Airbnb Merida Mexico: 12 Best Airbnbs & VRBOs in 2022


Ready to book your Merida Airbnb?

You’ve come to the right place, because I live in Merida! That’s right, you have the most coveted of all travel advice at your fingertips — advice from a local — to help you determine your best Airbnb Merida Mexico and best Merida VRBO options for you.

The 12 Airbnbs in Merida and VRBOs in Mérida featured in this article are divided into three categories:

As far as Merida itself — it’s gorgeous, safe (ahem, the safest city in Mexico) and provides a unique Mexico culture travel experience not found anywhere else in Yucatan.

Now, just because you’re traveling to an exceptional place like Merida, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get your ducks in a row.

The truth is, your Merida accommodation will either make, or break, your trip. I think we can all agree that booking the perfect Airbnb will set the tone for you having the all-around perfect Merida trip — and you’re about to do just that!

Ready to discover the 12 best Airbnbs in Merida? Let’s get to those, as well as three quick tips for how to pick the best Merida Airbnb, and then some Merida travel FAQs at the end of this article.

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3 Tips for Booking a Merida Airbnb or VRBO

1. How do I choose the best Airbnb in Merida?

As the saying goes: Location, Location, Location; so first and foremost, all Airbnbs and rentals featured in this article are located in the best Merida neighborhoodsPaseo Montejo and Centro Historico (Historic Downtown Merida).

2. What’s this electricity charge?

In Merida, it’s not uncommon for some hosts to charge extra for all electricity, or for going over a certain usage of electricity; though some don’t charge at all. Always make sure to carefully read each description before booking to avoid this.

For hosts who do charge, expect about an extra $3-$8USD per day. In the summers, the cost would be closer to $8, as you’ll use the AC more. Keep in mind that most hosts will require this payment to be made in (cash) pesos, and turned over at check-out.

3. What about parking at my Merida Airbnb?

Renting a car in Merida? Check with each individual host before booking, but by and large, many places in Downtown Merida only offer street parking. For the most part, Merida is safe, but if you need secure parking, you might have to do a bit of extra searching.

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…Now, about those 12 BEST Merida Airbnbs

Ok, so now that you know where to book your Airbnb in Merida (Downtown/Paseo Montejo), and what to look out for (dedicated parking and possible electricity charges), let’s discover the top 12 best Airbnbs in Merida, Mexico.

Bonus: Most of these are Merida Airbnbs with a pool!

The Airbnbs in this article are separated into three categories:

Best Merida Airbnbs for Groups

Here are your best options for 3+ bedroom Merida Airbnbs, perfect for groups and families. As these are in the higher price tag range, you’ll find many Airbnb Merida Centro Historico and Paseo de Montejo options; the two best neighborhoods in Merida.

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1. CasaBlanca (Rated 5 Stars)

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All photos of CasaBlanca courtesy of VRBO

👀 View listing | 🏡 Type: House (3BR, 3BA, Sleeps 6) | 📍 Neighborhood: Santiago | 💦 Pool: Yes

Located just steps away from shops, restaurants and nightlife, CasaBlanca is a hacienda-style, 6,000-square-foot (558 m²) home with total privacy, security and amenities.

It is fully equipped with the latest appliances, furnishings, decor, landscaping, and a lounge area and large pool.

There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms in CasaBlanca.

The master suite overlooks the pool, garden and cabana, and has a private bathroom and sunken tub and shower. Bedrooms 2 and 3 both have “hanging beds,” that make you feel you’re being rocked to sleep.

After a day in Merida or at the pool, head inside to the three bathrooms, which have rain showers, robes and luxury toiletries.

Other amenities include Italian cotton sheets, ultra soft hypoallergenic pillows, a 12-foot-tall (3 m) screen and projector for movie nights and open-fire barbecue pit.

What Past Guests Have Said:

A beautiful house, perfectly maintained, in a quiet and lovely neighborhood. Hosts were wonderful. Five stars!

—Patricia P. (see more reviews)
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2. Villa Romantica (Rated 5 Stars)

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All photos of Villa Romantica courtesy of VRBO

👀 View listing | 🏡 Type: House (3BR, 3BA, Sleeps 8) | 📍 Neighborhood: Santa Lucia | 💦 Pool: Yes

The line between indoors and outdoors is blurred in this spectacularly designed Merida home. Villa Romantica is a spacious, bright, airy and peaceful colonial-era home that feels like an oasis in the heart of Merida’s bustling Centro Historico.

Elegant and welcoming, Villa Romantica embraces you as you enter and delights you throughout your stay with 18-foot-tall (5.5 m) ceilings and 20-inch-thick (51 cm) walls keeps the house cool. There’s AC throughout, and a private pool to help with that too!

On the ground floor, there’s a formal living room and two spacious bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom and AC.

Head up the grand staircase, itself a work of art, to the master suite with two queen sized beds, AC and a private bathroom with a beautiful atrium.

Just off the bedroom, there’s a huge rooftop deck with great city views — the ideal place for morning coffee and nighttime cocktails.

Relax on the daybed by the pool in the downstairs courtyard, and enjoy the incredible ambiance created by the lighting and fountains in the pool.

What Past Guests Have Said:

Although we might be compelled to keep this treasure a “secret”, that would be wrong because it should be shared and enjoyed by anyone who is able!

—Joe B. (see more reviews)
BEST AIRBNBS IN MERIDA FOR GROUPS

3. Casona Sirenas

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All photos of Casona Sirenas courtesy of VRBO

👀 View listing | 🏡 Type: House (7BR, 6BA, Sleeps 18) | 📍 Neighborhood: Santa Ana | 💦 Pool: Yes

Casona Sirenas (Mermaid Manor), located between Paseo de Montejo and the coveted Art Gallery District, couldn’t be better situated.

It is a remodeled manor home from 1904, with Old World charm and modern conveniences — perfect for large groups and families on their Merida trip.

There is onsite parking, but no need for a car as you’re within walking distance of many of the best restaurants in Merida along the tree-lined Paseo Montejo.

This walkable street has numerous shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, coffee shops, banks, and everything you’d need.

It’s full of fun things to do in Merida and amazing photo ops, like the Monumento a la Patria, and cool shops like Casa Tho to buy Merida souvenirs.

The home comfortably sleeps 18 in its seven bedrooms. There’s AC throughout, a private pool, TVs, full kitchen, and everything else you could think of.

For an additional fee, arrange for a housekeeper, private chef and in-home massage through the host, Antonio.

What Past Guests Have Said:

The house was lovely, clean, and comfortable. Lupita and Justino kept the place running and made us feel very welcome… I would recommend this place for a large group.

—See more reviews
BEST AIRBNBs in MERIDA for Groups

4. Casa 411

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All photos of Casa 411 courtesy of VRBO

👀 View listing | 🏡 Type: House (4BR, 4BA, Sleeps 10) | 📍 Neighborhood: Centro Historico | 💦 Pool: Yes

Casa 411 puts the “BNB” in Airbnb! It is a true, old school bed and breakfast that checks all the boxes:

  • ✔️ Large, historic home
  • ✔️Top-of-the-line amenities
  • ✔️FREE breakfast made by the on-site chef. (🌱 Have dietary restrictions or specific preferences? Just let host Pepe know, and he’ll accommodate for you!)
  • ✔️ Bonus: This is among the few pet friendly Merida Airbnbs!

As you can see, the space is gorgeous and the pool and lounge area couldn’t be more inviting. However, when you’re done with communal time, head to the bedroom; each one has their own private en suite bathroom, so each room feels like a mini suite.

It is located about a 10 minute walk from Centro Historico (Downtown Merida), and a few blocks from Wayan’e, considered to have the best tacos in Merida (Try the cochinita pibil tacos 🌮) This is a safe part of town, but for an added level of security, Casa 411 has 24/7 staff and a doorman.

What Past Guests Have Said:

Great host! The place is nice and clean. Breakfast was delicious. The pool is refreshing after a hot day. We felt safe the whole time.

—Elisabeth more reviews

Best Merida Airbnbs — $$$

Mid-BUDGET Options

Here are your best options in the (approx.) $85-125 per night price rangeincluding many Airbnb Merida Centro Historico and Paseo de Montejo options; the two best neighborhoods in Merida. Please Note: Depending on the time of year you visit, prices may vary.

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5. Casa Escalera al Cielo (Rated 5 Stars)

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All photos of Casa Escalera al Cielo courtesy of VRBO

👀 View listing | 🏡 Type: House (2BR, 2.5BA) | 📍 Neighborhood: Centro Historico | 💦 Pool: Yes

Casa Escalera al Cielo is located in Centro Historico, across the street from La Ermita Park and its beautiful colonial church.

Located in a quieter part of town, about a 10-minute walk to Plaza Grande and all of downtown, this house offers the perfect relaxing Merida stay.

From the photos you can tell this house is a showstopper.

There are actually two homes in one — the main house, with an upstairs master suite that has a king size bed and en suite bathroom, and a casita (guest house) at the back of the property, with two double beds and a private bathroom.

Guests have access to both houses, so it’s really like renting two homes in one! Between the two homes, there’s a long pool, set among a lush garden patio with an outdoor lounge area to enjoy meals and coffee. Inside, there’s a 55-inch Smart TV with Netflix and open concept floor plan.

What Past Guests Have Said:

Absolutely phenomenal home! We felt blessed to stay at Casa Escalera al Cielo… What a dream come true. An oasis within the bustle of the city. Bring us back!

—Anne D. (see more reviews)
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6. Casa Osito (Rated 5 Stars)

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All photos of Casa Osito courtesy of VRBO

👀 View listing | 🏡 Type: House (2BR, 2.5BA) | 📍 Neighborhood: Santiago | 💦 Pool: Yes

A premium rental in the perfect area, Casa Osito is located in one of the best areas of Merida, the Barrio de Santiago neighborhood. It is only about seven blocks from Plaza Grande, and five blocks from Parque Santa Lucia, with some of the best Merida restaurants.

Casa Osito was designed to respect its old colonial past, with the thick mampostería (stone) walls and high ceilings typical of traditional Yucatan homes.

It also has modern touches throughout to make your stay very comfortable, as every corner of this home is unique and inviting.

The property has two bedrooms, and 2.5 bathrooms. The bedrooms both have dual inverter AC units to keep the home cool.

From the kitchen and dining room, the view flows outdoors to the private pool, tropical garden and a gorgeous stone wall, which provides privacy.

What Past Guests Have Said:

The communication with the property owner and concierge (Beto) was quick and service was excellent… We would love to stay here again in the future.

—Jim S. (see more reviews)
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7. Casa Jirafa (Rated 5 Stars)

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All photos of Casa Jirafa courtesy of VRBO

👀 View listing | 🏡 Type: Loft (1BR, 2BA) | 📍 Neighborhood: Santa Lucia | 💦 Pool: Yes

Casa Jirafa is a newly-renovated house, thoughtfully crafted with the perfect balance of modern architecture and Merida’s classic colonial charm.

This open concept, loft-style home has 20-foot-tall (6 m) floor-to-ceiling windows, with stunning views of the home’s outdoor living space.

The home is located just half a block from Parque Santa Lucia, one of the best parts of Centro Historico.

It is a very walkable area, and truly in the perfect location for you to enjoy all the best things to do in Merida, like the Thursday night cultural dance show in Santa Lucia Square.

After exploring the city, return home to a comfortable refuge with a beautiful splash pool and outdoor lounge area. When it’s time to go to sleep, enjoy a big, comfy bed, Smart TV with Netflix and AC throughout the home.

What Past Guests Have Said:

This place was so perfect for exploring Central Merida. We were able to walk to restaurants, and any other activities you can think of. We would most certainly stay here again…

—Greg M. (see more reviews)
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8. Casa Santiago

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All photos of Casa Santiago courtesy of VRBO

👀 View listing | 🏡 Type: House (2BR, 1BA) | 📍 Neighborhood: Santiago | 💦 Pool: Yes

Casa Santiago is a beautiful, newly-restored colonial oasis near Parque Santiago.

The wonderful airy rooms open to the garden and patio, with artisan furniture and original artwork throughout. Enjoy indoor/outdoor living with meals and a soak in the pool on the back patio.

The location is perfect, in the heart of Merida, yet set back from the hustle and bustle.

It is a 10 minute walk to Plaza Grande, the main town square, and very close to shopping, markets, cafes and restaurants. It is the perfect home base to explore Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula.

The master bedroom has a king sized bed, and the second bedroom has two twin beds; both rooms have AC. Outside, enjoy al fresco breakfast, an afternoon siesta in the hammocks, and a refreshing swim in the pool.

What Past Guests Have Said:

Our family stayed in Benjamin’s house for four nights and would have happily stayed longer.

—Randy G. (see more reviews)
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9. Casa Gatita (Rated 5 Stars)

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All photos of Casa Gatita courtesy of VRBO

👀 View listing | 🏡 Type: House (1BR, 2BA) | 📍 Neighborhood: Santiago | 💦 Pool: Yes

Casa Gatita is a modern yet cozy home, equipped with everything you need for a splendid stay in Merida, Mexico. If you need to work, there are two dedicated work spaces, one in the bedroom and one in the living room.

For digital nomads in Merida, you won’t find a better place than this!

🐶🐱 Traveling with a fur baby? Casa Gatita is one of the few pet friendly Merida Airbnbs (see description for more info).

Enjoy the fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar, or dine outdoors on the covered patio. The splash pool will keep you cool on those hot Merida afternoons, so you can relax outdoors.

Should it ever get too hot, head back inside to the comfy living room and crank up the AC!

The master bedroom has a king sized bed and en suite bathroom. The full kitchen has everything you’d need to cook meals, and there’s also a BBQ grill. As one final touch off added convenience, there’s also a washer and dryer in this home away from home!

What Past Guests Have Said:

The home was well equipped and comfortable. If it was available for longer we would have gladly stayed.

—Martin C. (see more reviews)

Best Merida Airbnbs — $$

BUDGET-Friendly Options

Here are your best options in the (approx.) $35-$75 per night price rangeincluding many Airbnb Merida Centro Historico and Paseo de Montejo options; the two best neighborhoods in Merida. Please Note: Depending on the time of year you visit, prices may vary.

BEST AIRBNB MERIDA MEXICO

10. Tranquil House

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All photos of Tranquil House courtesy of VRBO

👀 View listing | 🏡 Type: House (1BR, 1BA) | 📍 Neighborhood: Centro Historico | 💦 Pool: Yes

The airy, Tranquil House is situated in an excellent location — Centro Historico (Historic Downtown) — right in the middle of all the action. However, after a long day of exploring Merida, come home to this relaxing oasis and relax in your private splash pool.

You’re within walking distance of everything you’d want or need, and all the best things to see in Merida!

Step outside your door and stroll the colorful colonial streets, see the museums, art galleries, beautiful churches, cool shops, Merida’s best restaurants, bars and cantinas.

Back at the Tranquil House, enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast on the back patio, or head out at night for a glass of wine before bed. Inside, there’s a king sized bed, spa-like bathroom, updated kitchen, and more, to make this home feel and look like a retreat.

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11. Central Apartment

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All photos of Central Apartment courtesy of VRBO

👀 View listing | 🏡 Type: House (1BR, 1BA) | 📍 Neighborhood: Centro Historico | 💦 Pool: No

Central Apartment is the ideal place for couples or solo travelers on a budget.

It is located on a quiet street just a few blocks from Parque la Mejorada and trendy Calle 47 (47th Street AKA Merida Restaurant Row), where you’ll see many great cafes and the best restaurants in Merida.

The home is a quaint and charming, with tropical decor and a warm feel. Enjoy a restful night’s sleep on your king size bed, then enjoy a morning cup of coffee on the private terrace. The kitchen has a coffee maker, refrigerator, minibar, stove, microwave, and more!

🚙💨 Renting a car in Merida? There is free parking at Central Apartment in a dedicated lot.

What Past Guests Have Said:

Lorena is a great host and could’ve not been more helpful, responsive and friendly! Water and weekly cleaning was included, which was really helpful and communication was easy! —Rica

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12. Lotto House (Merida Hostel)

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All photos of Casa Lotto courtesy of VRBO

🏡 Type: Private Rooms & Studios | 📍 Location: Centro Historico | 💦 Pool: Yes

Casa Lotto is a beautiful, newly renovated antique house, five streets from Plaza Grande (Main Plaza). It is a house with lots of light, plants, artwork, stones, tiles and antique furniture that make you live a very unique experience.

There are four private rooms, Amate, Kahlo, Barroco and Talavera, located in the main house, and two separate studio apartments, Jade Maya and Ixchel. Depending on availability, the entire house or rooms can be rented separately.

Casa Lotto’s guests can make use of common spaces — kitchen, living room, swimming pool, terrace, washer and dryer. The outdoor terrace of the house is beautiful, and has a dining area and a living room with a very pleasant view of the pool and garden.

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Merida Travel Guide & FAQ

RELATED ARTICLE 🇲🇽 Ultimate Merida, Mexico Travel Guide (Written by a Local)

Where is Merida Mexico?

Merida is the capital of Yucatan State, one of three states that make up the Yucatan Peninsula in southeastern Mexico. For a visual of the city and all the different parts of town, head to Merida Mexico Map: Where is Merida Mexico Located?

Is Merida Mexico safe?

Yes for the vast majority of travelers, Merida is safe. In fact, it is considered the safest city in Mexico. While safety is a tricky subject because no place on Earth is 100% safe, head to Is Merida Mexico Safe for Travelers? [20+ Tips from a Local] for a deep dive into Merida safety.

Should I get travel insurance for Mexico?

Yes — Though you don’t legally need Mexico travel insurance, every traveler should absolutely have it! Just as you insure your car, home and body, so too can you insure your luggage, belongings and health while traveling. Here are the two companies I recommend:

  • World Nomads: One of the biggest names in travel insurance, World Nomads has basic Mexico travel insurance with policies averaging just $5-10 per day. ▶︎ Get a FREE quote!
  • Safety Wing: Perfect for digital nomads in Merida, and travelers staying in Mexico a while. Plans start at just $40USD per month, so this really is a no brainer. ▶︎ Get a FREE quote!

Can you drink the water in Merida?

No Unfiltered Merida tap water is not safe for human consumption! To practice responsible travel in Mexico you’ll want to use a refillable Water-To-Go Bottle, which has a three-stage filter built-in, or you’ll have to keep buying bottled water.

What’s the closest airport to Merida Mexico?

Wondering about flights to Merida? The best airport to use for Merida, Mexico is actually Merida International Airport (code: MID), located about 20 minutes from Downtown Merida. For more information, check out Merida Airport: Everything You Need to Know About MID.

Merida Airport Transfers

The safest and best way to get from Merida Airport to Downtown Merida is via a private airport shuttle. At only about $40USD round trip, there’s no reason not to book your right now ⤵

Cancun airport to Merida

Since Merida Airport has limited international flights, some visitors fly into Cancun International Airport (code: CUN). From there, you have a few Cancun to Merida travel options — though the best way to get from Cancun to Merida is a private shuttle. ▶︎ Book yours here!

Should I get a Merida rental car?

Maybe — If you’re just planning to explore Downtown Merida, skip the car rental. However, if you want to take all the best Merida day trips to the beaches, cenotes, Mayan ruins and nearby cities like Izamal, Valladolid and Campeche City — a Merida car rental is the way to go!

Planning on renting a car in Merida? I recommend, and personally use, Discover Cars. They search both international companies and local businesses so you get the best deal. You can also get full coverage Mexico car insurance when you book for about $10USD per day!

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What’s the best time to visit Merida?

The best time of year to visit Merida Mexico is from October to March, when Merida’s weather is cooler. By contrast, the worst months to visit Merida are May to September because they are very hot and it usually rains quite a bit.

Merida Weather

What are the best places to stay in Merida?

The best Merida neighborhoods include Centro Historico (Historic Downtown, or City Center), Paseo de Montejo and Merida Norte (North Merida). Of these, you’ll find the best Merida accommodations (and best Merida restaurants) in Downtown Merida — like these ⤵

What do I pack for Merida Mexico?

Merida and the entire Yucatan Peninsula have a tropical climate. As you can see by the average yearly weather chart above, Merida is hot 🥵 for most of the year, so definitely pack a Water-To-Go Bottle to keep you hydrated and filter your drinking water.

As far as how to dress in Merida, think flowy, tropical, breathable, cotton and light-colored clothing (bonus points for anything that doesn’t show sweat), and comfy sandals or sneakers you can walk in all day. 👗 Need Merida outfit inspiration? Head here to see some Mexico outfits.

Head to Ultimate Packing List for Mexico + FREE Checklist to download your FREE printable packing list for Mexico.

Final Thoughts: Airbnb Merida Mexico Rentals

With each passing year, more and more people are finding out about Merida, Mexico, and wanting to visit this Yucatan Peninsula city. It is also fast becoming a popular city for Mexico expats and digital nomads for its lower cost of living and high quality of life.

With a rise in popularity, also comes more Merida Airbnb and Merida VRBO options for visitors. I hope this list helped you find your perfect Airbnb in Merida Mexico, so you can enjoy your Merida vacation to the fullest.

Merida Travel Planning Guide

🚑 Should I buy Mexico travel insurance?

100% YES! — With basic coverage averaging just $5-10USD per day, enjoy peace of mind with a plan from World Nomads, the biggest name in travel insurance. (Read more)

💧Can you drink the water in Merida?

No — You’ll want to buy a Water-To-Go Bottle, which filters your drinking water so you don’t get sick from drinking water in Mexico, and helps keep you hydrated while traveling Mexico. (Read more)

🚙💨 Is it safe to rent a car in Merida?

Yes — Renting a car in Mexico is one of the best ways to see the country! I always rent with Discover Cars, which checks both international companies and local Mexican companies, so you get the best rates. (Read more)

📲 Will my phone work in Merida?

Maybe — It depends on your company, so check with your provider. If you don’t have free Mexico service, buy a Telcel SIM Card. As Mexico’s largest carrier, Telcel has the best coverage of any Mexico SIM Cards. (Read more)

🏩 What’s the best way to book my Merida accommodation?

For Mexico hotels and hostels, Booking is the best site. If you’re considering a Mexico Airbnb, don’t forget to also check VRBO, which is often cheaper than Airbnb! (Read more)

✈️ What’s the best site to buy Mexico flights? For finding cheap Mexico flights, I recommend Skyscanner.

🎫 Do I need a visa for Mexico?

Likely Not — U.S., Canadian and most European Passport holders don’t need a visa for Mexico; but check here to see if you do need a Mexico travel visa. The majority of travelers will receive a 180-Day FMM Tourist Visa upon arrival.

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