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12. March 2018 · Comments Off on Cash Exchange Rates in Puerto Morelos for March 12, 2018 (updated) · Categories: Do not use

Here are the cash exchange rates for March 12, 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 

12. March 2018 · Comments Off on Restaurant Survey · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog · Tags:

2018 Annual The Best In Puerto Morelos Survey

Back by popular demand! Here on our new Beach Reads Blog we wanted to continue on with an old tradition, the annual Best In Puerto Morelos Restaurant Survey. Tell us what you think! What is your favourite place to eat, drink or be merry In Puerto Morelos!

We encourage you to take part. We want to know what you think, what your favourite places are in town, and a few other questions thrown so that we can make your InPuertoMorelos experience better.

You have one week to complete the survey. Polling will close at midnight on Monday, March 18, 2018. Then watch for results to be published on

Please note: One survey per person please. No stuffing the ballot box!

Please note: One vote per person please. No stuffing the ballot box!



08. March 2018 · Comments Off on A Trip South · Categories: Day Trips · Tags: ,

If you take a trip south in Puerto Morelos, you will find “South Beach”, as the locals call it, an area you may not know. It is a long strip of wide, white sand beach, scattered with shells and strong waves that break on the shore.

There are a couple of different ways to get to South Beach. The easiest would be to take a cab to Marina El Cid and then just head straight to the beach and walk south. But if you do this, you will miss out on the sights along the way. We recommend that you either take a bike or walk. If you take a bike, which we recently did, it takes about 30 minutes to get out to the furthest point, Punta Bravo. If you were to walk you are looking at over an hour. The total length of the trip is about 6 km (3.7 miles) each way.

If you are biking you can follow this google map, it will get you most of the way there. We have filled in the rest of the missing path.

To bike or walk, you take Ninos Heroes as far south as you can, then turn right and then left as the road dead ends. Continue to walk or bike south until you come to a gate/guard house on the road, the guard will wave you past. If you are walking, at this point you want to turn left and take the road on the right side of the cement wall. The road will take you toward the beach where you will see a small path. Take the path to reach the beach.

You can stop there and enjoy the beach. or you can head south and walk along the sand to Punta Brava.


If you are biking, you continue south at the guard house. To your right you will pass by a natural area that is a great place to see birds in the early morning. But also, keep you eyes open for crocodiles. We recently spotted this guy. You will pass by Hotel El Cid and then you will ride through the middle of the Grand Residences. After this the road quality will go down, but you should still keep going. When you pass the last building, Hotel Los Angeles, the road will end. At this point you can push your bike a few hundred meters to Punta Brava.

Chances are you will find yourself alone out on the point with nothing but the sun, sand, shells and surf. So take a picnic lunch, some water, sunscreen, a big floppy hat and enjoy your stay. It’s a great way to spend a day InPuertoMorelos.


05. March 2018 · Comments Off on The Other Lighthouse · Categories: Day Trips · Tags: , , ,

Did you know that besides our famous leaning lighthouse and the new lighthouse beside it, there is a third lighthouse in Puerto Morelos? There is! It’s called Punta Brava and most people have never been there. It may take a bit of a walk or a bike ride to find it, but it is worth the trek. We recently took a bike ride out there…. and at the end of the road, after about 30 minutes…. you will find this!

As you venture further south, you will find a beautiful beach that is much different from the beach in the center of town. Once you get past the hotels, there are only a few houses, then nothing but beautiful, white, deep sand! And very few people.

The reef is much further from the shore here, so you will find the beach scattered with shells. The shoreline is a little rocky in places, but it makes for a great place to watch tiny crabs jump in and out of the tide pools.

Further up the beach you will find leafy green plants that help keep the sand in place. The plants are dotted with theses pretty purple flowers.


The white sand with the rugged, rocky coastline are a sharp contrast from the tranquil beach in Puerto Morelos. Punta Brava is beautifully natural with the waves crashing against the rocks.


So when you want to get away from the “crowds” of Puerto Morelos, head to Punta Brava. We’ll show you how we get there on our next blog post. Be sure to subscribe to so you don’t miss any new news about the town we all love.

03. March 2018 · Comments Off on Cash Exchange Rates in Puerto Morelos for March 3, 2018 · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Photo Post

Here are the cash exchange rates for March 3, 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 

23. February 2018 · Comments Off on Cash Exchange Rates in Puerto Morelos (Feb 23, 2018) · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Photo Post

Here are the cash exchange rates for February 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 

Exchange rates

23. February 2018 · Comments Off on Puerto Morelos On Location · Categories: Our Favourite Things · Tags: , ,

Did you know that Puerto Morelos has been used as a location for many films, TV shows, commercials, and music videos. Everything from Mexican telenovelas to Spanish music videos have been shot here. One of the most recent videos featured American country superstar Dirks Bentley. His follow up song to the hit “I’m Getting Drunk on a Plane”, was titled “Somewhere on a Beach”, and Puerto Morelos played the part of the beach. You will likely recognize Unico and Que Hora Es in the video.

And HGTV is no stranger to Puerto Morelos. They have taped many episodes of their popular series House Hunters International as well as Mexico Life here. They featured real estate agents Amber Pierce and Kim Temple.


Before the tragic death of their lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan, Irish rock band The Cranberries shot their last album cover here in Puerto Morelos. In this picture you can see our local crew from Mayan Riviera Grip.

Popular Spanish pop band La Oreja de Van Gogh (Van Gogh’s Ear) did a walkabout around Puerto Morelos and the Ruta de Cenotes for their video featuring the song “Las Noches Que No Mueren” (“The Nights That Do Not Die”). If you don’t blink you will see a quick shot of the iconic Alma Libre Bookstore in the video.

And supermodel Heidi Klum created quite a stir when she visited our little fishing village to film a perfume ad. She really did “Shine” when she took over the dock at Pelicanos.

Puerto Morelos is such a beautiful and diverse location that we make a great backdrop for filmmakers. These are just a few of the more popular pieces that have been shot on location in Puerto Morelos. Our beautiful little town makes a great location and a great backdrop for your next vacation.

13. February 2018 · Comments Off on Packing Tips · Categories: Our Favourite Things · Tags: , , , ,

We love to travel and we do it as often as we can. Usually our journeys are within Mexico, but we recently completed an 11 week trip through Europe, which had us staying at 16 different vacation homes and renting four cars (which turned into 6 cars after 2 broke down on us) and taking a variety of trains, planes and ships for transport. Moving around this much, we found a few items that came in extremely handy and we thought we would share them with you.


When you travel to several locations, we cannot say enough about the humble little packing cube. These zippered bags kept our luggage organized, our clothes wrinkle free and allowed us to unpack and repack in seconds, saving precious vacation minutes. We bought ours in the family section of Ikea. But you can get similar ones here on Amazon.
I went even one step further with my cubes and used some liquid paint to tell me what is inside each cube, so that I don’t have to go looking through them when I am in a hurry.

Another thing that I found invaluable, is this little travel blow dryer. My husband actually laughed out loud when he opened the box that this came in. It is so small that it looks like a toy, but it isn’t. It is a really powerful travel dryer. A lot of hotels in Mexico do not offer blow dryers, so this one comes in really handy. And you can switch it from 120v to 220v for travel abroad.

We seem to travel with more and more electronic devices that need constant recharging. When overseas, we like this one. It converts 220v to our 120v. It has four USB plugs, and it comes with enough adapters to plug in anywhere from from Albania to Zimbabwe. It works when plugged into 120v as well, so you can use it anywhere. It’s compact, but has lots of places to plug in, because there are never enough outlets in most hotel rooms or vacation rentals.

In Mexico we use one like this that has a built-in surge protector for the sometimes unsteady current we get in Mexico. This has saved our gadgets on many occasions, plus the USB connections come in really handy.

Good idea to have a two-prong adapter as well, as you will see two prong outlets in older Mexican hotels and even some vacation rentals.

And one last item. If you are renting a car, most of the cars in Mexico are very basic and don’t come with USB chargers. We highly recommend bringing a USB lighter/adapter to keep your phones/GPS charged while you are enjoying that driving trip to Chichen Itza.

If you have any travel gadgets your can’t live without, drop us a line, we would like to hear about them.

07. February 2018 · Comments Off on Take a run on the beach and through Puerto Morelos! (Video) · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Photo Post

Mike is a runner/blogger from Canada. He loves to run, but that has got to be a bit of a challenge in winter in Winnipeg!

Recently he visited Puerto Morelos, and he loved it so much he recorded his runs on our beach and through the town.

Join him! You’ll get all the sights, and you’ll never even break a sweat or get sand in your shoes! You may recognize a few faces!

Visit Mike at

See you at the beach!

05. February 2018 · Comments Off on Stay Connected · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog · Tags: , , ,

We frequently get asked about staying connected while you are on vacation in Puerto Morelos. If you have your own unlocked smartphone, getting it set up is relatively easy. In Puerto Morelos, the easiest/fastest way to get a chip is at your local, friendly OXXO. They carry the Telcel Amigo chip. This is a pay as you go, no contract phone and data service. They chip is $150 pesos (about $8USD/$10CAD). This cost gets you the chip only, no phone time. If you need a little more hand holding or your Spanish isn’t great, you may want to go to a official Telcel office in either Cancun or Playa de Carmen to set up your phone.

To put phone/data time on your phone you need to charge your chip. You can do this again at any OXXO (there are several in town). All you do is tell the cashier that you would like to add credit to your phone. You will need your phone number to do this. Your phone number will be given to you when you buy the chip. Or you can charge the chip or check your balance online at using your credit card. Once you activate the chip, your phone number is held for one year from the time you stop charging it.

Once you have added credit to your chip you now have phone time…. but to make your phone time last longer and cost less, you need to buy a package. You can do this online or by texting a code to 5050. When you buy a package you will get data, SMS, some social media time and calling. Calls within Mexico, the USA and Canada are all treated the same when you have a package. Packages start at as little as $20 pesos (30MB) for 1 day and go all the way to $500 pesos (4,000MB) for 30 days depending on the amount of data etc, you would like to use. If your data expires or you go through your allotted amount and you don’t text in a new code, your phone charges will go way up!

That is the very basics to get your started using a local Mexican cell phone and hopefully saving you some money while you travel. There are other cell phone companies in Mexico, this one just seems to be the most ubiquitous and easiest to get started fast. Now you can enjoy your stay and not worry about any huge cellphone bills when you return home.