Mérida is quickly becoming a top vacation and retirement destination in Mexico (for those with heat tolerance). In this post I will go through some of my favorite experiences in Mérida which should paint the appeal picture for the Yucatán’s capital city.

One of Mérida’s charms is its large historical center. The Centro Historico has many stories to tell regarding the area’s Mayan and Spanish past



There’s probably no better place in the state to enjoy Yucatan cuisine



Although Mérida’s architecture and cuisine are world class, they aren’t the reason I was drawn to the city. Location is why I chose Mérida. There is a wealth of things to see and things to do surrounding the city which is why it’s a great home base for discovering this part of the country

Swimming in a cenote (sinkholes) is a unique phenomenon that I recommend experiencing in the Yucatan



Ex Haciendas (former plantations) are quite a sight and were the main forces that led to Mérida becoming one of the wealthiest non European cities



Mérida is a short and easy bus ride to the Yucatan’s north coast which boast’s beautiful beaches



There are also quite a few beautiful towns nearby to further tell the fascinating story of the Mayan/Spanish past of the area