Picture the mesmerizing beauty of Cancun’s turquoise blue water, the unparalleled soft white sand beaches of Isla Mujeres, and the world-renowned marine life found off the island of Cozumel. Now, imagine all three of these Caribbean treasures coming together to create the ideal, tropical paradise. Do you think this sounds too good to be true? Well, think again. You can find all of this when you visit the relaxing, coastal town of Puerto Morelos, Mexico.
Originally a small Caribbean port city located between the popular beach destinations of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, the town of Puerto Morelos – which retains some of its original fishing village character – has become one of the most heavenly vacation spots throughout the entire Riviera Maya. As one of the best kept secrets of the Yucatan Peninsula, Puerto Morelos is the ideal get-a-way for those truly looking to escape the craziness of everyday life. You won’t find any clubs, packed streets, or spring breakers here – this is a real grown up spot where relaxation and rejuvenation are key.
However, don’t let its tranquility fool you. There are plenty of things to do in Puerto Morelos. For those who enjoy a little activity and exploration, Puerto Morelos’ Reef National Park is sure to impress. That’s right, along with its stunningly calm waters and white sand beaches, Puerto Morelos also offers guests a glimpse at some of the region’s most vibrant marine life. Home to a section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, this slice of paradise offers its guests access to some of the most rewarding water activities, including boat tours, sailing, snorkeling, and scuba diving to name a few. In addition to the diverse marine life found at the barrier reef, Puerto Morelos is also home to multiple exotic landscapes, including a number of famous cenotes (sinkholes), lagoons, and mangroves – all of which offer a unique glimpse at life below the surface.
In big part due to the work of local environmental activists, Puerto Morelos is home to the most well-preserved section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. That’s right – a front row seat to the sea’s most spectacular treasures is just a step away. With a portion of the barrier reef closer to land in Puerto Morelos than anywhere else in Mexico, Puerto Morelos is the ideal spot for snorkelers and divers who desire to get up close and personal with the water’s residents.
Furthermore, due to its ideal location, Puerto Morelos is conveniently located nearby additional dive sites in neighboring towns such as Cozumel, Cancun, and Isla Mujers. This provides guests with numerous options when selecting the perfect day at sea.
For beginners who are just blowing their first bubbles, a section of reef located just offshore of Puerto Morelos lies between 30 and 35 feet (10 and 12 meters), the perfect depth for your first dive and snorkeling activities. Here, participants will stumble upon numerous tropical fish and even the occasional sea turtle – yes, sea turtle!
You can’t mention Puerto Morelos and its unmatched marine life without mentioning two of the region’s most friendly faces – the sea turtle and Caribbean dolphin. Did you even know that you could swim with dolphins in Puerto Morelos? Well, you most definitely can! Our very own Dolphin Encounter Tour and Turtle Snorkel and Cenote Swim Tour are amazing options for those who wish to meet and greet these incredibly friendly sea creatures. Whether swimming with sea turtles or interacting with the local and energetic dolphins, you are sure to love your time with these local favorites as they make their way through the warm Caribbean waters. This is an experience the whole family is sure to remember for a lifetime.
In short, the vibrant marine life found in Mexico’s Riviera Maya – especially at Puerto Morelos – is nearly impossible to beat. With numerous water activities ranging from beginner to experienced, and the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the most miraculous marine life the world has ever seen, a trip to Mexico’s Puerto Morelos should be a no brainer. Just remember, after your exciting Puerto Morelos excursions, the calm scenic beaches of this one of a kind caribbean fishing town await you. The tranquility of its surroundings paired with jaw-dropping ocean views (and perhaps a glass of top shelf tequila) are the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate. That is, until you wake up and wish to do it all over again.