Puerto Morelos Vacation
In Puerto Morelos tranquility reigns with open skies, long stretches of beach and a small town atmosphere. This is the place to come and relax, watch the sunrise on the beach, meet the locals, explore the natural wonders such as the coral reef 500 meters from shore, work on your tan, or simply soak up the serenity.
Wedged between the bustling cities of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos has maintained its peaceful atmosphere of a charming Mexican fishing village living up to its nickname “La Joya del Caribe” (Jewel of the Caribbean). The community, a mix of locals and foreigners, works hard to protect Puerto’s status as a National Marine Park and keep development to a minimum. Its close proximity to the airports and bus terminals makes Puerto Morelos a perfect base for exploring the Yucatan peninsula.
There are a lot of fun things to do in and around Puerto Morelos. Here are a few:
- Do not go home without snorkeling at the reef! It is a MUST! Adrian can set you up with a guide boat. Cost is about $25 per person and they furnish all snorkel equipment. You’ll love it!!
- Crococun Zoo is a short cab ride away. My 28-year old son and his girlfriend went and loved it!!! http://crococunzoo.com/
- There are many massage tents along the beach, but for a special treat, jump in a cab and take the 5 minute drive over to Jungle Spa. It supports the Mayan women that work there. Best massage you will ever have! http://www.mayaecho.com/
- The Little Mexican Cooking School takes reservations in advance. It is only about a 5 minute walk from the house…lots of fun! I have a coupon code for a discount! Check it out at: http://www.thelittlemexicancookingschool.com/
- There are many cenotes around Puerto Morelos. One that is close that my boys love is Verde Lucero. It’s about a 15 minute cab ride down Cenote Road. Robin Brown at Layla Guesthouse does a cenote tour every Thursday. Contact information: http://www.laylaguesthouse.com/
- Try to visit as many restaurants in town as possible. They are all great!! Some of our favorites are Tacos.com, Chimmichurri, La Sirena, Richard’s, Los Gauchos, El Pirata, Cantina Habanero, and El Sabor de Mexico. But, don’t take our word for it…I’ve heard people rave about others!!!
- Playa del Carmen is about 30 minutes to the south. If you have shoppers in your group, that’s a must visit too! Head to 5th Avenue and enjoy the many shops and restaurants.
- Get Roberto to give you directions to Market 23 in Cancun. They have lots of authentic Mexican goods…a fun place to spend a day.
- Want to go deep sea fishing? Just ask Adrian to set you up with a great boat!
- If you are visiting during the summer, think about swimming with the whale sharks. I’ve done it and it’s an experience of a lifetime! Let me know if you are interested and I can get you the information. It is expensive (about $150-175 per person), but no other word to describe it besides AMAZING!
- There are several parks within an hour: Xel Ha (http://www.xelha.com), Xcaret (http://www.xcaret.com), XPlor (http://www.xplor.travel), and ziplining at Selvatica (http://selvatica.com.mx). Plan a day trip with USA Transfers.