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09. August 2017 · Comments Off on Arriving at the Cancun Airport · Categories: Do not use

So you’re thinking about coming to Puerto Morelos, Boo Ya! Once you have booked your accommodations, your next question will most likely be, “Which airport do I fly into?” Yes, we do get this question often. The answer is Cancun International (CUN). So we have put together some tips and hints on how to navigate the somewhat hairy Cancun airport when you arrive.

The next question usually is, “How do we get to Puerto Morelos once we arrive?”

We have gone ahead and made up a page that we will leave up on our website that gives you all the facts you need to know to get you here fast and hassle free. Just click on Airport Arrivals and read on.

09. August 2017 · Comments Off on Airport Arrival

Arriving at the Airport (updated for 2018)

Arriving at the Cancun airport is quite an experience. While it is nothing difficult or scary, it is something you should be prepared for. With a little knowledge and preparation, the whole experience will go faster and you will be on the beach quicker.

Cancun’s airport is quite large. There are now four terminals. They are numbered 1, 2, 3 & 4. Terminal 4 just opened in late 2017, so if you booked your flight a long time ago, your terminal may have changed. You will likely land at Terminal 3 or 4 depending on what airline you fly. If you come on a charter or a domestic flight, you may land at terminal 2. Terminal 1 is rarely used by the flying public.

Terminal 4 airlines include: Aero Mexico, Air Europa, Air France, Air Transat, Alaska Airlines, Condor, Frontier, Interjet, Lufthansa, Novair, Premiair, Southwest, Sun Country, Thomas Cook, Transaero, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, & WestJet.

Terminal 3 airlines include: Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, Evelop, Eurowings, JetBlue, Spirit, United Airlines & Wamos.

Terminal 2 airlines include: Aeromar, Copa, Cubana, Latam, Magnicharters, Sunwing, Thomson,Viva Aerobus & Volaris

The above information is subject to change, so be sure to check your air info carefully. 

On the plane they should give you two forms to fill in. (Did you pack a pen?) One is your tourist card, very important. It is in two parts, fill it in completely and sign it. They will take the top part and give you the bottom part. Hold onto this form! You will need it to leave the country. (Click the image to the left for a closer look at the form.) The other is a customs form. Very simple to fill out. Fill it out on the plane and it will save you time!

Some airlines are no longer handing out these forms, which will cause an inevitable mess at the airport as planeloads of vacationers try to steal pens from each other and fill out the forms. The safe way to avoid all this mess is to fill out your form ahead of time online at this website. There is no charge for this form, it is always free, so do not pay for it under any circumstances. Some unscrupulous sites will sell you this online form for money. Not necessary, go to the above website and it will be fast and free. (Imagine the smug look you can give your fellow passengers as you breeze through Immigration while they get all “Lord of the Flies” about the last available Bic pen.)

You will likely have a ramp connect to the plane and you will be dumped into the same part of the terminal where they handle departures. Tourists will be everywhere. The people flying out can be identified by their fried skin, bloated livers and “Hard Rock” T-shirts. Ignore them and look for Immigration. At Terminal 3, it is down one floor, there are signs for it all over.

Immigration is the “wild card” in the whole airport experience. You can be here for 30 seconds or stuck for hours. Often tourists make the situation more difficult by lining up in only one line, leaving dozens of inspectors with nothing to do. Have a good look at the situation and try to pick a good line, working your way to the right often works well.

The Immigration inspector will stamp your tourist card and hand you the bottom half. Say “buenos dias” and “gracias” and he will smile and welcome you to Mexico.

Now grab a luggage cart if necessary and walk to the baggage carousels. There are several marked by numbers and hopefully marked with your flight number. They have been known to switch carousels around, so watch the other ones too. Usually the luggage comes out quite quickly. This is where you will tell yourself you’ll never buy another @#$%& black suitcase because they all look alike. Next time you’ll tie a piece of ribbon to the handle or something. Next time…

Also, look around the carousels for your bag. The carousels are not big enough and bags often fall off or are put aside if they have made the trip around a few too many times.

Gather your bags and go through customs. This is one of the more bizarre procedures you will come across. There is a traffic light with a green and red light. You will be asked to press the button. If you get a red light, they will briefly search your bags. If you get a green light, you will sail right through. Note, only one per family needs to press the button. They may x-ray your bags at this point too. This is also where you hand off that little customs form they made you fill out on the plane. They are said to be phasing out the red light/green light system in Mexico, and they have disposed of it in Terminal 4, but you may still run into it in the other terminals.


Okay, you made it into the country with yourselves and luggage intact. Now, how are you getting to Puerto Morelos? Most of the tourists you flew with will be herded onto large buses and hauled off to their all-inclusives. You are probably handling your own transport. You have several choices. They range greatly in price. Driving time to Puerto Morelos is just 15-20 minutes.

Rent a Car: If you are getting a car for a week or more, book it at least a week out and get it at the airport. All the big companies are represented at the airport. We usually book our cars on Travelocity or Expedia (use the Canadian versions (.ca) if you are from Canada) and go with the cheapest option. Remember that the price will almost double when you add insurance. Most credit card insurance does not cover Mexico, and in any case, you want to make sure you have a 1-800 number that works in Mexico that you can call if you get in trouble or an accident. Renting a car for a day or two can be done in Puerto Morelos.

Book a Private Transport: There are a bunch of companies that do this. We like Jin from Abbey del Sol. You can book him here: A driver will be waiting outside the doors with a sign with your name on it. It’s seamless. Jin will also stop at a grocery store if you wish for a small extra fee.

For the ride back to the airport, the rates drop. You can grab a taxi in town for $350 pesos. Book at the kiosk, wave one down or contact us for the info of a driver.

Taxi: Book a taxi at one of the booths on the way out of the airport. Cost is about $70 US per taxi, up to 4 persons. It will cost about $25 when you go back to the airport from Puerto Morelos. The driver will be from Cancun and will likely not know anything about Puerto Morelos, so make sure you have directions to where you are staying.

Public Transport: Book it at the booth on the way out of the airport. Cost is about $20 US per person to Puerto Morelos. Two companies, Grey Line or Greenline. Booths near the exit. They will wait until they have at least four persons before they will make the trip. The driver will be from Cancun and will likely not know anything about Puerto Morelos, so make sure you have directions to where you are staying.

Bus: The cheapest option is the ADO bus which goes down to Playa del Carmen about every 30 to 45 minutes during the day. They stop at Puerto Morelos up at the highway. You will need to catch a local taxi to your accommodations. Cost is $110 pesos per person. The bus is available at all terminals. Look for an ADO bus booth or look for the big, modern red and grey ADO buses. You can buy your ticket right at the bus or at the booth. If you want to use a credit card, you need to buy at the booth. For the most up to date schedule, check out their website From the highway it is a short taxi ride ($30 pesos) or collectivo ride ($8 pesos) to the town square or a little more to where you are staying.

Walk: Not an option. The airport is way out on its own.


Note: Try to arrange your transport before you leave the airport. As soon as you step outside, you will be deluged with offers of transport and help with your bags. Official bag helpers wear blue shirts with logos on them. Unofficial guys will carry your bag anywhere for a tip, though likely they will try to take you to their friend’s transport company. Outside the airport is like running a gauntlet. Keep a firm grip on your bags (unless you want help) and get clear of the chaos. There are bars located to the left and right as you exit if you would like to get an early start on the fiesta.

If someone is meeting you at the airport, in Terminal 3, take a left AFTER you exit the airport. There is an official “meeting place” sign and a bar right there. They are most likely waiting for you right there. At Terminal 4, there is a special “Friends and Family” door to exit. Make sure you know where you are going before you exit the terminal, they won’t let you back in.

Other tips: The temperature change for you, especially if you are coming from a northern climate, is going to be shocking. This is where zip-off pants are priceless.

Time share guys are omnipresent at the airport. They will offer a ride to a resort for a 90 minute presentation and a whole pile of gifts. Know what you are getting yourself into. You may not be up to such an adventure after flying all day.

16. January 2018 · Comments Off on Puerto Morelos Taxi Rates

Puerto Morelos Taxi Rates (updated March 2016)

All rates listed are FROM the square to the destinations listed. Always confirm the price before you get in.

Colonia, Ojo de Agua, PlayaSol, Affecifes, Eden, ADO bus station, etc 25
Villas Morelos 1 30
Villas la Playa 40
Jungle Market / Spa (Sandra), Villas Morelos II, Villas Marinas 50
Zona Urbana, Calle 10 80
Desire Pearl, El Cid, Now Jade, Botanical Garden 120
Royal Resorts, Casa de los Los Angeles 120
Crococun, Punta Brava 150
Hotel Dorada Royal, Dreams, Excellence, Saphire, Ocean Coral & Turquesa, Acamaya Reef, Punta Caracol 200
Petempich, Silversands, Azul Sensatory, Zoetry, Azul Beach, Desire Resort Spa, Playa Secreto, Mayan Palace, Iberostar, Central Vallarta (Ruta de los Cenotes) 250
Punta Maroma, Leona Vicario 300
Airport, Tres Rios 350
Moon Palace 360
Cancun Centro, Cancun Hotel Zone, Playa del Carmen 400
Xcaret, Puerto Juarez 500
Punta Sam 560
Puerto Adventuras 600
Akumal 650
Xel-Ha 700
Tulum 800
Tulum Hotel Zone 1000
Coba 1100
Valladolid, Ek Balam 1300
Chichen Itza 1400
Chetumal, Merida 2000
18. March 2017 · Comments Off on Puerto Morelos Services

Puerto Morelos Services

We are providing this list of local services for your convenience. If you patronize any of these businesses, please tell them you heard about them on the “In Puerto Morelos” website. It makes us more popular around town.

Arriving at the Airport – If you are wondering what it is like to arrive at the Cancun Airport and how to get to Puerto Morelos from there, we have the complete rundown here.

ATM (ABM-Cashpoint-Bank Machine) – Best to use bank-affiliated machines as they have the lowest fees. There are several machines on the square and in the OXXO’s, but all are privately owned and thus have higher than normal fees. There are two bank-affiliated machines in the Chedraui supermarket and a CI Banco machine just outside the grocery store. We find the CI Banco machine has the lowest fees and is safe, as it is only open when the bank is open (9:00-9:00 Monday-Saturday-closed Sunday). There is another machine at the Bancomer in Super Aki Plaza.

There have been some skimming incidents in Puerto Morelos, so please examine the machine carefully for any tampering before using and watch your account afterward. Cover your pin when you type it in and change your pin as soon as you get home. 

Bank – Puerto Morelos has no bank in the main part of town. Your best bet is the bank machine. There is a new CI Banco bank at the Chedraui on the highway and a Bancomer at Super Aki Plaza. Both have machines.

Bike Rental – The Puerto Morelos Travel Agency has a tiny office around the corner west of the bookstore. They rent bikes by the hour, day, week or month. There are also bikes available at DiversPoint, and Puerto Morelos Green Bikes, website here. Some of the restaurants & tour booths along Rojo Gomez also have bikes.

Bookstore – There are precious few bookstores in the Yucatan, so Alma Libre Bookstore is a rare find. They have 20,000 books including new books on the area, the Maya and the birds and fish…plus lots of used fiction and nonfiction books. Maps & postcards & art & gourmet items too!

Botanical Garden Ya’ax Che – Located on the south entrance to Puerto Morelos. Open daily at 8:00. Admission charge is around 120 pesos. More info here.

Catering – Chef Miguel co-owner of Hola Asia restaurant will provide meals to your place in Puerto Morelos or Playa Secreto. He also offers cooking classes in your place. Click here for more information. Richard of Mi Cocina does catering, as does Anthony at La Sirena.

Cooking Schools – How better to bring a little of Mexico home with you than to learn to make some of the fantastic food you find here?

The Little Mexican Cooking School offers classes two days a week right in Puerto Morelos. Learn some new cooking skills, and then eat the results. You can book online through their website.

Mexico Lindo Cooking offers culinary experiences at their beautiful facility in the jungle 10 kilometres from the town square. Prepare a 7-course gourmet meal, and feel like a member of the family during this small-group experience. Once all the food is cooked, celebrate your culinary accomplishment with a traditional Mexican fiesta, complete with drinks, tequila shots and music. They have a variety of classes available or even culinary trips. More details at their website. 

Dentist – Dr. Carlos Escalante has an office just west of the square. 998-206-9157 NEXTEL 185-2583 Website Here. We’ve used him ourselves and would recommend him. He speaks excellent English. People have also recommended Dr Georgina Reyes Herrera, office in the Colonia 998-251-7595/998-169-3559

Diving – We love to snorkel, but diving is the best way to go meet the fish. We are lucky to have several good shops right in town to serve you. If you are staying at a resort, skip their dive shop and use one of the ones in town, you will save a plethora of pesos.

Om Delfin In front of Las Palmeras restaurant 998 108 1683
Aquanauts Dive Adventures In the Hacienda Morelos Hotel 998-206-9365
DiversPoint In Hotel Posada El Moro 998 189 3628
Dorado Buceo Caribe On Rojo Gomez, just south of Posada Amor 998 255 6284 (Ask for Cettina)
Buceo Xtabay Villas Morelos 1, Trasatlántico 25 L10 (Colonia) 998 208 9212
Tulaka Diving Niños Heroes, next to John Gray’s Restaurant 998 206 9176
Wet Set Diving Adventure In Hotel Ojo de Agua 998 206 9204

Doctors – We have a few good doctors in Puerto Morelos and a medical clinic. The doctors will make house calls.

Dr Doctor Veronica Serrato Quezada

Monday to Friday from 1pm to 6pm, Saturday from 2pm till 7pm

Office 998-253-4118 Cell 998-147-7034 (Cell 24/7)
Dr Ernesto Ramirez Esparza: (Speaks English) Call: 998-214-2081 or 998-228-6052 or 998-206-9377
Medical Clinic (Office in Pescadores just east of the highway – See map) 998-251-1478 / 998-201-2456
Dr. Benjamin De la Vega 998-285-9186 / Cel: 998-165-9955

Fishing – We always recommend Kathy Loretta of Puerto Morelos Fishing. She has the best boats and crew. Daytime phone 998-848-8819. Evening phone 998-206-9206. Cell Phone 998-201-9805. She speaks English and Spanish. Alternatively you can go down to the dock and talk to one of the captains there or arrange something through one of the dive shops. You can also arrange snorkeling this way.

Golf – I’ve never had the bug, but I know there are some of you who need to swing the wrenches even on vacation. Here are a few courses near PoMo.

  • Mayan Palace golf course. Closest to PoMo (14kms), just south of town near Playa Secreto. Website.
  • Iberostar golf course. Just a little further south. More info.
  • Mayakoba El Camaleón Golf Club. About 22 kms south, this course, designed by Greg Norman, hosts an annual PGA tournament. Website.

Grocery Store – Puerto Morelos now has a real, live grocery store, Chedraui. It has everything you would expect to find in a small supermarket, including baked goods, hardware items and liquor. There is also another store a little further north on the same road called Super Aki. Aside from a few beautiful beer sales, there is nothing you can find at Aki that you can’t find at Chedraui, so if you only go one place, go there. On the port side of Puerto Morelos, Casa Martin on the north side of the square has the basics including produce, eggs, bread, snacks & alcohol. There are an abundance of small “Supers” (convenience stores) all over town, most with beer. There is also an OXXO convenience store on the south west end of the square and another at the entrance to town. Alma Libre Books & Gifts has a selection of locally made gourmet items, coffee, honey, chocolate and more.

There is a small, but good Produce Store on Ninos Heroes across from Siempre Sano restaurant, just north of the laundromat. Fresh produce, juice, eggs and other staples available. They open early at 7am. You can watch him make fresh juice all day. You cannot get it any fresher!

The Wednesday morning Produce Market by the Church and the many produce trucks that roll through town will keep you in fruits and vegetables. The fish co-operative on the square has the best and freshest fish anywhere. Mariscos del Puerto on Av. Ninos Heroes has frozen fish, shrimp and steak. They are open Monday-Friday 9-5 and Saturday/Sunday 9-3. A bakery truck rolls through town every evening at dusk with baked treats. For more grocery selection, Playa del Carmen and Cancun both have Sam’s Club, Chredaui, Mega, Wal-Mart and Soriana. Cancun also has Costco.

There are 2 very good produce markets located in the Colonia. These markets specialize in fresh fruit and vegetables.  We especially like the fresh squeezed orange juice for around $15-$25 pesos/litre. (look in the big white cooler for a variety of juices.) They also have fresh meats, chicken, pork and other items next door.  You never know quite what you are going to find, so they are definitely worth checking out.  The first store is located 3 blocks behind the Pemex, on the corner of the road that runs beside the Pemex and the wide street.  The second location is one or two blocks further west (toward Villas Morelos).  If you ask the bus or taxi driver to take you to Chulim, they will be able to help you find them. There are a couple of larger grocery stores there too. See our Puerto Morelos map for exact locations.

Gym – There are at least two, both on the other side of the highway.

  • Alligator’s Gym is located right on the highway just south of Super Aki. Open daily, except Sunday.
  • El Gym del Puerto is in the Colonia, Calle Trasatlántico Mz 25 lt.2 Villas Morelos 1. Open daily except Sunday. M-F 6:30-10:30. Saturday 7:00-1:00. Tel: 998 147 9128

Handicrafts – For sure you should check out the Mayan Handicraft Centre located around the corner from the bookstore on the main road, across from Spaghettino restaurant. Mauricio’s hammocks are located there among other shops. There are also many places around the square and Tesoros Mayas just south of OXXO on the square. Also check out our selection in our gift section at the bookstore.

Hardware – There are a couple of stores on the highway, I have had the best luck with Matereials Colonia or Tauro in the Colonia. You need to know how to ask for what you want as the products are behind the counter. Prepare to act out what you want. I have imitated taking a shower many times to get a shower part. Don’t ask how I get toilet parts. Cancun & Playa del Carmen have a Home Depot stores, which is surprisingly well equipped and feature some of the worst and loudest in-store music you will ever hear.

Internet – Stay in touch with loved ones…or just rub it in that you are in paradise and they are not! There is one internet cafe in town, beside the OXXO on the square, Cafe de Amancia has machines and printers and there is also free WiFi with purchase at several restaurants.

Mail – The Mexican postal system leaves much to be desired. It is not quick, but reasonably accurate. Good for sending postcards. Not good for sending vital time-sensitive materials. For that we have fax, email and FedEx. Lovely Puerto Morelos postcards are available at Alma Libre Bookstore. Stamps are available at the grocery store on the square. Best to mail them at the airport.

Money Exchange  – We only have one in town and it handles cash only. Exchange rate is posted above the window. Located in the mall on the north side of the square. They will not cash traveler’s cheques. If you are changing US dough, you need to show your passport. It’s not their policy, it is federal law. Count your change. These folks are notorious for short-changing. You will get a better rate at CI Banco beside Chedraui grocery store.

Newspaper – The local English newspaper is the “USA Today Cancun Edition” which comes out daily. It is available at several locations around town including the grocery store. As an alternative, pick up one of the local Spanish language dailies. Some of them are quite outrageous and have lots of pictures, some of them quite tasteless. In Playa del Carmen and Cancun you will be able to find other papers like the New York Times.

Perito Traductora – The Mexican government may require you to have officially translated documents if you are applying for visas etc. You can’t just have anyone translate the documents for you, they must be approved by the state. Catherine Gray from Felipe Carrillo Puerto is now an official translator for English/Spanish or Spanish/English. Costs for this service depend on the work, but her rates are lower than can be found in Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Contact us for her contact information.

Rental Accommodations – See our list

Restaurants – See our lengthy list 

Snorkeling – Our main attraction in Puerto Morelos is our Federally protected healthy reef which attracts thousands of fish, creatures and plant life. There are a variety of ways to book a snorkel trip, the easiest is just to head sown to the dock and catch the next boat going out. It’s a quick boat ride to the reef and they should take you to two different locations. Cost is about 25 USD or peso equivilent, which includes Park admission. Make sure you receive a wrist band. The money from the sale of the band goes to protect the reef. All the guides are trained. If the guide “Charlie Brown” is available, go with him. He’s a special guy. You can also arrange a trip through one of the Dive Shops or with Diving Dog Tours.

Spanish Lessons – A little Spanish goes a long way here. Give it a try! For private or semi-private classes, try Marilu and Victor. I don’t want to publish their email address here because of spam, so write to us and we’ll send it to you. They get excellent reviews and teach all levels.

Spa Services – Your hotel will have all kinds of spa services, but for a real local experience, try the Jungle Spa. Skilled local Mayan women will treat you at a price that is much, much lower than your hotel. Full treatments are offered Tuesday through Saturday, limited appointments on Sunday during the season. Appointments can be arranged other times. Spa is easy to reach by taxi or car. Website Here. Map to the spa here.

Martina who lives in Puerto Morelos offers Massage, Body, Facial and Esthetic Treatments. She will come to you. Contact her through her website.

Manicures and pedicures can be booked at Aquarius, on Avenue Ninos Heros north of the square. The staff does not speak English, but they are very kind and welcome visitors. You can also get this service from Carmen in the Colonia. Her shop is called “Glamour”, it is on our Puerto Morelos map.

Telephone – To call locally or back home, your best bet is Skype or another online calling program. You can also get a Ladatel Telmex card and use it in one of the payphones around town. Local calls are about a peso a minute and long distance to the US or Canada is about 5 pesos a minute. The cards never expire. There are a variety of discount calling cards available, but we have never had any luck with them. More info here

Tours – Former Puerto Morelos shrimp taco magnate Eric is now designing and conducting tours of our area. Small groups ensure a better experience than your hotel can offer. Reviews are very good. Website Here. The travel agency also books tours.

Travel Agency – Located around the corner from Cafe de Amancia. Offers tours plus car and bike rentals. Website Here. Be aware that there are “fake” travel agencies that are just fronts for time share sales. You can save big money on tickets, but you will have to go to a presentation, usually three hours.

Yoga – Lots of options for yoga in Puerto Morelos

  • Mina Wigueras has yoga classes on the beach three times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:15 am. Meet up in front of PlayaSol. 50 pesos.
  • During the season there is yoga at Abbey del Sol, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8:15
  • Melissa has yoga classes, contact her through her Facebook page.
  • Casa Om – Contact them through their webpage.
  • Coco does advanced yoga Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:00 am in the gazebo on the square. Contact her through her webpage.

Zoo – Crococun is just north of town on the east side of the highway. Kids will love it…and adults will too. Telephone: 998-850-371

25. January 2016 · Comments Off on In Puerto Morelos

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 This small fishing village, located on the Caribbean is only a 15 minute drive from the Cancun Airport.  At the start of the Riviera Maya, Puerto Morelos has some of the best beaches in the area, yet remains relatively undiscovered.  It is a hidden gem.

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Cancun too busy?  Playa del Carmen too crowded?  Then Puerto Morelos may be the place for you.  This laid back beach town is a tranquil oasis in the Mayan Riviera chaos.  On this website you will find:

  • Visitor Information in Puerto Morelos
  • Condos and Houses to rent in Puerto Morelos
  • Fishing in Puerto Morelos
  • Snorkelling in Puerto Morelos
  • Restaurants in Puerto Morelos
  • Real Estate in Puerto Morelos
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  • Daytrips and tours from Puerto Morelos
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29. April 2011 · Comments Off on Town Info

Puerto Morelos Practical information
This is our list of practical information and advice for the visitor to Puerto Morelos.

In Town:

The Reef: In short, the Reef rocks. It’s our pride and joy and we protect it like our child. Therefore, you can’t go out to the Reef without a guide. You must also wear a life vest. These precautions protect you and the Reef. Our over protectiveness means the Reef is very healthy and you will see a good variety of sea life. We can’t recommend a trip out to the Reef enough (picture jumping into an aquarium.) You can go with one of the dive shops in town, or to go in a hurry, go out with the next boat going out from the dock. The price will be around $25 USD or equivilent pesos. Make sure you get a park bracelet. (The bracelet fee goes directly to reef protection) They will take you to two different locations for about two hours. The guides are trained and certified.

The Beach: The beaches belong to the people of Mexico and they don’t mind if you use it, so go ahead. There are no private beaches in Mexico. The only stopping point in our area is the Federal Dock (where the big ships are). You can’t walk across it, but you can go around it. The big hotels can’t and won’t stop you from walking on the beach. Our sand is clean and white and stretches forever. We do get sea grass on our beach, it’s a by-product of a healthy reef. The good news is that the reef calms the big waves so our beach is easy to swim.

Groceries: There are no big chain stores in the main part of Puerto Morelos. Our biggest market is on the square called “Casa Martin”. It has most of your basics. There is a good fruit and vegetable market every Wednesday morning beside the Church. There is a very good produce and juice store on Ninos Heroes, the road just west of the main road, see our Puerto Morelos map for exact location. Alma Libre Books and Gifts on the square sells high-quality Mexican coffee and some specialty gourmet items.

In town there are dozens of “mini-supers” that offer everything you would expect to find in a convenience store.

In the Colonia, on the other side of the highway, you will find a full supermarket called Chedraui. There you will find everything you would expect to find in a supermarket. There is also another big store a little further north called Super Aki. Aside from some excellent beer sales, there is almost nothing you can get there that you cannot get at Chedraui, so no real need to go there. It’s on our map too.

The Colonia has some other smaller grocery stores and a couple of produce stores.

For a wider selection, Playa del Carmen has a couple of large supermarkets on the highway (Chedraui & Soriana) and a Sam’s Club. They also have a Mega and a Wal-Mart. Cancun has everything including Costco, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Soriana, Chedraui and Commercial Mexicana. You should not have to go to Cancun or Playa for groceries though. Chedraui and the local places should cover you.

Fish: This is a fishing town, so if fish is your wish, you cannot….mish. Fishermen go out every day except Sunday. Their catches will show up at the fish co-operative (the building with the big gates between the supermarket and the corner.) Prices are good and the fish are as fresh as they can be. You can also go fishing. Trips are usually half-day and can be arranged on the dock, at one of the dive shops, or ask us and we’ll hook you up.

Drinking Water & Ice: All the restaurants in town use purified drinking water and ice. They wash the veggies in purified water. There is no reason to worry. Bottled water is inexpensive and available everywhere. You can brush your teeth with the tap water. If you open your mouth in the shower you will not die. You are far more likely to get sick from too much sun or tequila than the water, salad or ice.

Staying Healthy: While we’re on the topic, to stay healthy be sure to pace yourself and keep your hands clean, especially before you eat. Hand gel is a great thing to carry. Be careful of taking too much sun. It is very powerful! Bottled water is cheap and plentiful in Mexico.

Doctors: We a few medical options in Puerto Morelos. Dr. Veronica speaks English and will make housecalls! Her office is on the main square at the back of the mall on the north side of the square. We have not used the doctor; but we have only heard good things about her. There is also a clinic in the Pescadores neighbourhood just east of the highway. We’ve heard good things.

Dr. Veronica Serrato Quezada 998-253-4118  Cel: 998-147-7034
Medical Clinic (Office in Pescadores just east of the highway) 998-251-1478 / 998-201-2456
Dr. Benjamin De la Vega 998-285-9186 / Cel: 998-165-9955

There is a municipal clinic in the Colonia, their hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 10:00 pm and Weekends 8:30 to 8:00.

Dentist: Dr. Carlos Escalante has an office just west of the square. 998-206-9157 NEXTEL 185-2583 Website Here. We’ve used him ourselves and would recommend him. He speaks excellent English. Dr. Gena Reys Herrera speaks some English. Her office is in the Colonia. Call 998-251-7595. You can save hundreds of dollars having dental work done here. Many people take “dental vacations”. They save big bucks, get all their dental work done, and recover on the beach. Nice!

Dress Code: In Puerto Morelos? Uh…no. We’re a very casual town. Shirts and shoes in restaurants of course and proper attire is expected if you are entering the church, but you won’t need your jacket and tie here, (though wandering about town in your Speedo will not make you too popular.)

Weather: This will be the least of your worries. Days tend to be hot & sunny. If we do get rain, it will likely come down with attitude and then move on. Evenings in December and January can be “coolish”, you may wish to carry a light jacket. Beware of regular weather sites, they often show us with rain when there is none. WindGuru is the only site we believe.

Dining Out: Long, lingering, lazy meals will be one of the highlights of your visit to Puerto Morelos. We have some great restaurants here, ranging from cheap local places to world-class cuisine. Please note that your waiter will not bring you your bill until you ask for it. Bringing the bill before you request it is considered rude, and simply not done here. Your bill will will include tax (IVA) but will not include service (propina). The exception is Playa del Carmen, where a 10% tip will often be included on the tab. Watch for it in Playa, so you are not tipping twice.

Tipping: Wages are low in Mexico, so your tips do make a big difference. Standard is about 10-15% at restaurants. You may encounter more tipping opportunities. The person who bags your groceries for example is a volunteer and only gets paid in tips. Also anyone offering to help you with your bags or helping you back your car out of your space. We tip the Pemex guys if they clean the windshield.

Be careful crossing the street. In a crosswalk, in theory you have the right away, but don’t bet on it.

Getting Around

Pedestrians do not have the right-of-way here. Do not wander out into the street or you are likely to become part of it.

Bus: Forget the “chicken bus” imagery in Mexico. Buses are great here, much better than in the US or Canada. Always buy the best class ticket you possibly can to get the most direct and best service. To take a bus to Playa or Cancun, you must get up to the highway using a cab or collectivo or your feet (2kms). There is a bus station on the east side of the highway. Buses to Cancun or Playa depart every 15-20 minutes and cost a mere 22 pesos. From Cancun or Playa’s bus stations, you can literally go anywhere in Mexico. Check the ADO website for prices and schedules. At the time we wrote this, a new daily service to Merida from our town had started, with a stop in Valladolid.

Collectivos: Mexico could simply not run without collectivos. These are white vans that run a set route, in town or between towns. Prices are similar to a bus, but much less than a taxi. The in-town collectivo (5 pesos) runs a route around the town, then goes to thhighway and runs a route around the Colonia. Tell the driver where you want to go and he will work with you. You can use the collectivo to get to the bus station on the highway.

There are other collectivos that run to Playa and Cancun. You can catch them on the highway. If you are going to Cancun or Playa, take the bus over the collectivo. Less crowded and direct.  

Taxi: Puerto Morelos may be a small town but we have more than 100 taxis. Rates are set, not metered. Agree on a price before you get in. There should be a rate card in the taxi, you can ask to see it, or look at the big rate sign on the square. You are not expected to tip, but we always do if he gets us to our destination safely…without running anyone over. You may be able to work out a deal on long distance destinations or have the taxi wait for you while you visit or shop along the Mayan Riviera.

There is a taxi rate sign at the taxi stand on the square. Click Here for current taxi_rates

Driving Yourself: Yes you can drive in Mexico! Renting a car is not necessary as the bus system is excellent here, but it does give you the most flexibility and freedom. Rates tend to be best if you rent for a week or more and book a week or more in advance and pick up at the airport. To rent for a short period of time, you can get a car in town.

Your credit card car rental insurance may not cover you in Mexico, check with your company. Whatever insurance route you choose, make sure there is a toll-free number you can call if you have problems. In case of an accident, police can throw all parties in jail until they determine who is at fault. You will want to be able to call someone to help you. 

When you get your rental car, go over it with a fine-tooth comb and point out any scratch, dent, defect, chip or blemish to the rental guy. They will charge you for any new dings. Check your tires and spare for air and tread. Check your windshield too, look AT it not through it and point out any chips or cracks.

Driving is relatively easy here. Roads are good and the whole peninsula is flat as a tortilla, so you don’t have to deal with hills. The toll road to Chichen Itza/Merida is freakishly expensive, but sometimes worth it. See DAYTRIPS for more information. There is now a shortcut now to the free road which saves a lot of time. The free road to Chichen is narrow, slow and laden with topes (speed bumps) but is perfectly safe. The Cancun/Puerto Morelos/Playa del Carmen/Tulum road is very fast and very good. Cancun has traffic circles and aggressive drivers. Give the taxis (there are a million of them) and the buses a wide berth and you will be fine. Use your turn signal when you turn, and know that you and I are the only ones using them.

Your car rental agreement will likely state that you can’t take the car to Cozumel or Belize.

Don’t speed, wear your seatbelt, stay off the phone and you won’t have to worry about the police. If you do get stopped, be calm, cool and dim. Really dim. If they really want to give you a ticket, ask for the ticket. They will likely let you off. If you decide to settle things by the side of the road, talk the price down like you are bargaining for a blanket in the market. No more than 200 pesos should do it. There are police checkpoints outside Cancun and Playa. They may stop you. They likely just want to know where you are going and where you are coming from. Again, be polite and calm and you will be on your way.

Please note that traffic around the Puerto Morelos square is one-way (clockwise).

Where to Stay

Like all of Mexico, you have a wide variety of choices of where to hang your hat, depending on what you want, need and are willing to spend. We can help fix you up with a cool condo or fully-equipped apartment for your stay of a week or more, CLICK HERE or you can choose from a variety of hotel rooms, from all-inclusive resorts, spa resorts, beachfront hotels, or inexpensive rooms or hostels…all in Puerto Morelos!

As you look for places to stay, you will see there is a wide spectrum of prices you can pay for a night. In general, the closer you are to the beach, the more you will pay. In the main part of Puerto Morelos, you will always be close to the beach, but you may be some distance from the square depending on where you rent. Many new rentals have sprung up in the Colonia. They vary in greatly in quality and they are a lot further from the beach obviously. Be sure to research carefully so you know where to are renting. 


Mexico has its own currency with bills and coins called the Mexican Peso. (Currency symbol MXN) Pesos are written with a dollar sign just like Canada and the US, which can lead to some horrifying moments for new visitors when they think that a simple burger is more than one hundred dollars.

There are several bank machines in Puerto Morelos which work with your foreign card and dispense pesos. There are two in town are affiliated with national banks which have lower fees than private ones. One machine is in front of the police station the other is in the OXXO on the square. There are more in the Colonia, the best being at the Chedraui grocery store or CI Banco. The machines work well with cards from all over the world, but occasionally run out of money, especially on weekends. There is a machine in the OXXO off the square that you can use as well. Do not use the “Cashola” machines in front of the little mall on the north side of the square. High fees! Always check any ATM machine over carefully before using. Pull on the card reader and keyboard to see if it is loose or suspicious. We have had card skimming incidents in Puerto Morelos. Cover your pin as you enter it and monitor your bank account carefully as you travel. Change your PIN when you get home as a precaution.

There are no banks in town the main part of town, there is one called CI Banco at the Chedraui and one called Bancomer in the Super Aki Plaza. There is an exchange booth right on the square to exchange your cash dollars (US or Canadian) or Euros. You need a passport to get pesos for U.S. dollars. If you use the exchange booth, count your money before you leave. Short changing is very common at this location! CI Banco by the Chedraui will also exchange foreign currency for pesos. They usually give a better rate than the booth on the square. Bring your passport. 

We recommend changing your money and using Pesos in Mexico. Using the ATM is the best way to get pesos. US dollars are usually accepted, but you will likely not get an attractive exchange rate. Credit cards are NOT accepted at most businesses and restaurants in Puerto Morelos. You can likely get pesos from your bank at home for a pretty decent rate.

Post Office & Stamps: We do not have a post office in Puerto Morelos. You can get stamps at the supermarket. The Mexican postal system is improving, but is still quite undependable and slow. You will likely beat your postcards home, but they are still fun to send. There is no mailbox in town. Mail them at the airport on the way home or in Playa or Cancun if you happen to go there. Alma Libre has the only postcards in town that feature Puerto Morelos. They also have blank all-occasion cards.

Other Essentials

Laundry: There is a laundromat on the main road just north of the square and one more on the road behind. Prices tend to be around 10 pesos for 1 kilogram of laundry. Drop it off and pick it up later. No need to waste valuable vacation time rinsing out your unmentionables.

Phoning Home: This has improved greatly in the last few years in Mexico, but you still need to be careful. The easiest way to phone home is to use Skype or get a “Telmex/Ladatel” phone card at the pharmacy. They come in three sizes, 30 peso, 50 peso or 100 peso. Calling the US or Canada will cost 5 pesos a minute, so you are getting 6, 10 or 20 minutes depending on which you buy. Local calls (including  Cancun) are about 1 peso a minute. Calls to Playa del Carmen and beyond cost more. To call a Mexican mobile phone, you need to dial 044 + area code + number.

Insert your phone card with the computer chip facing up and towards the phone, then hit the “abc” button. This changes all the instructions to English and makes things so much easier…assuming you speak English…which you must if you are reading this. To dial Canada or USA dial 001 + area code + number. The card will count down your time and mercilessly cut you off when your time is up.

If you have time left over, keep your card for your next call or next trip to Mexico, they don’t expire.

We do not recommend using your credit card to call. Charges can be outrageous. Also calling from your resort or hotel room can be an orgy of overcharging, check their rates first. There are other calling cards you can buy locally, but we have never had any luck with them, except to jimmy open doors. Don’t call collect, unless you really don’t care for the person…they will likely get nailed big time. A recent collect call from Puerto Morelos cost us $50 for eight minutes! If you must call collect, dial 090 to get the operator.

Skype, Google Phone or Magic Jack work well here.

Electricity: We have the same power as the rest of North America, it is 120 volts give or take. A good idea is to pack a little surge protector if you are bringing sensitive electronics. The power in Mexico has greatly improved in the last few years, but there are always exceptions. (Power is expensive here so please don’t waste it. We find the fresh ocean breeze is much more pleasant than air conditioning.)

Internet: The cheap and easy way to stay in touch. Available at the internet cafe beside the OXXO or there are several restaurants where you can get WiFi free with a purchase. There is free internet in the square courtesy of the local government. You have to sign up for it.

Bugs: Mosquitoes don’t tend to be a big problem in town, the breeze keeps them down. If they do come out, it will be at dusk. Avoid being out at that time or use a little repellent. You’ll need bug spray if you go to the Botanical Garden. We sell organic repellent at the bookstore.

Bano: There is now a public bathroom on the square open most hours in the morning and evening. One of our sage pieces of advice for travel in Mexico is, never turn down an opportunity to go to the bathroom…so if you are in a restaurant or bar, take advantage of the facilities!

In all banos, you will find a wastepaper basket beside the toilet. You are supposed to throw all your paper in there, not in the toilet. This is true in small hotels, restaurants, bars and people’s homes. It may seem strange, but please don’t mess up their plumbing because it feels weird to you.

Massage: There are a few places in town that can rub your troubles away. The best deal by far is the Jungle Spa, where all treatments are available from professionally trained Mayan women for less pesos. You can contact them to book an appointment for most days except Monday. Call Sandra (998) 208-9148.

Gasoline: A Pemex is located on the highway at the Puerto Morelos turnoff. Pemex is the only gas station in Mexico, though the government will allow competition soon. They usually don’t post their prices on the sign. There are a billion stories of people getting ripped off at the gas station. Get out of your car after you pull up and keep an eye on everything and it won’t happen to you. Make sure they reset the pump to zero and count out the cash when you hand it to the pump guy. Most of our fueling experiences have been positive, including the occasional Pemex that cleans your windows and (gasp) vacuums your interior as you get gas. Tip for good service. Fuel price in December 2016 was 13.98 pesos a litre.

Church: Everyone is welcome at the big Catholic church on the square “Iglesia de San Jose”. Services are at 7:30PM on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Services are in Spanish as you might expect. They have recently posted a sign that they have English services Sunday at noon. I am not sure if it is just for the season, or permanent.

Time Zone: We are in the Eastern Time Zone. We do not go Daylight Savings Time, so we are permanently on Eastern Standard Time (EST). This is our current time and date (in 24 hour format)

Have we missed anything? Write us and let us know if we have left a gap in your knowledge.

23. April 2011 · Comments Off on To Do

Visitor Information for Puerto Morelos

The first thing you need to know about Puerto Morelos is that we are a very small community.  Located just south of the Cancun Airport, at the beginning of the Mayan Riviera, this town of about 10,000 people is one of the oldest along the Mexican Caribbean coast.

The port in Puerto Morelos was originally used to export chicle.  Chicle was the gum base taken from the Manilkara chicle, a tropical evergreen tree native to the area.  There were five narrow guage rail lines which used to run from different areas in the Yucatan into Puerto Morelos’ main town square.  This, along with the excellent fishing off of our coast made PoMo the place to be before Cancun or Playa del Carmen were even thought of.

Today, the town still remains small and relatively undiscovered despite the rapid growth around it. Perfect if you want a place to relax and enjoy the white sand beaches without the crowds.  Puerto Morelos is located a very short boat ride from the  Palancar reef, the second largest reef system in the world, giving us amazing diving, snorkelling and fishing.  The reef directly in front of Puerto Morelos is a national park.  By protecting the reef we have preserved its fish and corals.

Puerto Morelos also offers some of the best restaurants in the area.  With over 40 different dining locations, you will find something to suite everyone`s tastes.  From fresh fish to great steaks to yummy desserts, we have it all.

12 Cool Things to do in Puerto Morelos

Haven’t been to Puerto Morelos is a while or not at all? Here are a dozen good reasons why you should visit this charming little fishing village.

Go Snorkeling at the Reef
Puerto Morelos’ most spectacular attraction is its reef filled with hundreds of varieties of fish, sea life and corals. This underwater playground is located directly in front of the village. PoMo is a marine Reserve so snorkeling at the reef must be done with a guide. There you can see rays, lobster, eels, nurse sharks, turtles and more. For scuba divers there are many different dive sites including a sunken military ship with swim-throughs.

Alma Libre BookstoreVisit the Bookstore
Puerto Morelos boasts the largest English bookstore on the peninsula. What better way to relax, unwind and enjoy the sun than with a great book. Alma Libre Bookstore, located on the central square, has more than 20,000 new and used books to choose from including: Mayan culture and cooking, how to learn Spanish, travel and nature guides plus maps of the area.

Get Close to Nature
You can explore the plants and animals of the area by visiting either Crococun and/or the Jardin Botanico. If you want to get close to nature, really close, then Crococun is a must. Despite its rather cheesy name, it is a great adventure. Admission prices include your own private guide who will introduce you to the wildlife of Puerto Morelos. To see the native plants of the area visit the 150 acre Jardin Botanico. Three kilometres of pathways lead you through the lush grounds with plants labelled in both English and Spanish. Watch out for the monkeys! They usually swing by in the afternoon.

Go Fishing
Puerto Morelos offers world class fishing for Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado (Mahi mahi), Bonito and Barracuda.
Tours can be arranged through the local dive shops, right on the pier or by contacting Diving Dog Tours ( Two large fishing tournaments are held every May and June. If you’d rather let someone else do the fishing for you, stroll to the fish co-operative on the square which reels in the catch of the day for a low price.

Visit the Jungle
What better reason to go to the jungle than to relax and get a Mayan massage. The Jungle Spa has “the” best massages in the area. And every Sunday (during the season), at the same location you can visit the Mayan Jungle Market. This is your chance to buy unique handicrafts directly from Mayan artisans, plus enjoy fine food and learn some traditional Mayan dances.

Learn Something New
If you are looking to expand your horizons you could try learning Spanish. PoMo has lots of excellent Spanish teachers. Or you could become a better cook by taking a class at the Little Mexican Cooking School.

Take a Long Walk along the Beach
With miles of white sand beach and turquoise water stretch along the Caribbean coast, Puerto Morelos is one of the few places left where you can walk for hours. Dotted with natural sea grass, exotic sea shells and scurrying Sandpipers, a stroll along the coast line is a great way to wash away your stress.

Do a Little Shopping
Shopping in Puerto Morelos comes without the hassle of “Come On… Take a Look.” Several shops carry hammocks, clothing, jewelry, art and more. For locally made crafts, you can visit the Mayan Handicraft Centre where you can see local artists working in their shops as they create something special just for you.

Enjoy the Restaurants and Cafés
A Pleasant Surprise…. Puerto Morelos offers world class cuisine! In this little town you will find some of the best restaurants in the Yucatan. There are excellent coffee houses and restaurants. You can indulge your taste buds in home cooked Mexican, Argentinian empanadas and steaks, fresh Italian pastas, Greek delights and of course fresh seafood. Plus you may find a bar or two where you can enjoy a drink and listen to live music.


Take a Picture of the Lighthouse
Ravaged by a hurricane in 1967, Puerto Morelos’ old light house now leans heavily in the sand in front of the new lighthouse. Since then it has survived a handful of hurricanes and became our town symbol. To take a really great photo, walk out to the end of the dock and look back.

Bird Watching
With over 150 species of birds calling the Mangroves & jungle their home, it’s a great place to see birds and wildlife you have never seen before.

Relax and Enjoy Life
Along the crowded Mayan Rivera, Puerto Morelos is a quiet departure, where life moves slowly and stress is a foreign concept. It’s a great place to work on your Spanish, get a massage, take a yoga class or just hang out in a hammock.


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Other cool things. Check out cenotes (underground rivers and lakes) on the nearby Ruta de Cenotes. Ride a zipline in the jungle. Take a tour to the ruins or Rio Lagartos to see birds and crocodiles.