Yucatán Travel

Mexico is always a good idea!

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The Yucatan, in a word, is magical. I have lived here 1.5 years… and now I’m going to help you live your best Yucatan travel life!

This state has it all: beautiful Colonial cities, ahhh-mazing Mexican food, rich indigenous history, beaches, cenotes, Mayan archeological sites — and even one of the Seven Wonders of the world, Chichen Itza.

 

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Take a tour during your Merida stay…

Yucatan FAQs…

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What everyone wants to know:

Is Yucatan safe for travel?

Yucatan is quite safe; in fact, Mérida has ranked as the safest state in Mexico for several years now. I have lived inMérida for 1.5 years now, and encountered zero issues. However, I made my own safety a priority, and you should too! Check out Ep. 04 of my podcast, Janine’s Take On Solo Female Travel Safety in Mexico, where I spoke to a fellow solo female traveler about her take on Mexico travel safety.

When is the best time of year to visit Yucatan?

Located in the tropics, Yucatan state has pleasant, warm winters — but hot, rainy summers!

Weather-wise, the winter months of November-March are the nicest months in this part of Mexico. December is the busiest month for tourism.

The summer months are quite hot and humid, and also, this is hurricane season.

Do I need to speak Spanish to visit Yucatan?

Many people visit Mexico and never utter a word of Spanish! However, as a general rule, you should know at least a few words of Spanish. Download my free Basic Spanish Words & Phrases list here! Pro Tip: Save it on your phone as an image, so you can have it handy even if you’re off-WiFi.

As far as Yucatan goes, if you stick to the more touristic parts, you should be fine with very basic Spanish. If you want to venture off the beaten path, be advised most people in the pueblos (small towns) won’t speak any English.

What are Yucatan's Best Things to Do?

Oh man! Where do I begin?! I have lived Yucatan state for 1.5 years now, and never got seem to get bored. There’s so much to see & do… and eat! Head to my 44 Instagrammable Things to Do in Merida + Free Map blog to get all my insider intel on the city I call home.

Do I need a visa to visit Yucatan?

You don’t need a visa! When you go through Customs/Immigration at the airport, you’ll receive your FMM 180-Day (6 month) Tourist Visa at no charge. Be sure to keep track of this visa, as you’ll have give it back when you’re leaving the country. Check out my blog 5 Reasons Mexico is One of the Best First Time Solo Travel Destinations for more reasons Mexico is such a great option for U.S. visitors.

Is Mexico safe for travel?

I wish this question had an officially official answer, but it doesn’t. What I can definitively tell you is that I have been safe as a solo female traveler & so have countless other women! Check out my blog Mexico Solo Travel: How to be Safe and Crush It to see how I did it.

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