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Alak30
5/14/2013 15:16 EST

Hi
I am coming to MERIDA for few months to teach english in one of the private schools. Is there anything I should know about living and moving around Merida? I may be visiting places alone at the beginning. I would like to see Merida and visit Progreso of course. Is it really safe there?

Thank you very much for your tips and comments.

Alina

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jreytequis
5/14/2013 16:21 EST

The most important advice I can give you is to make certain any rental you choose has an air conditioner in your bedroom and fans in other rooms. This is a tropical climate and we are now into summer weather.
This is a FABULOUS city with lots of expats from Canada, U.S. and Europe. The centro district is where all the action is and it is packed with cultural events daily and nightly...Try not to rent too far South of the centro. There is an English Language Library, live theater, symphony, fabulous restaurants, churches galore, parks in every neighborhood and, of course, the zocolo. Not to bore other readers, you can feel free to contact me with a private message for any future questions. As for safety...it's perfectly wonderful! Take off your "worry cap" and enjoy, enjoy!.

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IGOYUCATAN
5/15/2013 22:47 EST

Merida and Yucatan is the safest state in Mexico, i have lived here since 2008 and have never had a problem.
if you looking for a rental, try local papers 1st and or vivastreet where you can find apartments at mexico prices you should not be paying more than 4,000 pesos a month for a rental. if you have any questions please dont hesitate to contact me. Saludos and welcome to Merida

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laurabushnell
3/12/2018 18:16 EST

I am coming to merida to check it out for a move from US. Can you meet me?

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laurabushnell
3/12/2018 18:17 EST

I am coming to Merida to check it out for a possible move. Can you meet for coffee. May 11 - 19

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RVGRINGO
3/12/2018 20:13 EST

Alina,
Are you a Mexican citizen, or have you been approved for a residence visa, which will allow you to work in Mexico?
You will need to be legal, or risk deportation by INM.

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longtimelurker
3/12/2018 20:53 EST

RV, don't waste your time, this thread is 5 years old.

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kikipt
3/12/2018 22:57 EST

Laura - Mérida is a fantastic place. If you would like to meet for a beverage, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. We would be happy to show you around and let you see why we love it here so much. Just know that May is the HOTTEST month of the year, so you will be getting the most oppressive weather we have!

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Tuddiepat1
3/12/2018 23:08 EST

My husband can meet with you. We are retired and we are noobies here, have only been here since October 2017, but we will help you as much as we can.
Karen

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Tuddiepat1
3/12/2018 23:12 EST

My husband can meet with you. We are retired and we are noobies here, have only been here since October 2017, but we will help you as much as we can.
Karen

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Tuddiepat1
3/13/2018 00:31 EST

Sorry, I meant my husband and I can meet with you....LOL

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MellostoYucatan1031
5/6/2018 23:52 EST

iterator We just returned from travel to Merida in April and were not deterred by the heat! For my husband, not terribly fond of hot weather, to feel so strongly about this place, took me aback. It surprised us both. We expected to like it, but not to utterly love it. That said, we realize that visiting as tourists is not the same thing as experiencing the day-to-day there, so we seek recommendations from you as a resident on how we might authentically transition to live as a local. In particular, have you expatriated officially? If so, we would appreciate your insights on what that process looked like and your employment situation at the time you went through this process.

Please excuse our zeal here, but any and all suggestions --positive and cautionary-- are much appreciated. Thank you.

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CanadianBear28
5/11/2018 21:57 EST

Hello from a Canadian who just spent six months in Merida.
I loved this city and heard many horror stories of those renting houses and having difficulties with the landlord due to misunderstands about who pays what. I rented a house from a friend and have no difficulties. I live north of centro in an area called Garcia Gineres and find it very peaceful. I made a lease agreement with my friend and clearly stated in english and spanish what each of our responsbilities were. I live like a local and my local fruit store knows me, my local butcher knows me and its great. I acquired a temporary visa and are retired so do not work. I found the hardest transition was getting used to no hot water and trying to setup water delivery.
Well good luck to all of you who are looking to move to Merida its a great city of much history and great people.

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Rramirez
5/18/2018 03:22 EST

My husband and i really want to move there and work from home. Preferably with a job from USA. For example maybe as a customer service rep or something. How would we do this? Is it possible?

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chapter2
9/19/2020 18:43 EST

Hello, I recently moved here to Merida and now waiting for my permanent residency visa then follow with purchasing a home.

I arrived August 24th and have been fortunate to have a friend help me get settled. I suggest using airbnb for furnished homes and the price is very affordable. You can rent an airbnb for as little as $500 per month. I have a 2-BR/2-BTH w/pool for $1200 per mo.

I’m live in Ermita neighborhood and I’m spending lots of time in the Paseo de Montejo area (google it) and my lease is ending in Sept and plan to airbnb a home through the holidays.

Hope this helps
Stephen

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Eidel
9/20/2020 12:56 EST

I returned to Merida Sept. 2 and moving to a furnished rental in the next 2 weeks.

Unlike others, I don't like living in Centro Merida, although I absolutely love coming here for the vibrant nightlife.

I focused my search for a rental in north Merida where it is more modern but still has plenty of restaurants and shopping. Thus, my rental is in the neighborhood called Gran Santa Fe Norte in a Privada (private.) or gated community. My rent is 307.00 USD per month. I pay my own electricity but it runs about 142.oo USD every 2 months.

You would do well to find an AirBNB for 2-4 weeks, explore various neighborhoods with a rental agent and take your time finding your long-term rental.

Good luck. You will love the safest city in Mexico whether you decide on Centro or somewhere north, west or south!

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jim42
9/21/2020 10:15 EST

Eidel...what are the specs of your apt/house?

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kumusta
1/21/2021 23:54 EST

Hello I'm new to the Mexico forum
considering visiting Merida as a place to retire from the US single African American male 68 years young ?? Just wondering if anyone can tell me what the Covid 19 situation is. Looking to meet others with the same interests. Retiring SS. Learning Spanish as best I can before I get there. And also how do you deal with mosquitoes. All information would be appreciated.

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kumusta
1/21/2021 23:55 EST

Hello I'm new to the Mexico forum
considering visiting Merida as a place to retire from the US single African American male 68 years young ?? Just wondering if anyone can tell me what the Covid 19 situation is. Looking to meet others with the same interests. Retiring SS. Learning Spanish as best I can before I get there. And also how do you deal with mosquitoes. All information would be appreciated.

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kumusta
1/22/2021 00:01 EST

Hello I'm new to the Mexico forum
considering visiting Merida as a place to retire from the US single African American male 68 years young ?? Just wondering if anyone can tell me what the Covid 19 situation is. Looking to meet others with the same interests. Retiring SS. Learning Spanish as best I can before I get there. And also how do you deal with mosquitoes. All information would be appreciated.

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