The Colonial Charms of Mérida, Mexico

Mérida is the colonial gem of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. It’s a city of 1 million with a thriving colonial district of historic buildings renovated as private homes, museums, shops, restaurants, boutiques, and more. The centro is safe, full of friendly people…and things to do.

This cultural mecca offers a symphony orchestra, opera, cinema, and regular folkloric performances. The dining is world-class, with Yucatecan favorites sharing space on the menu with international fare. Thanks to a year-round warm climate, world-class medical care, and modern services and amenities, as well as its charming historic character, Mérida has become a popular expat haven.

In this slideshow, International Living Editor Jason Holland highlights the character of this unique city and its people.


Friends chat in the Plaza Grande in the center of town. The surrounding streets are closed to traffic on Sundays.

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