About Puerto Morelos
Puerto Morelos, is located at the main entrance of the "Riviera Maya" at only 15 minutes (18 km / 11 miles) south of the Cancun International Airport, down the coast of the State of Quintana Roo.
In Puerto Morelos tranquility reigns with open skies, long stretches of beach and a small townatmosphere. This is the place to come and relax: watch the sunrise on the beach, meet the locals, explore the natural wonders such as the coral reef 500 meters from shore, work on your tan, or simply soak up the serenity. Wedged between the bustling cities of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, it has maintained its peaceful atmosphere of a charming Mexican fishing village living up to its nickname “La Joya del Caribe” (Jewel of the Caribbean). The community, a mix of locals and foreigners, works hard to protect Puerto’s status as a National Marine Park and keep development to a minimum. Its close proximity to the airports and bus terminals makes Puerto Morelos a perfect base for exploring the Yucatan peninsula.
Puerto Morelos is a nature lover’s paradise. The great Maya reef is located 500 m off the shore and offers exceptional diving and snorkeling. The mangroves in back of the town are home to hundreds of species of birds and a variety of wildlife. You can get up close and personal with some of the local animals at Crococun and find out more about the flowers and plants in the region at the nearby Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marín Botanical Garden. Snorkeling (note: link to Almost Heavens tours) tours and scuba diving tours are offered by a number of outfits in town as well as tours to the jungles you can explore the local cenotes.
At night, Puerto lives up to its affectionate nickname of Muerto Morelos (Dead Morelos). Puerto has no late night discos, clubs or bars and that’s the way locals prefer it. Nighttime activity here is dining at one of the local restaurants, meeting people in the square or visiting friends at home. That’s not to say that Puerto doesn’t party. There are monthly dances held with live bands that last until the wee hours and almost all major holidays are celebrated with some kind of fiesta such as the Carnival’s five-day non-stop party.