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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.

Look Inside!

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.

Our Contributors

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 info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com.

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
Hotel Marionetas
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)


TacoMaya (Beach)
Hennessy’s Irish Pub
Bull Pen (Beach)
Taberna de los Frailes (Valladolid)
Los Benes

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)
Yucatan Lawyers
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 sales [at] yucatanliving [dot] com .

Thank You!

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.

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20 Responses to “The Guide to Yucatan Living”

  1. Would it be possible to get a copy to have in our rental property in Merida?

    thanks b

  2. Absolutely! When they are printed, we will be distributing them and would LOVE for anyone who has a vacation rental home to put them there. Stay tuned here and we’ll let you know when they are ready!

  3. Can I buy a copy and will you mail it to me in the US?

  4. Yes, we will let everyone know when it is available on this website and we will mail them (for a small fee) to anyone who asks!

  5. Brilliant! I’ve followed Yucatan Living for a several years now and recommended to many friends in Cozumel..I have often wondered if you all had a marketing background, never looked into your history/background..This is a smart move, pulling business, retail, owners, residents, medical, legal resources together, almost like a “Yellow Pages.” I retired from the yellow pages after 23+ years..watched YP morphing into a fuller and richer product and now a strong internet product..next step monitored target marketing. Market is there, expose it and help both ends of the market, buyers and sellers.
    Excellent business plan..My husband & I plan to re-visit some friends in Merida this winter and would like to stop by your office and meet you both..will call ahead..in the meantime keep up the great work, huge help to the newest and the oldies transplants..Thanks, Deb Shepherd

  6. When do you think it will be available? Approximately…

  7. What a great idea, i am looking forward to it !

  8. Gilles, it will be available at the end of November this year.

  9. where can I buy the guide and when?

  10. The guide will be available in various places in Merida and other parts of Yucatan next week. If you aren’t in Merida and want to order it, email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com. The cost will be $10.00 USD (including shipping).

  11. Congratulations on your wonderful new “Guide to Yucatan Living!” It has a very professional layout with beautiful graphics and photos. I loved the articles mixed into the format. I was especially intrigued by the article, “Chichen Itza: The First Tourist,” by Evan J. Albright. I have lived in Valladolid for five years and never heard of the Aurora Yucateca or John Masterson Burke. What a fascinating story. It was a real coup to land this excerpt before Albright’s book was even published. I bet that is another interesting story. I cannot wait to read the entire book. Do you know if it will be sold on Amazon.com? My family is coming in January and I would love to have them bring a copy of Albright’s new book.

  12. Andrea,

    Thank you for your kind words. ‘The Man Who Owned a Wonder of the World’ will be for sale on Amazon as a Kindle book in the next few weeks, as well as an ebook on the iTunes store and Barnes & Noble website. The only hardcopy versions planned at this time will be sold in Yucatan beginning in mid-February. For more information, visit http://bohlincarr.com/Pickwick_Books.html

    The building that housed the Aurora Yucateca factory in Valladolid still stands at calles 42 x 35, where you no doubt passed it many times as that is the main road into town from the Cuota. It is today used as a community center/theater.

  13. I want to purchase a copy of the guide and have it mailed to me. How do I go about it?

  14. Cindy, send your name, address and an email address to us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we will send you an email invoice via Paypal for the shipping charges ($10.60 USD). And then we’ll send it on its way!

  15. I will be in Mexico later on this month staying at an Iberostar resort. Would you happen to know if Iberostar carries your publication?

  16. Is there a public swimming pool in Merida?

  17. No, as far as we know it does not. You don’t mention where in Mexico you are going, but we can send you one in the States if you like…

  18. Viki, there are swimming pools at Salvador Alvarado Stadium and at Kukulcan Stadium. They are sometimes used for swim teams, etc. but they are public as far as we know.

  19. Is there an updated guide available?

  20. Deana, in our separation from Yucatan Expatriate Services, we gave the guide to them in 2013 and are no longer affiliated with it. I do believe that they are continuing to publish it in a slightly different form, and the next one should be out this June. You can contact them to find out where to get it.


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