Merida is a city that captivates many visitors so much that they decide to stay: it’s a haven for expatriates from the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Soak in the colonial center of Merida, using the Zocolo (Plaza Grande) as your navigational center. Stroll the four sides of the plaza, seeing the cathedral, the Macay Museum, Casa de Montejo, Municipal Palace, and places to grab a bite or coffee. Walk a few blocks to the municipal market for some local color and shopping. Hire a carriage driver for a tour of town and Paseo Montejo.
Take a trip to the Mayan ruins of your choice: Chichen Itza to the east, Uxmal (and possibly the Puuc Route) to the southwest, or Dzibilchaltun with cenote swimming and the Mayan museum to the north.
Head to Celustun, about 60 miles northwest of Merida, to see pink flamingos, cool off in a spring-fed swimming hole, or tour a “petrified’ mangrove forest. Afterwards, head to the beach for some fresh seafood.