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16. December 2018 · Comments Off on Christmas in La Colonia · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog

Here is a quick peek (as promised here) of the Christmas lights in the main town square in La Colonia. Click here if you missed our post on the Christmas lights on the port side.  (Click any photo to see it full screen) 

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)

11. December 2018 · Comments Off on SHOUTOUT: The Burger Underground · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Shout Outs · Tags:

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.  

Each burger is made to order. 

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. 

This post is part of a new feature where we will send a SHOUT OUT to one of our local businesses, people or hints that could improve your vacation In Puerto Morelos. If you would like to be a part of this feature click here to find out how you can join in on the fun!

10. December 2018 · Comments Off on Cash Exchange Rates in Puerto Morelos for December 10, 2018 · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog

Here are the cash exchange rates for December 10, 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 

Cash Exchange RatesBuySell
US Dollar $19.4020.62
Canadian Dollar $14.2515.60
Euro €22.2223.65
Pound Sterling £24.7526.25
09. December 2018 · Comments Off on Christmas in Puerto Morelos · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Puerto Morelos, minus the snow. We thought we would share a few pictures of the town square, on the port side, so you could get a little taste of what Christmas is like in the tropics.

The Star of David over the gazebo!

The colours of Mexico wrapped around the trees. 
It’s not too late to spend Christmas in Puerto Morelos!

It is nice to see the square decorated. Even the nativity scene is set up below the big shiny tree. But the question is, “Will the baby Jesus make a guest appearance under the tree this year?” (Hint: He didn’t last year, must have been somebody’s day off!) 

We will have more holiday updates coming up for you from In Puerto Morelos. The square in the Colonia has an entire Christmas village and a big Christmas Posada is coming to the town soon. 

In the meantime, we hope everyone is having a great holiday season and are dreaming of your next visit to Puerto Morelos. 

06. December 2018 · Comments Off on New Chedraui: A Photo Essay · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog · Tags:

For those of you who aren’t in Puerto Morelos right now, we thought we would share with you some photos of the new Chedraui supermarket that just opened on the port side of our little town. Here are a few photos that we took as we watched the building of the store progress.

It all began on what was once was a vacant lot, occasionally used to park cars, store old equipment or host giant mud puddles…

October 28, 2018

It quickly grew into this.

October 28, 2018: Westside of the building.


Construction of the store was completed in about six months. And if you are wondering how you get a project this big done so quickly, this pictures explains how; many, many workers.

November 2, 2018: Westside

November 2, 2018: Eastside

November 17, 2018

And soon the glass was going in.

November 20, 2018

And once the glass went in. All sorts of things starting show up inside, like these shopping carts.

November 24, 2018

And then the cash registers (just 6 of them).

November 24, 2018:

Followed by shelves.

November 26, 2018

Then the cafe started to take shape and workers started training.

November 28, 2018

As the big day approached.

November 28, 2018

And then only one day later than predicted, Puerto Morelos had its second Chedraui. A Chedraui Selecto. It is slightly smaller and a little fancier than the one on the highway. It features a smaller selection of groceries and produce than the other Chedraui. It appears to have a pretty good meat counter,  decent wine selection, a cigar humidor and a fresh bakery.

Opening Day: November 30, 2018

There is a cafe with coffee and gelato. A place that makes custom sandwiches and a sushi counter. There is a cevicheria with ceviche and seafood. You can buy a bag of fresh popcorn or a hotdog. There is a special section that has a decent beer selection including craft and imports, plus you can have a glass of draft in the middle of the store!

There are no appliances, electronics or auto accessories. They have focused on beach-goers with sections selling coolers, sunscreens (including reef friendly ones) and beach toys. There is a small pharmacy.

It is located on the port side of town, half a block south of the square with access either Rojo Gomez or Rafael Malgar. Click here for a Google Map.

Opening Day: November 30, 2018

Open daily from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm.

It is nice to have the new Chedraui on the port side, but we will continue to support our local small businesses, like the Fruteria which was featured in this weeks SHOUT OUT.

04. December 2018 · Comments Off on SHOUT OUT to the Frutería · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Shout Outs · Tags:

This week’s SHOUT OUT goes out to our local frutería or fruit store on the port side of town. Tucked away on Ave Niños Heroes this little store is easy to miss, but don’t. This small space is packed with some of the tastiest fruits and vegetables you will ever have.

The always friendly Alexis and his aunt Bricis and Enrique restock their shop daily with fresh fruits and vegetables. But the real treat is their fresh squeezed juices. You can choose from orange, grapefruit, green, carrot or beet with carrot, all at a very reasonable price.


Plus they have an excellent selection of aguas de frutas (fruit waters) in orange, oatmeal, watermelon, lime, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, guava or jamaica (hibiscus, a local flower).

Local Tip: For great guacamole just ask Bricis, she is the best at picking out avocados! Tell her if you want them for “hoy” or “mañana”

In the mornings they offer precut fruit for breakfast.



Local Tip: If you don’t see what you are looking for ask. Many items are hidden away

They also carry a selection of dried peppers. Plus they have fresh eggs, spices and well, you just never know what you will find.

This store is so small that if you blink you will miss it, but it is big on selection. Located on Ave Niños Heroes, close to the lavandería (laundry) and across from the restaurant Puerto Verde. The frutería is open from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Saturday.

This post is part of a new feature where we will send a SHOUT OUT to one of our local businesses, people or hints that could improve your time In Puerto Morelos. If you would like to be a part of this feature click here to find out how you can join in on the fun!