Merida is a great, vibrant city in the south of Mexico, it’s the capital Yucatan state. According to the 2020 census, the population of Mérida was 1,161,000. Mérida is a cultural center, featuring multiple museums, art galleries, restaurants, movie theatres, and shops. Sadly, with Covid many of these are closed or have limited access. There is much to love about Merida, these are our top 7 reasons (in no particular order).
There is a wonderful and growing community of black folks where in Merida. We especially appreciate the diversity of ages, there are lots of families and we’ve made lots of friends with women in our age group as well.
Parks and Green Spaces!
Merida is a lovely and lively city with an abundance of parks. These are great for two of our favorite activities, walking and people watching.
While not technically a beach city there are plenty of sweet little beach towns less than 30 minutes away.
Lots to See and Do!
From beautiful monuments, majestic mansions on Paseó Montejo, magical cenotes and ancient Chichen Itza, there is a wide variety of activities and sightseeing trips in and around Merida. Biciruta is a favorite activity of ours, it’s made me love Merida even more.
Safety, Language and the People!
Merida is consistently rated as one of the safest cities in the world. We have found it to be so. We are learning Spanish and find communication fairly easy. Most importantly, we have found the people here to be helpful, friendly and kind.
Merida is modern city with a range of shopping malls, auto dealerships, hotels, restaurants, and leisure facilities. Medical care is good and affordable.
If you are expecting “traditional” Mexican food like you’d find in your favorite U.S. spot, you’re gonna be disappointed. The flavors of this region are quite different. I’m growing to like several dishes and am willing to try more. Also, there are plenty of non Yucatecan restaurants in town, including vegetarian spots, top of the line steak houses and even U.S. chains like Fridays, Chilli’s and IHOP.