Discover Puerto Morelos

By Robert & Joanne Birce of Alma Libre

Puerto Morelos, Mexico
Tucked away in the Mayan Rivera is the small fishing village of Puerto Morelos. While most settlements along this Caribbean coast have exploded with growth, this little gem is still a picturesque, quiet, quaint town. It has beautiful white sand beaches, a healthy reef that is a national park, a mangrove with more than 150 species of birds, an impressive Botanical Garden, excellent fishing, over 27 restaurants including hard to find Asian food, and great shops including the largest new and used bookstore in the Yucatan. Located just 10 minutes south of the Cancun airport and 2km off of Highway 307, this little village is filled with surprises.

Puerto Morelos, Mexico
Puerto Morelos' most spectacular attraction is its reef with hundreds of varieties of fish, sea life and corals. The reef is only 2 meters deep (6 feet) at some points making it easy for snorkelers to get a great look at schools of brightly coloured fish along with rays, lobsters, eels, nurse sharks, turtles and more. For scuba divers there are many different dive sites including 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. This underwater playground is located directly in front of the village and only accessible by boat with a guide. Puerto Morelos also has world class fishing for Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado (Mahi Mahi), Bonito and Barracuda. Tours can be arranged through the local dive shops.

Puerto Morelos, Mexico
For nature lovers, Puerto Morelos maintains its healthy mangrove which feeds the reef and attracts birds and wildlife. A good place to catch a glimpse of the Yucatan’s many species of birds and other jungle creatures is at the Jardin Botanico. The gardens feature 150 acres of exotic plants labelled in both