15. December 2019 · Comments Off on Great Vacation Dates! · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog

Need a break from the cold? We still have great dates available in our vacation rentals at Casa de los Viajeros in Puerto Morelos for this winter.

We are located just steps from the best beach in town and less than a 10-minute, easy walk to the main town square. Click here for our location.

We have 1 or 2 bedroom, private, self-contained apartments available. For more information click here to visit our website.

And who are we? We are Rob and Joanne, the people that bring you InPuertoMorelos.com, the facebook group Friends or Puerto Morelos and the former owners of Alma Libre Bookstore. We fell in love with this little fishing village over 17 years ago. We have hosted hundreds of happy guests at Casa de los Viajeros (which means house of the traveller) from all over the world.

We hope to see you this winter in Puerto Morelos at Casa de los Viajeros. Click here to contact us.

13. December 2019 · Comments Off on Good-Bye USA TODAY Cancun · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog
The Original Staff of the Miami Herald International Edition

Today we say good-bye to an old friend, the Cancun edition of the newspaper USA Today. This is the only daily, English language newspaper printed in the state of Quintana Roo. Originally, it was the Miami Herald International Edition, but the paper changed affiliation in January 2009.

Unfortunately, like so many other print papers, the subscribership of this publication has slowly dwindled to the point where it is no longer viable. So today we say adios and wish the editor, Kathy Loretta, along with Rudy Garcia and Tere Carpinelli and the rest of the staff all the best. Kathy always made a point of featuring her home town of Puerto Morelos prominently in the paper.

Good luck to you all as the last full publication of the broadsheet rolls off the presses.

10. December 2019 · Comments Off on Town Update Winter 2019: Part 3 · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog · Tags:

Here comes Part 3, another installment of our Town Update for the Winter of 2019. If you missed the other parts you can find Part 1 here or Part 2 here.

In Part 1 we mention that 4 new restaurants were opening soon. Well, two of them just opened their doors. One is Crepe Street, located on Rojo Gomez, right across from The Godfather jewelry store near the square. It features, (what else?), crepes. They have both sweet and savoury. Insider tip: Crepe Street is brought to you by the same people that bring you La Sirena.

Another place that has just opened is called Osteria Barocca and is located in the just-about-to-open hotel called Soho Boutique Puerto Morelos on Niños Héroes, which is part of a Spanish chain of hotels you can learn more about here. The restaurant menu is Italian and includes pasta, pizza, risotto and other favourites.



One more restaurant will open soon on the roof of the same hotel. That menu will be Thai. Chefs from both restaurants are from the high-end Grand Velas Hotel. All of this is located on Niños Héroes, across the street from John Gray’s Kitchen.

And yet another new restaurant that has just opened beside the church called Maria Bonita Restaurante. Their menu and decor is all Mexican and they are open at 9:00 am for breakfast and go right through until 9:00 pm.

And speaking of John Gray’s Kitchen, Dora has given the place a fresh new look over the summer. Be sure to stop by and check it out. And remember they are a great place for breakfast & lunch, as well as dinner.

That’s a lot of new places, and we still know of at least two more that are about to open. More about that in a future Beach Reads edition.

Closures

Over the summer we lost a few restaurants: Bianco, La Rambla and El Papillon. One of our favourite little afternoon beer stops, Ole, in la Colonia closed as well as the popular Chilpayas (it was immediately replaced by a new place with the same menu called Escochin.) The bar Que Hora Es in Posada Amor closed as well as the hotel itself. Plus for a very brief time, we had a G Capital cash exchange on the east side of the Chedraui Selecto. It opened and closed in record time.

Moves


Over the summer quite a few of your favourite places moved. El Sazón Mexicano that used to be on Niños Heroes is now in La Colonia. You can now find them here!

And personable Chef Pablo has moved his cafe to La Colonia as well. It is now called La Mar Cafè and it is located here on the south side of the Super Aki mall. Pablo is also offering Mexican Cooking Classes at Home.

Oishii Puerto Morelos has moved from Rojo Gomez to Niños Heroes, you can find them here still offering up Sushi and other Japanese food.

To keep up with all the restaurants, be sure to review our InPuertoMorelos.com Restaurant Guide. We update it constantly, it has all the contact info and hours and also features a printer friendly version.

Good-Byes

Manuel as we will always remember him. Cooking and smiling. Photo from Facebook

And we say good-by to two people who were fixtures in the town. Manuel May Moguel who was the proprietor, chef and head beer slinger at Ole’s in la Colonia. Manuel was always quick with a wave and a smile whenever we saw him. Our thoughts go out to his family.

Kimberly in her beloved garden. Photo courtesy of Facebook

The town lost another one of its long-time residents, Kimberly Fleitz or Rev Kim, as many people knew her. She was a frequent customer in the bookstore and she used to tell us stories about what Puerto Morelos was like when she first came here back in the ’80s. Her favourite tale was about when the circus used to come to town and they let her ride the elephant down the main street. The story did end with her falling off and breaking a couple of bones, but she would tell it laughing so hard (in only a way that Kimberly could) she would almost cry. Kimberly, you will be missed, but not forgotten. Descansa en Paz.


So that concludes our Winter 2019 update on the port side of our town. We will have more updates that include la Colonia soon, so to find out what is happing InPuertoMorelos SUBSCRIBE today to Beach Reads InPuertoMorelos.com, We keep you up to date on your favourite beach village and plus we have some great new partnership programs coming up which will offer our subscribers discounts in our town.

02. December 2019 · Comments Off on Town Update Winter 2019: Part 2 · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog · Tags: , , ,

This is Part 2 of our Town Update. If you missed Part 1 click here.

A quick update from Part 1, the fire truck that was making its way from Alberta, with a long delay at the US/Mexican border, finally zoomed into town late on Saturday night. The final push through Mexico did not go too smoothly as they had alternator problems, but with some help from fellow first responders, some extra crowd-funding on Friends of Puerto Morelos and some creative ingenuity, they made it safe and sound. For a video of their arrival, click here.

Puerto Morelos and the fire truck story also made the local news in Edmonton, the whole city has been waiting for this truck to be delivered! Click here for a story the local Global TV station posted on Sunday night.

Now let’s talk more about restaurants, specifically the changes to the ones on the south side of the square. This is an area you may not always venture to… but you should. There are a lot of great places are more pop up every year.

One of your long-time favourite places has moved a just little further south. Spaghettino is now one block south of where it used to be. It is still just past Chedraiu, but now closer to El Campanario. The new location is very nice and you can expect the same great food.

Right across the street from Spaghettino and next to El Campanario is a new taco place called Ta Ki To. As you might expect, they specialize in tacos. So if you are looking for fast, fun and filling, check them out.

Also, Café Mar de Niebla has moved… and when we say “moved”, we mean it! They actually moved the entire building! You may remember, the cafe used to be behind the taxi stand on the main town square. Now it is in front of the Mayan Handicraft centre and across from Spaghettino. They sell coffee and ice cream, two of our favourite things!

In the same area, DK will be opening again soon. They tell us that they are just getting the band back together after a long summer break and then they will be serving up the same wonderful food & drink with an Asian flair. (Try the Bruce Lee if you dare)

The folks at Lola y Moya have a very pretty new location with some lovely murals. They are just 40 meters north of where they used to be. They still have the same great specialty coffees and tasty daytime treats. They are open now, but make sure to join them for their grand re-opening on Saturday, December 7th at 8:00 am.

And last but not least, there is a new place in town for tacos and beer. It is called Taqueria Los Tocayos and it is located on the east side of the Chedraui Selecto across from Hacienda Morelos. We have not heard any reports yet, so check them out and let us know!

Ok, enough about restaurants for now… Another change you will find is that there may be a few more holes in the streets of PM and some folks digging more of them. This is thanks to Aguakan, the water company as they are hooking more homes to the sanitary sewer system. We’ve all been on septic systems on the north end of town up to now. This will probably not change anything for visitors to our town. Most places will still not want you to flush your toilet paper because the plumbing can’t handle it, but the good news is, it will be much better for our beach and environment.

Speaking of the environment… plastic bags are no longer being given out in any of the Puerto Morelos grocery stores. It is now up to you to bring your own or for the place, you are renting from to supply them as we do at Casa de los Viajeros. 🙂

So that is it for Part 2 of our town update. Watch for Part 3 coming soon! Don’t miss a post! SUBSCRIBE today to Beach Reads InPuertoMorelos.com, We keep you up to date on your favourite beach village.

28. November 2019 · Comments Off on InPuertoMorelos.com Winter Update: Part 1 · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog · Tags: ,

Some things in Puerto Morelos never change. The streets stay mostly quiet, the fish keep swimming in the reef and the lighthouse still leans. There have been quite a few changes over the summer in Puerto Morelos though, so let’s dive right into what is new and notable in your favourite Mexican town.

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At this time of year, a lot of new restaurants pop up, change or move, and this season is no exception. We have news about a lot of places, so we will tell you about them over a course of a few blog posts, so as not to give you restaurant fatigue. If you want to cut right to the chase you can visit our Puerto Morelos Restaurant Guide that we are constantly updating.

Over the spring and summer, extensive renovations changed the former Cancun Billy’s space into the upscale Mar-Bella Fish Market Resturant. The transformation is beautiful and made good use of its seafront location. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because this restaurant is part of a small chain that also has locations in Cancun and Isla Mujeres. Their focus is seafood, but the concept may be a little different from what you are used to. You order what you want by weight, and then you choose how they prepare it. Early reviews are very good, with high praise for food and service. Reviewers do note that the prices are on the high side.

Sadly the long-time PM institution Las Palmeras has closed. Palmeras had been around in some form since we first came to Puerto Morelos over 17 years ago. It has been replaced with Boquinete Seafood and Grill. They have a great location on the beach just south of the town square, so this is a place worth checking out. We hear rumours of lobster tacos! Sounds muy yum.

These are just two of the many new restaurants that have opened over the summer, and there are many more. We also know of at least four more places that are about to open soon. So don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter so you don’t miss all the news.

November 2019

Another one of the other big changes in town has been the construction of “The Fives”, a large multi-story hotel/condo complex that is being built on four lots which once housed the grand home locally known as “The Taj Mahal” at the end of Rojo Gomez. You can find out more about the house here, and the new complex (which was locally protested to no avail) here.

Sadly, there was also a palapa fire at Moonlight Condos (see video here) earlier this week on the morning of Sunday, November 24, 2019. No one was hurt and the fire was mostly contained to the top floor of the building. The owners say they will reopen soon. The town’s new red fire truck did respond to the fire. This is the first of two firetrucks for Puerto Morelos. The second (yellow) one is currently on its way south from Canada. They just crossed the US/Mex border yesterday! It’s been a long journey! You can find out the whole story here. And watch their progress through Mexico as Chris keeps us up to date with his posts to Friends of Puerto Morelos on Facebook.



November 2019

Over the summer sargasso barriers were put in place, and these along with the right currents have brought our beaches back to their gorgeous normal. See for yourself by looking at the various local webcams available that show you a live shot of our beach. Warning, staring at the webcams may also make you want to book a trip to PM!

The city has also dropped anchors near the shore for the fishing boats to tie up to when they dock for the night. This means our beach is now clear of ropes for the first time. No more tripping over them! Nicer for walking along the beach and the area in front of the Malecon has never looked better.

So this is just the start of our InPuertoMorelos.com town updates. Watch for Part 2 coming soon! Don’t miss a post! SUBSCRIBE today to Beach Reads InPuertoMorelos.com. We will keep you up to date on your favourite beach village. Hasta Pronto!

Vacation Rental Puerto Morelos

Are you looking for a great VACATION RENTAL, just steps from the BEST beach in Puerto Morelos and a short walk to the square? We have it. Casa de los Viajeros (House of the Travelers).

Vacation Rental Puerto Morelos

Casa de los Viajeros is owned by us, the same people that bring you this website, Friends of Puerto Morelos and used to own Alma Libre Bookstore for 15 years. Chances are if you have been to Puerto Morelos, you know us.

Vacation Rental Puerto Morelos

We offer 3 different vacation rentals to meet your needs. We have 1 or 2 bedroom private, self-contained apartments located here.

Location of Vacation Rental Puerto Morelos

One of the best locations in town. We’re located on a quiet cul de sac, about a 2-minute walk to the beach or an 8-minute easy stroll to the main town square. Plus, we are a short, easy walk to the new Chedraui Supermarket.


Suite #1

Vacation Rental Puerto Morelos

Choose from our HUGE 2 bedroom/2bath apartment located on the main floor.

Vacation Rental Puerto Morelos

This suite features a large terrace with 2 hammocks and space to enjoy your meals outdoors.

Vacation Rental Puerto Morelos

There are 2 large bedrooms with queen sides beds and 2 bathrooms, one with an en-suite.

This apartment is perfect for two couples sharing or a family. Best for 4 people, but it can sleep up to 6 with the large pullout sofa.

Vacation Rental Puerto Morelos

For more information on Suite #1 click here.


Suite #2

Vacation Rental Puerto Morelos

This apartment is our guest’s favourite. Located on the second level, this 1 bedroom, 2 bath apartment also has an extra sleeping loft that is good for kids.

Vacation Rental Puerto Morelos

Suite 2 has a large balcony complete with a hammock and outdoor eating area. The large kitchen is great for making meals, and also features an eating bar with custom comfy stools, plus a dining table.

Vacation Rental Puerto Morelos

The sofa can be converted to a queen bed. This apartment is best suited to a couple or a couple with kids, but it can sleep adults in up to three separate spaces.

Vacation Rental Puerto Morelos

For more information on Suite #2 click here.


Suite #3

Vacation Rental Puerto Morelos

This apartment is a BARGAIN! It features a wonderful open concept design that is spread out over two floors.

Vacation Rental Puerto Morelos

The main floor (located on the second level or the building) features a living room and kitchen.

Vacation Rental Puerto Morelos

The second floor has a private bedroom, bathroom and balcony complete with a hammock and outdoor eating area.

Vacation Rental Puerto Morelos

The bedroom has a brand new king bed which may be converted into 2 twin beds. Just let us know what is best for you.

Vacation Rental Puerto Morelos

And the sofa in the living room can be converted into a double bed. The suite is best for 2 adults.

Vacation Rental Puerto Morelos

For more information on Suite #3 click here.


Vacation Rental Puerto Morelos

All of our apartments have high-speed Wi-Fi, large smart TV’s with Netflix, delivered bottled drinking water and weekly maid service. Plus we have a ton of other great amenities. Check them out here.

We still have lots of great dates open for the upcoming winter season. It would be great to hear from you, so drop us an email here.

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We hope to see you soon In Puerto Morelos and even better at Casa de los Viajeros.

18. November 2019 · Comments Off on Cash Exchange Rates in Puerto Morelos for November 18, 2019 · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, exchange rates

Here are the cash exchange rates for November 18, 2019 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 $18.2019.40
Canadian Dollar $13.6014.85
Euro €20.3021.60
Pound Sterling £23.8025.20
In other cash exchange news, the G Capital branch on the beach side of Puerto Morelos has closed and has been removed. It just opened in the spring, so it did not last long.
G Capital still has a location in the Super Aki plaza and there is still and independent cambio on the square beachside in Puerto Morelos.

Don’t be left in the cold! Book your winter vacation today. We have some good dates still available at Casa de los Viajeros, including some February dates! 

28. August 2019 · Comments Off on Cash Exchange Rates in Puerto Morelos for August 28, 2019 · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog, exchange rates

Here are the cash exchange rates for August 28, 2019 at G Capital 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 $18.80
Canadian Dollar $14.10
Euro €20.60
Pound Sterling £23.00

 

On another currency note, next month the Bank of Mexico will retire the current 200 peso bill for a new design featuring heroes of the Mexican War of Independence including the namesake of our town, José María Morelos and Miguel Hidalgo. It was exactly one year ago that the new 500 peso note was announced.

200 peso bill

We think this is the new 200 peso bill, but the Bank of Mexico has not confirmed it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t be left in the cold! Book your winter vacation today. We have some good dates still available at Casa de los Viajeros, including some February dates! 

28. August 2019 · Comments Off on Free Wi-Fi in Puerto Morelos · Categories: Our Favourite Things

Puerto Morelos now has free Wi-Fi in the square. It wasn’t a quick or easy process, but it is finally here. If you visited our town last November you may have witnessed this little construction site, right on the north side of the square.

It was supposed to be a free Wi-Fi location, but for some reason, unknown to us, it was torn down and moved to the other side of the square in January.

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And it was reconstructed to become this.

A Wi-Fi tower, complete with a seating area, is located on the south side of the park across from Alma Libre Bookstore. If you are in the square you can look for a Wi-Fi signal called WiFi Caribbean Mexican.

After connecting, you will get a pop-up that asks you if you want to “surf” or if you want “tourist information”. Or if you are having an emergency to click here (not sure what that button does).

To hook up to the signal you will either have to sign in with your Facebook account or by filling out a short form with your first name, email address, sex, age and answer if you are a resident. The form can be viewed in either English or Spanish.

Once you have completed the form you will get a pop-up saying “Gracias”, which means you are connected.

The signal is not terribly fast, and it may not “remember you” the next time you try to sign on, but it is better than nada. You may be better off to patronize one of the many businesses in town that offer free Wi-Fi to their customers. There are many, and their signals are usually faster and more stable. Their chairs are likely comfier too!

We are currently curating a list of local businesses that offer free Wi-Fi to their customers. If you are a business owner that shares your Wi-Fi, let us know! You can click this link to message us through our FB page.

15. July 2019 · Comments Off on Ek Balam From Above · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog

A rare view of one of my favourite ruin sites in Mexico, Ek Balam, which is an easy day trip from Puerto Morelos. A visit to Ek Balam is also an excellent excuse to stop in Valladolid, a genuine Colonial city on our doorstep.

Valladolid was the subject of one of our InPuertoMorelos.com Shout Outs. More information about day trips in our area can be found on our page under the “To Do”.