Situated about 25 minutes south of the Cancun International Airport and only 35 minutes north of downtown Playa del Carmen, the onetime sleepy fishing village of Puerto Morelos has retained its small-town charm despite its growing popularity as a vacation destination for international beach bums. Today, Puerto Morelos offers a more laid-back, boutique vacation experience than what you will find in the Riviera Maya’s larger neighboring towns along the Mexican Caribbean coast.
“Puerto Morelos, Mexico, has been referred to as one of Cancun’s treasures of the Caribbean, alongside other stunning regions in the area, such as Holbox, Isla Mujeres and Contoy”, wrote TravelPulse. “This fishing village is well situated, perched at the edge of one of the largest barrier reefs in the world”.
Here are just a few of the many unforgettable things to do in Puerto Morelos, Mexico!
The Great Mesoamerican Reef (also known as the Great Maya Reef) is the second largest barrier reef in the world and Puerto Morelos offers easy access to all of the reef’s many wonders. Second in size only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Puerto Morelos National Reef Park offers many different snorkeling and diving tours that allow travelers to explore the stunning natural beauty of the Mexican Caribbean Sea. Affordable snorkeling tours are easy to find in Puerto Morelos and this is also a great shore excursion for travelers who are visiting Mexico’s Riviera Maya on a cruise ship.
“The Great Maya reef is teeming with wildlife and visitors who join a snorkeling tour will have the chance to see lobsters, seahorses and even sea turtles who frequent the area”, TravelPulse reveals.
The Riviera Maya is home to countless freshwater cenotes (pronounced “say-note-tays”), where visitors can swim, snorkel, dive and explore the pristine underwater cave systems that have been etched from the limestone bedrock of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula by an intricate network of underground rivers. Offering an experience unlike anything else in the world, the Ruta de Los Cenotes is a road that lies just south of Puerto Morelos where travelers will find a number of beautiful cenotes to explore, with endless opportunities to hike, bike and/or ride ATVs.
Spanning more than 330 acres of jungle, the Selvatica eco-park in Puerto Morelos is a local treasure with an impressive menu of activities and adventures. Visitors have access to several cenotes and can also experience zip lining, snorkeling, bungee jumping, a jungle coaster and a skywalk. Although the park is perfect for adrenaline junkies, there are also plenty of things to do here for travelers of all ages and skill levels.
Puerto Morelos definitely has a more intimate, small-town feel than what you would experience in some of the Riviera Maya’s big-box resorts and hotels, which are found along the corridor between Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum. Still, this laid-back Mexican Caribbean beach town is definitely not lacking in services, amenities or accommodations! In fact, there are more than 5,000 rooms in Puerto Morelos, including a wide variety of condos, smaller hotels and other boutique vacation rentals.
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