As the capital city of Mexico’s gorgeous Yucatán peninsula,Mérida is the focus of a new article by Condé Nast Traveler that explores the high quality of living,including the rich art and culture,gorgeous architecture and fabulous cuisine of this growing expat haven.
Also known as “La Ciudad Blanca,” much of the Mérida real estate is built of stunning local white stone and is an interesting mix of ancient Mayan culture and tradition on one hand and modern art,music,literature and cuisine on the other.
According to Condé Nast,“Mérida’s very plan—a numerical grid of long,straight avenues lined with trees or storefronts and dotted with green plazas—is walkable and friendly. The city has become a magnet for Mexican and expatriate artists and culture-keepers,the kind of people one expects to be attracted to urban jitter or radical design.”
According to Condé Nast,Mérida is also one of the safest towns in Mexico,with no connections to the drug wars that have been found thousands of miles away along the country’s northern border. Amazingly,the Maya still make up more than 50 percent of the Yucatán’s population. These friendly,easygoing people are a joy to mingle with while in Mérida and they also add much to the colorful culture of the entire region.
Still very much a big village at heart,Mérida has managed to retain much of the culture that has traditionally made life in Mexico so special,including excellent street food,a lively downtown marketplace and a flair for politics.
“There is a real-estate boom of sorts going on here,with outsiders from Mexico and the United States and Europe buying up old town houses and remodeling them,” writes Condé Nast. “Beautiful houses are on the market cheap,many for less than $100,000.”
Perhaps the best thing about Mérida,however,is the city’s relatively close proximity to the Mexican Caribbean,as well as to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza,Cobá and the new vacation hotspot of Tulum. And with it’s very own airport,getting to and from this gem of a town is easier than ever.