Seven Great Reasons to Visit Puerto Morelos
Located just 10 minutes south of the Cancun airport Puerto Morelos is a great place to spend a few hours. Just 2km off of Highway 307, this little fishing village is filled with surprises. It has the largest new and used bookstore in the Yucatan - Alma Libre, some great inexpensive restaurants, including hard to find Asian food, a mangrove with more than 150 species of birds and a healthy reef that is a Marine Reserve. Spend a day in Puerto Morelos during your stay!
Visit the Botanical Gardens
Explore the native plants and animals of the area at the 150 acre Jardin Botanico Gardens. Located 2km south of Puerto Morelos, pathways snake through the lush grounds revealing exotic plants labelled in both English and Spanish. Bring your mosquito repellent and watch out for the monkeys!
Go Snorkelling or Diving
Puerto Morelos' most spectacular attraction is its reef filled with hundreds of varieties of fish, sea life and corals. This underwater playground is located directly in front of the village. Because this is a Marine Reserve, snorkelling must be done with a guide. At the reef you can see rays, lobster, eels, nurse sharks, turtles and more. For scuba divers there are many different dive sites featuring: a military boat with large cut outs for divers to explore, a sunken wooden ship, a garden area with coral formations plus pathways and chimneys you can swim up.
Do a Little Shopping
Puerto Morelos is a great place to pick up a few gifts without the hassle of "Come On… Take a Look." Several shops carry hammocks, clothing, jewelry, art and more. There's even a fresh produce market at the town square every Wednesday morning. Visit the Mayan Village where you can see local artists working in their shops as they create something special just for you.
Enjoy the Restaurants and Cafés
Believe it or not…. Puerto Morelos offers world-class cuisine. Here you will find some of the best restaurants in the Yucatan at reasonable prices. There are excellent cafés, quaint coffee houses, beachside restaurants and even a bakery. You can indulge your taste buds in (of course) Mexican, Italian, Asian, Nuevo and Seafood. And, you can even find a bar to enjoy a drink or two!
Puerto Morelos offers world-class fishing for Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado (Mahi Mahi), Bonito and Barracuda from a boat. Tours can be arranged through the local dive shops. And every June the town hosts the "Torneo de Pesca Deportiva" Fishing Tournament. If you don’t want to catch your own fish, you can purchase the local catch of the day from the fishing co-op around 2:30 most days.
See the Crazy Light House
Ravaged by a hurricane, Puerto Morelos' old light house now leans heavily in the sand in front of the new light house. To take a really great look, walk out to the end of the main dock and look back.
With over 150 species of birds calling the Mangroves their home, it's a great place to see birds and wildlife. To access the mangrove head to hotel Ceiba del Mar, opposite the hotel you will find a wooden walk way that leads you safely through the water and trees to an area where you can watch a variety of winged creatures.