Why Live in the Yucatan?
Moving to the Yucatan
Yucatan is a state full of pleasant surprises. It’s a very diverse state. You will find modern amenities, culture, warm weather, and access to excellent medical care, education, quality of life, kind people, traditional and trendy restaurants, beautiful beaches, history, gorgeous homes, diversity and most importantly, safety! Yucatan is one of the safest states to live in Mexico.
Yucatan is located in southeastern Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula. Yucatan has a population of just fewer than 2 million inhabitants. It borders the states of Campeche and Quintana Roo. Yucatan has a hot and humid climate. During your stay, you can visit the State capital, Merida, where you can take a stroll down Paseo Montejo, the city’s main avenue, which is lined with beautiful palaces, old buildings, and 19thcentury mansions. All that and much more makes the White City a place you will want to call home.
Yucatan is one of the 32 states of the Mexican Republic where more foreigners have chosen to retire, start a new business or just to own a second home. It has the perfect combination of colonial and contemporary, it is a safe city with warm and friendly people. It is one of the most visited destinations in the country. Yucatan was home to the Mayan people and houses an important number of archaeological sites, such as Uxmal, Kabah, Labna, Sayil and the impressive grounds of Chichen Itza, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Yucatan also offers beautiful natural environments, such as Celestun, the natural habitat for hundreds of pink flamingoes, or Rio Lagartos, where you can kayak through mangroves. During your visit (or stay), don’t forget to try Yucatan’s famous regional cuisine.
Merida was founded in 1542 by Spanish conquistadors. Francisco de Montejo and his army dismantled the Mayan structures that were there and used the stone to build a cathedral and other buildings that still surround the Plaza Grande (Main Square). The city of Merida is in the top 3 places to live in all of Mexico, according to Forbes Magazine. Merida has a style of life comfortable and relaxed, and in return, offers good alternatives to doing business in the region. Merida’s historic center is one of the largest in Mexico and laid out in a grid pattern. Many of the buildings, including those on and around the central plaza, were built in the colonial period through the 18thand 19th centuries.
Foreigners are not only buying and rehabilitating real estate in Merida’s central district, but they are also snapping up decrepit haciendas in the surrounding countryside. From the 1880s to around 1945, many of these haciendas were the leading exporters of Sisal, a fibrous material used to make rope and twine, which is extracted from henequen, a spiky plant similar to agave. When synthetic fibers came along, the once grand haciendas were abandoned and became inhabitable. At least a dozen haciendas within a 30-mile radius of Merida have been restored. Some are private residences and others have been turned into beautiful resorts. If you love culture you will be breathing it in every corner of the state!