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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.

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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.

04. December 2018 · Comments Off on SHOUT OUT to the Frutería · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Shout Outs · Tags:

This week’s SHOUT OUT goes out to our local frutería or fruit store on the port side of town. Tucked away on Ave Niños Heroes this little store is easy to miss, but don’t. This small space is packed with some of the tastiest fruits and vegetables you will ever have.

The always friendly Alexis and his aunt Bricis and Enrique restock their shop daily with fresh fruits and vegetables. But the real treat is their fresh squeezed juices. You can choose from orange, grapefruit, green, carrot or beet with carrot, all at a very reasonable price.

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Plus they have an excellent selection of aguas de frutas (fruit waters) in orange, oatmeal, watermelon, lime, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, guava or jamaica (hibiscus, a local flower).

Local Tip: For great guacamole just ask Bricis, she is the best at picking out avocados! Tell her if you want them for “hoy” or “mañana”

In the mornings they offer precut fruit for breakfast.

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Local Tip: If you don’t see what you are looking for ask. Many items are hidden away

They also carry a selection of dried peppers. Plus they have fresh eggs, spices and well, you just never know what you will find.

This store is so small that if you blink you will miss it, but it is big on selection. Located on Ave Niños Heroes, close to the lavandería (laundry) and across from the restaurant Puerto Verde. The frutería is open from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Saturday.

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 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. November 2018 · Comments Off on Beach Reads Town Update: New Chedraui Store · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Photo Post · Tags:

Hola! Here’s another Beach Reads Update from your favourite town.

We’re just starting to get busy here in town as snowbirds return to Puerto Morelos and the town gears up for Christmas and the busy tourist season.

We’ve been mostly obsessed with watching the new Chedraui grocery store going up just south of the square. Less than a month ago we posted an update that showed workers pouring the concrete floors, finishing the roof and siding the building with stone. They have made incredible progress since then. Officials tell us the fully-stocked Selecto store will open on UPDATE: They opened Friday morning. Details and pics coming soon.

Here’s a look inside from the evening of November 26. This appears to be the cafe area.

Just beyond the cafe is a sushi bar. To the right, you can see the cash registers…just six of them.

We’ve been worried about parking at the new store, as there are not many spots. There IS, however, very convenient parking for cyclists. This is just outside the front door.

More surprisingly perhaps, there is parking for your dog!

There is also special parking for folks who order online. It appears that you will order your stuff, park in the special spot, announce your arrival on the nearby intercom and they will bring your order.

Construction is also underway on several small shops on the east side of the building.

We talked to one of the bosses at the site and he was positive the store will open on UPDATE: Opened Friday morning. Details and pics coming soon.

There will be more town news coming soon in another edition of Beach Reads. SUBSCRIBE HERE

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We still have prime time open at Christmas, in January and in March. Come see us!

27. November 2018 · Comments Off on Shout Out: Polo in Puerto · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Shout Outs · Tags: , ,

This week’s “SHOUT OUT” goes to El Rey Polo Country Club, Puerto Morelos’s home to one of the top Polo facilities in all of Mexico. Surprise! We bet you didn’t know that you can watch one of the world’s oldest known team sports in our little beach town.

Located on the Ruta de Cenotes, just after KM 11, El Rey Polo Country Club is a beautiful facility. Besides having a world-class polo field, they also have exclusive restaurants (open only during events), a wine pavilion (open only for events), a large outdoor pool and the facilities to hold concerts.

Local Tip: You will need a car or taxi to get to this location

Holding several matches a year, El Rey Polo Country Club. has one of their biggest events happening on December 8th. It is the 10th Annual Copa del Rey to celebrate their 10th anniversary. The day will begin with a polo match at around noon, followed by a fashion show and finally a concert in the evening.

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General tickets for the day are 450 pesos and includes entrance to the event, getting to participate in the divot stomp during the polo match, the kids club, participation in the hat contest, access to the fashion show and music festival, plus 2 free drinks. Your ticket also includes a donation to the local DIF, a charity that works on family development.

And yes, this is a bit of a fancy affair! Not only is there a hat contest, but there is also a dress code requesting that you wear white. If you want to kick it up a notch, you can buy VIP tickets for 1200 pesos each. In addition to the above, you also get special VIP Access, 2 hours of premium open bar from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, special prices and access to the “Cliquot Sky Lounge” plus discounts on food. To purchase your tickets click here. There are a limited number of seats available and the tickets are going fast.

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If all of this seems a bit too fancy for you, but you would still like to see a polo match in Puerto Morelos, El Rey Polo does hold other events throughout the year. The best way to keep up on these is to follow them on Facebook.

This post is part of our ongoing 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!

Pictures supplied by El Rey Polo Country Club

 

25. November 2018 · Comments Off on Cash Exchange Rates in Puerto Morelos for November 25, 2018 · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog

Here are the cash exchange rates for November 25, 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 $ 19.25 20.62
Canadian Dollar $ 14.45 15.82
Euro € 22.15 23.63
Pound Sterling £ 25.20 26.72

20. November 2018 · Comments Off on Shout Out: Puerto Morelos Language School · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Shout Outs · Tags:

This week’s “SHOUT OUT” or should we say “RECONOCIMIENTO” goes to Victor and Marilú at the Puerto Morelos Language School. If you are looking to learn Espanol while you are on vacation or living here, this is the place to go.

Victor and Marilú are two warm and fun people to study with. They are both certified to teach Spanish as a second language. Victor has over 47 years of teaching experience. For 25 years, he was the Director of Languages for three different universities in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Marilú has taught Spanish for 32 years. They say that teaching is their passion. They love teaching so much, they say they never “work” a day in their life.

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The couple moved to Puerto Morelos ten years ago with the dream of starting their own school, which has now been in operation for seven years. Victor and Marilú have become fixtures in our community and we are happy to have them here teaching us and being so patient as we students butcher their beautiful language. The techniques they use will have you speaking some Spanish sentences right away, which will give you the confidence to keep learning and practicing. You will notice progress after every lesson.

There is no miracle way to learn another language, but Marilú and Victor will make it a nice experience.

Susan from Calgary is now fluent after finding Puerto Morelos a few years ago. “I’ve studied for over four years with Victor and Marilú, in person when I’m there, and via Skype from Canada. Best teachers ever! I always get compliments on how good my Spanish is, and I’m very confident interacting with Spanish speakers. I can’t say enough good things about them.” (Susan is also converting Victor into a Calgary Stampeders fan. GO STAMPS!)

Students from all over the world are generous in their praise of their teachers:

Anne: “I am in Canada. Victor and I get together on Skype once a week. I also have to say he has patience!!”

Erin: “We were fortunate enough to take a weeks worth of Spanish while in Puerto Morelos. I can’t say enough good things about Victor and Marilú. I highly recommend their school. Marilu is a wonderful person and for us, beginners had an effective style of teaching.”

Herman: “Marilú is FANTASTIC”

Gary: “Victor and Marilu are both wonderful teachers.”

Katie: “Marilu is fabulous. When I lived there she came to the house, just one on one. She’s quite wonderful.”

Mariana:  “Marilú and Víctor they are the best!!!”

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Victor and Marilú say their purpose and passion is to share their love for both the Spanish language and Mexican culture. They feel extremely grateful for the students (now friends) they’ve met who have allowed them the opportunity to continue pursuing their passion.

If you would like to take lessons, you can contact the Puerto Morelos Language School through their website. They offer private, couple, family or group classes for all levels of Spanish instruction. Buena suerte con sus estudios!

This post is part of our ongoing 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!

Special thanks to Susan for some of the pictures and information. Also to Mike for the “Shout Out” guest appearance.