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24. December 2018 · Comments Off on SHOUTOUT: Christmas through the years in Puerto Morelos · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Shout Outs

This year, Christmas Day falls on our usual SHOUT OUT TUESDAY, so we decided to make this week’s SHOUT OUT to Christmas in Puerto Morelos! We dug into our voluminous archive and found some photos of past snow-free Navidads spent here in Puerto Morelos. (Click any of the photos to view them full size)

This was 2002, our first Christmas in Puerto Morelos. We look so young! (Rob cannot explain his hair except that it was very windy!)

2002: We quickly learned that the kids sing Christmas carols in December to raise money for their Christmas party at school. Our shop on the square was a convenient stop to collect some coins from the cornered Canucks. Who could resist these faces though!


2002: This was our first time seeing a nativity scene in Mexico. We were quite surprised to see that the “baby Jesus” was a real live baby!

2002: And what would a nativity scene be without a big Christmas fish! (We still can’t quite figure that one out.)

2003: In Mexico, the joyous season starts off early with the celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe. These gents are singing carols to collect money for a celebration.

2004: Here is Cafe le D’Amancia decorated for a coffee Christmas.

In 2007, it was standing room only at a Mexican Christmas celebration at the church in the main town square.

2008: Puerto Morelos celebrated with two different Nativity scenes, one inflatable.

2009 featured a Posada where Mary, seen here on the back of a real donkey led by Joseph, went from business to business singing a song that asks for room at the inn. As per the Christmas Story, in response, the business owners turn them away. Eventually they are allowed in, and the celebration begins.

2010 brought us another Posada, even bigger than the year before.

In 2014 was memorable as we found a baby raccoon stuck in our garbage can at Christmas time. It was an unusual situation, and nobody was particularly pleased. We and the raccoon all agreed that he should not be there.

Unfortunately, we had no raccoon experience at that time, having grown up in Calgary, but a knowledgeable guest helped us (and the raccoon) out by sticking a palm frond in the can, giving the masked beast a ladder to escape. Despite this inauspicious start, the raccoons visit regularly now.

2015 Was the year of the many years when our Nativity scene was not quite to scale.

2017 Was the year that the baby Jesus never showed up. Mary and Joseph just kept waiting… right through into 2018, but still no baby.

UPDATE: We are happy to report that on December 27th, 2018 the baby Jesus did arrive, fashionably late.

One of our oldest memories of Christmas in Puerto Morelos is this garage on Rafael Melgar (near Chedraui) that hosts an annual elaborate Nativity Scene. The homeowners leave the garage door open so that any passerby can enjoy it. They have been doing it every year since we moved here. It is one of the beautiful sights we get to see during the Christmas season in Puerto Morelos.

For more Christmas pictures from this year, check out our posts showcasing the lights and decor in the square on the port side of town and the Santa’s Village in the Colonia.

We hope you have enjoyed this tour of our Christmases in Puerto Morelos. Merry Christmas and a Happy 2019 to all from Rob & Joanne InPuertoMorelos.com and Casa de los Viajeros.

And we leave you with this explosive look at New Year’s Eve from 2007/2008.

23. December 2018 · Comments Off on Beach Reads: Town Update December 2018 – Part II · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog
Christmas is piñata time!

Hola again from your favourite town in Mexico, Puerto Morelos! This is Part II of our Beach Reads Town Update (Part I here), pointing out what is new and notable here in paradise. (Click any of the photos to see them full screen)

With the new Chedraui opening, Super Aki apparently decided they needed to up their game, so they expanded the store using most of the new space for a better produce section and a brand new fresh bakery.

The Aki Plaza is also adding on. A whole new building is still under construction, but we know half of it will be devoted to a Banco Azteca.

Banco Azteca

Most of the older retail space has now been filled in Aki Plaza. There is an alternative exchange house called G Capital, a popular coffee spot called Peekaboo Cafe, a fishing supply store called Artes de Pesca, Salon Mirame, Rush Laundry, Loncheria La Chona and the big Bancomer Bank which has ATM machines and some of the coldest air conditioning on earth.

Also, a whole new plaza has also sprung up where the car wash at the entrance to town used to be. A bunch of businesses have already moved in. Capitán Kay is a seafood restaurant with treats like fish tacos, tostadas and fish & chips. They are getting good reviews for their food and for their creative, nautical decor. They are open daily noon to 7:00 except Wednesday. 

Also in the plaza is a new beef place called Cornelli’s Grill. They feature various kinds of grilled meats including ribs, arrachera, rib eye, chorizo and chicken. Ownership is the same as My Little Italy. They are open from 4:00 to 10:00 daily except Tuesday. 

A pharmacy and an ice cream shop called Xhurrin El Alebrije are also in the plaza.

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Visit our Puerto Morelos Restaurant Guide for more information on all the great places in town.

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Closer to the ocean, nestled between the main roads of Rojo Gomez and Niños Héroes you will find a new boutique called Almar azul. Inside you will find all sorts of treasures, casual wear, swimwear, jewellery, decorative items and more. All cleverly designed and very local.

We watched the owners lovingly put their shop together over a period of weeks, and now they are open! Check out their unique items at their store, which is easy to find between the two main roads, one block north of the square, near Taninos and Blue Morelos. Their Facebook page has a map which will get you very close.

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The restaurants in Puerto Morelos have joined up to hold more special events in Puerto Morelos throughout the year.  The aptly-named Puerto Morelos Restaurant Association has staged one event already, a traditional Christmas Posada. Held at Don Mexkal, the event had food, drink and traditional Christmas music.

Most importantly to the kids though, they had piñatas! Sweet, festively- dressed children become different people when handed a pole and pointed at a piñata! It’s all about the candy inside, and the paper mache creation is just in the way! 

What a great event to be a part of! Look for more events from the Restaurant Association in 2019.

Hope you enjoyed our Beach Reads updates. Wishing you a Feliz Navidad and a fabuloso 2019. Hope your plans include a visit to Puerto Morelos!

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22. December 2018 · Comments Off on Beach Reads: Town Update December 2018 – Part I · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog

Hola from your favourite town in Mexico, Puerto Morelos! We’ve had a busy fall and the whole town is gearing up for the busy tourist season and for Christmas. (Click any of the photos to see them full screen)

The biggest local news is probably the opening of a new grocery store on the port side of Puerto Morelos. Chedraui opened a new “Selecto” store at the end of November. 

The new Chedraui features a food court area with a cafe, sushi bar, sandwiches, ceviches and draft beer.
Look at how shiny the bakery trays were on the opening day!
Beer central
Upside down Santa cupcakes

It has a smaller grocery selection than the Chedraui on the highway and features a cafe, sandwich shop, sushi counter and a place to get ceviche. The store has a good wine section, a specialty beer area (where you can get a draft beer) a bakery and a small pharmacy. The new store is located just south of the square on Rojo Gomez.  Of course, we will continue to support our small businesses, like our produce/juice store on Ninos Heroes, but this will save us some trips up to the highway for sure. 

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Speaking of Sushi, the talented Pablo Espinosa (formerly of El Nicho & La Guaya Cafe) has now opened a Japanese restaurant called Oishii Puerto Morelos.

Their menu features rolls, salads and rice & chicken dishes. Early reviews are very good. The restaurant is located on Rojo Gomez in the spot where La Guaya, and before that, Carpe Diem was. They are open daily except Monday from 5:00-10:00. Here is a link to their Facebook page with more information. (Don’t go by the map on their Facebook page though, it’s inaccurate. Use our PM Restaurant Guide map link instead)

Another much anticipated opening was The Burger Undergound. They gained fame and fans through their “delivery only” burger business, but now they have a restaurant on Ninos Heroes. Their menu features burgers and fries served fresh, fast and custom-made when you order. They are open daily noon to 9:00 except Tuesday. Here is a link to their Facebook Page with more info. They were also the subject of one of our InPuertoMorelos.com SHOUT OUTS earlier this month. 

As we posted earlier, the town has really got the Christmas spirit. Both town squares in Puerto Morelos are lit like Vegas.

The Colonia square has been transformed into a Christmas village, complete with a comfy couch for Santa.

I would be remiss in not mentioning that our beach is looking good these days. The entire Caribbean had an invasion of Sargasso in the summer. Crews worked diligently every day to remove it, largely by hand, but it was often like shovelling during a blizzard. Now the currents have changed, and our shores are looking like they should again. 

Here is Part II of our Puerto Morelos update!

Stay with us! Some last minute dates available in January and Spring!
21. December 2018 · Comments Off on Cash Exchange Rates in Puerto Morelos for December 21, 2018 · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog · Tags:

Here are the cash exchange rates for December 21, 2018 at CI Banco in Puerto Morelos. I post these rates on occasion so that you can compare these rates with the rate your bank or the ATM may offer. To see where the rates have been in the last couple of years, search “exchange rates” on our page at InPuertoMorelos.com 

Cash Exchange RatesBuySell
US Dollar $18.8820.10
Canadian Dollar $13.7015.05
Euro €21.6523.10
Pound Sterling £24.1525.66



18. December 2018 · Comments Off on Shout Out: Sunday Jungle Market · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Shout Outs

It is that wonderful time of the year, the time when the Sunday Jungle Market starts up for the season. That’s why this week’s SHOUT OUT goes out to the Sunday Jungle Market as it begins December 23 and runs every Sunday throughout high season. 

The Sunday Jungle Market was the brainchild of Sandra, the creator and curator of the Jungle Spa. She wanted a way for visitors to Puerto Morelos to get involved with the community, to meet the people one on one and to learn some of the Mayan traditions. Not what you really expect from a market, the Sunday Jungle Market is so much more. 



Local Tip: A taxi from the square is only 60 pesos. Tell the driver you want to go to see Sandra (important to mention her name) at the Jungle Market on Calle Dos. 

Yes, there are wonderful local foods and crafts that you can buy, but there is also a dance show the contains plenty of surprises. And this year Sandra promises a new “merging of the cultures” dance show that is bound to be fun and entertaining.  

This is a unique and exclusive Puerto Morelos experience that the entire family can enjoy, where you can meet the local women and their charming families. You may even make some friends and you will definatly feel like you are part of our community.

And don’t forget to go to the Sunday Jungle Market hungry so that you can enjoy the delicious Mayan breakfast & treats made by the local women.


The Sunday Jungle Market happens every Sunday, December through April, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Enjoy the Pre-Hispanic Mayan dance, “Jarana,” starting at 11:30 AM. There is no admission fee, but the money you spend goes toward supporting local familes.  The market is held at the same location as the Jungle Spa. You can get there by car or taxi. 

This post is part of a feature where we will send a SHOUT OUT, highlighting a local business, person or experience to enhance your time In Puerto 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!

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 InPuertoMorelos.com 

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.

VACATION RENTALS


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.