Summertime, what a glorious time of the year! School is out, workers get vacataion…lot’s of R & R for all. In Yucatán, summertime is even more special in that we have “temporada” – the two month period when the Meridanos who can, leave a hot and sweltering Mérida and head to the coast and their beachfront homes.
July and August are when you will find the coastal towns and villages bustling with the floating population that arrives for the two months. If you visit the coast from September to June, it is pretty low key and in some cases, downright dead! But, come July and August things get jumping! Many of the taco and Mexican cuisine restaurants open branch restaurants at the beach; the clubs also open branches in Chicxulub. These include Cielo, Tequila and Crazy Wech.
Saturday and Sunday in Progreso means lots of people and traffic, both boat and car-wise. But, it is all part of the fun and energy. Progreso is where you will find bands on the beach sponsored by the beer companies. Be prepared for the crowds!
Marina Silcer has full services for members, including all marina services, sailing school, and beach club. They also have a Pro Shop which is open to the public where they sell Hobie Cat, kayaks, windsurf, accessories, etc.
Regular activities continue – the free nighttime cultural activities, the free Saturday night Fiesta Mexicana (Calle 47 and Paseo Montejo) and Corazon de Mérida (Main Plaza up Calle 60 and 62 to Calle 55) and the fun and also free Merida en Domingo – Sunday in Mérida (same streets.) During these two events, the streets are closed off to traffic, there are bands, vendors, artists, and café style dining.
Things in Mérida are also quite warm in the summer. Temps hover in the mid to high 90’s. For daytime activites keep in mind that it is very important to keep hydrated.
Carry a bottle of water with you, wear cool clothing and a hat and pace yourself. A very wise idea is to plan your activities in the morning and then in the evening.
Summertime is also rainy season which generally means it rains in the afternoon from about 3 PM to 5 PM. The downpours are strong and refreshing and clear up in a flash leaving a cooled off Mérida that is perfect for evening strolling. This is when you can do your shopping, browsing, go to the free cultural activities or any of the pay-for ones, have a sorbet at Helados Colon on the Main Plaza or a drink at any one of the many outdoor cafés.
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