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16. October 2018 · Comments Off on Shout Out: Ecab Explorer · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Shout Outs · Tags:

This week’s SHOUT OUT goes to PM’s premier private tour guide, Eric at Ecab Explorer.

Many of our guests at Casa de los Viajeros ask us about tours to the see the many attractions of our area including ancient ruins, swimming with whale sharks, seeing flamingos or cruising on a boat through the jungle.

Eric is PM’s most experienced tour guide and he has thoughtfully crafted his tours to provide the best possible experience for his guests. Originally from France, Eric fell in love with Mexico many years ago and has made Puerto Morelos his home. He has a curiosity and enthusiasm about the area that is infectious and his vast knowledge means no question goes unanswered.

Local Tip: Eric speaks Spanish, English and French

Eric offers small group tours to the popular ruin sites of Chicken Itza, Coba, Ek Balam and Tulum, but he also offers unique tours you may not have thought about. You can visit the flamingoes at Rio Lagartos Reserve, or discover the uncharted Mayan ruins of Holbox, enjoy a boat ride from Punta Allen through Sian Ka’an to see aquatic birds nesting, sea turtles and dolphins swimming or visit the Mayan site of Muyil for a walk through the jungle, and a boat ride down a lazy river.

In the summer months, you can swim with the whale sharks, an amazing adventure.

Make sure you reserve your tours with Eric early as he does book up in the high season months. You can reach him through his website or his Facebook page. Private tours and van rentals for shopping trips or larger group airport pickups may also be booked through Ecab Explorer.

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 Morelos. Look 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

09. October 2018 · Comments Off on Shout Out: My Paradise · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Shout Outs · Tags:

Michael News: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Michael passed through the channel between the Yucatan and Cuba and did not hurt Puerto Morelos at all. Michael “power-washed” our beaches leaving them flat, smooth and clean.  

This week’s SHOUT OUT goes to everyone at My Paradise Beach Club.

Located on the best part of the beach in Puerto Morelos, My Paradise Beach Club is “the” place to be on a hot afternoon in Puerto Morelos. The drinks are big and cold, the staff is fun and they are located on our beautiful white sand beach. What more could you want? Beach chairs and food? They have all that too.

The guys behind the bar are lots of fun. Walk right up and get a drink from them or relax on the beach and have the attentive waitstaff bring you whatever you would like.

Local Tip: Listen for the conch shell. When it blows, it’s happy hour!

My Paradise Beach Club is a favourite with ex-pat locals. You will find the place packed, even during the low season, especially between 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm it’s Happy Hour.

VACATION RENTALS IN PUERTO MORELOS

They are open every day (except Wednesdays in low season) from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. You can find them here. They are just steps from Casa de los Viajeros, so close in fact that we can hear the conch shell blow, tempting us away from our housework to join the fun at happy hour.

You can contact My Paradise through their website or follow them on Facebook. They are available for special events. Be sure to check out My Paradise Beach Club next time you are in Puerto Morelos,

It will be YOUR Paradise too!

This is part of our new feature where we send a SHOUT OUT to one of our local businesses, people or give you 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!

02. October 2018 · Comments Off on Shout Out: El Campanario · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Shout Outs · Tags:

This week’s SHOUT OUT goes to Arturo and the gang over at El Campanario. This small, family owned & run restaurant popped up in Puerto Morelos a few years ago and instantly became a town favourite. The staff always make you feel like part of the family. The service is friendly & attentive and the food is excellent.

El Campanario, which means “the bell tower”, is the family’s second restaurant. They have another restaurant of the same name in the state of Guerrero on the west side of Mexico.

El Campanario’s specialty is steak done to perfection on la parrilla (the grill), Argentinian style. Our personal favourite is the Chateaubriand for two! So good.

Not only do they have flavourful steaks, but they also have excellent empanadas, several different kinds of kinds of pasta, salads and delicious tortilla soup. Add a bottle of red wine and you can’t go wrong.

 

Local Tip: If you enjoyed your meal, ring the bell on your way out! 

 

Prices are very reasonable. El Campanario is open from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm Tuesday to Sunday. They are located here on the port side of Puerto Morelos. Reservations are recommended during high season as they are very popular. You can contact them by phone or Facebook.

 

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 stay In Puerto Morelos. 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!

25. September 2018 · Comments Off on Shout Out: Jungle Spa · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Shout Outs · Tags:

This week’s SHOUT OUT goes to Sandra and the ladies out at the Jungle Spa. If you have never had a Mayan massage before you are in for a treat.  The Ixchel Jungle Spa is a real Puerto Morelos success story.

The spa was started by Sandra Dayton and her late husband Dan after they saw a need for the women of Puerto Morelos to be able to earn a living right in their own village rather than having to do long commutes to work at the big hotels and resorts.

The couple donated the land where the spa is located, and through fundraising, they were able to build the structures and pay for the training that the woman needed to start the spa.

Now, 14 years later, the spa supports over 70 extended families in and around Puerto Morelos.

Local Tip: A taxi from the square is only 50 pesos. Tell the driver you want to go to see Sandra (important to mention her name) at the Jungle Spa on Calle Dos. 

Many treatments are available, including a luxurious aloe vera and banana leaf wrap and massage! (Or a chocolate massage … does it get any better??) For men, there is the “Mayan Macho” massage. You’ve never had a massage like this! They even have special massages for young adults. How about a 60 minute four hand massage? You will leave a different person!

Visitors to PM and the nearby all-inclusive hotels get a taste of real Mexico while getting the best massage of their life. The spa is so popular that you have to make an appointment either by telephone, email or Facebook to ensure you that you get in. Appointments are available Tuesday-Saturday and limited appointments may be available on Sunday. The spa is closed on Monday. Spa prices are much lower than you will find at your resort and proceeds go directly to the Mayan families that work at the spa.

Remember, when you pamper yourself at the Jungle Spa or buy a unique gift at their market, you are directly supporting Mayan families!

Local Tip: This spa is located in the jungle, so keep an eye out for monkeys. 

 

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

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