…a small, nearby city that might be worth visiting…
I read some recent stats that argued that only 40% of Americans have passports.
It’s probably true and all the Europeans use this data to poke fun at how uncultured Americans are.
But in Europe you don’t even have border crossings!
In one day you can drive to three different countries and not even realize the change – which I also think shows a lack of culture.
I have to admit that we Americans aren’t great at leaving the country.
But there are some people who are worse than those without passports.
They are the Cancun tourists.
They land in Mexico and they spend all their time on one tiny strip of sand.
I’m not saying they should travel far.
Even as far as Playa Del Carmen.
But they don’t even realize that there is an amazing fishing village just a few miles away.
Where Is Puerto Morelos?
Puerto Morelos is on the coast just 13 miles south of Cancun.
It’s about halfway between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen.
When you come from Playa Del Carmen it takes less than 30 minutes to reach Puerto Morelos.
It’s close by and easy to reach, but it’s extremely quiet.
Don’t come here if you want to go chasing women.
But perhaps if you need to escape your woman it’s a good place to come.
Tell Me More About Puerto Morelos
In the center of town is the historic lighthouse.
It’s not much use anymore as it’s leaning further than me after too many cocktails.
In fact I’m not even sure how it’s still standing.
I call it the leaning lighthouse of Puerto Morelos.
But the locals call it the Silent Witness to storms.
It’s survived Hurricane Beulah in 1967, Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, and Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Wow!
Nearby is the town square.
It sells all kind of souvenirs, usually at cheaper prices than Playa Del Carmen and Cancun.
But the best time to visit is on Wednesday morning.
They have a fresh produce market so you can come here and get yourself some fishy bargains.
Puerto Morelos used to be where the cruise ships docked and took people to Cozumel.
However, the ferry port is now redundant as the boats now leave from a new place south of Playa Del Carmen.
What Do You Do In Puerto Morelos?
The main reason to come here is for the beaches.
They’re underdeveloped and uncrowded.
Rather than ritzy bars on the beach they have wooden shacks where you can even get yourself a massage.
There are also some great seafood restaurants along the sand – perfect if you’re trying to impress someone.
Relaxation is the focus here.
Don’t come expecting jet ski rental or all-day drinkathons and beach volleyball sessions.
Bring your towel, find a quiet spot, and forget about the world.
Snorkeling In Puerto Morelos
The whole Yutucan Penninsula is great for snorkeling so why should you bring your snorkel and mask to Puerto Morelos?
Well, imagine you’re snorkeling along.
A nice fish here.
A nice piece of reef here.
And what’s this!
A German man in speedos in the water!
When you snorkel you want to see marine life.
Not unsightly men!
Puerto Morelos is much less visited so you shouldn’t get any strange humans filling your line of vision.
The reef is also better preserved than elsewhere along the coast.
The best time is around midday when visibility is greatest and the fish start going crazy with the sunlight.
What I like best about snorkeling in Puerto Morelos is that you have to go with a certified guide.
This helps preserve the reef.
Local dive shops offer these trips from $20 – 40 USD per person and include all the equipment you need.
It’s worth it because they take you to the best spots.
What You Should Bring To Puerto Morelos?
The best thing about Puerto Morelos is you don’t need to bring anything.
Just a towel, some sunscreen, and a bit of cash.
You don’t need a map or a guide.
Everything is within walking distance and easy to find.
Most of all, you should bring all your worries and stresses.
Bottle them up and then go to the Puerto Morelos beach.
When you leave you’ll find that all these worries have disappeared.
Should I Visit Puerto Morelos?
If you’re on a chick hunt or plan to get wasted for your whole vacation, then don’t come to Puerto Morelos.
But if you want to relax in a pristine environment then this is a perfect place to unwind.
It’s cute, quiet, and the snorkeling is amazing.
I will see you in this little gem of a city soon!
Lots of love,
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