White people love Merida…and so they should! It has beautiful colonial buildings, it’s safer than a limbless infant, and has near-perfect weather. The people are incredibly friendly and the food is good. Located a few hours from Cancun in the Yucatan Peninsula, it’s a very solid choice for expats looking to relocate south of the border. While the women aren’t as hot as in many parts of Mexico, this is an extremely relaxed and pleasant town to travel – or even live.
DATING IN MERIDA
Tourists are a dime a dozen here, but don’t let that discourage you; if you approach girls you will be well-received. Most tourists don’t interact with the locals much. Girls seem a bit timid, but if you have basic Spanish or can find a lass that speaks English you won’t have too hard a time. Folks in Merida can be a bit conservative, but that factor is more or less offset by the large university population. If you’re able to read body language reasonably well you should be able to take something home.
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WOMEN IN MERIDA, MEXICO
Merida is a city with a predominantly Mayan population, so the girls tend to be a bit shorter and darker-skinned than Northern and Central Mexicanas. You will come across the odd gal with a beautiful face and perfect skin, but by no means will you be overwhelmed by the number of ’em. Unfortunately, obesity seems to be a bit of an issue here too.
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RENT AN APARTMENT IN MERIDA
$300.00 is possible, but an influx of expats has raised apartment and house prices in the centre of Merida. Outside the city centre will be significantly less for a decent pad ($150.00 ish).
NIGHTLIFE IN MERIDA
Honestly, for me, nightlife in Merida is not great. A lot of OK bars and restaurants, but they’re mostly geared towards an older crowd. I’ll recommend The Mayan Pub and La Fundacion Mezcaleria; the former for something more chill, the latter for drinking and dancing.
I recommend: La Fundacion Mezcaleria
COST OF LIVING IN MERIDA, MEXICO
The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.
*Figures are listed in USD
You’ll need a minimum of $826 USD/month to live in Merida, Mexico
IS MERIDA, MEXICO SAFE?
Merida is outrageously safe. I haven’t heard of any incidents involving tourists. The worst that is likely to happen to you is getting a bad deal on a hammock.
Not excellent. You’re better off heading east to Cancun where there’s more of a demand for English teachers. People are generally quite poor in Merida, so know that if you seek under the table work, you may be taking a job away from a qualified local. Telecommuting is definitely the best option here, as the city is relaxing and doesn’t have too many distractions.
In short, Merida is a charming city but not the best place for slaying. That being said, I if you pipelined this city beforehand, you could get some pretty mad results. Keep in mind, it is somewhat socially conservative compared to other Mexican cities, so things may move a bit slower for you than elsewhere!
OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10
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