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Merida vs Playa del Carmen with kids

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Houston5
8/10/2020 15:43 EST

Hello everyone,
I am actually a mexican citizen married to a texan planning our moving back to Mx to any of these 2 places. I have not been in any of these cities. Quick question, we have 3 kids elementary school age and I would love your suggestions on which of these 2 cities have more probabilities to be a better fit for us. We homeschool so schools are not a priority but these points are:
-good medical services
-many expat families with kids we can be friends with (preferebly homeschool communities)
-housing with accesible costs
-plenty of family activities (museums, movie theathers, etc)
-and of course, a beautiful beach!

I would appreciate any opinion on this!

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hrlee7804
8/11/2020 12:54 EST

I can only speak to the issue of the beaches. In Merida you are 30 mins from the Gulf of Mexico. There are a few small towns there the expats like. But the water there SUCK. You can fish in it but NO ONE ever swims in it or dives. Probably private type fishing is more done on the back side of Chelem and not in the Gulf.The water is brackish and more like river. The Gulf of Mexico cannot hold a candle to the Caribbean. No one goes there for the water. Nice beaches but bad water.

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Billfishead
8/11/2020 15:49 EST

Buenas Tardes! While I disagree with the previous poster on the beaches and waters of the Gulf, it does not provide the beauty nor the snorkling opportunities of the Caribbean. That said it has it own inherent beauty.

We live in the beach community of Chuburna Puerto, about 40 minutes from Merida.

Medical services are excellent in Merida. Numerous private and non-private hospitals and clinics, as well as medical schools. The care we've received here is equal to or better than the states and is inexpensive compared to there.

There is a large ex-pat community both in Merida and the beaches. I can't speak to the home school communties though.

Housing is extremely reasonable with numerous types of homes to choose from as well as communities.

Merida is loaded with theatre and arts and the Yucatan itself is
a treasure trove of archeological sites and culture.

There are numerous Facebook ex-pat groups to explore for both the Yucatan and Quintana Roo. My better half is the Facebooker among us, so I don't know the sites. Let me know if you can't connect with them and I'll have the better half give me all the info to pass along.

Good luck with your move and best wishes.

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Houston5
8/12/2020 23:15 EST

Thanks for your reply!

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Houston5
8/12/2020 23:16 EST

Alright! sounds like we have more than Merida to check out! I will start looking for those fb groups. Thanks a lot!

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