The Yucatán Peninsula,
in Southeastern Mexico, separates the Caribbean Sea from the
Gulf of Mexico. The peninsula lies east of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec,
a northwestern geographic partition separating the region of
Central America from the rest of North America.
The peninsula comprises the Mexican
states of Yucatán, Campeche, and Quintana Roo; the northern
part of the nation of Belize; and Guatemala's northern department
of El Petén. Mexican states situated on the isthmus to
the west of the peninsula include Chiapas and Tabasco and is
directly within the hurricane belt.
The Yucatán Peninsula comprises
a significant proportion of the ancient Maya Lowlands (although
the Maya culture extended south of the Yucatán peninsula,
through present Guatemala and into Honduras and highland Chiapas).
There are many Maya archaeological sites throughout the peninsula;
some of the better-known are Chichen Itza, Tulum and Uxmal.
,  Indigenous Maya and Mestizos of partial Maya descent
still make up a sizable portion of the region's population,
and Mayan languages are still widely spoken there.
In the late historic and early
modern eras, the Yucatán Peninsula was largely a cattle
ranching, logging, chicle and henequen production area. Since
the 1970s (and the fall of the world henequen and chicle markets
due to the advent of synthetic substitutes), the Yucatán
Peninsula has reoriented its economy towards tourism, especially
in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Once a small fishing village,
Cancún in the northeast of the peninsula has grown into
a thriving city. The Riviera Maya, which stretches along the
east coast of the peninsula between Cancún and Tulum,
currently has more than 50,000 beds and is visited by many thousands
of tourists every year.
Like much of the Caribbean, the
peninsula lies within the Atlantic Hurricane Belt with its almost
uniformly flat terrain it is vulnerable to these large storms
coming from the east. The 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season was
a particularly bad season for Mexico's tourism industry, with
two forceful category 5 storms hitting, Hurricane Emily and
Hurricane Wilma. The 2006 Atlantic Hurricane Season was a typical
year which left the Yucatán untouched, but in the 2007
Atlantic Hurricane season Yucatán was hit by the Hurricane
Dean (also a category 5 storm), nevertheless Dean left little
damage on the peninsula despite heavy localized flooding.
Strong storms called "nortes"
can quickly descend on the Yucatán Peninsula any time
of year. Although these storms pummel the area with heavy rains
and high winds, they tend to be short-lived, clearing after
about an hour. The average percentage of days with rain per
month ranges from a monthly low of 7% in April to a high of
25% in October. Breezes can have a cooling effect; humidity
is generally high, particularly in the remaining rainforest
Cost of medical care in Mexico: (The
cost and quality of medical care in comparison to the United States)
Medical insurance in Mexico, prescription
drugs, surgeries and dental procedures are one third the cost
of comparable services in the U.S.
The quality of care from physician,
other specialists and dentists in Mexico are outstanding. I
Medical training and practices
in Mexico are of the highest standards if your physician or
hospital is offering services in the private medical sector.
The socialized medical care, at the clinic level, leaves much
to be desired. However, for major surgeries, this system also
offers world class specialists and care.
Merida, "The Medical Capital":
Mérida, considered to be
the medical capital of the Southeast, has an infrastructure
expansion that supports the highest levels of health care.
It network of hospitals, clinics,
laboratories and private medical centers is in perpetual growth
and modernization guaranteeing first class, highly specialized
medical attention which revolutionizes the concept of health
care in the Southeast.
The city has one of the most prestigious
medical faculties in Mexico (UADY). Proximity to American cities
like Houston allow local Doctors to crosstrain and practice
in both countries making Merida one of the best cities in Mexico
in terms of health services availability.
Retiring in Yucatan:
Merida the White City, city of
poets and whispers of eternal love; excellence in the generous
hospitality of its people, with its colonial neighborhoods,
tree-lined stately avenues, world class services, varied cuisine,
night life and modern installations which guarantee not only
business success but an indelible memory of the best experience
The Mayan World envelops this
colonial city, converting it into the mandatory departure point
from which to explore all its riches and secrets.
Mérida is located 300 km
from the city of Campeche and 320 km from Cancún. The
city offers all kinds of services from hostels to luxury hotels,
travel agencies, car and bus rental agencies, restaurants and
visits to archeological zones.
Merida Yucatan is a very nice city
in the south of Mexico, this city has some very good advantages,
it's known to be one of the most secure cities to live in and
it's situated in a very privileged position, because it's near
the beach of Progreso, Cancun and many archaeological places.
Many people are starting to discover
the great place that Merida is to live in and are starting to
come from different places of Mexico and from other countries
as well. Many baby boomers from the USA are coming to Mexico
to live comfortably and they are discovering Merida as one of
the best places to live in Mexico.
There are a lot of developments
currently going on in Merida that investors can take advantage
of, for example the city is expanding quickly to the north and
there is a lot of land that will be increasing in price in the
coming years so if you buy right now you can recover your investment
by many times in the coming years.