Merida, before you go
When you come to beautiful Merida for a visit, the best way to enjoy yourself is to prepare yourself before you even go. There are many wonderful things to do and see here and you might even be considering a move here. Before you do anything, do your research and think about what you need to do to get here and thoroughly enjoy yourself.
Passport and Visa
You do need a passport, but as an American, you don’t need a visa. A tourist visa for UK citizens is 180 days. Always check to see if your nationality needs a visa because if you do, you won’t get in without it.
Medical care is fairly cheap in Mexico but getting health insurance or making sure you are covered under your current policy is always a good idea. Hopefully, you will never need it, but it is always good to have!
From the USA, flights to Cancun are usually cheaper than flying into Merida and it’s fairly cheap to rent a car or take a bus to Merida. But you can also fly straight into Merida with direct flights from Houston and Miami.
Merida has public Wi-Fi, which you can connect to and it will remember and reconnect you when you are in those areas. Almost all public spots have Wi-Fi. Some areas are spottier than others so if you know where you are staying, check their Wi-Fi availability.
You don’t really need a car in Merida unless you plan to take some day trips. But it is a great thing to have to go all around the city, to the beaches, etc. Remember to get pesos before you leave the rental car place because there are tolls on the highway. There is also Uber in Merida! It’s very cheap and they are reliable. Ask us for the very best Rental Car Company in the Yucatan!
Although Merida is mostly Spanish speaking, there are some Mayan speaking people as well. Most locals don’t speak English. If you decide to stay here long term, you will have to learn some Spanish.
You should take pesos from an ATM when you arrive, or exchange dollar for pesos at your home bank before you leave.
Never use ATM machines that are out in the street. Always go to an ATM that is inside a popular location like a super market. And never use an ATM during off-hours.
Inform your credit card company to lift the block during your stay in Mexico. Do this prior to your departure date!
Get the best plan from your cell phone service provider prior to depature.
Credit and debit cards work just fine but other currency doesn’t. Find out from your bank what kind of fees they charge before you leave your country. You want to be prepared.
This is just a small list of ways to prepare yourself before you go. Merida is a wonderful city with so much to offer. Whether you are staying for a long weekend or considering a move here, being prepared will ensure that you have a fantastic time no matter what you end up doing!
If you are exploring the option of living in Merida, Merida Property Management can be your full-service property management and real estate company. We can help you find a home to rent or buy and then we can help you maintain it in the long term. See how we can help bring your Mexican dreams to life!