About the Yucatan Peninsula

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. [1], [2] 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 areas.

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 possible.

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.