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Merida Versus Campeche—Considering Retirement Options On The Yucatan Peninsula

Merida Versus Campeche—Considering Retirement Options On The Yucatan Peninsula

“The recent reader e-mail asking, ‘ What about Merida, Mexico?’ got me thinking,” writes Correspondent Lucy Culpepper.

“During our extended sabbatical last year, while we were traveling around in search of the place we wanted to settle down next with our children, we planned a visit to Merida.

“Some places you just don’t connect with even when you really want to.

“We’d spent hours researching, enjoying website reviews, and preparing for our trip. But, in the flesh, Merida was one of those places where I knew straightaway I didn’t want to live there. What was it? The heat? The congestion? The low-lying land? Probably the sum of all those parts. It was disappointing not to like the place, but it wasn’t a disaster. We had rented a house for a month a half-hour away, by the sea, so we retreated there to make a new plan.

“One place that we visited and did like in this part of Mexico was the city of Campeche, also on the Yucatan Peninsula. It is hot and humid but not hot the way Merida is hot. Campeche is on the Gulf of Mexico, with a pretty boardwalk and a beautiful center. The city is rightly a UNESCO World Heritage Site but is missed by many tourists en route from Merida to Villa Hermosa.

“You can fly into Campeche from Mexico City.”

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