Moving to Merida, Mexico from British Columbia

Relocating to Merida

Merida is a city of heritage, first named by the Spaniards after a city in Spain, in 1542. Merida includes Dzibilchaltun, the longest-serving Mayan city dating back to 1500 BC. Along with Mexico City and Havana it is one of the oldest ‘colonial’ cities and a home to the Maya language.
The “White City”, named after all its white washed buildings, is the safest city in Mexico and in the top five in North America according to the awards it has received. Its low cost of living also makes Merida a great place to retire too.

Tips For Moving to Merida

The best months for a move are March or mid November. December to February is the peak tourist season along with its turmoil and costs. Between April and October it gets hot (i.e. 90+ ° F) with precipitation that sees occasional hurricane and street flooding… avoid moving then.

Merida is the capital or Yucatan, one of thirty two Mexican States. It’s just under one million people make up a major part of the Yucatan. Yucatecos are known to prioritize non work obligations, showing up late or at the last moment or even not at all. They do work hard, and often help one another unexpectedly.

Move only items that have meaning and joy in your life. Sell off or donate items that are easily bought new, in Merida, to avoid stress, shipping expenses and customs charges.

Expect a “Gringo” tax. It takes the form of higher prices than locals pay and extra time to deal with integrating or filling out forms that are needlessly complicated.

Use 911 for emergencies.