Feeling at home in Merida
Merida is a fun city that is also a quiet place. It can be whatever you want it to be because there is so much to do here. You may be thinking about taking a vacation here or moving in altogether. If you are starting out and have never been to Merida, rent a hacienda for a week and see what the city has to offer. If you’ve been here multiple times and are ready to commit, let the house hunting begin! Find a great realtor in Merida to help you either way.
Whether you are moving in or on vacation, here’s how to do Merida like a local:
You can catch a nonstop flight from Houston, Atalanta, and Miami or connect via Mexico City. It is extremely easy to get to Merida with very little inconvenience.
Greater Merida is huge, but you’ll likely spend your time in the Centro, or historic center. You can walk almost everywhere—though the sun can make a half-mile stroll feel more like a death march. You can catch an Uber for very little. For longer trips to places like the Mayan ruins, you can rent a car at the airport.
The Food Situation
There are some pretty amazing restaurants in Merida including local hole in the wall spots that create the most wonderful Mexican and Mayan foods. Street food is pretty much everywhere also and is generally safe to eat. They make big batches of guisos, or fillings, open early in the morning and serve until they sell out.
Where to Stay
The best way to stay in Merida is to live like a local. That means renting a house versus staying in a hotel. You will get a better deal and more room for your money. Plus, most rentals are in residential areas so you will be living the way the locals do and away from the tourist scene.
What to Buy
You’ll see handicrafts for sale from street carts and roving vendors throughout the Centro; the up-for-negotiation prices are right, but the quality’s not always there. For better-made choices, hit the neighboring shops that tend to supply and/or make better quality items found only in their stores.
The Day Trip Worth Taking
The Mayan ruins of Uxmal, about an hour’s drive from Merida, are as grand as Chichén Itzá but not nearly as overrun by sunburned tourists. The dusty limestone Pyramid of the Magician is Insta-bait of the first order, and the climb up the steep steps of the Templo Mayor will give you views over the jungle. You can hire an English-speaking guide on-site, but much of the charm is in simply wandering through the complex of monumental Mayan buildings. There’s little shade, so go early to avoid the afternoon heat, and pack a hat and extra sunscreen.
With so many things to do and see in Merida, you are never going to want to leave! If you are considering renting or buying, find a realtor in Merida you can trust. Merida Property Management is a full-service property management and real estate company. We can help you rent a house for a week’s vacation or we can help you find your piece of paradise that can last you a lifetime.
Come see what we have to offer today.