The Institute of Modern Spanish opened in the city of Mérida, the most important city in the Yucatán Peninsula, in 1995. Mérida is considered one of the most beautiful and culturally enriched cites in all of Mexico, and it enjoys the famous Yucatán climate of year-round sunshine. Our balmy weather is perfect for enjoying the 231-mile stretch of beaches only a 20-minute car or bus ride from the city. Many inhabitants of Mérida enjoy visiting these beaches — and the quaint port city of Progreso — throughout the year. While many discribe Mérida as cosmopolitan — and indeed it is cosmopolitan — Mérida also maintains a small town ambiance with tight friendly groups, strong family values, and low crime rate. For those interested in night life, Merida hosts a variety of options including many salsa dancing clubs. See below for further description of Merida’s restaurant possibilities.
Due to Merida’s easy access to the well established port of Progreso, remarkable infrastructure, and well-established business services the city has been able to remain separate from the economic difficulties felt in other parts of Mexico. In recent years there has been a growth in ‘maquiladora’ industries in the Yucatán. However, Yucatán is one of few Mexican states with a State Secretary of Ecology whose responsibility includes ensuring that industrial growth does not disrupt the natural beauty of the state.
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