Shopping in Yucatan is amazing. We love going shopping because when you are out on the beach there are small tiendas (local markets) where you can buy whatever you need. We also have some larger stores in Progreso, for example, Bodega Aurrera, which is part of the Walmart chain.
I love taking friends from the States to Merida to do grocery shopping. Walmart also owns Superama. In Merida, there is Costco, Sam’s, etc. Walmart is a very big entity in Mexico and they have a lot of stores under a lot of different names. There is a store here named Chedraui. You can get anything in the world in that store. If I took you out of the car and blindfolded you and you walked into that store, you would think that you’re somewhere in New York City. It’s amazing! We have everything here.
In Merida, if you want to buy a Jaguar or a Landrover, go do it! Every car company is here and just about every big company is now in Merida. Mexico is an emerging market where everybody here now is on the ground floor and they’re coming in with large stores. You can get anything that you want, such clothing, the finest colognes like Giorgio Armani, and brands that used to be only available in the United States and Europe. Now you go into Liverpool’s in Merida and buy them.
You are going to pay a little more money for some things here but you can have everything that you want right at your fingertips. The prices can be higher, especially for electronics such as smart phones and other good quality products. Also, they may be introduced into the market in Mexico a month or two after they were introduced in the US. For these reasons, I buy phones from the States by having a friend bring my purchase when he comes down from the States into Mexico. When you are in Mexico, you will always have friends who are visiting from the US, so having people visit you (and bring some purchases with them, if you want them to) is not a problem.