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Lo que te va a encantar en esta casa
The location! Walking distance to almost everything.
Our home: We have 3 bedrooms - one with double bed, ensuite bathroom with shower and separate entrance off back patio, one with a queen sized bed, and one with two twin beds (a cot could be squeezed in if necessary). The main bathroom separates the two bedrooms; it has a vanity and large walk in shower. The living room has a large sectional sofa, a 57" TV as well as a digital piano with full keyboard (I am a pianist). One added advantage to our house is air conditioning in every room. Most people here only air condition the bedrooms.
Everything is at ground level - no stairs. We have a good sized pool by Mexican standards (many of the pools here are plunge pools which are just for getting wet) with water that is heated by the sun during the coldest parts of the year (another thing most pools here don't offer).
The kitchen is fully equipped, with beautiful maple cupboards and granite countertops, all necessary appliances including a large slow cooker. While not "luxurious" we think you will find it has been tastefully decorated with original art and handmade furniture (e.g. single beds designed to be high enough to place suitcases underneath). The patio has very comfortable outdoor furniture, and one huge palm tree.
We have a property management team that will look after all your needs. They all speak fluent English and will arrange for cleaning once/week at a small extra charge of 250 Pesos (about $20). They can also supply the phone number for the people who do our laundry - the owner speaks English and they will pick up and deliver for a small tip (10 pesos - about 75 cents). There are numerous places nearby for massages, manicures, pedicures, etc. as well as some of Merida's most popular cantinas and finest restaurants. Also nearby is the best Irish pub (Hennessy's) this side of Dublin.
Culture abounds in Merida. Various websites offer listings of events for most everything going on in the City, much of it free or ridiculously low priced. Taxis (including Uber) are cheap and buses are readily available for 8 pesos (about 5 cents) just steps from our door. There are horse drawn carriages for rent that will tour the city centre and a multitude of art galleries and museums. On weekend nights the streets around the main square are blocked off and free entertainment is staged, including recreation of the Mayan ball game. You will often find thousands of people dancing in the streets. Restaurants spill out onto the sidewalks and the whole effect is enchanting. Street vendors abound, offering handmade textile items, jewellery, art, hammocks (Yucatan hammocks are the best in the world)...It is a beautiful, thriving city, with an English library which sponsors house tours, and many other events. The Symphony is one of its star attractions - it too is ridiculously low priced. If health is a concern, there are world class hospitals, dentists and physicians. A trip to the doctor in the hospital around the corner from our home, costs 200 pesos (about $17) - and that was a specialist!
If you want to tour the Mayan ruins without renting a car, there are numerous operators offering day tours with a guide only a few blocks away or we can arrange for a personal driver/tour guide. You should explore the Cenote at Chichen Itza! It is stunning. But it's hard to choose just one....there are many almost as beautiful! A day trip to Celestun, with fresh seafood at many of the little local restaurants, is a must - that is where the flamingos nest. A boat trip costs about 200 pesos/person (about $17). So many things to see and do. Ideally you would stay for 2 weeks.
Merida's central marketplace just south of the main square is also well worth exploration. This is where the Mayan populace do their shopping and it is the throbbing heartbeat of the city. My husband likens it to Marrakesh with its maze-like corridors. Very friendly people who will try to accommodate you. Here you can get jewellery fixed among other services, and buy just about anything at very low prices.
If shopping is your goal, there are at least five large malls and lavish movie theatres (reclining chairs!!) with all the customary stores. Merida has all the big box stores: Home Depot, Costco, Sam's Club, OfficeMax, Walmart, etc. Walmart is only two blocks away so I do my food shopping there. There are very few items that I'm used to that can't be found there. I keep a shopping cart on wheels that holds a surprising amount of groceries.
There are several cooking schools in Merida that are very popular with visitors. They offer a unique opportunity to explore Yucatecan cuisine, with the many peppers, herbs and seasonings native to this region. Yucatecan food is not spicy on the whole, unlike that of its neighbouring states. Authentic Yucatecan food is another thing you will find in the Mercado (market).
Non simultaneous exchange is possible as this is our vacation home which we use between January and April each year. We don't drive a car in Mexico so a car exchange is not possible. Our home is available year round except from January to April. November and December are ideal months to visit.
It is also possible to do either a non-simultaneous or simultaneous exchange with my home in Canada, a lovely 4 bedroom/3 bath condo in the small town of Kingsville, near Windsor, Ontario, Canada, where a car exchange is possible. (See ending remarks below) or our condo in downtown Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Lo que te va a encantar del barrio
Welcome to one of the oldest cities in North America - Merida, capitol of the State of Yucatan, Mexico.
Our cosy three bedroom vacation home is located in the central part of the City known as "Centro", within walking distance of the main square and many of the City's tourist attractions. We are located on Calle 37, directly between two of the City's main thoroughfares where you can get buses (cost about 5 cents) and affordable taxis to all areas of the City. Three doors down, on the corner, is a little "tienda" (store) which can supply you with water, soda pop, juice, eggs, bread, snacks, and home made tortas (sandwiches). The owners are delightful and very honest, as are all the Yucatecans we have had the pleasure to meet.
The main attribute of our home is its location - just two blocks from the beautiful Paseo de Montejo (the "Champs Elysees" of Mexico), with its stunning turn of the century architecture. Our home is walking distance to Santa Ana park, and Santa Lucia park where many fairs and musical events take place, as well as the main square with its many cultural events, all of them free. The Museum of Anthropology which used to be housed in a beautiful old building of French architecture on the Paseo has been moved to the main Merida cultural museum, a short taxi or bus ride away. Many restaurants and bars are only a few blocks away, as is the hotel zone where four major hotels are located. They have ATM's but we recommend the HSBC on Paseo Montejo one block north of Calle 37. There are also several hospitals in the area (Merida has some of the most prestigious medical facilities in North America, approved to serve the President of the United States).
One of the things that drew us to Merida was the fact that the City has a Symphony Orchestra (they also do the occasional opera), which is very affordable ($10-15), and an English Library, as well as many art galleries, theatres and clubs where you can dance the night away. The City also has many fine restaurants with both international and Yucatecan cuisine, and there are many free music and dancing events at the various parks and concert halls throughout the week.
Merida is a city of a million people, a centre of government, commerce, medicine and education. It is home to five or more universities. It is not a tourist destination, but is very friendly to tourists. That was the other drawing card for us: the friendliness and warmth of the people, and the family-centred lifestyle of the Mayans and mixed race Spanish inhabitants. When you visit Merida you know you are in another country, and a visit to some of the outlying towns (highly recommended) will bring you face to face with a lifestyle that hasn't changed much in hundreds of years. The Mayans have retained their own language and skills and they are very proud of their heritage.
Merida is also the ideal location for exploring the Mayan ruins that the Yucatan is famous for, including Chichen Itza (about a two hr. drive, halfway between Cancun and Merida), Uxmal (very close) and Dzibilchaltun (also very close). You will also be close to many beautiful cenotes (underground pools) including Cuzama, caving opportunities, and wildlife areas (e.g. the flamingos at Celestun and Progresso) from your home base. A number of tour and car rental companies are within walking distance of our home; the tour companies offer excellent bus tours to all the attractions if you do not wish to drive. If you wish to rent a car you will find it more affordable in Merida than in Cancun.
If you have children, or even if you don't, there is a delightful local zoo and a large water park on the edge of the city.
Shopping: The City has many international shopping malls with state of the art movie theatres. There, for about $8 US, you can have a hot or cold meal brought to you in the VIP Lounge with its fully reclining leather seats while you watch your movie. The City also has Sam's Club, Costco, Home Depot, and Walmart (2 blocks from us - that's where we get our groceries) and many other large and small stores. You will find the affordability of clothing and particularly shoes quite remarkable. Just south of Merida's main square is the market which provides a fascinating view into the Mayan lifestyle. There you will find everything from wildlife to exotic foods and spices.
Merida is well policed and is considered the safest city in Mexico. You can walk home at midnight and no one will bother you. The third attribute of this magnetic City is its affordability! You can get a cab to just about anywhere for $5-8 US and Uber is even cheaper. Restaurant meals are ridiculously low priced.
The Beach !!! Around the corner from our house on Calle 35 you can catch a modern, air-conditioned bus to the town of Progresso, which is about 1/2 hr. from Merida on the Gulf of Mexico. Progresso is a major shipping area because of its long, commercial pier, and plays host to a number of cruise ship lines. It has a brand new Malecon and the beach is white sand, lined with restaurants of every description, many with live music. If you order food from one of these, they will let you use their lounge chairs and tables with palapa shades on the beach. The water can be warm or cool, depending on the time of year and the weather. By March it's bath water warm. Progresso is a good sized town and you will be able to buy a bathing suit, food, whatever you need there. Then when you're tired and have had enough sun, you get the bus back home. The buses run from early morning till midnight, about every 20 minutes.
Travel: The least expensive way for us to get to Merida is to fly directly into Cancun which is served by a number of airlines. From there we either go to the bus station and get a bus to Merida (about $25 for deluxe bus - 4 to 5 hr. ride) or arrange for pick up by a private taxi service (we can arrange that for you). The buses run every half hour until midnight. There are more expensive flights into Merida airport (via Houston or Mexico City) and this year Westjet has begun direct flights from Toronto to Merida on Tuesdays.
For further information and pictures of the region: www.yucatanliving.com and www.yucatantodaycom
Condo in Canada
It is on a golf course, has a grand piano, and a small covered back deck where you can enjoy the balmy summer weather of this most southerly part of Canada. The city of Detroit (USA) with all its big city attractions is only 45 minutes away, and Windsor (population approximately 200,000) is only 1/2 hour away. You can fly into Detroit to reduce your travel expenses, or into Windsor on Air Canada. Use of my car can be negotiated. Windsor is approximately 4 hours away from Toronto and Niagara Falls, 1 1/2 hr. away from Toledo, Ohio, and 1 hr. away from Sandusky, Ohio which has one of the largest amusement parks in the U.S (your children will have a grand time). Living on the U.S. border (Detroit) means easy access to some of America's finest cities for example Chicago is about a 3 1/2 hr. drive away. The Michigan/Ohio/Illinois/Ontario area has everything you could want in a vacation destination. .
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Location! Location! Best for everything! Two blocks from Paseo Montejo, walking distance to almost everything.
1/2 hr. to beach town of Progresso-Gulf of Mexico
Base for exploring Mayan ruins-Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Dzibilchaltun
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