Experience a Real Mexican Town: Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos, Mexico
By Joanne M. Birce of Alma Libre

Take the time to visit Puerto Morelos, a genuine Mexican fishing village, that the modern development along the Mayan Riviera has passed by. Here you can spend a quaint day enjoying an authentic village complete with a leaning light house, white sand beaches and a spectacular coral reef for snorkeling or diving.

Puerto Morelos is the first town you come to when leaving the Cancun airport and driving south toward Playa del Carmen. Located 2km off the main highway, there is no large scale developments, no chain restaurants and no high pressure sales here. It is just a low-key, relaxing place to hang your hammock and take in the sun and the surf.

From the town’s main fishing dock you can catch one of the many snorkeling boats that will take you out to explore the spectacular coral reef that lies just off shore. There is no need to book ahead, just walk down to the dock and one of the local tour guides will be happy to take you out for a 2½ hour undersea adventure. While at the reef you will see some of the most beautiful sights under the sea anywhere in the world.

fishing boats in Puerto Morelos
Puerto Morelos is also a great place to do your shopping. There are no high pressure sales people. Take your time and browse through the many gift shops, the large Mayan Handicraft Centre, the jewelry stores or the area’s largest English language bookstore.

There are a number of excellent restaurants in Puerto Morelos so you won’t leave hungry. You can enjoy many different types of cuisine including: Mexican, Italian, French, German and one of the few Asian restaurants in the area. Also there are coffee shops, an ice cream parlor, an American style bakery and a tortilla factory. If you are looking for fresh fish and seafood to cook yourself, visit the fishing co-op on the main square where they bring in the catch-of-the-day around mid-afternoon.

And if you decide that you would like to stay in Puerto Morelos, the town has a full range of hotels from budget to luxury. And it’s the closest stop on your way to the Cancun Airport.

While you’re in the Mayan Riviera take a day or two and visit Puerto Morelos where your stress will instantly be washed away by this calm village. For more information visit www.inpuertomorelos.com