Don’t let its reputation as one of the safest cities in Mexico fool you: there’s plenty of fun and excitement to be had in in this gorgeous Yucatan capital city. Known for its stunning Mayan-influenced architecture, the “White City” gets its nickname from the limestone facades lining its cobbled streets. If you’re an architectural buff, be sure to spend time wandering through the church and museum-filled plazas. After a long day exploring Mayan ruins and browsing local shops, be sure to watch the salsa and mambo performers that fill the streets for authentic and lively nightcaps.
A civil marriage ceremony requires a valid passport and an original and copy of birth certificates annotated and translated by an authorized translator certified in Spanish. Death and divorce decrees are required if applicable. Refer to your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for more details.
Travel Documents, Language & Currency
Passports are required for visitors entering Mexico. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
Spanish is the official language of Mexico, though English is widely spoken and understood.
The peso is the currency of Mexico, but US dollars are often widely accepted in resort areas.
Climate & Beaches
Merida has a tropical and warm climate, with average temperatures above 95 degrees F from April to June. The “cold” season runs from November to February, with temperatures below 85 degrees F. June through September is considered rainy season.
Merida is an inland city, though the nearby beaches of Chelem and Chicxulub are popular excursions.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
The Cathedral of San Illdefonso was constructed in 1598 and is filled with history and local lore. For the shoppers, Merida’s Plaza Grande host local artisans selling everything from craft jewelry to prized artwork on the weekends. For a fun and outdoorsy day trip, take an eco-tour through some of the regions cenotes, or wander through the prolific Mayan ruins in the area. Merida also has a number of quaint cafes and restaurants where you can sample authentic Yucatan cuisine like slow-roasted pulled-pork and black beans.
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