he dog days of summer are pretty much behind us now, and most folks aren’t sorry. Autumn is on the way, with cooler weather just ahead, and the small Mexican seaside city where I live will emerge from its summer siesta full of energy and looking for fun.
In olden times the “dog days” of late summer (corresponding with the appearance of the “dog star” Sirius in the dawn sky) were popularly believed to be an evil time “when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid, causing to man burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies” according to Brady’s Clavis Calendarium, 1813.
Well we had no phrensies or fevers, but it was hot and summer saw a shortage of visitors. Not everyone sees that as a negative, though. The beaches are wide open, there are no crowds, prices are low. It’s fun to join the traditional Mexican family-time at the Malecon on a Sunday evening enjoying the breeze, listening to bands, chatting, pigging out on churros and other delicacies from the street vendors, just hanging out. No hurries, no worries, we have this moment and should enjoy it. It will not come again.
A friend of mine described her summer life this way: “Man, life can be so stressful here in Mexico. Why just today I had to get up before dawn to go fishing (caught a nice 35-pound Gulf Grouper and a couple of Pinto Bass!). When we got back about mid-day I had to take the grandkids out for fish tacos and then play in the pool with them and take them for a banana boat ride. A short siesta was followed by some shelling and tidepooling on beaches that are nearly empty of tourists. Tonight I’ll be joining friends for carne asada and margaritas and I’ll just be wiped by the end of the day. It’s been such a tough summer…”
Now summer is about over, the dog days are winding down, the temperatures are beginning to cool and my friend might soon need a sweater in the evenings, but things are just beginning to heat up in town.
Which brings us to September. September is a good time of year to be in lesser-known towns along coastal Mexico. Starting things off, the 16th is Independence Day, and if you’ve never experienced Mexico’s Independence Day you’ve been missing out on some serious fun! You can find out all the details by googling “mexican independence day”, but suffice it to say that it’s every bit as patriotic, fun and celebratory as the parallel holiday you’re used to in your own country. There are fireworks; special foods; parades; music; vendors on every street corner selling flags, balloons, etc.; and everything is draped in Mexico’s colors of green, white and red. It’s the biggest Fiesta of the year, and every town has plenty going on!
But even in September the pace remains slow, giving visitors every opportunity to enjoy themselves without the pressure of crowds. Whether it’s golf that floats your boat or fishing or shelling or sun bathing or sharing good food with friends, you can get your kicks on your own schedule. It’s a good time to visit so come on down. Stay a while. The door is always open.
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