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18. September 2018 · Comments Off on Shout Out: I Wanna Pizza · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Shout Outs · Tags:

This week’s SHOUT OUT goes to Marco and the staff at I Wanna Pizza. They have tasty, fresh, thin-crust pizza as you might expect, but they also have some sensational and unusual topping combinations that you have likely not seen before. Our personal favourite is the Especial… but the Tomorrow Land is not to be missed. There are many more to choose from, and Marco is always up to new challenges and is easily inspired. Do you have a special pizza combo you want? Just ask him! Recent classics have included his corned beef pizza for St. Patrick ‘s Day and pizza that looked like an American flag for the 4th of July. And don’t forget to ask what they have for dessert.

Local Tip: Order the salad, it is HUGE!

Not only is the food great, but I Wanna Pizza is a fun place to hang out. Marco and Paco are fun and attentive hosts. We always have a great time there. If you are really lucky “the real boss” of I Wanna Pizza will pay you a visit.

Cat Lovers Tip: Meet Nieves. She is “the Boss” at I Wanna Pizza 

And as much fun as it is to hang out with the guys at I Wanna Pizza, it is great to know that they also deliver for those nights you just don’t want to go out. Orders can be placed by phone at 998-381-3036 or 998-256-6821. Be sure to tip your delivery guy 🙂

This post is part of a new feature where we will send a SHOUT OUT, highlighting a local business, person or experience to enhance your time In Puerto MorelosLook for the “local hint” for insider tips.

If you would like to be a part of this feature or suggest a SHOUT OUT, click here to find out how you can join in on the fun!

And be sure to check out our suites at CasaDeLosViajeros.com

We still have some good dates available for 2018 & 2019

 

11. September 2018 · Comments Off on Video: A few seconds at the Beach at Puerto Morelos (September 11, 2018) · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Photo Post

A recent rainstorm re-arranged things at the beach and left us with a lovely view. Enjoy!

This video is the beach at the end of our street at Casa de los Viajeros. Check out our places at www.CasadelosViajeros.com 

We still have some great dates available for 2018 & 2019

 

11. September 2018 · Comments Off on Shout Out: La Sirena · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Shout Outs · Tags: , , , , ,

This week’s SHOUT OUT goes to the rooftop bar at La Sirena Resturant and Lounge. In the last year, Anthony and the staff have really upped their game by adding a beautiful rooftop terrace to their restaurant. It is a perfect place to enjoy a drink and tapas at sunset, or well into the evening. Here’s the view!

Local Tip: They have a happy hour from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday.

All this, plus they have a full restaurant downstairs that offers locally-inspired Mediterranean Cuisine using local ingredients. In the morning, they are open for breakfast (with Richard “Rickie Ricardo”) and they have a New York Style deli that is open in the afternoon. Check their extensive and diverse live music schedule for what bands will be playing and if you are looking to go salsa dancing, stop by on Friday nights. Monday evening is all about jazz. And if there is a sporting event you want to see, they are more than happy to show it on their screens.

This post is part of a new feature where we will send a SHOUT OUT, highlighting a local business, person or experience to enhance your time In Puerto MorelosLook for the “local hint” for insider tips.

If you would like to be a part of this feature or suggest a SHOUT OUT, click here to find out how you can join in on the fun!

And be sure to check out our suites at CasaDeLosViajeros.com

We still have some good dates available for 2018 & 2019

 

04. September 2018 · Comments Off on Shout Out: Tigres! · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Shout Outs · Tags:

This week’s SHOUT OUT goes to The Tigres de Quintana Roo. The great Yogi Berra once said, “Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.” And we can think of no better way than to spend a warm evening watching the Tigres de Quintana Roo and having a few cold beers in Cancun. If you haven’t been to a game yet, we highly recommend it. The tickets are inexpensive, easy to get, and there isn’t a bad seat in the house.

The Tigres de Quintana Roo are a Triple-A Minor League Baseball team that play in Cancun. The team is part of the “Zona Sur” (Southern Division) of the Mexican Baseball League and are owned by Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher Fernando Valenzuela. The Tigres won the Mexican League championship in their inaugural season and were dubbed: “El equipo que nació campeón” (The team that was born as champions); unfortunately, they have not had as much success in recent years, but they are always entertaining.

Local Tip: Get a guy!

The ball is fun to watch, but just being in the stands is an experience. There is always a lot of excitement going on. The music is loud. Hawkers walk up and down the aisles selling everything! Food and  drink of course, but also unusual souvenirs and noisemakers. There is a Tiger mascot who has loads of personality, and they even have cheerleaders with energetic, if not necessarily synchronized dance moves.

The best part is that once you find your seat, you never have to leave it to get a drink or snack. When you first sit down, you will be offered something to eat or drink by a man in the stands. He is now “your guy” for the evening. He will run back and forth to get you whatever you want. Beer, tacos, popcorn…. you name it! You don’t have to miss a minute of the game. At the end of the game, he will present “la cuenta” before you leave. At that time you pay him for your food and drinks along with a nice tip for all of his running back and forth. It is a very civilized arrangement.

Even if you did not like baseball, you could go to a game just for the food. You can get pretty much anything from ballpark classics like hot dogs and cotton candy to more Mexican favourites like tacos al pastor.

The Tigres de Quintana Roo’s season runs from March to September so the guys will be wrapping up their regular season games this week. You can find the schedule here. And you can buy tickets online here or at the ticket booth at the stadium in Cancun.

The Tigres play at Estadio de Beisbol Beto Ávila which is near Costco and the downtown Wal-Mart. You can take the ADO bus to and from the game, just keep an eye on the time at the ballyard to ensure you don’t miss the last bus back to Puerto Morelos. Eat, drink and enjoy watching the Tigres de Quintana Roo.

This is 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!

27. August 2018 · Comments Off on New 500 Peso Bill · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Photo Post

New 500 peso bill

The Banco de Mexico is changing the 500 peso bill. Gone are Diego and Frida in favour of Benito Juarez and a pod of whales. The bank made the announcement by producing this overly-slick video.

At first glance, the new bill seems to strongly resemble the current 20 peso bill, which will undoubtedly delight sketchy Pemex pump jockeys, but the new bill will be almost the exact same size as the current 500, so much larger than a 20. The other side of the bill features a pod of whales. The new bills have up-to-date security measures built in, to discourage counterfeiting.

This bill is the first of a new generation of Mexican bills, featuring Mexican history on one side and nature on the other.

The current 500 peso bill was introduced eight years ago and featured portraits and art by famous Mexican artists, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. These bills will still be accepted everywhere, but banks will no longer recirculate them.  Eventually, they will disappear.

 For reference, this is what the current 20 peso bill looks like.

For more information on Puerto Morelos, check out the rest of our site here on In Puerto Morelos. We just updated the restaurant list…again!

And be sure to check out our suites at CasaDeLosViajeros.com

We still have some good dates available for 2018 & 2019

24. August 2018 · Comments Off on Cash Exchange Rates in Puerto Morelos for August 23, 2018 · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog

Here are the cash exchange rates for August 23, 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 

Cash Exchange Rates Buy Sell
US Dollar $ 17.95 19.05
Canadian Dollar $ 14.05 14.95
Euro € 20.85 22.30
Pound Sterling £ 23.20 24.70

13. August 2018 · Comments Off on Cash Exchange Rates in Puerto Morelos Aug 13, 2018 · Categories: Do not use

Here are the cash exchange rates for August 13, 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 

Cash Exchange Rates Buy Sell
US Dollar $ 18.05 19.15
Canadian Dollar $ 13.40 14.75
Euro € 20.65 22.00
Pound Sterling £ 23.20 24.35

31. July 2018 · Comments Off on Cash Exchange Rates in PM for July 31, 2018 · Categories: Do not use

Here are the cash exchange rates for July 31, 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 

Cash Exchange Rates Buy Sell
US Dollar $ 17.65 18.70
Canadian Dollar $ 13.30 14.55
Euro € 20.75 22.10
Pound Sterling £ 23.40 24.85

23. April 2018 · Comments Off on Beach Reads: News from Puerto Morelos by InPuertoMorelos.com · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog · Tags: , ,

A grande “Hola!” from your favourite Mexican village and the latest news from Puerto Morelos. The busy part of the season is now over, and PM is “downshifting” into our summer season. It’s warm, quiet and uncrowded. A great time of year to be here! Stay with us at Casa de los Viajeros! Check out our very low summer rates!

The Big Dig

The big news is the continued renovation of the roads in the centre of town. It’s a very ambitious plan to bury all the utilities around the square, finish all the sewer connections and create new, stamped concrete roads & sidewalks. Like any renovation, it has caused some pain and inconvenience. Most businesses around the square bravely stayed open as much as possible, and spent a lot of time dusting and re-cleaning their windows. The work is not completed yet, so traffic is still being diverted and parking is difficult. In the end though, we will have much wider sidewalks for strolling and for the restaurants to use. We’re all looking forward to the work being completed!

The Colonia has been undergoing renovations as well. Roads are being paved,and many of the streets are now one-way. There is still a good amount of confusion over what direction traffic is supposed to flow, so be aware if you are driving there. The main roads close to the square are fairly well marked, but others are not. There are also some new, much needed parking restrictions near the square that are being cheerfully ignored so far.

Restaurant News

Amazingly, we continue to gain restaurants here in Puerto Morelos! At least four have just opened, or are in the process of opening. Hard to believe as we are just starting our low season!

We told you about “A la Burger” back in December. We thought their opening was imminent, but they took their time and finally opened about a week ago. They are a small chain from Cancun, but so far, they have been a hit in our town too. Burgers are hot and tasty, service is prompt and prices are low. They have a “fixin’s” bar when you can customize your meal. They have meal combos that are an especially good deal. You can get a burger with fries and a cold beer for 89 pesos or slightly less if you opt for a soft drink. You can sit out front or they have a pleasant garden area out back. Most of their menu is dominated by burgers, but they also have wings, salads, tacos, big onion rings and grilled meats. Al la Burger is located on Rojo Gomez, about a block and a half north of the square, right beside “I Wanna Pizza”. They are open every day from 1:00pm to 11:40pm. (Not sure why it’s 11:40, but that is what they told us.)

On the same street, closer to the square you will find another new place called “Santa Cecilia”. It’s a small space, formerly occupied by a nail salon. Despite its size, they have made space for live music! They have a good menu of burgers, fries, chicken, coffee and desserts. It just opened, so I have not heard any reviews yet.

Just before the heavy construction on started south of the square on Rojo Gomez, a small cafe opened right across from the Mayan Handicraft Market in a space that was occupied by La Parilla in 2017. We have not seen the cafe open lately, so we are not sure if they are still there, or they are just keeping a low profile until the road construction stops. We never saw a sign, but we think it is called “Cacao”. We’ll keep an eye on it and report back to you.

On a recent neighbourhood stroll, we saw signs going up on the old “Pancho Villa” restaurant site on Niños Héroes. El Sazón Mexicano is already advertising burgers, tortas, gringas and Tacos Al Pastor…which are three of my favourite words EVER, so having this place so close to home may work out nicely. No idea when they are opening, but I would bet soon.

We also noticed that folks are renovating the old Don Mexkal location on Rojo Gomez, which Mexkal moved from a couple of months ago. I was thinking that it was yet another new restaurant, but in fact, it will be the new location of an existing one; Panna e Cioccolato. Famous for their gelato and other cool desserts, they will move into the space soon, moving out of their old location on the north side of the square. They tell us they will they will close the current place on May 2 and hope to be open and serving up treats in the new location on May 4.

 

In other big restaurant news, La Sirena finally opened its long awaited rooftop bar. With great views of the lighthouse, the ocean and the centro, it has quickly become the place to be in town. In other La Sirena news, they are now open for breakfast every morning except Tuesday. Hosted by the affable Richard “Rickie Ricardo”, you will find a variety of breakfast treats including Huevos Rancheros, fresh healthy juices made to order, and mimosas. They open for breakfast at 7:30 am.

Two local entrepreneurs have teamed up and created something new on Niños Héroes. Jorie, the creative force behind “Finders Keepers PM” and the Saturday Markets has joined forces with Louise who opened the Aarom Cafe and Wellness Centre at the beginning of the season. Together they are “Finding Om”. They have done an amazing job on the place and even created a lovely “quiet space” garden in the back. The shop is full of locally sourced art, gifts, foods and more. The cafe has coffee, juices, smoothies, breakfast bowls, Buddha bowls, and more with all ingredients organic and found locally. The wellness centre has massage, Reiki, and other holistic treatments as well as yoga in private or small group sessions. They are open every weekday except Thursday from 8:00 to 8:00, Saturdays 8:00-3:00, Sundays 9:00-3:00. They promise lots of activities and events, even during the summer months.

 

Cancun hits middle age

The city of Cancun is just 48 years old this year. The city’s official founding date was April 20, 1970. It started with just nine hotels, financed by the Mexican government. The city now has 37,300 rooms and an average occupation of 79.8 percent for the end of 2017. It also recorded a record number of tourists, exceeding 5 million last year for the first time with the airport counting 23 million passengers.

The State Tourism Secretariat is reporting that they will add 8,622 additional rooms between Cancun and Puerto Morelos in the next year. 5,155 of those will be built in the Cancun Hotel Zone.

The photo above is from 1975 and was taken from the Hyatt Hotel. For all its glamour and party atmosphere, we just think of it as the city with our airport and our Costco.

 

 

Congratulations to Anne and Allan Elliott who celebrated 50 years of marriage recently in Puerto Morelos. Anne and Allan have been coming to PM for many years and are well known for giving back generously to the community. I think they have also tried every restaurant in town! Felicidades!

We hope you enjoyed getting caught up with all the news. For more up-to-date town info, please check out our voluminous website, www.InPuertoMorelos.com 

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19. April 2018 · Comments Off on Cash Exchange Rates for April 19, 2018 · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog

Here are the cash exchange rates for April 19, 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 

Cash Exchange Rates Buy Sell
US Dollar $ 17.05 18.57
Canadian Dollar $ 13.45 14.91
Euro € 21.57 22.95
Pound Sterling £ 25.00 26.40