Uncovering Merida’s Charm…

Downtown Mérida, Yucatán

Three key ingredients make up charming places – People, pride and respect. In my travels to Merida, Mexico I found the perfect blend of all three.

The Yucatan culture takes pride in their families, ancestors, and their rich history. Truly living for each day, they respect who they are, who they are with, and what they are doing.

With respect for oneself, there is a respect for other people. Providing a place of safety, security, and possibilities.

The unexpected romance of a city filled with modern conveniences, historic preservation, and unspoiled beaches has my heart fluttering.

Progreso, Yucatan


Genuine hellos, expansive hidden courtyards, and afternoon pastries have forever changed my attitude towards vacationing in Mexico.

This simply charming city of the Yucatan Peninsula will forever live on inside of me.

Sisal, Yucatan
Sisal, Yucatan

Undiscovered shoreline in the seaside village of Sisal, will fill my dreams for years to come. If only I could bottle the sensations of this magnifico place where palm trees sway in whisper breezes along miles of pristine coastline.

The simple beauty of blue lagoons, pink flamingos flying above, and authentic kissing chairs made me feel as if all of this was created for me in that exact moment of time.

The depth of the city is visually and emotionally stimulating. This feeling is a way of life. Greeting with the cheek, couples holding hands, and pure bliss beaming from every smiling face. Few places have captured my heart, Merida has captured my soul.

Downtown Mérida, Yucatán
Downtown Mérida, Yucatán


By Miranda Allfrey



Miranda Allfrey is an avid writer, traveler and an organizational marketing & branding consultant. Miranda has been has been discovering charming destinations for more than a decade and recently made a visit to Merida/Sisal in Yucatan, Mexico where she simply fell in love with the culture. Her creativity and passion for travel and writing, has allowed her the opportunity to work with corporations and professionals across the nation and globally, including the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games where she ran the Olympic torch.