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Merida Yucatan Mexico: Ultimate Locals’ Travel Guide [2021]


Making your Merida, Mexico travel plan?

How exciting! If you’ve never visited Merida (or even Mexico), the thought of Merida travel planning might be overwhelming — but by the end of this article, you will be a Merida Yucatan Mexico travel expert. How do I know this?

I live in Merida! In fact, I have a whole site dedicated to Merida — TravelToMerida.com — with even more information about visiting Merida, Mexico.

Hi, I’m Shelley, and I have been living in Merida since 2019 (and Mexico since 2018). I’ve lived in the two best neighborhoods in Merida, Centro Historico and Paseo de Montejo, and I feel I know the city quite well — and after this article, so will you.

After navigating the Merida, Mexico travel during Covid-19 regulations, you’ll learn everything from how to get to Merida, where to stay in Merida, the best hotels in Merida, best restaurants in Merida, best Merida day trips, best Merida beaches, and more!

There’s so many things to do in Merida, and it’s easy to see why everyone wants to travel to Merida. This colorful colonial city, known as the Mayan Culture Capital of the Yucatan, has something for everyone. Ready to dive in and become a Merida travel expert? Let’s get started.

Merida Travel During Covid-19

Is Merida open for travel right now?

Yes — Merida is open for travel right now — though Merida, and Mexico in general, never really closed.

However, there have been measures in place since March 2020, like mandatory masks indoors and outdoors, temperature checks, mandatory use of hand sanitizer, capacity restrictions, etc.. For the most part, all of these are still enforced.

• Does Mexico make you quarantine when you travel?

No — There’s no quarantine period upon arrival as of October 2021, though that could change at any time. For those in the U.S. dying to scratch their wanderlust itch, and just a handful of countries allowing this type of entry, Mexico is one of the best countries for travel right now.

Mexico’s Traffic Light System

Mexico disperses travel health notice information via a stop light system — with a color “grade” given to each state. Each state’s color is updated every two weeks depending on the number of Covid cases, so check the government’s website for the most current info on the state you’re visiting.

🤔 What state is Merida in? Merida is in Yucatan state; it is the capital city and largest city in the state.

For those visiting neighboring Quintana Roo state, home to Tulum, Cancun and Playa del Carmen, know that Yucatan state is a bit more strict. Keep reading to discover everything you need to know about traveling to Merida during Covid.

What’s open in Merida right now?

As of October 2021, pretty much everything is open in Merida — though rules and regulations change often. For now, restaurants, Mayan ruins near Merida, art museums, Merida beaches, local markets and shops, cenotes near Mérida, etc., are all open!

Beyond that, even outdoor festivals have begun to return to Merida — like Merida en Domingo (Merida On Sunday) in Plaza Grande, the Merida BiciRuta bike ride along Paseo Montejo, and the Friday night video mapping display at the Merida Cathedral (seen in this video).

• Do I need to wear a mask in Merida?

Yes — In Merida, Yucatán state and all of Mexico, masks are legally required in all public spaces, both indoors and outdoors. You are allowed to remove them only when eating and drinking.

• Will there be temperature checks in Merida?

Yes — When entering businesses, including cenotes, Mayan ruins sites, stores, bars, restaurants, etc., an employee will take your temperature. If you have an elevated temperature above 99.5°F (37.5°C), you’ll likely be denied entry. Note: Your temperature will not be taken at Merida International Airport.

The Merida sign in Plaza Grande is among the must see Merida things to do.
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Where can I get a Rapid Covid Test in Merida?

As of January 26, 2021, you are required to have a negative Covid test to return to the U.S. The results must be dated within three days (72 hours) of your flight. As of now, only an Antigen Test (AKA Rapid Test is required, according to the CDC.

To get a Merida rapid Covid test, head to one of the places listed below ⤵

Is it safe to travel to Mexico right now?

Yes — On November 8, 2021, the U.S. reopened all borders with Mexico. While it was always legal to fly to Mexico, land borders were shut down for 20 months — however, all borders are now open for business and pleasure travel to Merida and all Mexico.

Additionally, the World Travel & Tourism Council’s global travel safety program, Safe Travels, has certified many Mexico travel destinations, including Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Vallarta, as safe for travel. To qualify for this program, countries must follow rigorous cleaning and hygiene protocols.

You can also check the U.S. State Department and CDC websites for the most up-to-date information.

Merida Travel Disclaimer

Legally, yes; Merida is open to travelers. Ethically… well, that’s a question for each individual person. For anyone who chooses to travel to Merida right now, please do so respectfully, safely, responsibly, and in accordance with all Mexican laws.

With that out of the way, let’s get into everything you need to know about traveling to Merida like a boss.

Mexican monument with Mexico's flag on top
The Monumento a la Paria (Monument to the Fatherland) is among the must see Merida things to do.
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Is Merida, Mexico Safe?

Short answer: Yes — for the majority of visitors, Merida is safe for travel.

Longer answer: This question is tricky, as no place is 100% safe. I do my best to address the Mexico safety question in this article, Is Mexico Safe? 25 Tips to Stay Safe in Mexico; but, in short, the answer to the question, Is Merida safe?, is Yes.

Merida has been ranked as not only the safest city in Mexico, but one of the safest in all of the Americas by CEOWorld magazine. In 2019, Conde Nast Traveler magazine named it the best small city in the world.

• Is Merida Safe at Night?

For the most part, yes; however there simply isn’t a definitive answer when it comes to safety. Make your own safety a priority by following the 10 General Travel Safety Tips below, which should suffice for Merida, Mexico safety, and check out the Mexico podcast episode about travel safety.

Is there Uber in Merida?

Yes — There is Uber in Merida, and taking it at night versus walking home alone is a smart idea; in Merida and everywhere. Also, Uber in Mexico is much cheaper than in the U.S. Prices will of course vary, but figure about $50 pesos ($2.50USD) for a 20-minute ride.

10 General Travel Safety Tips
  1. If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that everything can change from one day to the next. For this reason, you’ll want to have Mexico Travel Insurance!
    • Safety Wing: Perfect for general travel coverage, and digital nomad who travel for extended periods of time.
    • World Nomads: Perfect for those who want to do adventurous activities while traveling.
  2. Don’t walk home alone at night if you can help it; take an Uber.
  3. Always listen to your intuition because your intuition is always right.
  4. If you get a sketchy or uneasy feeling about a person or place, get away from that person or place immediately. If you feel you’re in danger, don’t worry about making a kind, nice, or politically correct exit from a creepy person or bad situation — Just get away ASAP.
  5. Don’t keep your phone, keys, wallet, passport, or anything valuable in your back pocket.
  6. 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.
  7. Take all of your belongings into the bathroom with you, rather than asking a cafe/bar neighbor to watch your things.
  8. Speaking of bar neighbors, don’t ever accept drinks from strangers and/or leave your drink unattended near someone you don’t know.
  9. Don’t wear flashy clothes, expensive jewelry, designer sunglasses, etc.
  10. Keep some cash in your pocket so you don’t have to pull your whole wallet out every time you need to make a small transaction like for street tacos 🌮
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. Embassy or Consulate 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.

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How Do I Travel to Merida?

Where is Merida, Mexico?

Merida is the capital of Yucatan state, one of three states that make up the Yucatan Peninsula, located in southeastern Mexico.

Merida is about 160 miles west of Tulum, 190 miles west of Cancun, and 180 miles west of Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya. It’s also near other top Yucatán Peninsula destinations — like the pueblos magicos (magic towns) of Bacalar Lagoon, the “Maldives of Mexico,” Valladolid, and Izamal.

Cancun to Merida

Check out Cancun to Merida: 6 Best Transportation Options for a look at all your best Merida travel options!

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 $400 pesos ($20USD) for a one-way ticket.

Cancun to Merida Drive: This Merida to Cancun 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.

Tulum to Merida

Traveling to Merida from Tulum, Mexico?

This trip will take about three hours by car, and closer to four by bus. From Tulum, you can easily take an ADO bus from the main bus terminal in Downtown Tulum, or rent a car and drive.

MERIDA, MEXICO MAP

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What’s the closest Merida, Mexico airport?

Wondering about Merida, Mexico flights? There’s actually a Merida airport just outside of downtown — Merida International Airport (code: MID).

There are currently direct flights to Merida, Mexico from only a handful of United States airports, like Miami and Houston International Airports; with hopefully more to come. If you can’t get a flight from the U.S., there are daily connecting flights via the Mexico City Airport or Guadalajara Airport.

From the Merida Airport, take your rental car, Uber, taxi, or private transport service to your accommodation. The airport is only about 25-35 minutes from downtown Merida.

Merida Airport transfer

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Merida, Mexico Car Rental

For travelers mostly staying in the city limits, you might want to skip the rental, but if you’re planning to take some Merida day trips, you’ll want a car. For a rental car in Merida, I both recommend and use Discover Cars — 🚙💨 Book with them here.

If you want to rent a car in Merida, the airport is the best place because it has the most options. As Merida isn’t a big city, car rental options can be limited and you’ll want to book in advance. For a complete guide to Mexico car rentals, head to Renting A Car in Mexico: Everything You Need to Know.

Find Your Rental Car
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Getting around in Merida

Merida is on the smaller side, especially if you’re just sticking to the main areas of Centro Historico and Paseo Montejo. It is also very walkable, so as mentioned, if you’re just staying in the city itself, skip the rental car and just use Uber and taxis when needed.

Merida public transport

Mexico in general has a great public bus system that goes from city to city, and state to state. The biggest bus company is ADO, and you can take an ADO bus from Merida to pretty much anywhere else in the Yucatan, and the whole country.

Within the city itself, the public transportation in Merida is… well…. lacking. It does exist, but the buses and colectivos (small, shared vans) aren’t well maintained, and they don’t use any kind of online schedule or app. For these reasons, walking, Uber and taxis work best in town.

Is there Uber in Merida?

Yes — There is Uber in Merida, and in general, Uber in Mexico is much cheaper than in the U.S. Prices will of course vary, but figure about $50 pesos ($2.50USD) for a 20-minute ride. Besides Uber, there is DiDi and InDriver, but there’s no Lyft in Merida.

Outside of a grand colonial church
The Merida Cathedral in Plaza Grande, located in Centro Historico (historic downtown Merida).
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What’s the best time to visit Merida?

The best time of year to visit Merida, Mexico is from October to March, when the weather’s cooler and not so humid. May is known as the hottest, most humid month; but really May to September can be rough.

Located in the tropics, it rains pretty much daily during the peak of the wet season, June-September, which is also Hurricane Season. Though actual hurricanes are rare since Merida is about 25 miles inland, you can expect heavy rains during the season, which technically runs June 1-November 1.

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

Weather in MERIDA, MEXICO

Average min and max temperatures in Mérida, Mexico
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What do I pack for Merida?

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, so definitely pack a Water-To-Go Filterable Bottle.

As far as Merida Mexico outfits, 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, but Merida is the place for sundresses, sun hats and sunglasses.

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Where Do I Stay in Merida, Mexico?

As the saying goes: Location, location, location! Your lodging’s location can often make — or break — a trip. For first time visitors wondering where to stay in Merida, you can’t go wrong with Centro (Downtown Merida), or as close as you can get to Paseo de Montejo, the best neighborhoods in Merida, Mexico.

Best Airbnbs in Merida

Head to this article to discover the best Airbnbs in Merida, all located in the best neighborhoods in the city. The list is further divided into three categories: Airbnbs for Groups with 3+ bedrooms, Mid-Budget Options at (approx.) $85-125USD, and Budget Options at (approx.) $35-75USD.

Book one of the four rooms at this Instagram-worthy Merida hotel, Rosas & Xocolate. (Photo: Rosas & Xocolate via Facebook)

Best Hotels in Merida, Mexico

Prefer a Merida hotel, resort or hostel to an Airbnb? For a complete list of the best Merida hotels, head to this article, 10 Best Hotels in Merida Mexico [Picked by a Local].

Below is a shorter list of the best Merida, Mexico hotels. They are all located in the best Merida neighborhoods of Zona Paseo Montejo, Parque Santa Ana and Barrio de Santiago, so you can’t go wrong with any of them.

blue and white colonial building
The Hotel Casa Azul (Blue House Hotel), is one of the best Merida hotels and also a National Historic Landmark.
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Best Things to Do in Merida

Merida, Mexico Beaches

As it’s located about 25 miles inland, there are no actual beaches in Merida, Mexico. The closest beach to Merida is Puerto Progreso, located about 30 minutes away in your rental car. Many locals and visitors head from Merida to Progreso on the weekends, and the town is known to be a place to party.

For those looking for a quieter beach, there are also plenty of those, like Sisal, which was recently named a pueblo magico (magic town), Telchac Puerto, San Crisanto and more. There’s also Celestun, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and beach town with thousands of flamingos.

long dock on a the water covered in beach sand and people walking on it - day trips from Merida Yucatan Mexico
The pier in Sisal, one of the Mexico pueblos magicos(Photo: José Angel Vera Félix via Flickr)
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Mayan Ruins near Merida, Mexico

The Yucatan Peninsula is home to about 100 public Mayan Ruins in Mexico. While most people don’t make it to all of them, there are some noteworthy Merida sites you can get to in two hours or less by rental car, bur, or tour. 🗿 For a complete list, check out 15 Amazing Mayan Ruins Near Merida Mexico.

Chichen Itza: As one of the Seven Wonders of the World, many consider visiting Chichen Itza as a Mexico bucket list item. Located about 1.5 hours from Merida, Chichen Itza makes a great day trip from Merida, and there are also plenty of Merida to Chichen Itza tours available.

As such an important historical site, consider a guided tour, like the Mayan Food Experience & Tour of Chichén Itza ⤴, to really understand the significance of Chichen Itza. The meal on this tour is cooked by Chef Rosalía Chay Chuc from the Netflix show, Chef’s Table: BBQ.

Uxmal: Though overshadowed in name by Chichen Itza in name recognition, Uxmal, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is just as impressive. It is also much less crowded and touristy, seeing only about 10% the amount of annual visitors as Chichen Itza.

Dzibilchaltun Ruins: Dzibilchaltun (pronounced zee-bee-shal-tune) is the closest Mayan ruin site to Merida. Though small, there’s also an onsite museum with Mayan artifacts and a cenote to swim in, Cenote Xlacah. 💦 For a complete list of Merida cenotes, check out 30 Best Merida Cenotes You Must Visit.

Merida Tours: Mayan Ruins

The easiest way to see all of the Merida Mayan pyramids and archeological sites? On a group tour, of course. In fact, group tours provide an easy way for solo travelers to meet other travelers. Check out your options below for the best Merida tours to see the pyramids and Mayan ruins near Merida.

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Best Cenotes near Merida, Mexico

What is a cenote?

Cenotes are underwater sinkholes containing freshwater. They are only found in a few places on Earth, with the largest concentration in the Yucatan Peninsula, where there are about 6,000 cenotes. As they are often quite remote, the best way to visit the Merida cenotes is in your rental car or on a tour.

Cenotes Santa Barbara: The Santa Barbara cenotes are located in the pueblo (small town) of Homun. This is a group of three cenotes — Cenote Chaksikin, Cenote Cascabel and Cenote Xoch. The first two are in caves and the last one is a semi-open cenote.

Cenote Ik-Kil: As one of the most Instagram worthy cenotes in Mexico, combined with its proximity to Chichen Itza, puts Cenote Ik Kil on everyone’s radar. Ik kil Cenote is one of the best cenotes in Yucatan because it has everything you’d need, including restrooms and an onsite restaurant.

Cenote Zaci: This cenote is located only a few blocks from Downtown Valladolid. This colorful pueblo magico (magic town) is a fun day trip from Merida, but the Valladolid cenotes are some of the best in the Yucatan.

Merida Cenotes Tours

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FREE Merida walking tours

Looking for free things to do in Merida? You’re in luck because the FREE Merida Walking Tour is a great way to get to know this historic, colonial city.

The Merida Tourism Office offers free, one-hour, daily walking tours as well. Guides are all bi- or multi-lingual, and do speak English. Tours start at 9:30am, but try to show up by 9:15am. Meet your guide on the first floor of the Palacio Municipal, the pretty pink building on the west side of Plaza Grande.

💡 Merida Travel Tip: It is customary to tip as payment for these types of city walking tours. Please consider tipping your guide $100-200 pesos ($5-10USD) per person.

woman making a heart shape with her two hands at the pink lakes in mexico - day trips from Merida
Cross two Mexico bucket list items off your list on the Chichen Itza & Pink Pools Tour to see the famed Mayan Ruins and also the Mexico pink lakes of Las Coloradas!
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Take A Merida day trip

Merida is centrally located in the Yucatan, making it the perfect home-base for road tripping to all the surrounding places for day trips. Jump in your rental car and head to the 25 Most Popular Day Trips from Merida Mexico, including these:

The Yellow City of Izamal is one of the best Merida day trips, at only about 1.5-hours away.
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Visit the sites in Merida

One of the most beautiful places in Mexico, and one of the country’s prettiest colonial cities, there’s no shortage of things to see in Merida. From historic monuments to colonial buildings, colorful streets to charming cafes, you’ll never run out of fun things to do in Merida, like these top Merida sites:

  • Plaza Grande: The main plaza, or Town Square, where you’ll find the Merida Cathedral
  • Paseo de Montejo: Merida’s most famous, tree-lined street
  • Monumento a la Patria: The most beautiful monument in Merida
  • Mundo Maya Mayan World Museum: Merida’s largest collection of Mayan artifacts
  • Museo Palacio Canton: A beautiful European-inspired mansion on Paseo Montejo
  • Parque Santa Lucia: This park hosts cultural events and dance performances, and has nice restaurants for outdoor dining
  • Palacio de Gobierno: The Merida and Yucatan government offices, where you can see the gorgeous murals painted by local artist, Fernando Castro Pacheco
horse drawn carriage in colonial city
Take a Merida caleza tour on a horse and carriage ride through Historic Downtown.
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Best restaurants in Merida

Though Mexico and tacos go together like milk and cookies, tacos aren’t really a traditional Yucatecan food! Don’t worry though, you can get tacos in Merida everywhere, but do also make sure to try the local delicacies, like panuchos (tortillas stuffed with beans) and salbutes (puffy, fried tortillas).

Not many people know how different Yucatan food is from the rest of Mexico, but in Merida, seek out these Yucatan cuisine favorites: cochinita pibil (slow cooked suckling pig), papadzules (egg enchiladas in pepita salsa), sopa de lima (lime soup) and marquesitas (crepes).

Merida has everything from upscale dining, to street food, so make sure to sample a bit of both on your trip. Below is a list with five of the best Merida restaurants for traditional .

  • Ku’uk: This foodie favorite features elevated, chef-driven Yucatan food, in a hip setting. ($$$$)
  • La Chaya Maya: One of the go-to restaurants for solid Yucatan food, where every Merida visitor ends up dining at least once. ($$$)
  • Museo de la Gastronomia Yucateca: The second go-to restaurant for solid Yucatan food, but as this is a museum/restaurant, they do a really interesting 10 minute tour before your meal in their outdoor garden, explaining Yucatecan food. ($$$)
  • Manjar Blanco: As seen on the Netflix show,Taco Chronicles in Season 2, Episode 2 “Cochinita Pibil,” this is a small restaurant and all the cooking is done by local abuelas, or grandmas. ($$)
  • Taqueria La Lupita: As seen on the Netflix show, Salt Fat Acid Heat in Episode 3, “Acid,” this no-frills taqueria is located in Mercado Santiago. ($)
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Mexico Travel FAQ

Do I need Mexico Travel Insurance?

Legally, no, you don’t need to have travel insurance for Mexico. However, most travelers will want the added level of security and peace of mind — especially in these strange travel times. Also, if there’s one certainty in travel, it’s that something will go wrong!

If Mexico travel safety is the thing holding you back from your Merida trip, get a free quote from the two companies listed below — two of the biggest names in travel insurance. These travel insurance companies do have Covid coverage, but always double check your policy before purchasing.

  • Safety Wing: Perfect for general travel coverage, and digital nomad who travel for extended periods of time.
  • World Nomads: Perfect for those who want to do adventurous activities while traveling.

Do I need to know Spanish for Mexico?

Merida is 50/50 — and usually, anyone working in the service industry will speak English. However, many people don’t, especially if you’re heading outside of the city to the surrounding places on Merida day trips.

Either way, you should brush up on your basic Spanish before visiting Merida Mx (or really, any other country). This is generally seen as a sign of respect and courtesy that you’ve familiarized yourself with everyday niceties like please and thank you

For your convenience, this infographic has all the basic Spanish words and phrases you’ll need. Go ahead and save it to your phone as an image, so you can access it even off-WiFi.

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Do I need a visa for Mexico?

No — U.S. passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to Mexico!

When you arrive in Mexico and go through the Immigration line, you’ll receive a 180-day (6 month) FMM tourist card. This is a small piece of paper that you need to have on you at all times, and also give back to Immigration at the airport when you leave the country.

There is no charge for the FMM, but if you lose it, there’s a $600 peso ($30USD) fine to replace it. Besides the fine, you’ll need to get to the airport an extra hour early to do the lost visa paperwork and pay the $30 — Bottom line: Don’t lose your FMM!

Sunset in a colonial city
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Final Thoughts: Merida Yucatan Mexico Travel

Is Merida worth visiting?

As someone who lives in Merida, I’m admittedly biased. However, I will say that this is a very special city on a number of levels — it’s safe, beautiful, historic, walkable, and of course, the food 🤤

I have visited half the states in Mexico, and most of the places people have heard of and want to visit, and I chose Merida to make my home base. With its proximity to so many other places in the Yucatan Peninsula, it makes for a great spot to vacation, or even buy real estate and live!

As it’s still somewhat off the beaten path in Mexico, for now, you can still have an affordable Merida trip… though that won’t last forever!

Have questions about Merida, Mexico Travel?

I’d love to hear from you! Please drop me a line in the comments down below, and I’ll do my best to get you the info you need.

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24 Comments

  1. Such a great, comprehensive post. Thanks for all the information on COVID measures and how to get a test before returning to the US! Merida looks like such a beautiful place to visit.

  2. Merida looks absolutely amazing! I’ve traveled quite a bit in Mexico, but never to Merida. Now it’s definitely on the list. I love beautiful, colorful cities!

  3. This is such a comprehensive guide! There is nobody better than a local to convince us to come and visit. Honestly, many of my American friends are starting to move to Mexico. We’ll all have to take a look at Merida now! Thank you!

  4. Thanks for this detailed guide on Merida especially travel during pandemic. I am hoping to return to Mexico soon and Merida is definitely on top of the list as I wish to see the amazing cenotes! It’s always good to to get the insights from a local, so Thank you!

  5. Another great Mexico destination added to our list! You site is such a great resource and inspiration of Mexico wanderlust!!

  6. Such a great and informative guide! I’ve been seeing a lot of people travel to Merida lately and I definitely want to go. Definitely keeping this blog post handy for when I do. 🙂

  7. I love this local’s guide to Merida, Mexico. You’ve inspired me to visit as I love Mexico and history so would love to learn more about the Mayan heritage. Merida looks like a beautiful destination!

  8. Super helpful, practical tips. I’m definitely considering branching out beyond the Mayan Riviera for next trip.

  9. Merida looks like a great place in Mexico to visit, and I love how historic it is too. Thanks for the tips on where to eat – always handy to know!

  10. Sandra Howard says:

    We are going to be coming to Merida in Nov 2021 We are looking at staying at the The Hotel Boutique La Mision De Fray Diego can you tell me anything about it, and also do they do the covid test at the Hotels to be able to return to the US

    1. Hi Sandra, You’re going to love Merida! As far as that particular hotel, I don’t know it, so I can’t say much about it. For a covid test, you can get them in several clinics all over Merida, and also at the airport, for about $20USD.

  11. Hello,
    Im visiting next week. Is there still a curfew in Merida?

    1. Hi Mims: It is still in effect, but only 11:30pm-5am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. I hope you enjoy Merida, and if you need more Merida info, check out my sister site to this one, TravelToMerida.com.

  12. mike steinbach says:

    wow am amazed with your life and what u are doing. iam a Canadian and wish we had the beaches and culture as ther is in the Yucatan area. i want to know i have a 36 ft motorhome and wanting to drive it from Canada to stay for 5 months and would love to know if there places around the beaches to stay and are there RV parks. Thanks for every thing u can help me with.Muchas Cracias.

    1. Hi Mike: Thanks for writing. As I have never RV’ed, I’d recommend you check out the iOverlander app for info on all things van life.

  13. My wife and I are visiting to celebrate Dia de los Muertos.

    Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Lance, Here is the official schedule of events. I hope you enjoy Mérida.

  14. Emily Chen says:

    We will be in Merida in December 1 to 11, this year. I am so glad I found this very informative article! It addressed most of my concerns and questions for traveling during this special time to Merida.

    Just a few more items I still need your advices:

    1 the best and easiest currency exchange places and methods in Merida

    2. pesos or dollars/ cash or card? when traveling around Merida?

    Thank you very much!

    1. Hi Emily: Thanks for writing & I am thrilled this article helped you! I recommend just using an ATM at the Merida Airport when you land, as the currency exchanges end up costing you more than the ATM fees. You can use your card at most places, but do have cash (pesos) on you at all times, as some places are cash only.

      If you need more Merida tips, check out my Merida site — TravelToMerida.com!

  15. What an excellent website. My wife and I have not been to Mexico and are seriously considering coming to Merida.
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    Thanks

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