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Monday, August 2, 2021
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Expats in Yucatan: The basics

Recent headlines

New permit allows restaurants in Yucatán to stay open longer

Yucatán's state government has announced that restaurants will now be allowed to remain for one hour longer, until 11 pm.

Will Yucatán’s love for cheese beat out its fear of COVID-19?

Event organizers have been quick to point out that they will be following all sanitary protocols, to protect vendors and patrons from COVID-19. 

Looking to buy ceramics? Look no further than Ticul

When entering the town on the road from the nearby town of Muna, you will notice a string of several shops ceiling ceramic crafts, plates, ornaments, and pots. 
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Merida's parks
Parks in Merida’s historic center open up to artisans on Sundays.

Merida, Yucatan, is a city of nearly a million people, with expats living mainly in the 3.5-square-mile Centro Histórico, a series of neighborhoods near the Plaza Grande, or main square where the government and cathedral preside. Just how many? There is no official count, but certainly expats here number in the thousands.

Foreigners from the U.S., Canada and many other countries live along the Gulf Coast, about 25 minute away, a straight shot up the Merida-Progreso highway. No matter where they’ve settled, they are finding lower daily costs and access to excellent health care a huge incentive to pull up stakes, living here either full time or when it suits them. (“Snow birds” tend to flock between November and March. April and May are very hot in Yucatan, but many of us stick it out nonetheless.)

Stories about Merida’s growing popularity have been published in numerous travel magazines and newspapers. The New York Times Travel Section and its Fashion Magazine supplement have also shared differing perspectives on the capital of Yucatan state.

More news

A new way of looking at Yucatán’s famed Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá has gone from being thought of as simply one of many Mayan cities to nearly synonymous with Maya civilization itself.

Mérida will replace its airport with a new one, governor confirms

The Mérida International Airport in 2020 was in midst of a huge expansion and renovation. Photo: Sipse Mérida's...

Fundamental Arquitectura and the art of taking it slow

Zaida and Orlando have been creating narrative-heavy spaces in Mérida since 2015. With an important emphasis on public spaces, they have recycled iconic spaces of the city into new forms of living.

Progreso has welcomed its first cruise in over 16 months

Although only approximately 300 passengers disembarked from the ship, local and state authorities hailed the arrival of the Breeze as a victory and sign that Yucatán’s cruising industry is finally beginning to recover.