD. Get out there and explore your town.


  5. Jack Scott October 31, 2016 at 3:45 am #

    Sound’s like my kinda town 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 October 31, 2016 at 6:19 am #

      IDK Jack you guys get kinda wild! 🎉💃🏼😜🍷🍾


  6. emilievardaman October 31, 2016 at 6:34 am #

    We are in Las Vegas right now and left the Strip by 8:30 since we were getting tired. So, yes! One night a week of youthful energy would be lovely!

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 October 31, 2016 at 7:10 am #

      Never been to LV. Have fun and party like it’s 1999! 🎉


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