The Guide to Yucatan Living
The first Guide to Yucatan Living is printed and is being distributed throughout Merida and the state of Yucatan… wherever expats and people with deep interest in this area are likely to gather.
The Guide to Yucatan Living is a beautiful (if we do say so ourselves!), fully-articulated and offset-printed catalog that highlights local resources in the Yucatan, centered around Merida. This is a book you won't mind leaving out on the coffee table, with our signature photographic images and a few carefully-chosen article excerpts. With an anticipated doubling in the number of newly-arriving immigrants to our state in the next year, the number of expatriates in the Yucatan continues to grow daily. This book is bound to be read, collected, saved and enjoyed by both residents and visitors alike.
Inside the Guide, you will find some of our favorite photographs. You will also find listings of service providers that those of us in the expat community know are willing and able to deal with customers that do not necessarily speak Spanish. These are not comprehensive listings… after all, Merida is a city of almost a million souls. No one person or publication can cover them all. But we have done our best to provide our readers with a start in finding the services they might need.
You will find listings for emergency numbers, places to stay, architects, art and antique stores, builders and contractors, churches, computer repair, customs brokers, property managers, veterinarians, places to shop for groceries and specialty stores, doctors and dentists who speak English, where to get your hair and nails done, where to send a package, where to work out or play tennis… and, as we so often say, much more.
There are also special sections for Valladolid and the Yucatan Gulf Coast.
So Much Information!
And there is other information in the Guide to Yucatan Living… information such as what to expect at a typical Maya ceremony, and where to find someone to do a Maya house blessing. Or tips on building a house in Merida, where and when to use cash or credit cards, how to inspect a colonial house you are thinking of purchasing, or what to look for when driving between Merida and Cancun.
Also, we could not and did not do this alone. We called upon the community to help us gather both listings and additional information.
Byron Augustin, who lives in Valladolid, went out of his way to gather and provide the comprehensive Emergency Number listings in Valladolid, checking with the government there to get it right. Marie-Christine Lafontaine and Jeff Damon generously contributed the article about how to be part of the solution when dealing with the problem of stray and homeless dogs in the Yucatan. Brian Richmond helped put together the Maya ceremony article, with additional assistance from Trudy Woodcock from Iluminado Tours. We even were lucky to get an excerpt of Josh Albright’s upcoming book about the history of Chichen Itza!
A Guide for the Community
The Guide is not perfect nor is it complete… each year, we plan to update it and add to it to make it more and more useful. If you have a suggestion for something to include in the next edition of the Guide, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This may be published by us, but this Guide to Yucatan Living belongs to the community. We have put links on our three websites to a downloadable (or just readable on your computer) PDF so our readers can access it from anywhere. Of course, if you want a "real" guide for your desk or coffee table, pick up a free copy around Merida!
Here is a partial (and growing!) list of where to find the Guide to Yucatan Living in Merida and around the Yucatan:
Hotels and other Accommodations
Luz en Yucatan
Cascadas de Merida
Meson de Marqués (Valladolid)
Casa Hamaca (Valladolid)
Flycatcher Inn (Santa Elena, near Uxmal)
Rosas and Xocolate
Suites del Sol
Sac Nicté (B&B outside Merida)
Flamingos Inn (Beach)
Casa Axis Mundi (Valladolid)
Other Places to Find the Guide to Yucatan Living
Yucatan Expatriate Services office
Merida English Library
Valladolid English Library (Valladolid)
Casa de los Venados (Valladolid)
Ensisal Real Estate
Tierra Yucatan Real Estate
White City Properties Real Estate
Real Estate Yucatan
Mosaicos Meridanos showroom
CARSA Insurance offices
If you want to have a Guide to Yucatan Living sent to you (the cost is $10.60 USD to have it sent) or you want to advertise in next year's edition, email us at email@example.com .
We want to thank the community of people who assisted us in producing the Guide to Yucatan Living, as well as our advertisers and our employees. We hope that this Guide will grow to be a valuable resource for the expatriate community of Yucatan.
Click here to see (and download if you choose) the PDF of the Guide to Yucatan Living.