My Cancun Mailbox

17 Jun

Growing up in the suburbs of Virginia, I remember every house had its own mailbox set right on the street, next to the driveway. Each mailbox had a little red flag that you would put up to alert the mailman/lady that you had put something in there to mail. The mailman/lady drove by every day in a cute little van and placed our letters, bills and catalogues neatly inside the mailbox, where it was safely tucked away from the elements.

Here in Cancun? Not so much. Even when mail does reach our house (which can take months), there is nothing resembling a mailbox to put the mail in. So… we cancunenses have to be more resourceful. Every house here has a front gate or, at the very least, bars on the windows or front door. Since these bars are decorative, there’s always a place for mail.

Here’s an American Express card advertisement found in my “mailbox” this morning:

I could buy little black boxes that say “correo” to hang up outside the house, but I get a feeling the postman would ignore it anyway. 🙂

19 Responses to “My Cancun Mailbox”

  1. Poetesswug June 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    Ha! Ha! Resourceful, those mail carriers!! ^_^

  2. italia June 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    that is true about mail but I send everything by UPS now. it is just before cumbres superama …a bit pricey but they get stuff in one day overnite mostly…
    also weird is they have no cancun phone book..makes starting businesses interesting hee hee..but I love it here…..

  3. KfromMichigan June 17, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    Cute! hope a strong wind doesn’t whip up.

  4. Ashlie June 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    Receiving mail in Mexico is always a chore though I am often surprised by how quickly it gets here from Canada–about 15 days. In my building we have a black locked box but most of our mail gets popped under my door as it is delivered by hand to our maintenance guy (when he shows up to work). But sometimes we still have to hunt around the lobby for any envelopes that might be addressed to us.

  5. Ang June 17, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    lol – that’s awesome!
    Our new house has a mailbox on the house (and the mailman walks house to house)… and there is no flag… there have been many days I’ve put mail in and used a clothespin to indicate mail being in there… and it’s still there when i get home. I want my little red flag back!

  6. DM June 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    You’ve got quite the interesting mailbox there. I’m amazed at the amount of trust Mexicans have. Here, it would be a worry that someone would steal the mail if it were left in the gate like that.

  7. Rob June 17, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    Don’t worry I’ll be be going down there soon. I’ll get things on the right track. I’ve been a mailman for 11 years. But my heart says go south young man. So put up your mailbox.

  8. Kristi S June 17, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    No wonder none of my Cancun friends ever received any of the things I used to send. Thank God for that!

  9. Kathryn June 20, 2011 at 1:59 am #

    Ha! That’s hilarious! Doesn’t seem like the safest thing, but definitely entertaining!

  10. Perpetually Engaged June 20, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    Too funny! Won’t people steal it?

  11. Krysten June 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    LOL that’s awesome.

  12. Jose Manuel June 25, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    Well I would suggest buying a mail box to see how then mail men’s reactions. You never know until you try it. You will be surprised on how you can educate thyem little by little. I know I did when I lived in Puerto Vallarta.

  13. Ceri June 27, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    Wow. In the UK we don’t have mail boxes either – just slots in our front doors. If the letter/parcel’s too big for the letterbox, the postman leaves a note saying there’s something waiting for us to pick up at our local post office. So funny that you didn’t even need to leave the house to mail something either.

  14. (FL) Girl with a New Life June 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    Really? That is so funny. I will never take my mailbox for granted again.

  15. MurdocksMama June 29, 2011 at 3:53 am #

    It’s crazy all of the little things I don’t even think about! I wish all of my mail fit in that! 🙂 Hope you’re having a great week!!

  16. Linda Faye Balderas June 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    That is so weird.I am moving to Guanajuato in the Fall.My husband ,MIguel, is in Salamanca and he says that sometimes the mailman just throws the mail away if he dosent feel like delivering!! We just laugh-what else can you do?

  17. Rebekah July 8, 2011 at 1:22 am #

    I have to ask, did you ever get my wedding invitation? (yes it’s been 2 years… but…) I sent a couple out of the country, and never heard back. It makes sense that it was lost!

  18. gringation July 8, 2011 at 4:05 am #

    Seriously? No I never got it! Next time a FB invite will be fine haha

  19. GRRRL TRAVELER July 8, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    I find it a bit disturbing — it could rain, someone could steal your mail (if you had something really important), the wind could blow it out… Have you ever had missing mail?

    WEll,,, I guess you really wouldn’t know, would you.

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