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Popular amenities for Merida vacation rentals

Stay near Merida's top sights

Plaza Grande175 locals recommend
Santa Ana Park58 locals recommend
Santa Lucía Park176 locals recommend
Parque De La Alemán19 locals recommend
Parque de Las Americas86 locals recommend
Santiago Park52 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Merida

  • Total rentals

    7K properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    4.4K properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    3.4K properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    2K properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    3.2K properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    214K reviews

Your guide to Merida

All About Mérida

Sprawling plazas, jewel toned turn-of-the century architecture, vibrant music scenes, and mouthwatering dishes are just a few of the things that await you in the historic city of Mérida. Located roughly 3.5 hours west of Cancún, Yucatán’s capital city immerses you in the peninsula’s rich culture by giving you a peek into life beyond its quintessential white sand beaches.

Enjoy the peace provided by shady palm trees and cool stone benches in the many plazas splattered across town. Take in the sights, smells, and unforgettable tastes of Lucas de Galvéz market, with its stalls piled high with fresh tropical fruits and the aroma of fried panuchos (tortillas with beans, pulled meat, and pickled cabbage). The food scene here is different from anything you’ll find in the rest of the country, due to its strong Spanish, Mayan, and Caribbean influences.

And if you’re looking for day trip ideas, neighboring UNESCO World Heritage sites Chichen Itza and Uxmal make Mérida the perfect base for exploring the abundance of culture Yucatán has to offer.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Merida

Your best bet to enjoy everything Mérida has to offer without worrying about rainy weather would be to book your apartment rental from October to March, with January being considered the high season. June to September boasts warm weather as well, but be warned it can be relatively humid during this time. Planning your trip for January will give you the chance to take part in Mérida Fest. A lively festival lasting several weeks, the city’s eponymous celebration commemorates its founding by reveling in local art, music, and theatre. It’s also worth taking a look at whichever dates Carnaval happens to fall (typically right before Lent), as Yucatan’s capital promises to be one of the most popular in Latin America.

Top things to do in Merida


Coming from the Mayan word dzenot meaning “sacred well”, these spellbinding pools are a refreshing respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. No two cenotes are alike, with some providing a fully open-air experience surrounded by greenery while others have a closed top, creating a more cave-like or grotto feel. With over 6,000 cenotes across the peninsula, you are sure to find one that feels just right.

Pok Ta Pok

Every Saturday, locals gather to watch one of the oldest sporting games in the province for free. Pok Ta Pok — an ancient ritual of the Maya people to honor their gods and give thanks — consists of getting a 9-pound rubber ball through a hoop on the wall using only your thighs or hips. The sport has gained popularity in recent years and pays homage to the city’s history.

Cochinita pibil

Contemporary Yucatecan cooking combines Mayan flavors with Spanish and Cuban influences, creating mouthwateringly unique dishes that will stay with you long after your tan has faded. While you’re here, try cochinita pibil, a dish that encapsulates this fusion of flavors — pork is marinated in fresh orange juice with annatto seeds and achiote paste, then wrapped in banana leaves and slow-cooked in a fire pit until the meat becomes fall-off-the-bone tender.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Mérida?

    Mérida experiences a tropical climate with high temperatures around the year, often exceeding 90°F (32°C). However, the months from December to March are cooler, with average temperatures around 75°F (24°C). Rainfall is highest between May and October.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Mérida?

    Visitors to Mérida often enjoy exploring the historic city center, visiting the Mayan World Museum, strolling along Paseo de Montejo, and experiencing the rich local culture at the Mérida en Domingo weekly festival.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Mérida?

    The most frequented time to visit Mérida is between December and March, when the weather is cooler. During this period, you may experience the lively Mérida Fest in January, a celebration marking the city's anniversary, featuring music, dance, and art.

  • What are the best places to stay in Mérida?

    Travelers often choose to stay in central neighborhoods such as Centro Histórico for its colonial charm, Paseo de Montejo for its elegant boulevard lined with mansions, or Santa Ana known for its trendy restaurants and art galleries.

  • What are the best places to visit in Mérida?

    Visitors to Mérida often explore the grand Plaza Grande, the historic Mérida Cathedral, the vibrant market Mercado Lucas de Galvéz, and the beautiful Palacio Canton.

  • What are some hiking trails in Mérida?

    Although Mérida is not known for its hiking, the nearby Cuzama Cenotes and the Puuc Route offer opportunities for light treks amid ancient ruins and natural wonders.

  • What are some family activities to do in Mérida?

    Families in Mérida can explore the interactive exhibits at the Great Museum of the Mayan World, learn about the local flora and fauna at the Centenario Zoo, or enjoy a day out at the Animaya Zoo and Park, known for its African safari experience.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Mérida?

    Day trips from Mérida frequently include exploring the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal, swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Cenotes of Cuzamá, or visiting the coastal town of Progreso, known for its tranquil beaches.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Merida?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 4,350 vacation rentals in Merida featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Merida?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Merida. Choose from more than 1,980 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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