12 Stunning Airbnbs in Merida Mexico You Need to Book Now

posted by Shelley | last updated December 28, 2020

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Ready to book your Airbnb in Merida, Mexico?

You’ve come to the right place, because 👋 hi, I’m Shelley, and I live in Merida! That’s right, you have that most coveted of travel advice at your fingertips — advice from a local.

The truth is, I love Merida… it’s gorgeous, safe (ahem, thee safest city in Mexico) and provides a unique Mexico culture travel experience not found anywhere else in the Yucatan Peninsula. When people like yourself want to visit Merida, I get excited for you because this is city is just that charming.

Now, just because you’re traveling to an exceptional place like Merida Mexico, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get your ducks in a row. The truth is, your your accommodation will either make, or break, your trip. I think we can all agree that booking a the perfect Airbnb will really set the tone for you having the perfect Merida trip, and you’re about to do just that!


How do I choose the best Airbnb in Merida?

As the saying goes: “Location, Location, Location;” so first and foremost, all Airbnbs featured in this article are located in the best Merida neighborhoods — Paseo de Montejo and Centro Historico (Historic Downtown Merida). Beyond booking your Merida Airbnb in the perfect location, everywhere featured on this list is hosted/managed by what Airbnb calls a “Super Host.”

What is an Airbnb Super Host?

In short, Super Hosts have a verified check mark next to their name ✅, and they take their Merida Airbnb business seriously. They have been vetted by Airbnb, and know how to give Merida’s visitors the royal treatment. To maintain Super Host status, these folks have to receive consistently high marks in all areas of hospitality, from cleanliness and ambiance, to amenities and value for the price.

Do you have a Merida Airbnb discount code?

As a matter of fact, I do! For those who have never used Airbnb before, they offer up to $60 off your first booking, and up to $17 off your first Airbnb Experience booking.

💁‍♀️ Merida Airbnb booking pro tip:

In Merida, it’s not uncommon for some Airbnb hosts to charge extra for all electricity, or for going over a certain usage of electricity; though some don’t charge at all. Always make sure to carefully read each description before booking to avoid this. For those who do charge, expect about an extra $3-$8 per day, and know hosts usually require this payment in pesos at check-out.

What is an Airbnb Experience?

Airbnb Experiences are small, group tours offered through Airbnb and lead by English-speaking local guides. Personally, I’m a fan; especially as a solo traveler because they provide an easy way to meet people. Head to this article for more tips on how to meet people as a solo traveler!

As with regular Merida tours, Airbnb Experiences take visitors on small, guided, group tours to all the best things to do in Merida. There’s everything from day trips to haciendas, cenotes, Chichen Itza, the pink Lakes of Las Coloradas, and more. Besides the variety, you can book them before you even travel to Merida, so you don’t have to waste precious travel time searching for a tour company.

Best Merida tours (AKA Airbnb Experiences)

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…Now, about those 12 Merida Airbnbs

Ok, so now that you know where to book your Airbnb in Merida (Downtown/Paseo Montejo), and who to book it from (Super Hosts), let’s discover the top 12 best Airbnbs in Merida Mexico. After you book your dream Airbnb in Merida, keep scrolling for the answers to your Mexico travel FAQs, so you’ll have an epic Merida vacation.

The Airbnbs in this article are separated info three categories:

  • $$ Budget-yet-chic: Lofts, the perfect Aribnbs for solo travelers, and some of the best value Airbnbs in Merida.
  • $$$ Mid-range budget: These include cushy upgrades like AC in all bedrooms and a pool, both of which you do want with Merida’s hot weather.
  • $$$$ Splurges: The most gorgeous Merida Mexico Airbnb options, for when you want to splurge and treat yo’self! #TreatYoSelfDay


Best Merida Airbnbs — $$$$

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Here are your best options in the $150+ per night price rangeincluding many Airbnb Merida Centro Historico options, as well as Paseo de Montejo options; these are the two best neighborhoods in Merida. Please Note: Depending on the time of year you visit, some prices may vary.

El Palacito Secreto

🏡 Type: Private Room (1BR, 1BA-Private) | 📍 Location: Parque Santa Ana | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!

If there’s one place in Merida to live your best life, it’s the French Renaissance playground known as El Palacio Secreto (The Secret Palace).

While this is an offering for the Marie Antoinette Suite, and not the whole house (sorry!), it is the largest of all eight suites in Palacio Secreto. As you can see from the photos, this beautifully-decorated space has antique furniture throughout, a California king bed, large private bathroom with bath tub and shower, wardrobe, A/C, ceiling fan, and large private balconies.

El Palacito Secreto boasts a spectacular display of French architecture, influenced by 19th Century Merida, when this style was en vogue. Owner/Hosts Martine and Paul, and daughter, Anita, have several Airbnbs in Merida. This is a hospitably family who spares no expense when it comes to their guests — they even offer above-and-beyond amenities like osmosis purified drinking water!

The house is located in the Parque Santa Ana neighborhood of Centro Historico (Historic Downtown), near all the best parks and things to see in Merida. After a long day, take a relaxing swim in the 40-foot-long (12m) pool, considered huge by Merida pool standards.

What Past Guests Have Said:

“This was one of the best Airbnb’s I’ve ever stayed at. The location was perfect – walking distance to the central parks and restaurants, etc but still in a quiet, residential spot. El Palacio was beautiful and even better that I imagined. The room was large, comfortable, clean, and beautiful. The pool area was stunning and we enjoyed waking up to self serve coffee and then breakfast! What a gem. We loved our stay here and can’t wait to come back soon!”

“Stayed 2 nights with my wife on our honeymoon. Beautiful room, everything was spotless and had one of the nicest beds I’ve slept on. Paul, Martine and Anita are great people and excellent hosts.”

“Everything was perfect. The place is magnificent and Anita and Martine are excellent hosts. There is not better location and the pool is great. Marie Antionette is the best room, the furniture, the balcony’s view and the huge tub are more than we expected.”

Casa Gran Diseño

🏡 Type: Entire House (1BR, 1.5BA) | 📍 Location: Parque Santa Lucia | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!

Quite obviously, this is a professionally-designed home; the man behind it is Mexican architect Henry Ponce, one of Merida’s preeminent architects. Virtually unmatched in comfort and spaciousness for a one-bedroom home, this is the place vacation dreams are made of.

Casa Gran Diseño (Grand Design House) has all your comfort needs fully covered, within a gorgeous, contemporary space that provides the very definition of indoor-outdoor living. Dream the night away on a comfy, king size bed in the second floor bedroom which overlooks the splash pool, the perfect place enjoy Merida’s tropical weather.

What Past Guests Have Said:

If I could live here forever, I would. Such a beautiful space by an amazing artist. Anyone who stays here will feel pampered and lucky.”

A truly unique house… It is actually much better than the photos. Comfortable, modern, and very cozy. The spaces are very well used and despite being a small piece of land there is a very pleasant feeling of spaciousness. The location is also extraordinary in the center of the city. Very nice details as well as flowers and fruit upon arrival.

This is the 11th year that we have visited Merida for Christmas Holidays. We always rent a house in Centro. This is our first experience with Leonor and it was really excellent. First, the house is beautiful and fully equippedThe house has screens so that you can let the breeze in but keep the bugs out (not very common)... We would absolutely rent this house next year.

Casa Opium

🏡 Type: Entire House (2BR, 3BA) | 📍 Location: Barrio de Santiago | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!

If you did a double take on this one, mistaking Merida for Marrakesh, you’re probably not the first! Casa Opium (Opium House) is the stuff of Arabian dreams. It manages to tastefully and stylishly mesh Merida’s tropical esthetic with a Moroccan palace, complete with Middle Eastern design details like lamps and cushions, and entry arches straight out of the movie Casablanca!

Totally restored, with no detail overlooked, the outdoor space is just as gorgeous as the interior. Head up to the palapa-roofed lounge on the second floor, complete with a bar, double bed and sofas, after a swim in the lap pool. Inside, the house has three full bathrooms, a very modern kitchen, a large living room, a meditation room, a central courtyard with a fountain, and the rooftop terrace.

What Past Guests Have Said:

“Incredible place to stay, it’s like entering 🎶 a whole new world 🎶 (Aladdin style) with a touch of Mexican Colonial style. We stayed there for two weeks and we didn’t want to leave. Thank you Mina and Ygnacio!”

“I have stayed in a handful of Airbnb’s in Merida and this one was my favorite. It’s so unique and tastefully decorated. It’s like you’re staying inside an art time capsule from Morocco. I can’t wait to stay here again. Do pass on the opportunity to stay here. It’s beyond perfection.

“Mina’s place is out of this world. The space is tastefully decorated, very clean and comfortable and the upstairs living space is astonishing. We were never sadder to leave an AirBNB before. But this is not your everyday rental, it’s more like a museum, and a very, very nice one!”

Best Merida Airbnbs — $$$

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Here are your best options in the (approx.) $85-$125 per night price rangeincluding many Airbnb Merida Centro Historico options, as well as Paseo de Montejo options; these are the two best neighborhoods in Merida. Please Note: Depending on the time of year you visit, some prices may vary.

Casaita of Maison Azul

🏡 Type: Private Room (1BR, 1.5BA-Private bath) | 📍 Location: Parque la Mejorada | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!

If the Casita of Maison Azul looks like you’re stepping back in time — you are — as the house is more than a century old, and overflows with the romantic charm and ambiance of days-gone-by. Casita means “little house,” because this space is part of the larger Maison Azul property. Think of it as a carriage house that’s located at the rear of the property, surrounded by a walled garden and the pool, so it does have privacy.

This 1 bedroom/1 bath casita is private, with a private bathroom and separate entrance, though it shares the common areas. The kitchen, pool, and outdoor gardens are shared with guests from the two other suites in the main house that the hosts, Sherry and Stan, also rent out.

The beautiful Casita of Maison Azul is well-located in the heart of Merida’s historic district, within walking distance of restaurants, bars, shopping, museums and parks. Think of this beautiful, Airbnb in Merida as your own personal oasis of refuge, located right in the middle of bustling Merida’s Centro Historico.

What Past Guests Have Said:

“Incredible. This house is utterly stunning, better than the photos, and Stan and Sherry are a total delight. Their communication was lightning fast, check in was effortless, and we felt like we had stepped into a magical realm with every single detail taken care of. I don’t think there’s any place better or more beautiful than this in all of Merida! I will be back!”

“I am an Airbnb host, as well as an Airbnb traveller, I must say this place has surpassed any Airbnb experience. Her place is just amazing and it is a perfect place to stay!! Thank you so much to you and your beautiful family and staff for being so kind and welcoming.”

“This place is 100% amazing. Exactly as luxurious and perfect as the photos imply, and Sherry was a wonderful host… She even arranged for an in-room massage (which I also fully recommend). I have no doubt I will be back to this dreamy location!”

Casa Ciricote

🏡 Type: Entire House (2BR, 3BA) | 📍 Location: Barrio de Santiago | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!

The host, Mina, is a graphic designer and photographer… which certainly explains the fun-yet-tasteful decor at Casa Ciricote. The house preserves the best parts of the colonial style, vibrant colors, ceilings beams and pasta tiles, while adding the modern design touched and conveniences. Located in the best neighborhood in Downtown Merida, Barrio de Santiago, you’re close to all the best things to do in Merida.

The home has has two bedrooms, each with a queen bed, two bathrooms and a spacious living room with sofa bed to lounge on while watching some Netflix. The master bedroom has AC, and all of the other areas of the house have ceiling fans. After a long day of sightseeing and touring, take a cooling dip the splash pool outside on the back courtyard.

What Past Guests Have Said:

“Mina’s place is absolutely mesmerizing and a delight to the eyes! Her husband greeted us and made sure to answer any questions we had. Great little Pool to cool off in at the end of a hot day walking in Merida. They even had some fruit and coffee for us 🙂 lovely touch. Would definitely stay again and highly recommend.

“This lovely home is A LOT more stylish than the photos. A Spanish colonial home with modern features and many beautiful touches, it was a pleasure to hang out here. Ignacio was very helpful and dropped round when we couldn’t figure out how the oven worked. Everything went very smoothly. I would recommend this Airbnb to anyone.”

“Mina’s place is very beautiful. The house is very spacious with everything you need and decorated beautifully with local arts. The location is quite close to city center with walking distance. Mina’s family is all very helpful and reply promptly. We run out of gas one night and Mina’s husband come to check very soon no matter that it’s already 10:00pm. We highly recommend Mina’s place if you stay in Merida.”

Casa Soskil (Relax in Luxury)

🏡 Type: Entire House (2BR, 2.5BA) | 📍 Location: Parque Santa Ana | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!

Casa Soskil is a beautiful house with pool in Downtown Merida, within walking distance of Parque Santa Lucia, Paseo de Montejo, Plaza Grande and plenty of great restaurants, cafes, cantinas and bars. Enjoy a fully equipped kitchen, smart TV, two comfortable, air conditioned bedrooms with king beds in each, and 2.5 bathrooms, including a outdoor pool-side bathroom.

The host, Anita, is all about going above and beyond for guests! After booking the Airbnb, message her to arrange everything from airport transfers to in-house massages and laundry service. Casa Soskil truly is a home away from home where you can easily to explore and experience the culture and flavors of Merida.

Casa Soskil was inspired by the history of the Yucatán:

For hundreds of years, Yucatecos cultivated the henequén agave and exported its sisal fiber (soskil in Mayan) all over the world. Local artisans crafted Casa Soskil’s furnishings using natural fibers, indigenous woods, and other regional materials. A local artist hand-painted the murals that adorn the guest suites, and agave and other indigenous plants line the garden areas... from the listing

What Past Guests Have Said:

“What a stellar spot. This place has all you need to have a great stay in Merida. The rooms are large with amazingly comfortable beds. The Pool is beautiful. And the kitchen is well stocked. Definitely recommend.”

“This place has so much style! The pool is amazing, the rooms are beautiful and it makes you feel like home. This place is a 10 minutes walk from everything and the neighborhood… is very safe! Looking forward to returning soon!”

“This place is amazing, beautiful, safe, super clean! Is even better than the pictures. We would love to come back.”

“We loved everything about this house. It is so stylish and comfortable, that we didn’t want to leave ;-). Anita gave us lots of information about what to to in Merida and surroundings. She was so friendly and welcomed us warmly.

Casa Monarca

🏡 Type: Entire House (2BR, 2.5BA) | 📍 Location: Parque la Mejorada | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!

Casa Monarca (Monarch Butterfly Hohuse) offers guests the perfect mixture of historic house charm with contemporary amenities. This is the quintessential indoor-outdoor home, where you’ll dream the night away in either of the two spacious bedrooms, with private bathrooms and AC.

Cook in the semi-open kitchen, or use to the grill area outside and and enjoy dinner al fresco in the outdoor dining room and lounge area. This pool is the perfect place to beat the Merida heat, or enjoy a relaxing nighttime dip under the stars.

What Past Guests Have Said:

“No disappointment at Casa Monarca. The house is beautifully furnished and clean. The backyard is a beautiful, relaxing place after a hot day in the city or touring Cenotes, and other amazing things in Merida. The cold drinks and snacks were a very nice unexpected addition when we arrived. Definitely would stay again if we ever return to Merida.”

“Stay here if you’re going to Merida! Such a great home base, there were so many lovely thoughtful touches left for us plus the kitchen was fully equipped. It felt like home.”

“The most amazing stay! Victor was an amazing host and we could not have asked for a better stay. The house is wonderful. The backyard is wonderful. The pool is amazing! The guest house is amazing!”

Casa Vida Gitana

🏡 Type: Entire House (2BR, 2BA) | 📍 Location: Paseo de Montejo | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!

If you want your Merida trip with a side of traditional Mexican hacienda decor, look no further than Casa Vida Gitana (Gypsy Life House). Located on one of the prettiest streets in Merida, Calle 47, also known as “Restaurant Row.” Here, you’ll find all the trendiest, best restaurants in Merida, including Catrín and Oliva Enoteca, and one of the prettiest, best cafes in Merida, Latte Quattro Sette.

This fantastic boho chic home has all the requisite colonial touches: high ceilings, beautiful pasta tiles, curved archways and more. This 2 bedroom/2 bath home also has all the standard modern conveniences, like AC, the will make for a lovely your stay at quirky Casa Vida Gitana.

What Past Guests Have Said:

“Amazing! The location was right at the center of everything for us, and just a three block walk to Paseo Montejo, where on that very corner the first of many great little restaurants can be found. The hosts were also very reachable and responsive for our questions. I am happy to recommend staying here.”

“We couldn’t have picked a better accommodation in Mérida. This was our first visit to the Yucatan. Mérida was a perfect location to learn about the history of the Mayan culture, and experience the music, art and architecture of the city. The neighborhood was quiet and within easy walking distance of many fine restaurants… It was an oasis to come back to after full days of sightseeing. Highly recommended.”

“We were very impressed with the quality of the home and location. The artwork and decor is reminiscent of a museum, but with all the comforts of a home. We would definitely return and recommend to friends. A very special experience!”

Best Merida Airbnbs — $$

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Here are your best options in the (approx.) $40-$75 per night price rangeincluding many Airbnb Merida Centro Historico options, as well as Paseo de Montejo options; these are the two best neighborhoods in Merida. Please Note: Depending on the time of year you visit, some prices may vary.

Loft Romántico

🏡 Type: Entire House (1BR, 1BA) | 📍 Location: Paseo de Montejo | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!

As if its location on arguably the coolest street in Merida, Calle 47, isn’t enough, hosts Rosario and Israel go above and beyond to make their Loft Romántico (Romantic Loft) feel more like a luxury mansion!

Calle 47 is known as “Restaurant Row” and is home to some of the the hippest bars, cutest cafes and best restaurants in Merida. Standout places to checkout on Calle 47 (47th St.) including Catrín and Oliva Enoteca for dinner, Latte Quattro Sette for coffee, Marmalade for brunch, and Casa Chica bar just around the corner on Merida’s most walkable street, Paseo de Montejo.

The loft has everything you need to enjoy your stay and rest comfortably: king size bed, bathroom with hot water, living room with smart TV (+ Netflix, Prime, Youtube, Spotify, etc.), equipped kitchen with coffee maker, microwave, purified water, tea and coffee… As far as budget Airbnbs in Merida go, this one is stuff competition!

A message from the hosts, Rosario and Israel:

We are travelers and as travelers we enjoy making our guests feel at home. Experience the Yucatecan hospitality first hand. —from the listing

What Past Guests Have Said:

“Can’t say enough good things about this apartment, and the hospitality from Israel. He gave us a host of good tips and recommendations for what to do in Merida, and went above and beyond to make sure our stay was comfortable. The apartment is very pretty and well situated.”

“Amazing experience! Perfect romantic place that is located in the heart of Merida, great location everything walking distance. Israel and Rosario were very kind and helpful, Israel gave us a list of places to Visit, and directions to get there. They even put some food, drinks and delicious coffee for us. We definitely had a great experience with them and we for sure would stay in this place again.”

“Loved everything about this place. Take a stroll down the street early morning, and feel safe. Please don’t forget to visit the coffee shop a few doors down if you’re a coffee person. Now about the space, it’s beautiful inside. It is comfortable, clean, and you’re just going to fall in love with how homey yet chic it feels. Will book again! Thanks so much!”

Casa de Piedra

🏡 Type: Entire House (2BR, 1.5BA) | 📍 Location: Barrio de Santiago | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!

This Airbnb, impressively, has a perfect 5 Star rating 🤯 which is no easy feat! The host, Rodrigo, does a great job of accommodating his guests in this colonial-meets-modern Merida Airbnb. Enjoy the outdoor the first floor outdoor terrace with swimming pool, as well as the private roof-top terrace. The Casa de Piedra (Stone House) also has a 5 Star location, as its in trendy Santiago, known as the best neighborhood in Merida.

On the bottom floor of this two-story 2bedroom/2.5bath house is the pool, terrace, living room, dining room, kitchen, and even a small utility room with washer and dryer (a very rare find in Merida Airbnbs, especially in this price range). Head upstairs to the two bedrooms, both with queen-sized beds, and one with an additional sofa bed.

What Past Guests Have Said:

“A beautiful home in the heart of the city. The home was very clean with very nice touches. A spacious home with all one would need to stay in Merida. Extremely close to all the attractions, with plenty of tips to help you navigate the city. The home felt safe & secure. Very cleaned & well maintained. The host were extremely easy to communicate, considerate & helpful. 5 star stay for me.”

“Rodrigo was very responsive and the apartment in Mérida is beautiful. It is a short walk from the city center and feels safe at any time of day. The apartment has a great style and provides a very comfortable stay. I would highly recommend to anyone staying in Mérida.”

“One of the most simple check in/out I have ever experienced! Super cool place to stay very close to the main downtown area of Mérida. We travel to Mérida frequently and will definitely stay with Rodrigo again!

Casa 411

🏡 Type: Entire House (2BR, 1.5BA) | 📍 Location: Barrio de Santiago | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!

Casa 411 puts the “BNB” in Airbnb! This is a true, old school bed and breakfast that checks all the boxes: ✔️Large, historic home, ✔️Top-of-the-line communal amenities, and ✔️Complementary breakfast made by their on-site chef. Have dietary restrictions and/or preferences? No worries; just let the host, Pepe, know and he’ll accommodate for you.

As you can see, the space is gorgeous, and so is the private room and private bathroom. For those looking to get to know your neighbors and be a little more social, this is the perfect Airbnb for you.

It is located about a 10 minute walk from Centro Historico (Downtown Merida), but just a few blocks from Wayan’e, considered to have the best tacos in Merida 🌮 (Side note: Pls don’t visit Merida and not eat way-too-many cochinita pibil tacos!) This is a very safe part of town, but for an added level of security, Casa 411 staff is on site 24/7 and there’s also a doorman.

What Past Guests Have Said:

“We stayed at Casa 411 during our honeymoon in Yucatan and Pepe was a wonderful host – organizing restaurant reservations, local specialities for breakfast, Cenote trips, and even coming with me when I had to visit the doctor. He really could not do enough for us! …[it is] a short walk from the city centre and we felt very safe walking or driving in Merida, the property also has a security guard at night.”

“This place is amazing and quite charming! Pepe and his staff really makes you feel at home and comfortable. The place is very clean, great location, very safe and would definitely recommend and go back again. The breakfast was fabulous and Pepe and his staff always responded within minutes. Highly recommend!”

“We totally recommend this place. It’s a getaway from the City with a beautiful garden, nice and spacious rooms and a delicious Breakfast! Would come back anytime.”

Petit Design Studio

🏡 Type: Entire House (1BR, 1BA) | 📍 Location: Barrio de Santiago | ⭐️ Super Host: Yes!

If you’re a tiny home dweller, or just love a quaint and cozy place, this 430 sq. ft. (40m2) Petit Design Studio is for you. Adorable interior aside, the outside is really a relaxing oasis unto itself. Enjoy the plunge pool and hammock as you look up at the stars, glass of wine in hand, and relax after a long day of walking in Downtown Merida or visiting some some of Merida’s best day trips.

☀️🏝 Looking to book a Merida tour? Check out all these amazing options!

Inside, the bedroom is adorable! Enjoy a comfy king-sized bed, interior garden, 32″ TV, AC, ceiling fan, closet, and the beautiful, traditional pasta tile wall art. There’s also a small kitchen with cooktop, refrigerator, sink, blender, toaster, microwave, coffeemaker, and more, and a small table, perfect for up to three diners. for 2 or 3 to eat breakfast.

Need additional services, like daily cleaning, laundry or bike rentals? Just ask the hosts, Katia and Patricia, who will set everything up for you.

What Past Guests Have Said:

“Katia’s place it’s awesome! The little private terrace with that little pool it’s all you need in a hot evening in Yucatán, the apartment has several incredible touches, huge mirrors, a little garden next to the main room, the little terrace with a hammock and a tiny pool, the stairs, the bed, etc… a lot of design in such a small place!”

“A cute little apartment with an outstanding roof terrace. An incredibly comfy bed (wow) and a perfect little kitchen with a huge fridge incase you want to do any cooking or breakfast. Free parking on the street. We really loved sitting up on the roof terrace at night, drinking a glass of wine and looking at the stars. Little slice of peace in a chaotic city.”

“Our stay at Katia & Patricias place was outstanding! We had a great experience from the beginning to the end. Always attentive to our needs. Wifi worked great, water pressure on shower head was amazing! Bed was super comfortable! The house is kept clean and smells good, AC worked super good

Merida Mexico Travel FAQs

Is Merida Mexico Safe?

This is the # 1 most asked question about visiting anywhere in the country — Is Mexico safe for travel? Given the mainstream media’s demonization of the entire country, Mexico has a very bad wrap. However, this is a huge country, and yes, there are parts you should avoid… but chances are you weren’t planning to head to those parts anyway.

Merida is not one of those parts! In fact, the entire Yucatan Peninsula is considered quite safe, not just Merida. For the most part, all places in Mexico that promote tourism are by-and-large, safe. As tourism is Mexico’s largest source of income, the federal and local governments of Mexico’s top travel destinations do their part to maintain safety.

Prop Tip: Always remember that no place on Earth is 100% safe.

Should I get travel insurance for Mexico?

Want an added level of security and peace of mind during these strange travel times? Just as you insure your car, home and body, you can also insure your luggage, belongings and health while traveling.

I’ll be honest, when I first started traveling solo, I wasn’t insured. However, after years of solo traveling, I wised up… now, I even have a whole page of this website dedicated to travel insurance, because it’s just that important!

If Mexico and Mexico City travel safety are on your mind, get your free quote below now!

10 General travel safety tips
  1. Always listen to your intuition — because your intuition is always right.
  2. If you get a sketchy or uneasy feeling about a person or place, get away from that person or place asap. Don’t worry about making a kind, nice or politically correct exit from a creepy person or bad situation — Just get away fast.
  3. Don’t walk home alone at night.
  4. Don’t keep your phone, keys, wallet, passport, or anything valuable in your back pocket.
  5. Learn some basic Spanish. If you can’t learn it, save this infographic as an image on your phone so you have something to use even if you’re off-WiFi.
  6. Take all of your belongings into the bathroom with you, rather than asking a cafe/bar neighbor to watch your things. This is annoying, for sure, but it works to not get your stuff stolen.
  7. Speaking of bar neighbors… don’t take drinks from strangers and/or leave your drink unattended.
  8. Don’t wear flashy clothes, expensive jewelry, designer sunglasses, etc.
  9. Keep some cash in your pocket so you don’t have to pull your whole wallet out every time you need to pay.
  10. When in doubt: Get Travel Insurance!
Register for the STEP Program

Make sure you enroll in the free STEP Program before your trip. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP, allows U.S. citizens traveling to Mexico to document your trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

After you’ve registered, the U.S. Consulate in Merida can contact you in the event of an emergency, including natural disasters, civil unrest, etc. STEP can also put you in touch with your family and friends back home in the event of an emergency while abroad.

Sunset in a colonial city

Is Merida safe for solo female travelers?

As mentioned, there can’t possibly be a definitive answer when it comes to safety. Safety, after all, is a feeling not a fact. However, as a solo female traveler who’s safely been to half the states in Mexico, I know I stayed safe by always keeping personal safety as my highest propriety. I do my best to address the Mexico safety question in this article, Mexico Solo Travel: How to Be Safe & Crush It.

As far as Merida safety specifically, following the same general travel safety guidelines you’d follow anywhere else in the world, will suffice in Merida. Head here for 10 General travel safety tips. Though it is one of Mexico’s larger cities, Merida does feel like a small town.

Is Merida safe at night?

There’s no shortage of amazing things to do in Merida during the day, but don’t miss out on the great Merida nightlife either. From amazing bars like Mezcaleria and Cantina La Negrita, and dinner and live music al fresco in Parque Santa Lucia (home to Merida’s famous big white chairs), don’t skip the nightlife in Merida Mexico 💃🏽

Do, however, take an Uber back to your Airbnb! There is Uber in Merida, so taking it at night versus walking home alone is a always smart idea. Also, learning a few words of Spanish will help, not wearing flashy jewelry, and a few more Mexico safety tips discussed in the podcast below.

Pro tip: Uber in Mexico is much cheaper than in the U.S.! Prices will of course vary, but figure only about $50 pesos ($2.50) for a 20 minutes ride.

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Where is Merida Mexico?

Merida is in the Yucatan Peninsula, a region comprised of three states, Quintana Roo (home to Tulum, Cancun, etc.), Yucatan and Campeche, in southeastern Mexico.

As you can see on the Merida Mexico map, it is more-or-less in the dead center of the Yucatan, making it the perfect home base for so many great day trips.

From cenotes to pueblos magicos (Mexico’s historic “magic towns”), Mayan ruins to tropical beaches, there’s so much within a few hours drive from Merida in your rental car.

🚙💨 Discover the 25 Best Merida Day Trips!

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Historic downtown Merida | Photo by Mattia Marenco

How do I travel to Merida Mexico?

Wondering about flights to Merida? There’s actually an airport about 20 minutes from downtown — Merida International Airport (code: MID).

There are direct flights to Merida Mexico from the Miami, Oakland and Houston airports in the U.S., and daily flights from most of Mexico’s major airports, including Mexico City, Tijuana and Guadalajara International Airports. From any of those, you can take a connecting flight into MID.

From the airport, you can drive your rental car, or take an Uber, taxi, or private transport service to your accommodation. The airport is only about 25-35 minutes from Downtown Merida.

Merida Car Rental

If you are looking to rent a car in Merida, the airport is the best place to do so. For travelers mostly staying in the city limits, you might want to skip a rental car, but if you’re planning to take a few day trips from Merida, you’ll want to consider a car!

🚗💨 Need tips on driving in Mexico? Head to this article all the Mexico driving tips you’ll need!

As Merida isn’t a big city, can rental options can be limited… so do book in advance! Click the image below to use Discover Cars, a reputable company for a rental car in Merida.

Cancun to Merida

If you aren’t flying to Merida International Airport, you can fly into Cancun International Airport (code: CUN) and take the bus or drive your rental car over to Merida. There are also some small carriers that offer Cancun to Merida flights, like Magnicharters and MAYAir.

Cancun to Merida Bus: You can easily take an ADO bus from the Cancun Airport, on what is about a five-hour drive. ADO is Mexico’s largest bus company and has a fleet of luxury class busses. You can buy your tickets online, or in person. Prices vary, but figure about $500 pesos ($25) for a one-way ticket.

Cancun to Merida Drive: This drive takes about 3.5 hours by car and is known as a very safe drive. In general, the Yucatan Peninsula is known as one of the safest parts of Mexico, roads included.

🚗💨 Need tips on driving in Mexico? Head to this article all the Mexico driving tips you’ll need!

Tulum to Merida

Traveling to Merida from Tulum — the Instagram capital of the Yucatan?! This trip will take about 3 hours by car, and closer to 4 by bus.

From Tulum, you can easily take an ADO bus from the main bus terminal in Downtown Tulum. You can also rent a car and drive… Just follow all the driving in Mexico tips linked below!

🚗💨 Need tips on driving in Mexico? Head to this article all the Mexico driving tips you’ll need!

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What’s the Best Time to Visit Merida?

The best time of year to visit Merida Mexico is during the fall/winter months from October-March, when the weather’s cooler and not so humid. May is known as the hottest, most humid month… seriously us Merida expats and locals dread May! Located in the tropics, it rains pretty much daily during the peak of the Merida rainy season in June-September.

Like much of Mexico, December is the busiest month for tourism in Merida. However, December is also a festive and fun time to visit with city-wide festivals like Noche Blanca to enjoy, in addition to nice weather.

Merida Weather

Below is an idea of what you can expect from Merida Mexico weather, and in general, Yucatan weather averages. Merida’s rainy season tends to run from mid-May through mid-October — and you can expect heavy rain storms during the rainy season.

Pro tip: Keep in mind that the Merida temperature often feel 5-10°F higher because of the humidity.

April94°71°Possibly rainy
October88°71°Possibly rainy
November87°70° No
Merida Temperature Averages | Source: Accuweather Merida Yucatan

What do I Pack for Mexico?

Merida Mexico, and the Yucatan Peninsula, have a tropical climate. As you can see by the average yearly Merida weather chart above, this part of Mexico is hot (and humid 😥) for most of the year.

As far as what to include on your Yucatan Mexico packing list, think flowy, tropical, breathable, cotton, and light-colored clothing; bonus points for anything that doesn’t show sweat! Besides all your summer-wear, you may use a light cardigan at night during the winter months, and might want some comfy sweats to sleep in, but Merida is really the place to break out your warm-weather wardrobe.

Wondering what to wear to Mexico on your vacation? Download your FREE printable packing list for Mexico below — it covers both Mexico beach packing and Mexico city packing. This multi-page Mexico packing checklist covers everything you’ll want to bring, and more importantly, what not to bring to Mexico.

Know of any amazing, beautiful Airbnbs in Merida not mentioned here?

Please mention them in the comments down below and let your fellow travelers know about your amazing discoveries!

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