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.
This was four years ago today in Puerto Morelos. A spectacular palapa fire at Panza Es Primera restaurant on the beach, just south of the square. The fire grew quickly, and there were fears that it would spread to the fish restaurant next door or damage the shops across the street. The fire was contained to the one restaurant and it re-opened a few months later. Now it is still open, but under a new name.
Another new restaurant has sprung up in Puerto Morelos. “Maiz Maiz” just opened this morning we think. It is on Ninos Heroes, one block north of the square in the old Pancho Villas space. They have done a nice job brightening up the space. I have no information on their menu or hours beyond these photos. The “de Cancun” is sure to raise some questions. Let us know if you try them out!
Shout out to three places in the Colonia you may have missed. In typical “Only in Mexico” style, we enjoyed a fun meal of dinner and drinks while sitting at one place and patronizing two others.
Our drink headquarters was La Hija de Morelos (The daughter of Morelos). It’s a big, friendly bar with draft beer and cocktails. Later in the night it is popular with workers from the nearby hotels and they sometimes have live music. Earlier in the evening it is never crowded.
Hija does not have food, but that is no problem. On the south side of the place is Al Horno, which has a wide menu including pizza and baked empanadas.
On their north side is Taco Neri, which has delicious tacos and burritos. We had baked empanadas from Al Horno and tacos and giant burritos from Taco Neri which we watched them grill from our bar stools.
In both cases, we got table service from the surrounding restaurants while sitting at Hija. Great service all around and everything was very reasonably priced.
Outside the restaurant children played tag and hide and seek on the sidewalk and families strolled by, often wishing us a pleasant evening or saying “¡Buen provecho!” (enjoy your meal).
As it got later, we meandered back to the entrance to Puerto Morelos. We hoped to try some fancy beers at Micheladas del Semaforo, but they were packed! Next time we will go a little earlier.
Here are some Facebook links to the places I mentioned:
I neglected to bring a camera, so photos are from the Facebook pages of the businesses mentioned. The first three places are easy to find on Avenida Timón near the Extra store. Micheladas is at the entrance of Puerto Morelos near Chedraui. See our map on this website for more location information.
After 15 years we have decided to start a new chapter!
Alma Libre Books and Gifts will change hands on April 1, 2017.
We will continue to live in Puerto Morelos…we will just be living a lifestyle a little more like our customers!
The last 15 years have been amazing. We have met thousands of people from all over the world and have helped many discover our little town. We grew along with Puerto Morelos, and survived challenges like Hurricane Wilma.
As we head into our final Alma Libre month, we would like to sincerely thank you for your ongoing support and friendship over the past 15 years.
We feel the bookstore is an important part of Puerto Morelos, and we know that we are leaving it in very good hands. The new owners are from Canada and own a bookstore! They love Puerto Morelos and are making it their home.
Here is a link to the press release if you would like more details: Sold Final
The store after Wilma in 2005. The store came through pretty well, we were amazed to see the sign made it through just fine, and not a single pane of glass was broken. The store did have a fair amount of water damage inside, we lost about 1000 books.
Joanne in front of Alma Libre the day we bought it in 2002. That suitcase is full of books!