07. September 2017 · Comments Off on Exchange Rates in Puerto Morelos (September 07, 2017) · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Photo Post

Here are the cash exchange rates for September 07, 2017 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.  The Peso has staged an amazing comeback against the US Dollar after hitting all time lows in early January. It is up 21% since then. (Source: Quartz Media / Market Watch)   www.InPuertoMorelos.com

15. August 2017 · Comments Off on Update from Puerto Morelos · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Photo Post, Restaurant Scene

Buenos dias! Thought I would update you on some changes in your favourite town!

A week ago, Tropical Storm Franklin made landfall well south of us. We were well out of the danger zone, but we did get some decent winds and some much-needed rain.

The beach looks great this morning, and as you can see, crowds are not a problem for us in the summer.

Here’s 30 seconds of beach time for you…

I think we just might be able to find you an open beach chair.

In other news from town, Hotel Sevilla, formerly known as Hotel Inglaterra has changed names again. It is now, Hotel Caracol Puerto. Dos Naciones, formerly Villas Latinas, is now Hotel Gota de Sal.

Another name change is the restaurant at Posada Amor, it is now called Le Papillon.

Carpe Diem has closed. The owners of the cafe/deli/bakery are returning to Italy. The business is for sale if you are interested in moving to Puerto Morelos.

Back in June, Anthony Chalas took half a day off work from La Sirena to get married! He and his lovely bride Majo just returned from a honeymoon in Europe.

Majo and Anthony. Photo shamelessly stolen from Facebook, sorry.

We are getting emails every day from folks looking to escape winter and enjoy the sunshine and warmth of Puerto Morelos. February is a tough month to book these days, our place, Casa De Los Viajeros still has room at Christmas, and unusually, two weeks in January open. March is still doable and April is wide open. Consider coming slightly off season to avoid disappointment and too much winter. Prices drop sharply in May and stay low until at least November.

That’s it for the news, we’re off to the beach!






07. August 2017 · Comments Off on Tropical Storm Franklin – Aug 07 2017 – Pics & Video! · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Photo Post

We’ve been having a lovely warm and tranquil summer here in Puerto Morelos, but one thing was missing…rain! The mangroves are dry and we need to fill them up again. It appears we are about to get our wish in the form of Tropical Storm Franklin.

We’ve been watching this young fella for a few days now, and he just graduated to be a tropical storm early this morning. Right now it is packing winds as high as 60 MPH and could become a hurricane just before it makes landfall.

It will land well south of Puerto Morelos, so we will just get some of the side effects. We’ve already seen wind, a bit of rain and some surge. We are not expecting anything too major, but the usual precautions have been taken. Boats are out of the water and we have stocked up on the essentials…water, gasoline and beer.

I bravely went down to the beach early this afternoon to get some pictures of the black clouds as they rolled in and was delighted to see that the beach was fairly busy! Check it out!


Here are some of the sites we watch closely at this time of year:

National Hurricane Center

Weather Underground

Wind Guru

Don’t let a little bit of rain stop you from coming to Puerto Morelos in the summer! We are all having a great time here with no crowds. In fact, we are expecting guests at Casa de los Viajeros tomorrow and they are looking forward to getting to know our little beach town.





04. May 2017 · Comments Off on Pilates · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Our Favourite Things, Photo Post

Get your toes out of the sand and onto a mat… for a few minutes

While you are in Puerto Morelos be sure to drop by Alma’s Pilates class at the Casa de Cultura. The classes are every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 7:00am for an hour and a half. They are a great deal at 50 pesos a class on a drop in basis or 350 pesos for the entire month. A fantastic and fun way to stay in shape so you can enjoy more tacos and beer while you are in Puerto Morelos.

18. April 2017 · Comments Off on Exchange Rates in Puerto Morelos (April 17, 2017) · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Photo Post

Here are the cash exchange rates for April 17, 2017 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.  www.InPuertoMorelos.com

Cash Exchange Rates at CI Banco in Puerto Morelos, April 17, 2017

03. April 2017 · Comments Off on Sand Sculpture is back in Puerto Morelos! (Update: New Photo) · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Photo Post

One of the new sand sculptures, April 3, 2017

Sculpturer José Luis González is back in Puerto Morelos after a one year absence! Here is the article Joanne wrote about him back in spring 2015…

Sand in the Form of Art in Puerto Morelos
by Joanne Miller Birce (This article originally appeared in the USA Today Cancun Edition newspaper in 2015)

Sculpturer José Luis González’s art is beautiful, powerful and stunning. It is also temporary. González’s chosen medium is sand, and after days of work, it takes only hours for his art to return to the beach from which it was created. Originally from Venezuela, he has spent his last six months creating amazing works of art out of sand on the beach in front of the Malecon in Puerto Morelos. This is the first year that the town has been fortunate enough to have this talented artist visit.

Sand sculpting as an art form has been around for centuries. No one knows exactly how long, but it is thought that the ancient Egyptians made sand models of the pyramids. González began sculpting over 25 years ago in Barquisimeto,Venezuela. He learned to sculpt using stone, marble, granite, bronze and other materials. Due to cost and his love of the ocean, he soon found sand to be his medium of choice. Since then he has created sculptures on many beaches throughout South and Central America plus other parts of Mexico.

To create a sculpture, González begins by filling wooden molds with mounds of sand and a little sea water which he and his four helpers compact with a tamper to form a working base. Using more molds, stacked on top of one another, he slowly forms a rough outline in the shape of the art he is creating. When the sand is compacted to a hard surface, he removes the wood to reveal a blank “canvas” on which he begins to carve. He uses a variety of hand tools to cut, sculpt and shape the sand. He then finishes off the fine details by using a straw to blow the last of the excess grains away.

González finds joy in replicating the great works of art created by the Renaissance masters. When asked if he uses a photo to copy them as he sculpts, he said that only sometimes for the robes, but when it comes to the faces, his hands are guided by the Father. A deeply spiritual man, he prefers to replicate the works of his favourite artists, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, over modern artists. Evidence of his passion was obvious at Christmas when he created a beautiful nativity scene. González really outdid himself at Easter (Semana Santa) by sculpting a larger-than-life-size version of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” and Michelangelo’s “Pietà”, a famous Renaissance sculpture depicting the body of Jesus in his mother Mary’s arms after the Crucifixion. His “Pietà” took González 9 days to complete after taking a week to build the base. Finished, it stands 3.4 meters high.

It is small in comparison to his version of “The Last Supper” a three-dimensional rendition of the painting. The original painting is a scene of Jesus with the Twelve Disciples, as it is told in the Gospel of John, 13:21. Da Vinci, and in turn González depicts the shock that occurred among the Twelve Disciples when Jesus announced that one of them would betray him. González’s sand sculpture is 17 meters long and 2.20 meters tall. It took 20 days to complete with González and his four helpers working twelve to fourteen hours a day. The artist has gone into great detail with this fleeting piece of sculpture, even carving out the loaves and wine on the table.

Once the sculptures are complete, they must be sprayed with sea water every 40 minutes to keep the sand from blowing away. A sudden rainstorm and all could be lost as is with “Pietà”, which is now starting to return to its original state. I asked González if he found it sad that his art was not permanent and he told me that his art was just like the cycles of life, one must be swept away for the next one to be begin.

As for the future, González plans to stay in Puerto Morelos for a while. He will continue to sculpt in sand until the rainy season comes, working only for tips that are given by the many people that come from near and far to see his work. He says he enjoys being in Puerto Morelos and that the mayor, the Casa de Cultura and the people have been very welcoming to him. Over the summer he will be teaching local children how to sculpt through the Cultural Centre. Right now he is currently completing a life size replica of Michelangelo’s “Moses”. Once completed, he will begin work on a very special piece for Mother’s Day on May 10th. If you have not had a chance to see his amazing work, it is another good reason to visit the village of Puerto Morelos.

You can follow González on Twitter @JosseArenarte or on FaceBook as Josse Arenarte.

This article was originally published in 2015 in USA Today & Alma Libre Beach Reads Newsletter

23. March 2017 · Comments Off on Throwback Thursday at InPuertoMorelos.com · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Our Favourite Things, Photo Post

Heading into our last week of ownership of the Alma Libre Bookstore, we’re getting a little sentimental, so here is a look at some photos from 2006. This was the town’s comeback year after the devastating hurricane the year before.

A familiar view of Puerto Morelos. The taller lighthouse was damaged significantly in the hurricane and needed extensive repairs. It was replaced completely last year with a new one. The old leaning lighthouse shrugged Wilma off without any problem. We were worried it might straighten up!

The beach at Ceiba del Mar hotel (Now Desire). You can see it was quite a bit wider then. Hurricane Wilma did a lot of damage, but “gifted” us with more beach.

Alma Libre Bookstore in 2006. Our neighbour was Eric (Le Marlin Bleu) who retired from shrimp tacos to run Ecab Explorer, an excellent local tour company.

Laid back bird

Testing a hammock before the arrival of guests at Casa de los Viajeros. No detail is too small!