Heat of Merida
Sun, hamacas, dipping pools, colorful markets, pyramids, family-friendly nightlife, delicious fresh fruit, and some of the friendliest people are just a few of the reasons Merida should make your shortlist of places to visit in Mexico.
But what about the heat?
When we were deciding on where to live in Mexico, the weather was a major deciding factor. We both grew up in Wisconsin with frigid winters and short summer seasons. After spending winter freezing in China, we were ready to be warm again. Merida is close to beaches, snorkeling, and seldom gets below 70...ever. You could spend the whole year in flip-flops, and since flip-flops are my favorite thing in the world next to coffee, that sounded ideal for us.
Surviving the heat in Merida is another story altogether
After about our third month of living in Merida, we were reminded of the saying "be careful what you wish for," the heat in Merida was no joke. We learned that you could sweat from every inch of your body while not performing any physical activity. I think my eyelashes might have been sweating.
Running an errand at 12:30 in the afternoon meant braving a 113F (w/heat index) temperature. Can you say hot, sweaty mess!!
The best place to solve a problem when in a foreign country or a new place is to watch the locals. This has saved us in Hong Kong Subways, Amsterdam cafes, and shopping in Chinese markets. We quickly learned that we were doing EVERYTHING wrong. Within a couple of weeks, we quickly became accustomed to doing things the Merida way. This made our daily activities much more enjoyable. Here they are so you don't have to go through becoming the same hot sweaty miserable mess.
The best way to solve a problem while adventuring is to watch the locals. This tactic has saved us in Hong Kong Subways, Amsterdam cafes, and shopping in Chinese markets. We quickly learned that we were doing EVERYTHING wrong. Within a couple of weeks, we quickly became accustomed to doing things the Merida way. Doing this made our daily activities much more enjoyable. Here they are, so you don't have to go through becoming the same hot, sweaty, miserable mess.
Steps to Surviving the Heat in Merida
Always walk in the shade
Cross the street and walk in the shade - move your body so it is in the shade at all times.
Complete all errands or heavy walking activities by 10:30 am.
Take a siesta from 12 - 3 pm. Lay in your hammock
Take a dip in the pool at any time of the day!
Drink lots of water
Wear a hat or use an umbrella to block the sun if necessary
Cotton clothes are not your friend. I prefer linen or blended fabric in hot weather. I quickly learned that cotton made me look like a very poor candidate for a wet t-shirt contest.
Go out at night!! The fun starts when the sun goes down. It is the best time in Merida, and you will see families with kids of all ages along with the older crowd out late.
Don't turn your oven on. Learn stovetop meals, or you could opt to eat Churros all day too.
Don't over-schedule yourself. Allow for time to recoup and a dip in the pool.
These tips saved us from living in the Walmart freezer section!! We also stopped looking like we had been running through a sprinkler and more like productive adults.
Thinking about an adventure in Merida?
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