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Maya House, Santiago, Merida in Merida

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Maya House is in the Santiago area of Merida centro. This cosy, rustic house has all the amenities: WI-FI, air-con upstairs and down; cable TV, fans in all rooms, nice bathroom downstairs and additional toilet /washbasin upstairs, all new kitchen; separate dining room; sun patio with dipping pool and sun chairs (please note the dipping pool itself is not fenced and so the patio is not suitable for unsupervised young children. The door to the patio can, however, be locked.)

Beds: Main bedroom: two single beds. Second bedroom: double bed. Downstairs: double sofa bed

Maya house has been fully redecorated for the 2014 / 2015 season.


Living room; TV room, ceiling fans, kitchen; dining room; bathroom, sun patio; dipping pool.

Front living room has multiple chairs and tables.

TV room has a very comfortable suite: three seat sofa, a two seat sofa and single armchair. There is a 32 inch flat screen TV and DVD player.

There is a double sofa bed for visitors in the dining room.


!. Double bedroom with two single beds together, ensuite toilet and washbasin, air conditioning, fan and sun terrace with sun chairs and tables

2. Bedroom with double bed, sun terrace, sun chairs and table

Please note that in common with most homes in the Yucatan, inside rooms are open plan, without doors. This is to allow cool air to circulate.

Maya House is situated on Calle 49, between Calle 72 and 74 in Merida Centro, just three blocks from Merida’s English Library on Calle 53 in the Santiago area.

Maya house is just four blocks from the ever popular Santiago Park and its wonderful cafes, six blocks from Santa Ana and Paseo de Montejo. It is a short stroll to Wal-Mart at the top of Paseo de Montejo.

Rent per month: USD $700 to USD $950; Rent per week: USD $250 to USD $400 depending on season and length of stay.

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Our house is close to Santiago Park and the English Library with thousands of great books and DVDs (you have free membership of the library for your stay); beautifully refurbished for 2013, Maya house sleeps four (utilising the sofa bed in the second bedroom), and has sun patio with dipping pool, two large upstairs terraces off bedrooms. Nice kitchen and dining room.

Maya house is close to bus stops and there are taxi ranks close by. Taxis a very cheap here - we usually find a taxi ride in Merida costs around 40 pesos, which is USD $3.00.

It is just 40 minutes bus ride to the great beaches at Progreso - cost 16 pesos (just over a dollar) and the coast with their famous low-cost fish restaurants. Fresh caught Grouper is a pretty standard meal in most restaurants, but is cheapest in the thriving and huge market just two blocks from the beach: around 120 pesos for two people with drinks - which is USD $9.00.

activities and attractions in Merida Yucatan

Low cost living in Merida

Santiago square has famous free big-band music performances on Tuesday nights with dancing, fairs, cafes and temporary markets offering Yucatan speciality foods and local crafts. Surrounding the park you’ll find a coffee house, supermarket (Aki), drugstore and a movie theatre. The Santiago district is to the west and north of Plaza Grande, a five minute walk from Maya House.

The squares and parks here in Merida have free wifi and electricity for computers and you can walk around using Skype to show the folks back home the Merida experience!

For those who like a good read, Maya House is just two blocks from the English Library with its popular information and reference centre and superb outside garden. As a guest at Maya House you have  free membership of the English Library. You'll find thousands of fiction and non-fiction English language books for loan and a great DVD library, all donated by visitors and library members.

Merida is the ‘City of Peace’ the capital of the state of Yucatan. It is located in the northwest part of the state on the Gulf of Mexico.

Why is Merida so popular?
It is true that you will almost never hear any local or international visitor complain or have any bad thing to say about Merida. The place appears to be one of the most constantly popular and engaging destinations in the world. Even Tripadvisor has nothing negative posted!

Merida is popular among experienced world travellers because it is safe, beautiful, has tons of culture and is very inexpensive.

Oh - and the people in Merida are very, very nice!

Merida's low rental costs

A month's rental in Merida costs around three times less than elsewhere in the world.

Renting the equivalent two bed house in Spain or Florida, for example, would cost you around USD $2,630.00.

Merida is a colonial city with a very different culture from the rest of Mexico due to its geographical isolation, its traditional connection with Europe and Cuba and the strong Mayan presence. Though many thousands of people have settled in the Yucatan since new roads opened the area to the rest of Mexico in the 1970’s, estimates calculate that true Mayan’s account for above 70 percent of the population.

Although part of Mexico, Merida and the Yucatan has its own, very individual identity and culture. It is this separate identity that attracts so many international travelers to visit, to explore and to often make the Yucatan their home. Many expatriates have homes in Merida and stay here during the winter months - November through to April - to escape the colder climates in their own countries.

What to do in Merida?

Today Merida is a cosmopolitan city with colonial-era architecture and a rich cultural heritage. The overriding impression of visitors is that Merida is great value! In fact, every day of the week you will find free entertainment. Depending on the day, you can enjoy a selection of free dances, classical music concerts, visits to the zoo, guided tours around Merida and big band concerts.

Most nights you can enjoy regular free outdoor concerts, dancing and classical music entertainment.

Music forms an important part of Mexican culture and you will find plenty to enjoy around the neighbourhood.

Here are a few ideas that we found really worth while:

  • Free open-air concerts in plazas and parks around Centro most evenings
  • 10 peso family bike rides every Sunday along Paseo Montejo and through the city
  • City tour of Merida on the tourist bus for an overview of the city
  • Museum of Anthropology on Paseo Montejo
  • Free guided tour around the buildings of Plaza Grande, Merida
  • Take a cooking class and learn about Yucatecan cuisine
  • Ruta Puc, a Friday, Saturday or Sunday bus tour around five Mayan sites, from the centro Ado bus station
  • Great visit to cenote - underground spring and lake - just a bus ride away
  • Stroll along tree-lined Paseo de Montejo on Sunday, have an ice cream and admire the art display along the boulevard
  • Explore the main market four blocks to the south east of the main Plaza

The Yucatan - and Merida in particular - stimulate affection and loyalty inthose who live here in a similar way to regions such as Cornwall in England, Andalucia in Spain and Brittany in France. These places all possess a separate culture and identity from the rest of the country - with an indigenous, independent, welcoming population who engender great affection among visitors.

Of course, wherever we travel, it is always the people who make a visit to a place worthwhile. But Merida also has colonial architecture, a Caribbean atmosphere and Mayan cuisine to help make the city a successful and memorable destination.

Merida is sometimes called the "White City," because of its buildings made of white stone and the city's cleanliness.

Restaurant Economica: scattered throughout Merida are wonderful, tiny 'restaurant economicas' where you will find local dishes such as chicken and beef at low prices - we rarely pay above USD $6 for a meal for two. In Progreso and other coastal towns and villages, we eat at the fish restaurants where they serve delicious deep fried Grouper at a typical price of USD $10 for two people, with drinks. We eat in the market where the catch comes in, but there are plenty of fine eating places along the beach with exemplory service.

The history of Merida:

Merida was founded in 1542 by the Spaniard Francisco de Montejo.

Merida was built on top of the Maya City of T'ho. The Mayan buildings were dismantled and the huge stones used as the foundation for the cathedral and other colonial buildings. Tour guides will point out the original stones as they show you around the Plaza Grande – a free service from outside the Plaza’s tourist office.

vacation rental rates

Low monthly rent starting at just USD $700 a month, USD$ 250 a week for the 2014 / 2015 season.

*May, June, July, August, September, October: USD $750 each month, USD $250 each week. USD $700 for bookings of three months or more.

*November, December, January, February, March, April: USD $950 each month, USD $400 each week. USD $900 for bookings of three months or more.

Weekly bookings are from Saturday P.M. to Saturday A.M

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Top things to do in Merida
  • Free concerts almost every night
  • Chichen Itza pyramids
  • Great open air speciality restaurants
  • Low cost travel almost everywhere
  • Wonderful underground spring cenotes to visit
Top things to do on a budget
  • Bus to coast resorts just 40 mins
  • Dance in the open squares every night free
  • Low-cost cycle hire every Sunday
  • Family fun day Sunday on Paseo de Montejo
  • Economic cafes all around Merida Centro
Top things to do with a family
  • Free city zoo
  • 10 peso family bike rides
  • Free guided tours
  • Cheap bus to Progreso beaches
  • Great family restaurants

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Great stay in Merida

Review submitted: May 20, 2014   Date of arrival: May 13, 2014

I had a great stay at this beautiful and comfortable home in Merida. This was my first trip to Mexico so I wasn't sure what to expect, but the home and city were wonderful. We may have gotten a bit lucky with the weather (it wasn't too hot) but it stayed nice and cool inside with just the fans on - and that was upstairs. There is an ac if you need it, however. We woke up feeling quite rested, and determined this was due to the humidity being just right, combined with the breeze, sun, and birds - all made for a gentle wake up. (Yes, that sounds a bit cliche, but it's true!) The dipping pool was great to cool off in on those couple of days it was hotter.

While there were plenty of bus stops and taxis, we chose to walk nearly everywhere, so bring comfortable shoes and watch for uneven pavement! Since this is not in a touristy neighborhood, along the way you see people just going about their daily lives - working, eating, playing. We always felt safe, though some of the locals seemed surprised to see us. We were a 10-minute walk to Santiago Square, and fewer than 10 blocks from Paseo de Montejo. The only place we couldn't walk to was Progreso beach, and for that we just caught a bus a couple of blocks away.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


Wonderful Stay

Review submitted: May 17, 2014   Date of arrival: May 10, 2014

I had the privilege to stay in this beautiful, spacious house. We were able to sit and dine with a splendid view of the garden and pool while also feeling the breeze through the great screen doors in the back. The kitchen was equipped with all the necessity's for our evenings in when we wished to cook. The living area allowed us to gather, relax and mingle after long days walking about the town. The cool pool was also a favorite to come back to! I would highly recommend the Maya House as a wonderful addition to a trip.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


My stay at Maya House in March 2014

Review submitted: March 26, 2014   Date of arrival: March 2, 2014

My stay in the Maya house in Merida was like a little slice of paradise. With all the comfort and convenience of home my stay went all too quickly! The house was bright and cheery with plenty of room for guests. The living room had a sleeper couch, TV and an air conditioner if you need one. It had a fully equipped kitchen with pots and pans and cooking utensils. The dining room/conservatory led into the charming back garden through an ornate metal gate. I must say that my favorite way to unwind was to slide into the dipping pool in the garden and read a book. . There is even a hammock for the afternoon siesta and potted plants and shells to set the mood.. The master bedroom upstairs was fully furnished with comfort in mind. The balcony nicely decorated with flowering plants, table and chairs. The guest bedroom also upstairs had built in shelving and a balcony with hammock chairs ! To complete the picture a half bath in master bedroom and full bathroom downstairs with large shower. Warm sunny days, beautiful shell covered beaches in nearby Sisal and Progresso, and best of all the comforts of home in a spacious and attractive house. I do not speak a word of Spanish but had no problem communicating at the shops. The people of Merida are used to foreigners. They are extremely patient and kind. The local children in Merida don’t seem to have temper tantrums or screaming parents. They are treated like miniature adults and behave accordingly. My home is in the USA, so I am used to hearing negative things about Mexico. From day one I noticed a strong police presence and I felt comfortable walking to the market on my own . As the expats like to say, the only dangerous thing in Merida is the occasional rough sidewalk.

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 3 / 3


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