April 24, 2024

If you are looking for a more low-key place at Mexico’s famous Yucatan Peninsula, Puerto Morelos may the perfect spot. Located 20 kilometers south of Cancun, the fishing village has been establishing itself as a relaxing beach resort. Because Puerto Morelos is between Playa del Carmen and Cancun, it is often an overlooked vacation destination on the country’s Caribbean coast. But if you take a chance with Puerto Morelos, it will not disappoint you.

Generally peaceful, Puerto Morelos gives off a more intimate and cozy vibe. Its natural beauty and inherent tranquility earned it the title “La Joya del Caribe” or Jewel of the Caribbean. Like the other towns in the Caribbean coast, Puerto Morelos is gifted with nice sandy beaches complemented by beautiful green and blue waters. One of the nearest sandy stretches is located north of the town square. Even though it is quite laid back, this Mexican village has numerous restaurants and bars that offer a decent but not too crazy nightlife.

The village’s Marine Natural Park, called Reefs of Puerto Morelos, is home to a variety of sea creatures like dolphins, turtles and colorful tropical fish. You can easily find coral reef just 500 meters from the village shore. This coral reef is actually a section of the Great Mesoamerican Reef, which is the second biggest reef system in the world known today. The water surrounding the village is unbelievably clear, making underwater visibility superb and perfect for exploration. The combination of abundant aquatic life and excellent visibility makes Puerto Morelos makes an incredible diving and snorkeling haven.

Puerto Morelos is the perfect village to start your exploration of the Riviera Maya. The residents here are known for their warmth and friendliness. The major activity spots in town are the central square and pier, which are both located at the heart of town. At the pier you will see a number of sport fishing and snorkeling boats lining up, while the central square is home to a variety of shops. Aside from relaxing on the beach, take the time to walk around town and meet the lovely locals and your fellow visitors. If you walk a few minutes from the main plaza, you will find a quaint market, which features a wide range of local items, crafts and souvenirs.

With a tranquil atmosphere, you can easily lose yourself on the sandy stretches of Puerto Morelos for a couple of days without a worry in the world. Because it is part of the National Marine Park, minimal development has been conducted in the village. Aside from swimming and sunbathing, there are also other activities offered that will keep you busy in Puerto Morelos.

Although motorized water sports are prohibited here, you can still enjoy non-motorized activities like kayaking, boating and windsurfing. Off the beach, you can also book personalized tours that explore off-the-beaten-track ancient ruins and jungles. In town, you can keep yourself entertained by visiting notable landmarks like the famous English language book store named Alma Libre, the Crococun Zoo, and the vibrant Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanico) just outside of town.