I spent the month of August in Merida Yucatan Mexico. It wasn’t planned but my last house rental in nearby Progreso wasn’t working out so we decided to move early and try out Merida.
Merida is older than the US and even the oldest town in the US, as long as you ignore the millions of Native Americans before Columbus invaded America (sorry for the rant I’m part Cherokee).
Merida was built on top of an exisiting Maya town back in the 1500’s.
Merida centro is colonia style, like older parts of Europe. There are no front lawns, haciendas go from sidewalk and use the entire lot. With big courtyard walls in the back. And there are a lot of squares for open space.