Mérida, Yucatán, is the heart and soul of Southeast Mexico: A City of Cosmopolitan Modernity and Colonial History.
When people all over the world hear the word “Yucatán”, most of them relate it to Cancún, Night Clubs, bikinis and drinks by the pool (and there is nothing wrong with that), but just a few privileged ones know about a magical place called “Mérida”.
Everything you see in Mérida tells a story. It tells a story of a place that used to be and a place that still is today.
The people, the streets, and the overall feeling of Mérida evoke a certain historical and cultural vibrancy that continues to live on and on through the art, language, and traditions of its inhabitants. In this, there exists a certain duality between cosmopolitan and colonial life in the lively city.
Mérida is becoming the apex of all that Mexico has to offer artistically and culturally. As the capital and largest city of the state of Yucatán, “La Ciudad Blanca” (The White City) is full of wonder and mystery.
The region has a distinct cuisine from the rest of Mexico that blends European, Middle Eastern, Caribbean and Mayan influences because of its location. One can find racks of lamb, seared fish plates, gelatos, sorbets, tamales, lime soup, .
Mérida’s streets are filled with colorful storefronts containing handmade crafts, authentic foods, antiques and works of art. There are churches, operas, theatres, art galleries and museums that have become a magnet for locals and visitors alike and give the city a sense of community.
Some of the most notable attractions include El Museo de las Ferrocariles en Yucatan, Teatro Peón Contreras, El Paseo Montejo, El Museo de la Ciudad de Mérida, el Nuevo Museo del Mundo Maya and Antiguo edificio de la Universidad. Blessed with nearly yearlong perfect weather, the city also hosts outdoor concerts in the animated streets. As a result, Mérida has become a hub for artists from all over the world.
The city attracts architects, designers, painters, decorators, and craftsmen because of its diverse and rich culture that is still alive and booming in the spirits of the people found there.
More and more Expats are moving to merida because they are discovering the benefits of living in Mexico, the healthcare system, the immigration process, the price of the land, the weather, the hospitality of its people and mainly because it is so easy to purchase a home in the Yucatan, that you’ll be surprised.
Mérida is just 45 minutes away from Miami, Florida; or 120 minutes from Houston, Texas; and there are direct flights on United, Aeromexico and other arilines. You can find accomodations of all kinds, from 8 room exclusive “Boutique Hotels”, to lovely “Bed & Breakfasts” located in colonial properties, to Old Haciendas that have been transformed into Spas and all inclusive resorts, to Corporations like Hyatt, Intercontinental, Fiesta Americana or Holiday Inn.
So, if you are sitting on your couch right now, wondering what to do the rest of the summer, Mérida Yucatán awaits you! And who knows, maybe you will love it so much, that you might end up staying longer than you thought in the first place…
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