Visitors enjoyed the last Sunday of the year, swimming, playing and enjoying a relaxing day on the beach.
Progreso Yucatan.- A myriad of national and local visitors invaded the beaches and boardwalk spending the last Sunday of the year enjoying the warm weather and taking time to shop at the local street markets and buy from various vendors and restaurants.
A local service provider calculated that a little more than 25,000 people spent their day at the beach leaving salespeople, waiters, restaurants, local craft people and even fisherman with a good income for the end of the year.
Tourists began to arrive as early as 7am, including hundreds of cyclists that are training on the beach and boardwalk, preparing for a triathlon that will take place in February.
According to a local tour operator the arrival of the tourists was extraordinary, the first section to begin earning money were the local fisherman who use the boardwalk area to sell their catch of the day. In just a few short hours they were able to sell everything they had caught earlier that morning to the national and local tourists, who then took the fish to be prepared at the local municipal market.
During the day the visitors continued to arrive, some purchased local tours of the beach area and others were more interested in visiting Dzibilchaltún. At around 2 pm 25 buses of national tourists arrived and parked close to the boardwalk, and more national tourists spending several days at hotels in Merida arrived on the Merida-Progreso buses.
Churro, Kibi, Edam cheese and shrimp salesman also were under a large demand, as the excursionists searched for variety in products that were being offered. Kite and toy salesman sold like it was August, children being their major clients. While the children bought kites, their parents sipped on beer and cocktails and enjoyed fresh ceviche and fried fish under the shade of the palapas.
Local craftsmen Luis Cabrera and Margarita Escalante reported that sales had been better yesterday than they had been during the last few cruise ship arrivals. Luis Cabrera said, ´Saturday I sold $3000, and Sunday I had sold around $1500 by 2pm, I can´t complain about the last Saturday and Sunday of the year.´
Another local salesman, Edie Barbosa reported that he sold more Halachó hats than any other day in December, he also commented that the sales to national tourists had been higher than his sales to the passengers of the cruise ships who he also stated aren’t spending like they used to.
Closing out sales for the year will be the arrival of two more cruise ships, the Carnival Elation which arrives on Tuesday after docking first at Cozumel, and the Carnival Triumph that hales from Galveston, Texas.
Sources: TYT Newsroom/Progreso Yucatan/Diario de Yucatan
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