Living in Merida Will SURPRISE You

Merida is located in the state of Yucatan- Mexico’s southernmost state. It’s a city well known by foreigners across the world because of its ancient Mayan heritage, colonial architecture, food, and hot and humid weather.

Plus, it is regarded as one of the safest cities to live in Mexico.

“My heart aches when I’m not here! I love living in Merida, Mexico,” Amy’s exact words when we asked her why she moved from Dallas to Merida. Angel, her fiancé, was raised in Tabasco, Mexico, but moved to Merida years ago. He said, “Yucatecans Are The NICEST People, and it will surprise you!”

Yucateco is the nickname given to a member of the Mayan people of the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico.

Amy and Angel talk about Yucatecan’s hospitality towards foreigners. They both firmly believe living in Merida is the best place in Mexico.

And because they have both lived in other parts of Mexico, they can confidently say they prefer Merida over any other place. Amy used to live in the Riviera Maya and Angel in another state in Mexico.

They share their perspectives on how Merida differs and why they love living here. Together, they talk about:

  • How locals feel about foreigners moving to Mexico
  • The gringo tax and whether or not you need to watch out
  • Safety in Merida
  • Getting around
  • Finding rentals in Merida vs other parts of Mexico
  • The food and cultural richness of Merida
  • And a bunch of other golden nuggets

In their video, you’ll learn about living here and how to better integrate into Mexican life.

I hope you enjoy it and all the footage we share in Merida. It’ll give you a good idea of what it looks like and what living here would be like for you.

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Mariana Lange

Mariana Lima-Lange was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. when she was a child. She spent every summer visiting family throughout Mexico and is very knowledgeable about Mexican culture, lifestyle, and traditions. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Reader Interactions



    Hi Mariana. Thank you for this information about Merida, especially about Montes de Ames. I had heard that Merida is extremely hot, but how does the city fare in hurricanes and are there any earthquakes?

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