Welcome to Puerto Morelos, a laid-back fishing village north of Playa del Carmen! Come spend a day with me in this little town and discover what it has to offer.
Let’s begin the day at one of the cenotes along the ‘Ruta de Cenotes’ just south of town.
Siete Bocas, or ‘Seven Mouths,’ sounds like an interesting one.
As the name suggests, there are seven openings to this ancient underground river system, filled with cool, clear water.
Jump in or take a ladder down into the cool, dark cave, and discover ancient stalactites through the crystal clear water.
Now that we’ve built up an appetite, let’s head into town for lunch. ‘La Pepita’ is a great spot for whole fried fish served with all the trimmings.
Pick out your fish from today’s catch and have it weighed to determine the price.
After lunch, wander around the main square and pop into ‘Alma Libre,’ the Riviera Maya’s only English language bookstore. Pickup a paperback to read on the beach or one of the many coffee-table books on Mexican food and culture.
Head next door to the ice creamery for a well-deserved sweet treat (you’re on vacation, remember!).
Next, we’ll head to one of the near-deserted beaches to soak up some sun. Take one of the many snorkeling trips to the outer reef, or snorkel right off the beach in front of the ‘Ojo de Agua’ hotel.
Spot hundreds of fish, large coral and even an under-water cenote which feeds fresh water into the ocean, creating an icy-cold current.
After relaxing on the beach, wander through the backstreets of this quaint town to discover some of the local sights. Like this extra-ordinary house which looks like something designed by Gaudi! It is an art gallery and studio, and is free to walk through. The building itself is the greatest piece of art you’ll see.
Then head down to the pier and watch local families fish, or settle in at one of the water-front restaurants for a cold margarita while watching the sunset over the Caribbean. You’ve earned it after such an adventure-filled day!
I hope you enjoyed your day at Puerto Morelos, and discovered a taste of sleepy, local Mexican life.
Stay tuned for more information on many more activities and adventures around Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya, Mexico!