Merida is located in the northern part of the Yucatan Peninsula, about twenty miles from the Gulf of Mexico.
The city dates back centuries to the ancient Maya settlement known as T’ho. Its more modern roots date to 1542 to the conquest by Spaniard Francisco de Montejo. Much of the city’s architecture in the historic center of town dates to the 18th and 19th centuries (or earlier) while the immense mansions of the Paseo de Montejo date to the lucrative henequen trade of the 19th and early 20th century.
Merida’s location is central for an easy day trip to many of the region’s most important ancient archeological sites, including Uxmal and Chichen Itza. For a more adventurous traveler, the city is surrounded by cenotes (underground lakes) for a refreshing swim or to the Gulf of Mexico for a day at the beach.
From the freshest mangos to the hottest habaneros, the unique food of the Yucatan is sure to please any palate. The city of Merida boasts numerous world class restaurants of every nationality including unique flavors different from any other part of Mexico. You can even learn to create the local dishes by attending one of Merida’s cooking schools.
This city of nearly 1,000,000 people remains one of the safest locations not only in Mexico, but in the world. Recent U.S. news outlets have cited that statistically Yucatan is safer than nearly all U.S. tourist destinations!
Merida, Yucatan Links and News
Yucatan Today – A comprehensive tourist magazine for Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula in both English and Spanish.
Yucatan Living – An excellent online magazine including reviews, calendars of events, news and articles about living and vacationing in the Yucatan.
Yucatan Living Calendar of Events – Month-at-a-glance calendar of events in Merida
Yucatan Living Weekly Events – Weekly events listings
Merida English Library – Merida’s center for English-language books, but also the central meeting place for local expats.
Los Dos Cooking School – Spend a day with the famous Chef David Sterling exploring the foods of the Yucatan, taking a trip to the local market, and learning to cook the unique regional cuisine. As seen on the Martha Stewart Show!
YES (Yucatan Expatriate Services) – An excellent resource for those thinking of living or investing in the Yucatan.
El Diario de Yucatan – One of Merida’s local newspapers in Spanish.