Tropic Air’s First Flight from Belize City to Merida, Mexico, The White City

Merida, Mexico is one amazing city.  And now, the trip from Belize City to Merida, Mexico is fast, direct and easy.  Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be on board the very first commercial flight to Merida with Tropic Air.  And I have the certificate (and the gorgeous photos) to prove it.  Super exciting.

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Somewhat geographically separated from the rest of Mexico, Merida developed a very different, very beautiful culture HEAVILY influenced by the Maya who ruled this area for many centuries.

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There are some of the world’s MOST amazing sites just outside the city.  Like Uxmal and Chichen Itza.

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Here are a few of the things that I find particularly interesting about Merida.

It has the largest cathedral on the American continents.  The only larger one is in Santo Domingo in the Dominican.   (Here is a glimpse last night…I will be spending lots more time in this plaza.)

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Merida has many prestigous hospitals and is well known in the area for medical tourism.  It is often used by those in Belize for medical treatment (both elective and non-elective.)  The city of Merida has a population of about one million people – about three times the population of Belize.   In the 18th century, Merida was one of the richest cities in the world…mainly from the sisal industry.  A plant used for making rope.

AND for about 10 years now, there has been an amazing resurgence – a renaissance.  Merida is beautiful and HIP.  Boutique hotels, shops and spas abound.  The city has recently been featured in some of the most chic publications.  Like W Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler and now SanPedroScoop.com.

OH!  And perhaps the most important fact.  Merida is the safest city in Mexico.  What’s not to love?

Yesterday, I took the flight from San Pedro to Belize City to wait for the 11:15am flight to Merida.

The view over Caye Caulker.  This flight is amazing each and every time.  A gorgeous day.

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And then the flight to Merida.

The view is amazing.  This is just north of Belize City.

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Up to 8000 feet.   A few towns scattered about but most of the Yucatan is unpopulated.

IMG_0219A very smooth hour and a half later we started our descent into Merida.

IMG_0222 IMG_0225The airport is JUST on the outskirts of the city.  It’s a pretty quick ride right to the Centro.

Hungry we headed to a restaurant for typical Yucatan fare.  Familiar to those who live in San Pedro.  Things like pibil and eschabeche.

IMG_0230 IMG_0238I am so excited to be here.  And based on what I saw just yesterday evening, I’m not sure 4 nights is going to be enough.

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Art, music, crafts, HISTORY, hospitals, malls HUGE MALLS, a country club, we have a VERY full day planned today and I’ll certainly be reporting back.

For more information on the Merida flight and the introductory special offer…

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Viva Mexico!





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  • DJ1900

    Very nice article however Merida does not have the largest Cathedral in the Americas that title belongs to the Basilica of the National Shrine of our lady of Aparecida in Aparecida, Brazil. The largest in Mexico is the Basilica of Our lady of Guadeloupe in Mexico City.

    • Belize Blog

      Oh! I must get my facts straight…and I think I JUST did. Oldest? Oldest!

    • Shryne

      Thank the internet for that!!! Now anyone can start a blog with misleading information and take crappy pictures with their cell phones. I came across this blog while we were searching the web since we are visiting Belize next couple months but this article would not entice me to visit Merida!

  • lifeagain

    Pins and needles…..yep, i am looking forward to more trip/Merida Stuff and photos…
    Thank you.

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