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You're Going to Love Merida

Bustling, beautiful, and a world away from the beaches of the Costa Maya, Merida is the Yucatan's hub, and one of Mexico's most rewarding destinations.

Founded in 1542, Merida was a jewel in the Spanish colonial crown, and its city center is the proof. Wandering past square after square of majestic churches, fountains, and elegant boulevards can be a little disorienting - like stepping into the 17th century. Then you are jolted back to the 21st century, thanks to an array of fine museums, endless bars, live music on the streets of the city center, and the energy of a regional capital.

The ideal base from which to explore the Yucatan's Mayan cities, but a marvelous urban destination in its own right, Merida rewards everyone who visits with a once-in-a-lifetime display of architecture, street life, and cultural delights.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Merida

What to do in Mérida

Plaza Grande
Catedral de Mérida
Gran Museo Del Mundo Maya
Parque Hidalgo

When to Visit Merida

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Merida is a tropical destination, which visitors may want to bear in mind. The winter is an excellent time to go. Any time between September and May will see high temperatures (by US standards) and low humidity, making for ideal sightseeing conditions. Summer is much more humid, and tropical storms are possible.

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How to Get to Merida

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Where to Stay in Merida

Merida has plenty of choice for luxury travelers. Many of the best hotels are located in sumptuous colonial-era buildings and are a real treat, including Las Escaleras Guest House and the Hotel Hacienda in the Centro Historico. More modern options include the Mansión Mérida on the Park, and the beautiful Casa Lecanda Boutique Hotel, housed in one of the city's finest restored mansions.

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Shopping Streets

There's no competition for Merida's most exciting shopping street: the Paseo de Montejo wins, hands down. Lined with manicured trees and impossibly elegant old mansions, the ground floor of the street features a mixture of stores. There are apparel stores like Yapurlandia, Morana, and Guayaberas Ravgo, places to stop for a hot chocolate like Ki Xocolatl, and department stores aplenty. Aside from the Paseo de Montejo, there are also a number of bustling markets. The Mercado Lucas de Galvez is the biggest and most intriguing, and you'll find everything from fine foods to shoes, clothing, and electronics on sale.

Groceries and Other

Merida has a huge selection of supermarkets, including familiar names like Walmart and less well-known chains like Súper Aki or Superama. All are good places to stock up on groceries. Expect to pay around Mex$60 for a gallon of milk or Mex$28 for 12 eggs.

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Where to Eat in Merida

Yucatec food is very different from the Mexican food most visitors are used to, with slow roasted pork dishes like Pibil, and egg tacos in pumpkin seed sauce. Great places to explore the region's cuisine include Manjar Blanco and the taco specialists Wayan'e, while excellent pizza is to be had at El Trapiche. After that, be sure to visit Dulceria y Sorbeteria Colon for a beautiful, palate-cleansing dessert. Meal prices average around Mex$100 per head.