Recommendations

Private Driving Services

Within Mérida

Beach Area

Special Requests

Our private driving services offer a luxury 6 passenger vehicle – 2019 Kia Sedona – and bottled water for your convenience. We also have a 12 passenger van for larger groups.

Kia Sedona Fees:

  • Cash price – $300 mx per hour 
  • Credit card price – $350 mx per hour
  • 2 hour minimum 
  • Billed in 15 minute increments

Passenger Van Fees:

  • Inquire for details (will need day of week, time of day, origination, destination, waiting time, round trip or one way details)

Our most common requests:

  • Grocery store 
  • Multiple errands at once
  • Doctor or other medical appointments
  • Shopping
  • Mall visits (Galerias, The Harbor, Gran Plaza, Altabrisa, La Isla)
  • Moving from hotel to short or long term rental
  • Bulky items too large for an Uber or Didi
  • Group transportation around city or to events

If you want to go to the beach, we will quote a separate rate as there are many beaches in the Yucatan Peninsula. 

  • Progresso
  • Chelem
  • Telchac Puerto
  • San Benito
  • San Crisanto
  • Santa Clara
  • Chuburna
  • Uaymitun
  • Celestun
  • Sisal
  • Rio Lagartos
  • El Cuyo

We also provide Destination Management Services for groups such as:

  • Weddings
  • Anniversary Party
  • Girls or Guys Trip
  • Specialty Groups
  • Educational Groups
  • Day Trips (Valladolid, Izamal, Ticul, Muna, Tekit, Uayma, & more)

Ask for our rates for your special group. 

Restaurants

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Sempere
A speakeasy-type literary cafe in Centro with a cool vibe. Upstairs close to the new Chaya Maya restaurant in Centro. Ask for Tania or Mika.

Petite Delice
French style bakery located in North Mérida with outstanding bread, pastries & desserts from the French chef & owner. 

Kii’wik
A little hidden gem in North Mérida with outstanding local dishes, bread & coffee. 

Cafe Montejo
Step inside this old colonial mansion in Centro & enjoy a traditional Yucatecan breakfast in the courtyard. 

Maiz, Canela y Cilantro
A restored colonial house in Centro, each table has a view of the kitchen where you can see the owner Chef Ana Lilia Machuca Gallegos & her team create dishes with love. 

Marago Coffee
Located on the Paseo de Montejo, you’ll find exceptional coffee, smoothies, frappes, & food as well as high speed internet. 

Miyabi
Located on the Prol. Montejo, step into the cool patio complete with Koi pond under the canopy of an amazingly large tree. 

Catrin
Located in on Centro’s Restaurant Row, you’ll find Mérida’s version of a tapas bar. Oustanding sauces & light show in the evenings on the patio.

Santa Ana Parque (loncherias)
For authentic traditional local Yucatecan food, you can’t beat the salbutes, panuchos, & tortas here. 

Punto y Coma (Garcia Rejon Market)
Our favorite for relleno negro tacos. Watch the lunch ladies assemble the tacos like pros. A must-have experience!

Avec Amor 
Yucatecan & French fusion in a beautiful atmosphere in Santa Lucia Park in Centro. They have lunch specials & oustanding cocktails. 

Cafe del Sol
Located on Calle 47 across  from Santa Lucia Park, step into a bistro style restaurant featuring local artist Rosy Peraza Rios. Be sure to ask about the Ceiba tree & gorgeous murals on the back patio.

Chooj
Located in an exquisite boutique hotel, Chooj will surprise & delight you. Go for lunch after 2:00 pm to experience the love & care of Chef Luis.

Micaela Mar y Lena
In our opinion, this is the BEST seafood restaurant in town, without exception. But what we also love is the story behind the Micaela concept which you can read HERE.

Astro 
One of the most upscale, charming, & intimate restaurants located in the north. Astro takes fine dining to a whole new level.

La Bianca (& dancing)
Another favorite in Centro close to Santa Lucia park. Music nightly, dancing under the stars & a small but exceptional wine list. Ask for the manager Larry & he will take excellent care of you.

Querreke Paseo 60
Gastopub located in Paseo 60 with other restaurants, a hotel & the Armando Manzanero museum. Great outdoor &  indoor dining.

Il Rustico 
We’ve tried almost all of the pizza in Mérida & this is (in our opinion) the BEST. Great atmosphere, menu & wine list. Located in the same plaza as Astro.  

Yakuza (don’t pay attention to the reviews – this is the best sushi in Merida IMO). Presentation, service & food are perfection. If you like cold sake, definitely recommended. There’s also a speakeasy “The Goat” upstairs – you’ll need to make a reservation at Yakuza.

Activities

Shopping

Real Estate

Saturday
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Slow Food Market Centro – Garcia Gineres neighborhood

Sunday 
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Bici Ruta on the Paseo de Montejo

Thursday
9:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Serenata in Santa Lucia Park

Friday
8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Video mapping on the Cathedral in Plaza Grande

Saturday
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Noche Mexicana in the remate of Paseo de Montejo

Posheria
Located on the Paseo de Montejo, we love this place for gifts & to try the Pox & Xtabentun. 

Tejon Rojo
Also on the Paseo de Montejo, this campy shop has a great selection of t-shirts, cards, jewelry & more.

Casa T’HO
Concept house & cafe features local artisans, fashion, jewelry & more. Highly recommend stopping by for a peek!

Taller Maya
On Calle 60 across from Santa Ana park, is an exceptional display of artesanal items from Mexico. A definite stop to peruse the different types of artistry from this beautiful country. 

Claudia Escalante
Renting
Mayakin Master Broker
WhatsApp:  +52 999.159.8179
Email:  [email protected]

I’ve worked with Claudia personally and have referred her to numerous clients. She is fluent in English, very responsive, and has a great work ethic. 

 

Linda O’Donnell & Rob Rhett
Purchasing
Merida Sold
WhatsApp:  +52 999.381.6321

Personal friends of Angel & I, they understand the expat difference & worked for many years as real estate agents in the U.S. 

Hotels

Hotel Casa Lucia

We have a great rate here. Contact Jeanette Marin via email at: [email protected]  Be sure to tell her you want the Life in Mérida rate with Amy Jones. I’ve stayed here several times and it’s my first choice of affordable hotels in Centro. The rate includes breakfast and a discount at Soberana Restaurant – highly recommend!

City Express Plus 

This hotel in Paseo 60 is great – very clean, modern, bright and great location. Good wifi connection with shopping, ADO station, and restaurant options on the ground floor. Rate includes breakfast until 9:00 am but I was not a fan. Regardless, Expedia has the best pricing for this great option in Centro.  

 

Hotel Casa del Balam

Located just down the street from Hotel Casa Lucia. Casa Balam features an interior courtyard and beautiful fountain with a slight Lebanese influence. Even though I have not stayed here, it is highly rated. Bistrola 57 is the restaurant which features live music weekly.

Hotel Maya Yucatan

Even though this hotel is a block from Santa Lucia park, it is a great option. I stayed here recently (December 2021) and found it very budget friendly and clean but basic. The restaurant, Cartas a Frida, is closed at this time.

 

Hotel Luz en Yucatan

Another hotel on the highly recommended list from locals. This hotel tends to sell out quickly so if this is an option, book well in advance. You’ll find a great restaurant right next door, La Bianca with live music every night.

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