Fodor's Expert Review Plaza Grande

Mérida Plaza/Square

Mérida's main square is wired as a Wi-Fi hotspot, but don't be so glued to your smartphone that you fail to take in the passing parade of activity in one of Mexico's loveliest town centers. Local people traditionally refer it as the "Plaza Grande" or "Plaza de la Independencia;" you'll also hear it called "Zócalo," primarily among foreigners. Whichever name you prefer, it's a good place to start a city tour, watch dance performances, listen to music, or chill in the shade of a laurel tree. Plaza Grande was laid out in 1542 on the ruins of T'hó, the Mayan city demolished to make way for Mérida, and it's still the focal point around which the most important public buildings cluster. Confidenciales (S-shape benches) invite intimate tête-à-têtes, and lampposts keep the park beautifully illuminated at night.

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Mérida, Yucatán  97000, Mexico

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