October also saw the completion of much of the street construction which included the lighting of some of the new street lamps in Puerto Morelos.
Halloween was a huge event this year, with candy being given out to over 700 kids, thanks to donations from locals & visitors, all under the supervision of the uber-organized of Jorie at the mexiCAN Compassion Project.
November also saw the completion of the new palapas around the square, which provide more shade and more seating areas for the businesses.
December brought with it the north winds, which cleaned up our beaches making them beautiful.
And of course, in spite of what the Grinch wants, December always brings Christmas, even to the tropics. The town really went all-out on its light displays both on the port side and in La Colonia.
As the sun sets on 2018, we see that it was a year with lots of changes and growth in our little town. Here at InPuertoMorelos.com we try to keep you up to date on everything that goes one. This year more than 87,000 people visited our blog, reading our more than 65 posts.
We hope that you enjoyed them all! May you have a happy and prosperous 2019 and may it find you InPuertoMorelos.
2018 started off with this amazing sunrise. A sure sign of good things to come.
As it is every January, the town was in fine form with lots of visitors to our little village, including this guy.
In February, traditionally the town’s busiest month, La Sirena Restaurant and Lounge opened its rooftop bar giving us new views of the lighthouse, the town and of course the star of the show, our ocean.
In March the town began construction on a major renovation of the streets surrounding the square.
The plan was to bury the electrical cables and repave the streets surrounding the square and to the south.
As you can imagine, this was no small undertaking and the construction… well, let’s say it took some time. Check out the car in the photo above, which was parked as the road was torn up around it!
In April, we took a tour of La Colonia with Ana. It was a great way to get to know Puerto Morelos just a little better.
Also in April, a new cafe opened, called Aarom on Ninos Heroes
Meanwhile the construction carried on, making for rather interesting traffic routes through town as many roads were closed.
May brought about the official end of high season, as many of our visitors flew away until next year.
That left many of us locals with a little more free time on our hands to enjoy the summer months, and have some fun.
Maybe a little too much fun! But summer is a great time in Puerto Morelos. It is when the normally busy business people get a chance to reconnect. The restaurants aren’t too busy, so owners quite often have time to stop and share a drink or two. Here we’re sharing a laugh with Ian from La Sirena and Marco, the boy wonder genius behind I Wanna Pizza.
Will you be wearing red or yellow underwear when you ring in 2019?
If you haven’t noticed, even the Chedraui on the highway in Puerto Morelos sells red and yellow undergarments. It is a Mexican tradition to wear a pair of either colour when you start off the New Year. If you wear red panties, you are hoping for a year filled with romance and love. If you wear yellow panties you are hoping for a year of prosperity, luck and money. You can’t just wear any old pair of underwear, they must be a new pair, worn for the first time as you ring in the New Year. And my firends tell me they should be a gift!
There is nothing better than plucking a fresh pair of gonch off the Christmas tree to decide your fate for the upcoming year.
So what colour underwear will you be wearing as you ring in 2019?
This year, Christmas Day falls on our usual SHOUT OUT TUESDAY, so we decided to make this week’s SHOUT OUT to Christmas in Puerto Morelos! We dug into our voluminous archive and found some photos of past snow-freeNavidads spent here in Puerto Morelos. (Click any of the photos to view them full size)
This was 2002, our first Christmas in Puerto Morelos. We look so young! (Rob cannot explain his hair except that it was very windy!)
2002: We quickly learned that the kids sing Christmas carols in December to raise money for their Christmas party at school. Our shop on the square was a convenient stop to collect some coins from the cornered Canucks. Who could resist these faces though!
2002: This was our first time seeing a nativity scene in Mexico. We were quite surprised to see that the “baby Jesus” was a real live baby!
2002: And what would a nativity scene be without a big Christmas fish! (We still can’t quite figure that one out.)
In 2007, it was standing room only at a Mexican Christmas celebration at the church in the main town square.
2008: Puerto Morelos celebrated with two different Nativity scenes, one inflatable.
2009 featured a Posada where Mary, seen here on the back of a real donkey led by Joseph, went from business to business singing a song that asks for room at the inn. As per the Christmas Story, in response, the business owners turn them away. Eventually they are allowed in, and the celebration begins.
2010 brought us another Posada, even bigger than the year before.
In 2014 was memorable as we found a baby raccoon stuck in our garbage can at Christmas time. It was an unusual situation, and nobody was particularly pleased. We and the raccoon all agreed that he should not be there.
Unfortunately, we had no raccoon experience at that time, having grown up in Calgary, but a knowledgeable guest helped us (and the raccoon) out by sticking a palm frond in the can, giving the masked beast a ladder to escape. Despite this inauspicious start, the raccoons visit regularly now.
2015 Was the year of the many years when our Nativity scene was not quite to scale.
2017 Was the year that the baby Jesus never showed up. Mary and Joseph just kept waiting… right through into 2018, but still no baby.
UPDATE: We are happy to report that on December 27th, 2018 the baby Jesus did arrive, fashionably late.
One of our oldest memories of Christmas in Puerto Morelos is this garage on Rafael Melgar (near Chedraui) that hosts an annual elaborate Nativity Scene. The homeowners leave the garage door open so that any passerby can enjoy it. They have been doing it every year since we moved here. It is one of the beautiful sights we get to see during the Christmas season in Puerto Morelos.
Hola again from your favourite town in Mexico, Puerto Morelos! This is Part II of our Beach Reads Town Update (Part I here), pointing out what is new and notable here in paradise. (Click any of the photos to see them full screen)
With the new Chedraui opening, Super Aki apparently decided they needed to up their game, so they expanded the store using most of the new space for a better produce section and a brand new fresh bakery.
The Aki Plaza is also adding on. A whole new building is still under construction, but we know half of it will be devoted to a Banco Azteca.
Also, a whole new plaza has also sprung up where the car wash at the entrance to town used to be. A bunch of businesses have already moved in. Capitán Kay is a seafood restaurant with treats like fish tacos, tostadas and fish & chips. They are getting good reviews for their food and for their creative, nautical decor. They are open daily noon to 7:00 except Wednesday.
Also in the plaza is a new beef place called Cornelli’s Grill. They feature various kinds of grilled meats including ribs, arrachera, rib eye, chorizo and chicken. Ownership is the same as My Little Italy. They are open from 4:00 to 10:00 daily except Tuesday.
Closer to the ocean, nestled between the main roads of Rojo Gomez and Niños Héroes you will find a new boutique called Almar azul. Inside you will find all sorts of treasures, casual wear, swimwear, jewellery, decorative items and more. All cleverly designed and very local.
We watched the owners lovingly put their shop together over a period of weeks, and now they are open! Check out their unique items at their store, which is easy to find between the two main roads, one block north of the square, near Taninos and Blue Morelos. Their Facebook page has a map which will get you very close.
The restaurants in Puerto Morelos have joined up to hold more special events in Puerto Morelos throughout the year. The aptly-named Puerto Morelos Restaurant Association has staged one event already, a traditional Christmas Posada. Held at Don Mexkal, the event had food, drink and traditional Christmas music.
Most importantly to the kids though, they had piñatas! Sweet, festively- dressed children become different people when handed a pole and pointed at a piñata! It’s all about the candy inside, and the paper mache creation is just in the way!
What a great event to be a part of! Look for more events from the Restaurant Association in 2019.
Hope you enjoyed our Beach Reads updates. Wishing you a Feliz Navidad and a fabuloso 2019. Hope your plans include a visit to Puerto Morelos!
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Hola from your favourite town in Mexico, Puerto Morelos! We’ve had a busy fall and the whole town is gearing up for the busy tourist season and for Christmas. (Click any of the photos to see them full screen)
It has a smaller grocery selection than the Chedraui on the highway and features a cafe, sandwich shop, sushi counter and a place to get ceviche. The store has a good wine section, a specialty beer area (where you can get a draft beer) a bakery and a small pharmacy. The new store is located just south of the square on Rojo Gomez. Of course, we will continue to support our small businesses, like our produce/juice store on Ninos Heroes, but this will save us some trips up to the highway for sure.
Speaking of Sushi, the talented Pablo Espinosa (formerly of El Nicho & La Guaya Cafe) has now opened a Japanese restaurant called Oishii Puerto Morelos.
Their menu features rolls, salads and rice & chicken dishes. Early reviews are very good. The restaurant is located on Rojo Gomez in the spot where La Guaya, and before that, Carpe Diem was. They are open daily except Monday from 5:00-10:00. Here is a link to their Facebook page with more information. (Don’t go by the map on their Facebook page though, it’s inaccurate. Use our PM Restaurant Guide map link instead)
Another much anticipated opening was The Burger Undergound. They gained fame and fans through their “delivery only” burger business, but now they have a restaurant on Ninos Heroes. Their menu features burgers and fries served fresh, fast and custom-made when you order. They are open daily noon to 9:00 except Tuesday. Here is a link to their Facebook Page with more info. They were also the subject of one of our InPuertoMorelos.com SHOUT OUTS earlier this month.
I would be remiss in not mentioning that our beach is looking good these days. The entire Caribbean had an invasion of Sargasso in the summer. Crews worked diligently every day to remove it, largely by hand, but it was often like shovelling during a blizzard. Now the currents have changed, and our shores are looking like they should again.
Here are the cash exchange rates for December 21, 2018 at CI Banco in Puerto Morelos. I post these rates on occasion so that you can compare these rates with the rate your bank or the ATM may offer. To see where the rates have been in the last couple of years, search “exchange rates” on our page at InPuertoMorelos.com
It is that wonderful time of the year, the time when the Sunday Jungle Market starts up for the season. That’s why this week’s SHOUT OUT goes out to the Sunday Jungle Market as it begins December 23 and runs every Sunday throughout high season.
The Sunday Jungle Market was the brainchild of Sandra, the creator and curator of the Jungle Spa. She wanted a way for visitors to Puerto Morelos to get involved with the community, to meet the people one on one and to learn some of the Mayan traditions. Not what you really expect from a market, the Sunday Jungle Market is so much more.
Yes, there are wonderful local foods and crafts that you can buy, but there is also a dance show the contains plenty of surprises. And this year Sandra promises a new “merging of the cultures” dance show that is bound to be fun and entertaining.
This is a unique and exclusive Puerto Morelos experience that the entire family can enjoy, where you can meet the local women and their charming families. You may even make some friends and you will definatly feel like you are part of our community.
And don’t forget to go to the Sunday Jungle Market hungry so that you can enjoy the delicious Mayan breakfast & treats made by the local women.
The Sunday Jungle Market happens every Sunday, December through April, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Enjoy the Pre-Hispanic Mayan dance, “Jarana,” starting at 11:30 AM. There is no admission fee, but the money you spend goes toward supporting local familes. The market is held at the same location as the Jungle Spa. You can get there by car or taxi.
This post is part of a feature where we will send a SHOUT OUT, highlighting a local business, person or experience to enhance your time In Puerto Morelos. Look for the “local hint” for insider tips.
Santa’s village in the North Pole now has a sister city here in Puerto Morelos!
Complete with a place for Santa to warm his toes! We are sure there are more than a few kids in town that can’t wait for Santa to arrive.
There is a huge Christmas tree with a nativity scene below it. And as per tradition here in Puerto Morelos, there is no baby Jesus under the tree… because, of course, he hasn’t been born yet. So we will all wait for Him to show up on the 24th of December.
Plus there are some great places for photo ops, so if you get a chance make sure you make it over to the park in La Colonia. (And watch for Santa)
What started out as an idea in Joe’s kitchen, quickly grew to the most popular delivery service in Puerto Morelos, The Burger Underground. Now Joe has made the big leap from delivery only to a full-service restaurant that has some of the best burgers in town.
Serving good, hot food, fast, The Burger Underground makes each order individually. So, even though you can get your burger quickly, should you be in a hurry, each burger is still custom made to your individual preferences. Along with top-quality fresh ingredients, the buns are sourced locally in Puerto Morelos and are baked specifically for The Burger Underground every day.
With a creative, very local menu (can you figure out who the CJ SUNDAY is named after?) The Burger Underground has everything from your “not so basic” cheeseburger to The Yanik, which features a beef patty topped with Oaxaca cheese, gravy and fries right on the burger! Maybe just a little taste of poutine in there.
The Burger Underground is also making a conscious effort to be environmentally friendly. They wrap their burgers in paper and do not use styrofoam or plastic containers.
Local Tip: You can substitute the beef patty in any burger for chicken or a veggie burger.
Located on Ave Ninos Heroes, right across from the Coatimundi Park on the port side of Puerto Morelos, The Burger Underground is open from 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM every day except Tuesdays. And not messing with their roots, they still have delivery. You can call them at 998 353 8838. And don’t forget to “like” them on Facebook. The Burger Underground is will be a hot contender to be this year’s winner of the Best Burger in town during our annual Best In Puerto Morelos Survey.