Puerto Morelos Mexico - Sea side fishing village, vacation community
Puerto Morelos—just 20 minutes south of Cancun yet a world away in tranquility. In Puerto Morelos the tradition of fishing for a living still survives, and the boom in tourism is on the rise. Here the prices are lower, the pace is slower and the atmosphere is laid back. There is a zocalo (town square) in the center of town with a few stores, a dive shop and some restaurants along its perimeter. Just off the zocalo on the beach is Pelicanos offering a nice view of the Caribbean and good food. The beach in the center of town has small fishing boats on the sand and moored just off-shore. The main fishing pier and the lighthouse are the primary points of interest, with friendly locals and some good photo opportunities. You can expect to be offered an excursion to the reefs from here since most of the boats in town tie up on and around the main pier.
Nearby Puerto Morelos
The surrounding area is expanding and has been discovered by the all inclusive developers, and yet in town the neighborhoods are a combination of modest homes, hotels and cabañas. Here lodging opportunities range from modest palapa style cabanas with thatched roofs and beds suspended by ropes; to air conditioned condo style hotels with meal plans, spa services, Jacuzzis and swimming pools. It's an interesting mix.
Puerto Morelos is easy to find
Upon exiting Cancun's International airport follow coastal highway (307) south toward Tulum and watch for the signs to Puerto Morelos. Take the exit before the bridge overpass where an overhead highway sign indicates the turn, approximately 20 minutes south along highway 307. Puerto Morelos is in the northern part of the "Riviera Maya" and is very convenient to Cancun.