This summer will be different; that’s for sure. Normally, we’d be talking about exploring every inch of Yucatán, our hotels and coasts would be flooded with visitors, and we would be waltzing into the office with a fresh tan after spending the weekend in Progreso.
Hundreds of palm trees frame San Crisanto, a fishing town, far from the city, with crystalline water and white sand. It’s part of the Costa Esmeralda that goes from Puerto Progreso to Dzilam de Bravo. Not only does it have privileged views from its beach area and eco-cabins, but it also has thousands of meters of mangroves and 45 cenotes. This month, it graces our cover.
The state begins to open up little by little and we’re all on the edge of our seats waiting and asking ourselves what’s going to happen. Nobody has a definitive answer, nor can anyone tell us with certainty what the future holds for Yucatán (or the rest of the world). At the time I am writing this editorial, a visit to San Crisanto is not even an option. But every day we receive new information, so who knows? Maybe soon we will be able to rent a house with our families on one of Yucatán’s beaches and enjoy some vacation time, with social distancing included.
During the late 80’s, there was a lethal yellowing plague in the state that came from Cozumel, crossed Holbox, Dzilam de Bravo, and San Crisanto that caused many coconut trees on the coast to succumb to this disease. San Crisanto, a town that is known for being a palm tree seedbed and making a living from coconut production, was hit particularly hard. At the time, the plague wiped out the town’s palm trees and hope, but today it’s filled with more coconut trees than ever. The people persisted, recovered, and now this story is hard to believe.
Walking on the sand, enjoying seafood while you gaze at the waves, going to a restaurant with friends, and enjoying summer evenings are just some of the little things we took for granted. These months will swell with heat just like in previous years, but not quite with as many people as we’re accustomed to. It’s time to enjoy the little things, details, moments with our loved ones, and every bite of our favorite summer treats.
I plan to pack my summer with these small moments in time and hold them close to my heart (metaphorically, because social distancing) more than ever before. If there’s something to learn from San Crisanto it is that this too shall pass – that life will fill up our beaches with coconut trees once more.
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Editorial by Greta Garrett
Assistant Editor/Cartoon Villain
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