Merida: Travel Tips

Merida is a bustling cosmopolitan city and its location on the Yucatan Peninsula gives it a unique flavor. Yucatecan cuisine, beautiful colonial buildings, the proximity of some of Mexico's most impressive Mayan archaeological sites and a vibrant cultural scene make Merida a fascinating destination.

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Getting To Merida

High season runs mid-December to Easter, plus spring break. Trade winds keep the coast cool during summer, though interior jungles are hot and humid.

Flight times

  • Merida is 3.5 hours from Chicago, 4 hours from New York, 4.5 hours from Los Angeles

Staying In Merida

Downtown Merida is a great example of a lowland colonial city. The town has a casual, relaxed feel. Buildings lack the severe baroque and neoclassical features that characterize central Mexico; most are finished in stucco and painted light colors. Mérida's gardens add to this relaxed, tropical atmosphere.

Must-see sights in the area

  • Experience the Mayan ruins inland and the pyramids of Uxmal in nearby Chichen Itza
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Traveling In Merida

Classic Vacations offers a variety of transportation options throughout Mazatlan in order to make your Mexico vacation truly spectacular. While limousines are a fun and private way to see many of the sights, shuttle transfers and rental cars are also available in all the major destinations in Mexico.

While traveling in Merida we recommend:

  • Rent a car - We offer vehicles to suit every taste, including sporty convertibles, roomy minivans, and luxury sedans. And our red-carpet transfers can let you start relaxing without a hitch.

Things to Know


  • The national currency of Mexico is the peso, but in tourist areas, U.S. dollars are accepted just as readily as pesos.
  • Money and traveler's checks can be exchanged in banks.
  • ATMs are very common in Merida and are the easiest source for cash.

Time Difference

  • Merida is in the Central Time Zone and observes daylight savings time.
Get more value for your Merida vacation. Classic selects the best hotel and resort specials in Merida including free hotel nights, room upgrades, complimentary spa treatments, and hotel credits for meals or activities. Whether your Merida vacation calls for action-packed adventures or rest and relaxation, Classic Vacations offers a full range of activities and tours in Merida that will make your Mexico vacation even more memorable. From superior views to sought-after locations, finding the perfect Merida hotel is right at your fingertips. Every year, we personally inspect and rate all hotels to offer you the finest selection of luxury accommodations Merida.

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