Merida’s centro historico district is one of the largest in the Americas. Lined with colonial homes it is currently undergoing a renaissance as these much-loved old buildings are being lovingly restored to their former glory.
Founded in 1542, Merida was built on the site of the ancient Mayan city of T’ho, which was the center of Mayan culture in the Yucatan region. After the arrival of the Spanish, the city’s ancient pyramids were destroyed, but the ruins were used in the construction of some of Merida’s important buildings, such as the cathedral. The Spanish built Merida as a walled city, and several of the old city gates still remain to this day.
Merida is the capital of the Yucatan region. It is an important commercial center but also one of the key places to understand and experience the Mayan culture. It has a unique heritage, even compared to the rest of Mexico, with an identity of its own. Unique culture, traditions, cuisine and language are the result of its isolation from other parts of Mexico and a strong Spanish influence, giving Merida its inimitable characteristics and providing visitors with a treasure-trove of experiences.
Merida is modern and cosmopolitan. All 21st century interests – boutiques, restaurants, museums, art galleries and shops are represented here; but so too are Merida’s traditions and culture. From watching the weekly Vaqueria performances which take place in the Central Plaza, to exploring Mayan ruins, the city is rich with things to see and do but it is also well-placed to take in some of the other sights of the Yucatan Peninsula, including the holiday resorts of Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
Patients choosing to have their dental treatment in Merida will not be disappointed by the quality of dental care here, nor by the facilities and amenities available to make your stay a memorable one.
Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, in the state of Yucatan, it is near to ancient Mayan ruins dotted along this peninsula, as well as the popular holiday resorts of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.
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Merida is a safe city in one of the most fascinating areas in Mexico. For anyone interested in ancient culture it is a must – and its sophisticated ambience will particularly appeal to those looking for more than a beach holiday.
Merida is fortunate to have some of the most up-to-date dental clinics in Mexico, and patients looking for good quality care in pleasant surroundings will not be disappointed. Many of our dentists have excellent facilities, embracing new technology, including CAD/CAM systems, digital x-rays and 3D scanning, which provide accurate diagnoses and treatments, as well as speedier turnaround times.
Traveling to Merida for your dental care does not mean a compromise on receiving high quality. Your care will be just as good as you would receive at home, but for prices that are a fraction of the cost:
A single dental crown in the US cots $1,200; At a dentist in Merida $420A root canal, post and crown in the US costs $2,200; At a dentist in Merida $559A dental implant and crown in the US costs $3,900; At a dentist in Merida $1,760
There are some beautiful places to stay in Merida, at very reasonable prices. As you would expect, the range of accommodation goes from luxury 5* down to budget hotels. Look out for promotions which can save you a considerable amount.
The Yucatan Peninsula is very safe, with no travel warnings issued by the US government for the state of Yucatan, or surrounding states, including Campeche and Quintana Roo.
Dentistry in Mexico these days is generally of a very high standard and training is comprehensive, and so there is usually no need to fear that your care here will be inferior. However, it is always wise to find out as much as you can about your dentist. What is different here is that dentists are not required to undergo further specialist training after their general dentist training, and there is nothing to stop them doing specialist dental work, even with no training.
In reality, most trustworthy dentists do not adopt this approach and do take further specialist training. If you are booking with Dental Departures you will see we have already done background checks on all our certified dentists’ qualifications, and listed them on our website - so you know that your dentist has the skill in the area of expertise that you require.
Dental Departures provides you with the results of our background checks, as well clinic photos, virtual tours and real patient reviews – all accessible for free on our website. You may not be able to visit your chosen dentist in Merida before you book in for treatment, but you can obtain a pretty good overview with us before you go.
We know dental care is a worrying prospect for many, even more so if traveling abroad. However, it really shouldn’t be. All of our dentists have warranties or guarantees on their work. This is on the procedure and for any materials that are used.
No-one is able to guarantee any medical or dental procedure 100%, but, in the rare event that you do have any problems, Dental Departures will work with you to see that it is put right. We are committed to providing our patients with outstanding customer service – and this is particularly so if things go wrong. We are your advocates and will liaise with your dentist on your behalf.
For your complete peace of mind, if you are worried about travel expenses if you do need to return, we have got together with some insurance providers to offer low-cost cover should the need arise.
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No. This is a major tourist destination and English is spoken widely everywhere.
You can check each clinic’s individual payment methods on our website. In the main, US cash is accepted everywhere. Most clinics also accept debit and credit cards, as well as personal and travelers’ checks. Please note that credit care payments may be subject to a small processing fee (usually between 3 and 4%).
Dentists in Mexico cannot make a claim on your insurance, but, if your provider allows for ‘out-of-network’ care you will be able to claim when you return home. You will need to check with your insurance provider before you travel, and make sure you have the necessary forms and documents to bring with you to your dental appointment in Merida, as your dentist will need to complete these.
Our dentists are open all year round, but there are peak times of year where it is busier and you may have to book your accommodation and flights well in advance. The other downside to traveling at peak times is that you will be less likely to get some good deals on the costs.
Merida’s weather is tropical with high temperatures in January to May (from 28-36C; 82-97F). The rainy season runs from June to October, but is likely to be short, sudden downpours, rather than sustained rain for days on end. Tropical storms may also affect the area at this time of year.
The sidewalks are rather narrow in parts of the city but otherwise the area around Plaza Mayor (el centro) is wheelchair friendly, as are the sidewalks on Paseo Montejo, which are European-styled boulevards with plenty of room.
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There are no particular dangers, annoyances or other problems to be aware of in Merida.
The only thing that may be an issue for dental patients is that sedation dentistry is not standard in Mexico. For patients who may require this service many of our dentists are happy to arrange it, but it will need to be requested in advance. Please note that the services of an anesthetist are required, costing additional fees of $400-$600.
While there are plenty of museums, galleries, shops, restaurants and everything else you could possibly want in Merida, it is definitely worthwhile exploring the surrounding areas. The nearest beach is in the charming town of Progreso, some half an hour’s drive away. Otherwise, the established, and much busier resorts of Canun, Playa del Carmen Tulum are around three hours away.
The whole area is littered with ancient ruins, from the most well-known of these, Chichen Itza, to smaller, but equally as absorbing structures, which are well worth a look.
Merida provides plenty of pursuits for the adventurous, just outside of the city with caves and cenotes across the Yucatan peninsula to explore. The Grutas de Calcehtok caves have a number of organized tours for different abilities, and if you are a little claustrophobic for cenotes, the open-air X-batun may be for you. A peaceful haven surrounded by rocks and plants, the crystal-clear, cooling waters are particularly inviting on a hot day.
The nearest airport is Merida's Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport (IATA airport code: MID), but there are other airports in the area, such as Cancun, which may be convenient if you want to explore the areas a little.
Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport6 miles (10 kms), 16 minaProgreso 23 miles (36 kms), 37 minsChichen Itza 75 miles (120 kms) 1.5 hoursTulum164 miles (264 kms) 3 hoursCancun 191 miles (308 kms) 3.25 hours
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