Merida Vacations

As the capital of the Yucatan state, Merida is rich with sensual delights. Colonial sights, culinary adventures, the feel of hand-woven hammocks or embroidered blouses, the sounds of a city growing larger by the minute ... Merida is a place for travelers looking to dive into Mexican culture head first. If your idea of a Yucatan vacation requires ... Read more
more than just sitting on a beach, Merida offers urban delights like museums, cheap lodging and hostels, cathedrals and busy plazas. Plus, it's less than an hour's drive or bus trip to several national parks and ruins (including Chichen Itza).

Merida places to stay and top hotels

Merida things to do and experiences

  • Merida Cathedral
    9.434 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Church
    Popular withHistoryFamilies
  • Dzibilchaltun Ruins
    8.623 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site
    Popular withHistoryAdventure
  • Palacio de Gobierno
    9.113 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Art Museum, History Museum, Government Building, Historic Site
    Popular withHistoryFamilies
  • Parque de las Americas
    8.913 reviews
    Outdoors, Park
    Popular withFamiliesOutdoorsy




Like most tropical regions, the Yucatan Peninsula has a wet and dry season. The region’s wet season (May to November) is hot, humid and rainy with the occasional hurricane blowing in. Despite poor weather, July ... Read more
and August are popular times for foreign and Mexican tourists to visit. However, if you’re dreaming of a sunny beach vacation, head here in the dry season (late November to February) when the weather milder and less rainy. Unfortunately, you won’t be alone on that white sand beach (especially if you’re planning a Christmas vacation: tourism peaks from mid-December to early January, which drives up prices), but at least you’ll get to bask in the sun without it raining on your parade.

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Merida reviews & trip reports

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    Adventure Travelers
  • 8.8
    History Buffs
  • 8.7
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 8.3
  • 8.0
    Family Travelers

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Austin, Texas, USA

I mostly explored many unknown cenotes around Merida with Yucatan Cenote Tours, and didn't get a chance to do much else. However, based upon just the few cenotes I saw and the friendly people we came across, I LOVE Merida! ;) Can't wait to go back.

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsHistory BuffsAdventure Travelers
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Loving this city! It is said to be the safest city in Mexico. I've been having a wonderful time wandering the streets enjoying the delicious food and the beauty of old colonial buildings.

Vinales, Cuba

Merida is the capital of the Yucatan and a cultural hub. Although a large city, it is a pleasant one and we loved spending days strolling through the parks and taking in the beautiful buildings on the city centre. The town is especially vibrant on Sundays when all families are out and about, enjoying their weekend. Merida can certainly be considered the cultural capital of the Yucatan.


Merida is a very cool city with a lot of culture. It is about 3 1/2 hours away from Tulum by car. It is a must see city if you are in the area.

Frederick, Maryland, USA

Classically Yucatan. Not the Mexico of beaches and bars, but the old Mexico of colonial architecture, Mayan pyramids and turquoise blue cenote watering holes. Beautiful historic downtown and the perfect base of operations for exploring the inner Peninsula.

Recommended for:BackpackersHistory Buffs

The biggest city on the Yucatan Peninsula, but it still feels like a village downtown. The city has been very proactive in keeping the center of the city vibrant, and sponsors live music and other events every night of the week. The colonial buildings are gorgeous (many getting redone by expats), and the market is massive and fascinating.

Recommended for:Art & Design LoversBudget TravelersHistory BuffsLGBTQ
Portland, Oregon

Unesco World Heritage Site. City with lots of colonial buildings and history.

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

A charming city with great food, museums, and the occasional dance performance in the city square.

West Covina, California, USA
First to Review

This city is wonderful. It is a very friendly city with lots to see and do. At night, you can hang out and listen to local Trio's playing in the Zocalo.


Its a beautyful city and shows more mexican life...not only tourism.

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