MERIDA, YUCATAN - Why are expats flocking here?!?

Is it because Merida claims to be the safest city in Mexico or do people love this Mexican city for other reasons?
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We spent a little over a week in Merida, Yucatan. During that time, we only made one Mexico travel video because Maddie was recovering from being sick and, if we're being honest, we really weren't vibing with the city. So as we asked in the title, why are expats flocking to Merida, Mexico? We aren't totally sure what it is that draws people here, except perhaps that it's touted as the safest city in Mexico across social media and online groups.

While it was nearly perfect weather during the time we visited Mérida, it is incredibly hot and humid most of the year. We also noticed quite a bit of trash throughout the city and the pollution was horrid. On the bright side, the Yucatan food we tried throughout the city was absolutely amazing! Expats in Mexico could "fall for" this city for that reason alone and we'd totally understand why!

After talking with more Mexico expats about living in Mexico, we quickly learned that Merida is a place that you either LOVE or HATE. During our time in the city, we really couldn't figure out why that is though. If you've been there, do you know? Or perhaps you can take a guess after watching today's travel Mexico video?

* Chaya Maya - We went here SO many times. This Merida restaurant has reasonable prices and authentic Yucatan food that will have you craving more. It can get pretty busy, so you might find yourself waiting for a table.
* Cafe Riqueza - This coffee shop is close to centro and serves delicious drinks at affordable prices compared to other cafes in town.
* Ave del Paraíso - We loved the Thai food here! It was a tad spicy for us, but still so delicious.
* El Barrio - It's a bit pricy considering the portions, but we thought the food was tasty and it's worth a visit if you're in Merida.
* Maíz, Canela, y Cilantro - This restaurant is a hidden gem in Merida. It's a modest family-run place with great coffee and food made with love. The Jamaica agua fresca was super refreshing!

In January 2018, we sold everything we owned in the US (except our husky Laska & what fit in our tiny, tangerine Prius C3) to travel the world—starting with Mexico. Since then, we've been making travel videos about our life in Mexico and the new experiences we encounter while traveling the world. If you'd like to join our shenanigans, subscribe to our YouTube channel. You can also poke around our social media to find out what we’re up to each week.

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