Travel Tips for Mérida and the Yucatán

Mérida is a tourist friendly city that is known for its hospitality and culture. Although it retains its colonial charm, it is a modern city with state-of-the-art healthcare facilities. Mérida ranks number one as the safest city in Mexico. You’ll find unique markets, stunning architecture, and sunny beaches along with native cuisine that will make your trip more than a vacation. Here are some expert travel tips for Mérida and Yucatán.

Tip #1: Enjoy the Convenience — Located in US Central Time Zone

When traveling to Mexico from the United States, you shouldn’t deal with as much jet lag as you might if you were traveling across multiple time zones, so you won’t have to reset your internal clock when you arrive or when you depart. You’ll still want to practice good travel habits, such as staying hydrated while flying and stretching when you’re on the flight to move your muscles. A good travel tip is to limit heavy meals and alcohol on arrival to Mérida. Try to stay awake by entertaining yourself on the flight instead of napping. That way, you can try to go to bed at your usual time when you get to Mérida and wake up refreshed the next day.

Mérida to US cities

Tip #2 Plan for Your Preferred Weather: Hot Season is Apr-Jun; Cool Season is Nov-Feb

Mérida features a tropical climate all year round. From April through August, the average highs are in the 90s, with average lows in the 70s. During the cooler months, the average highs are in the 80s, with low temperatures in the 60s. Mérida gets about 41 inches of rain each year, with most of it occurring from June to September. The humidity tends to be high all year long, but the culture, architecture, and gastronomy will make you forget that it might be warmer than you’re used to.

Tip #3 Travel Light — You Don’t Need Electric Outlet Adaptors

If you are traveling from USA, you won’t need to pack electrical outlet adaptors to charge your phone, use your laptop, hairdryer or other electrical devices, but don’t forget your mobile device chargers!.

Tip #4 Do not worry about the language. Many People Speak English and Several Menus/Signs are in English

Mérida has retained much of its Mayan culture, but the city flourishes from tourism. English is taught in schools, so many of its residents are bilingual. Street signs in English make the city and its many neighborhoods easy for the English speaking visitor to navigate. Traveling to a foreign country can be intimidating but knowing that you’ll be able to communicate with a lot of people can make it less so. If traveling for a medical or dental treatment, Mérida Medical Tours will always be there to facilitate your trip.

Mérida has warm weather and warm people that will go out of their way to communicate with you in your native language.

Tip #5 Narrow Cobblestone Streets Are Best with Flat Walking Shoes or Sandals

As in many cities, gaining an intimate understanding of the culture of Mérida is best experienced by walking.  Mérida hosts dozens of outdoor activities throughout the week, from shopping to cultural events. Visit the museums to learn about Mayan history and see the vibrant artwork of the culture. Be sure to pack at least one pair of comfortable pair of shoes for walking and exploring the community as downtown has narrow well-worn cobblestone streets. There are several historic sites just a day trip away in quaint towns near Mérida where you will also need to walk with comfortable shoes or sneakers.

Park Area in Mérida

Tip #6 Bring Sun Coverage and Breathable Clothes

It is important to check the weather to properly plan your clothing according to the time of the year you will be traveling to Mérida. Because of humidity and temperature, plan on packing breathable clothes. You’ll be close to the equator, so remember sunscreen. A good travel tip when traveling to the Yucatán is to pack what you might wear during the summer at a beach resort. If you plan to go to the beach or  swim in a freshwater cenote, remember your swimsuit and sandals.

Tip #7 Moving around in Mérida is easy

You can move around in Mérida by taxi which is very affordable. If you prefer to use Uber or Cabify, they both operate in the city. A good travel tip is to check that your app in your phone is updated and working as it can become your friendly ally in the city. Keep in mind that taxis rarely provide air conditioning and on a hot day, it can be more convenient to use Uber or Cabify that usually do.

If moving in the city for a medical treatment, it could be convenient to rent a car, most international car rental companies operate in Mérida and you can book at the airport or in the main hotels in the city.   We can also facilitate a reservation for you.

When traveling to nearby historic sites, aside from taxis and Uber, we can facilitate a reservation with a knowledgeable local tour operator that will provide a comfortable ride in their air conditioned vans.

Travel to Mérida and Get Affordable Medical Services

Visit Mérida not only for its culture, but for its affordable healthcare services. Mérida Medical Tours takes a boutique approach to medical travel and tourism. Our team can help you plan the trip of a lifetime around your procedures and appointments. Reach out to us to learn more about how we can facilitate your special trip to Mérida.