When you stay or live in Merida, the wonders of the entire Yucatan Peninsula are at your doorstep. Merida is the capital of the Mexican State of Yucatan, but more than that, it is the financial, industrial and cultural capital of all of the Yucatan Peninsula, SouthEastern Mexico and Eastern Central America. People come to Merida from as far away as Belize to do their banking, shopping and for medical care.

In downtown Merida Yucatan Mexico 

If you live in Merida, you will have the resources of this capital city at your disposal. Banks, churches, schools, universities, hospitals, medical offices and many industries have a significant presence in Merida.

Merida is a city of almost a million people, spread out in an ever-widening circle around the Plaza Grande, the physical center and the cultural heart of the White City. The city itself is divided into colonias, many of which center around an old church, central market and a park. (Arabesque Apartments are in Colonia Centro, and are about halfway between the Santiago Park with its market, restaurants and church and the Santa Ana Park, also with a market, outdoor restaurants and a church).

The historic center of Merida, Colonia Centro, is home to a dizzying number of original colonial buildings, many of which are being restored to their original beauty. Extending north from the Centro is Paseo de Montejo, a stately avenue modeled after the Champs d'Elysées in Paris. This four-lane avenue boasts an array of stunning turn-of-the-century mansions, old shade trees, and wide sidewalks perfect for strolling, especially in the evening. On Saturday nights, strollers can enjoy a special treat as Merida puts on a show called Noche Mexicana, which features a free performance of a different musical act every week from all over Mexico.

Also along Paseo de Montejo are restaurants, convenience stores, banks, an ice cream parlor, and at the north end, WalMart and Macdonald's. When you live in Merida, you are able to enjoy both modern conveniences and the beauty of the old world, which is still very much alive in the streets and buildings of the city.




Modern shopping experiences are available in the northern part of Merida, both in independent department stores and franchises, and in air-conditioned shopping malls. There are car dealerships, modern housing developments, schools, health clubs, movie theatres, pharmacies, hospitals and more restaurants and stores in this area as well.

Beyond the boundaries of the city, the Yucatan Peninsula stretches out in many directions, with all of its wonders only a few hours from Merida's central location.

Here's a list of just some of the interesting places that can be enjoyed during a day trip from Merida:

  • Chichen Itza
  • Uxmal
  • Birdwatching in Celestún
  • Progreso and the beach communities
  • Izamal
  • Ticul
  • Tizimin
  • Valladolid
  • the Mayan Riviera

Izamal, colonial city in the Yucatan

And many more places, like Isla Holbox, Lake Bacalar, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Belize are only a few hours away as well.

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