Originally a Mayan fishing village but still an active fishing town, Puerto Morelos is the perfect contrast to the fast lane of Cancun and the sophistication of Playa del Carmen. Only a 20-minute drive south of Cancun International Airport, Puerto Morelos is a quiet retreat from the faster pace and excitement of the Cancun hotel zone.
Puerto Morelos’ small town charm attracts more visitors every year, especially for nature lovers who prefer a laid back environment filled with inspiring outdoor marvels and activities. Although the town is small, it has more than enough travel amenities to keep visitors comfortable.
The beaches in Puerto Morelos are mostly undefiled by tourism and retain much of their natural character without cafes, bars, and souvenir shops. Beaches line both the north and south side of the zocalo (town square), but one of the best-kept beaches by the town square is next to the seaside restaurant of Los Pelicanos.
Some of the most impressive natural wonders in the Yucatan Peninsula are cenotes, sinkholes with natural wells fed by underground rivers. Some are underground with cave-like formations, such as stalactites, stalagmites, and columns, whereas some are above ground, resembling small lakes. Since cenotes are known for their crystal clear blue water and colorful fish, they are an ideal place for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Some of the most beautiful cenotes in this region are on the Cenotes Route, such as Lucero Verde, Boca del Puma, Siete bocas, and Las Mojarras each of them having their own unique characteristics.
Along the Cenotes Route is an adventure, nature park called the Selvatica which offers various adventures, such as zip-lining, horseback riding, and snorkeling in an on-site cenote. It’s a gorgeous place to go zip-lining or taking a bicycle ride through the lush green tropical jungle.
Since Puerto Morelos is in an area of the Caribbean Sea that contains the great Mesoamerican Barrier Reef – a protected National Marine park – it’s a great place to go snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing. The coral reef is full of beautiful fish, other marine life, and colorful coral compositions.
Puerto Morelos offers world-class fishing for Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado (Mahi Mahi), Bonito, and Barracuda. Every year, the town hosts a popular fishing tournament called Torneo de Pesca Deportiva at the end of May or early June.
Some of the most delicious and enjoyable restaurants are located in Puerto Morelos, whether it’s casual cafes and bars, or gourmet International cuisine. As a fishing village, this is the perfect place to eat some of the best fresh fish dishes. Restaurant owners usually oversee meal preparations, giving meals an extra personal touch.
The nightlife in Puerto Morelos consists of eating out and listening to live music performed at various restaurants. When going out in Puerto Morelos, proper attire is “anything goes!”
Marina El Cid Restaurant: Featuring seafood and International cuisine. Located in front of the Safe Port (marina), north of the town square. Has a fresh, large palapa with a full view of the marina.
Dona Triny’s Restaurant: Featuring traditional Mexican cuisine. Located next to the bookstore in the town square. A unique taste of Mexico!
El Viejo Pescador: Feature seafood and Mexican food. Located upstairs from the supermarket in the town square.