During the month of April, with the recent arrival of Spring and the prospect of Summer I always get this sudden itch to start planning a little getaway for August.
It all starts with me going crazy checking exotic destinations and then realizing either time or money will become an issue, so I end up going to the basics; places that aren’t too far away or those that I already know.
When I used to live in Mexico that place was Merida in the State of Yucatan; I’ve been there countless of times and yet I always want to go back!
It is a small city in south east Mexico that is characterized for always having the best weather, the kindest people, the cutest colorful streets and in my opinion the best cuisine in the country!
Some might say that there is not much to do in Merida, and maybe that’s right but there’s still that little something that makes you want to linger around surrounded by the joy it exudes.
Every time I go, I stay at a little gem called “Casa Mexilio”; and old mansion with hidden corridors, staircases and patios that was rehabilitated to make the most charming bed & breakfast. It is located in the heart of the city and yet, when you are inside you feel disconnected from the world (to give you an idea, all the roof top, patio, swimming pool & interior shots were taken at the hotel).
Staying at this wonderful place usually involves a lot of strolls under the sun, buying the beautiful & coloful handicrafts made by locals and eating A LOT!
Such as “Tacos de Cochinita” at the food market; fruit sorbets at the oldest and endeared establishment “El Colón” (tip: I love to go in the evening to freshen up with a Mamey Sorbet and view of the beautiful Cathedral lit up under the dark sky); fresh fruits & veggies covered in lime and chilli powder at the little street carts; and pretty much the best cuisine of the State at a restaurant named “La Tradición”… I could go on forever, but I’ll sound like a shameless glutton, but you get the idea ;)
When I plan a quick trip to Merida, I try to take advantage of it’s great geographical location to plan day-trips to some other wonderful destinations such as Tulum, Uxmal, Izamal as well as the small indigenous towns and the breathtaking Cenotes spread throughout the region.
And whenever I feel like I need some time next to the ocean, I just take the car and arrive in under one hour to the beautiful and super calm beach of Progreso (where you’ll find the freshest Ceviche ever).
I know for a fact that I won’t be going this summer to Merida, but I thought maybe these photos will inspire you to go there if not this summer, sometime in the future.
I genuinely believe this is one of the loveliest destinations in Mexico and take it as a personal duty to introduce it to as many people I can.
If you don’t believe me, check out on instagram #VisitYucatan
Now, I won’t be going to 35° Mexico, but I’ll be going to Rotterdam for the weekend with a group of friends, so that’s a start!
Now I’m crossing my fingers hoping it won’t rain! I’ll keep you posted on that :)
Do you have any upcoming trips? Where do you plan to go?