Merida is both the capital city and largest city in the Mexican state of Yucatan. It is known for its culture, art and history. Of course, it’s also close to the beach. When thinking about where in Mexico you may want to retire, Merida is sure to be at the top of your list. In fact, Merida is one of CNN Money’s top retirement destination. This comes hand in hand with Mexico being International Living’s best place to retire overseas. Now that we’ve got your attention, here are five good reasons you will want to retire to Merida.
The National Survey of Public Security listed Merida as the safest city in Mexico, and subsequently the city was recognized for this by the organization Building Spaces for Peace. The award recognizes Merida as, “an inspiration for others in relation to the culture of peace and for the actions of authorities to carry out and maintain tranquility as well as the city’s continued meetings with local authorities, businessmen and citizens on peace issues and security.” Moreover, the Yucatan government has been actively injecting money into safety.
In Merida, as with elsewhere in the Riviera Maya, life is much less expensive compared to Canada or the US. Aside from the affordably priced homes, you will also find that every day expenses are a fraction of the cost for the same at home. Your own dollars will stretch further when converted into the peso as well. Mexico also provides low-cost public healthcare for expats (and citizens) which will ensure that you will be able to live comfortably during your retirement.
Merida is the largest city in the state of Yucatan. In fact, it’s the largest in the whole Yucatan Peninsula, including Quintana Roo and Campeche. As such it is a large and developed city with all the amenities and services that you would need for a comfortable life. There are innumerable shops, both small and large, and the new Harbor Mall that opened in late 2018 is among the five largest megamalls in all of Mexico.
Merida has a rich history. Its colonial past has resulted in a beautiful downtown core. It features historic buildings painted in traditional bright shades of pink, blue, red, yellow and purple. The city is also an incredible destination for any art lover. The Museum of Modern Art shows regular exhibits showcasing local traditions and the beauty of the region.
The food in the city is also incredible. You won’t want to miss out on some Yucatan specialties including escabeche, cochinita pibil, sopa de lima, frijol con puerco, relleno negro/blanco, queso relleno, papazules, salbutes, tostadas and poc chuuc .
Merida is a large, historic city. This means there are a huge number of options for anyone looking to buy and live in the area – everything from colonial homes in the city center to homes in the jungle. Nowadays, there are many new condo buildings and gated communities being developed. These are great options not only for those looking to move and retire, but also anyone looking for an investment.
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