08. April 2020 · Comments Off on Cash Exchange Rates in Puerto Morelos for April 8, 2020 · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, exchange rates

Here are the cash exchange rates for April 8, 2020 at G Capital Exchange on the highway in Puerto Morelos.

I post these rates on occasion so that you can compare them with what 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 RatesBuy
US Dollar $22.10
Canadian Dollar $14.00
Euro €22.00
Pound Sterling £23.80

Personal note: Our website here at InPuertoMorelos.com was hacked earlier this month. The site was being forcefully redirected to another site that was trying to sell mobile phones or something. After many weeks of frustration and cleaning the site one line of code at a time, we were able to get back online. We’re now lobbying Facebook to allow us to post our internet address on their site. They blocked us when we were hacked and it seems to be a long process to get back into their good books. In the meantime, we’ll keep updating the site. Stay healthy everybody! ~R&J

We said “Adios” to our last guests a couple of weeks ago as they made their way back to Canada. The rest of our spring season was cancelled. We’re taking advantage of the time to work on the house a little, luckily there is always something to do, so we are never bored!
We’re taking reservations for next season, and we hope that we will be able to welcome folks before then. We’ll keep in touch. In the meantime, have a look at our casa website at www.CasaDeLosViajeros.com

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26. March 2020 · Comments Off on Cash Exchange Rates in Puerto Morelos for March 26, 2020 · Categories: Do not use

Here are the cash exchange rates for March 26, 2020 at G Capital Exchange on the highway in Puerto Morelos.

I post these rates on occasion so that you can compare them with what 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

I have never seen the US dollar this high compared to the peso. The official rate was over 25 to 1 at one point earlier this week. The Canadian dollar was over 17 at one point this week, also the highest I have ever seen.

Cash Exchange RatesBuy
US Dollar $22.30
Canadian Dollar $14.00
Euro €22.00
Pound Sterling £23.80

Personal note: Our website here at InPuertoMorelos.com was hacked earlier this month. The site was being forcefully redirected to another site that was trying to sell mobile phones or something. After many weeks of frustration and cleaning the site one line of code at a time, we were able to get back online. We’re now lobbying Facebook to allow us to post our internet address on their site. They blocked us when we were hacked and it seems to be a long process to get back into their good books. In the meantime, we’ll keep updating the site. Stay healthy everybody! ~R&J

We said “Adios” to our last guest on Sunday as they made their way back to Canada. The rest of our spring season was cancelled. We’re taking advantage of the time to work on the house a little, luckily there is always something to do, so we are never bored!
We’re taking reservations for next season, and we hope that we will be able to welcome folks before then. We’ll keep in touch. In the meantime, have a look at our casa website at www.CasaDeLosViajeros.com

Be sure to sign up for our updates at www.InPuertoMorelos.com

26. March 2020 · Comments Off on In Puerto Morelos Update · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, Photo Post

Hola friends,

Well, that was unexpected! One day we were having fun in the sun, walking the beach, swimming the sea, eating, drinking and speculating about the leaning lighthouse….then suddenly, everyone left and the season was done.

That’s pretty much how it happened.

So now, we are left alone in our town. The beach is stellar, the streets are quiet and the weather is warm, but there’s nobody here but us locals to enjoy it.

Social distancing is very easy here. Staying six feet apart is a piece of cake on our morning walk on the beach when the nearest person is more than 100 metres away.

Some of our favourite restaurants and watering holes have closed. La Sirena led the way, followed by My Paradise, Don Mexkal and most others. A few restaurants and cafes have remained open and offer delivery only or isolated dining.

More places will likely follow soon.

Most of the stores from Chedraui to the pharmacies to the Alma Libre Bookstore have remained open. The grocery stores are generally well stocked with food and even lots of TP.

We take neighbourhood walks in the morning or evening, nodding at our neighbours and friends or yelling messages of encouragement or comedy from safe distances. It’s very strange as we usually average 5 hugs a kilometre on our walks.

We bid “adios” to our last guests at Casa de los Viajeros on Sunday morning. Now our place is empty, but it always needs some sort of maintenance, so we are not too worried about getting bored.

Many of the big resort hotels have closed, suddenly putting hundreds of workers out of a livelihood. We worry about these folks, they cannot afford to miss too many paydays. A food drive has been started to help those in need.

So as we, like so many of you, self-quarantine and wait for this storm to pass. We look forward to seeing your return to your favourite little beach town. Be assured that Puerto Morelos will be here waiting for you when this is all over, and we’ll be very happy to see you.

Until then we will continue to post pictures on our Facebook page and our Instagram page. Be sure to follow along as we all go through this together.

Stay healthy friends.

InPuertoMorelos.com & Casa de los Viajeros

14. March 2020 · Comments Off on Cash Exchange Rates in Puerto Morelos for March 14, 2020 · Categories: exchange rates · Tags: ,

Here are the cash exchange rates for March 14, 2020 at G Capital Exchange on the highway in Puerto Morelos.

I post these rates on occasion so that you can compare them with what 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 RatesBuy
US Dollar $19.60
Canadian Dollar $13.50
Euro €20.90
Pound Sterling £23.80

Don’t be left in the cold! Book a Spring Fling in Puerto Morelos. We have some good dates still available at Casa de los Viajeros, and we’ve put some March and April dates on sale!



18. February 2020 · Comments Off on Cash Exchange Rates in Puerto Morelos for February 18, 2020 · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, exchange rates



Here are the cash exchange rates for February 18, 2020 at CI Banco on the highway in Puerto Morelos.

I post these rates on occasion so that you can compare them with what 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 $17.6018.80
Canadian Dollar $13.0514.35
Euro €19.2020.55
Pound Sterling £23.2524.65

Don’t be left in the cold! Book a Spring Fling in Puerto Morelos. We have some good dates still available at Casa de los Viajeros, and we’ve put some March dates on sale!



17. February 2020 · Comments Off on 2020 Best In Puerto Morelos Survey · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog · Tags: ,

Back by popular demand! Here on our Beach Reads Blog, we wanted to continue on with an old tradition, the annual Best InPuertoMorelos.com Survey. Tell us what you think! What is your favourite place to eat, drink or be merry In Puerto Morelos!

We first started the survey back in 2005 when it used to be the “Alma Libre Bookstore Beach Reads Survey”. Above is an example of some of the past winners for the best restaurant, starting with #1 at the top.

We encourage you to take part. We want to hear from you! If you are cannot remember the name of your favourite restaurant or bar visit our handy-dandy InPuertoMorelos Restaurant Guide or Happy Hour List.

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You have only one week to complete the survey. Polling will close at midnight on Monday, February 24, 2019, EST. Then watch for results to be published on InPuertoMorelos.com.

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10. February 2020 · Comments Off on New Cooking Classes · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog · Tags:

We were fortunate enough last week to take in a new cooking class with Chef Marco & Doña Sonia at Casa Caribe. The class is a real hands-on experience where you get to learn about Mexican cuisine.

The day we were there (the menu changes weekly) we made a variety of both traditional and modern Mexican salsas, some we had never seen before, but they were all excellent.

The class started with Sonia giving us some background on the different fresh and dried chilli’s we would be working with. If you are a spice wimp, there is no need to fear this class, the peppers were all flavourful with very little heat.


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We first made a salsa diablo, which sounds and looks like it would be very hot, but instead, it was bursting with flavour. Chef Marco, who has been cooking all his life, had some excellent tips for working with peppers and I even got a lesson in knife skills. Here is an example of this recipe.


Recipe for Salsa al Diablo

2 Chiles de Árbol6 Cloves Garlic, peeled
2 Chiles Guajillo1 Large ripe tomato
2 Chiles Cascabel2 Stems fresh Epazote (or 1 t dried)
2 Chiles Moritas8 Stems Cilantro
2 Chiles Chipotle½ C Canola Oil
1 Chile AnchoSalt to taste
1 Chile Pasilla

Serves 4-6
1) Toast all the chiles lightly in a dry skillet, just until they become fragrant.
2) Oil fingers and hands to create a barrier between your skin and the chile oil, and when chiles are cool enough to handle, remove stems and devein. Discard seeds. Cut chiles with scissors into thin strips.
3) Peel and chop raw tomato, reserving juice and seeds.
4) Pull leaves off epazote (if using fresh) and discard stems. Repeat this process with the cilantro, but save stems for another use, if desired. Slice garlic cloves thinly.
5) In a large sauté pan, heat the oil over a medium flame until hot but not sputtering. Add garlic and toast lightly. Add chopped tomato, salt and dried chile strips. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring continuously. 6) Add cilantro and epazote and cook for 3 minutes longer, continuing to stir. 7) Empty salsa into a glass bowl, adjust salt if necessary, and cover to keep warm. Refrigerate any leftover salsa and consume within 3 days, adding oil as needed; chiles will soak up oil.


After making a variety of other salsa, we moved onto the main course; Sopes Mexicanas from scratch! We even made our own tortillas!

We ended the class by eating everything that we cooked. Although we were almost too full after having snacked on all the different wonderful salsas throughout the class.

Our meal was accompanied but a very good, if not quite a strong margarita. The food was delicious.

All of the recipes we learned would be ones that you could replicate at home. Marco and Sonia even include a souvenir pdf cookbook with every class so that you can make your own Mexican fiesta later.

Chef Marco and Doña Sonia offer their cooking classes two days a week, every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Classes require a minimum of 2 students, but there are no more than 6 people/class. Classes are $100 USD/student includes all food, beverages, taxes and a souvenir pdf recipe book. You must pre-book. To do so you can contact Sonia at either +52-998-109-0312 or cateringpuertomorelos@gmail.com.

We were also lucky enough to enjoy one of Chef Marco y Doña Sonia catered dinners at Casa Caribe. They offer catering, provisioning and in-house chef services in Puerto Morelos.

Marco and Sonia are active members of our Puerto Morelos community helping with animal fundraising, animal rescue and Marco even coaches an American football team in La Colonia called Los Mapaches. So if you are looking for someone to come to your house and cook, cater or plan a special event, you can find out more by clicking here to visit their website or their FaceBook page.

28. January 2020 · Comments Off on Koox Ich Kool · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog · Tags: ,

If you are looking for an amazing farm to table experience near Puerto Morelos, we recommend you try Koox Ich Kool. Run by head chef Karla of El Pirata Restaurant, Koox Ich Kool is a truly unique experience.

You begin your day with a drive through the Yucatan countryside to the farm which is located about 25km from Puerto Morelos. Once there you will be given a tour of the organic gardens and the beautiful property. You will learn about Mayan traditions. In Maya, “Koox Ich Kool” means let’s go to the garden.

After the tour, the meal preparation will begin. The menu varies depending on the season. When we were there Karla prepared a turkey that was roasted in a pit in the ground.

There is also fresh-baked bread cooked over an open fire. We were lucky enough that Chef Marco from I Wanna Pizza joined us, so we got to have pizza, hot off the grill.

Karla cooks everything right in front of you, giving you a great opportunity to ask all the questions you like.



Your meal includes a 6-course dinner made with just-picked herbs from the organic gardens, the catch of the day (from either the land or sea), handmade tortillas, fresh-baked bread, vegetables, dessert, wines pairings and Mexican mezcals.

There is also a large swimming pool on the property along with lots of hammocks to spend some time lounging in. So remember to bring your bathing suit! There are lockers and restrooms on the property.

We were lucky enough to be one of their first guests when they were making all of their test runs back in the spring. Now they are fully open and we can tell you it is a wonderful experience.

To book your trip to Koox Ich Kool visit their website or go see Karla in person at El Pirata Restaurant on Rojo Gomez.

10. January 2020 · Comments Off on Happy 2020! · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog

We hope that everyone had a great holiday season! 2020 has just begun In Puerto Morelos but we already have some news for you from your favourite town.

The best news of all is that Santa brought us a great gift, a beautiful beach on Christmas day! This is the beach just north of town, absolutely pristine! Merry Christmas to us!

In restaurant news, two new places have opened since our last update. First is Habacuc’s Bistro a new breakfast and lunch place. It’s owned and operated by the same people that bring you the hugely popular El Campanario, and it’s named after the patriarch of the family (seen here fourth from the left.) We were lucky enough to be invited to the grand opening and get a sampling of their fare. The menu is extensive, with breakfast favourites like chilaquiles, enchiladas and eggs as you like. Lunch features salads, soups, sandwiches and more. Be sure to leave room for dessert! They have a whole list of choices to tempt you. Habacuc’s Bistro is easy to find. They are located on the second floor (in the old Richard’s Bistro/Maximo location) between the two Frida’s on the north side of the port town square. They are open for breakfast and lunch (8 am until 6 pm) Tuesday to Sunday.

Also new is MEM Ristoranteria & Liquoreria, located across from Al Chimmichuri (in the old La Rambla location). MEM is a new concept restaurant for Puerto Morelos. This is how they described their place to us, “No menú and only one dish, everything included. A new concept that includes fish and veggies. To test to believe.” Early reviews of MEM are good. They already have restaurants in Italy and Spain. We recognized their logo from past trips to Barcelona.

We try to keep you as up to date as can on the eateries in Puerto Morelos with our handy PM Restuarant Guide. With that in mind, we have a couple of closures to tell you about. Chef Pablo’s La Mar Cafè that was located in the Super Aki Plaza has closed.

The other closure is Taqueria Los Tocayos, they were next to Chedraui Selecto. Bad timing for them as they were open during the entire quiet offseason, but closed just before Christmas, so close to our main tourist season here In Puerto Morelos.

In celebrity news, where do the stars go to dine when they are In Puerto Morelos? La Sirena of course! Recently Giancarlo Esposito who you may know as Gustavo ‘Gus’ Fring or the Chicken Man, one of the best “bad guys” EVER, from the hit series “Breaking Bad” stopped in for lunch. (No word on whether he ordered the chicken) La Sirena staff and owner Anthony were thrilled!

And that’s it for our latest update. We hope to see you In Puerto Morelos soon! Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on any of our blog posts. And if you are looking for a vacation rental, be sure to contact us.

23. December 2019 · Comments Off on Seasons Greetings from In Puerto Morelos · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog

Happy holidays from all of us here at InPuertoMorelos.com. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and all the best in 2020.

We look forward to seeing you back here in the New Year.

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And if you are still looking for that special Christmas gift, we have openings in our vacation rentals at Casa de los Viajeros. Merry Christmas to all and we hope your 2020 plans include a trip to Puerto Morelos!