Puerto Morelos is a sleepy village located at the extreme north of the Riviera Maya, just 22 miles south of Cancun.
It is the only deep-water port in this neck of the sands. But the port’s serenity lies in stark contrast to the peppy scenes of the surrounding 80 miles of beaches running down the Riviera Maya towards the ruins at Tulum. Along the way, the sands are dotted by hotel-resorts, sprawling cities like Playa del Carmen, theme parks, block-long discos, shopping malls and the like, together drawing over 8 million visitors a year.
So it’s no wonder that word about Puerto Morelos’ oasis of tranquility is getting out. But its the village-like charm, and endless opportunities for adventure, that have visitors returning year on year.
The town center consists of the Zocalo, a few stores selling supplies and souvenirs, an English bookstore, a dive shop and some great restaurants. And on the waterfront, ‘Pelicanos’ serves up delicious, fresh seafood with unobstructed views of the Caribbean.
The coastline forms part of the National Marine Park, making it ideal for scuba diving and reef snorkeling. But deep sea fishing remains one of the most important activities, and the fishing season runs year round. Some of the species found in abundance here are Red Snapper, Groupers, Amberjacks, Barracuda, Sailfish and Mahi Mahi.
Local ecotourism operations and excursions from Puerto Morelos often celebrate the area’s natural diversity, and offer adventure experiences that run the gamut. Whether mountain biking, ziplining through the jungle, getting to explore a cenote, or swimming in the second largest coral reef in the world, there is always something to do in Puerto Morelos.