This past March, I went to Puerto Morelos Mexico for the second time. It is about 25 minutes from the Cancun airport and the all inclusive resorts. It is close enough to that you can venture into the city when you feel like it, but far enough that you get a more intimate feel.
All inclusive resorts have their benefits, but they aren’t my thing.
I like to be on my own timeline. Go where I want, shop locally, enjoy the local entertainment, and cook some of my own meals. Buffet for every breakfast and lunch can really get boring after a while and often isn’t overly authentic to the destination you chose.
Puerto Morelos Mexico Night Life
I like that Puerto Morelos has a lot of nightlife and music. A short walk into town and you are along a strip of restaurants that offer live music and great entertainment. I saw flamenco dancers and even Mayan dancers that sang and danced in the streets while lighting fires ablaze.
Like the all-inclusive hotels, when you stay in Puerto Morelos Mexico, there are excursions that many of the local businesses offer. This trip, I went to the Yucatan to see these beautiful cenotes with stalagmites and stalactites grown from every inch until the cave opens up into the freshest, clearest body of water filled with nutrients I have seen. An hour in the water here could make any problem go away. To get to the cenotes, we walked through the bush; the guides told stories about the different types of trees, berries, and plants. Many of the plants have natural healing powers like the Ek’ Balam shrub, (Croton flavens L.), which is used like a liquid bandage similar to Second Skin that we have here.
One thing to note here is that it is good to come prepared. I foolishly wore flip flops which were not the best when climbing down to get to the cenotes. Also, the cenotes in many areas are dark. The travel guide did have some flashlights, but not enough for everyone. One gentleman in the group had a flashlight headband. Not sure the cost, but it is the perfect accessory to let you see while keeping your hands free. Like anywhere you go when it is hot, bring water! There was some water provided, but only you know how much you will need. It is a good idea to bring extra!
On the way home from the cenotes, we were taken to have lunch with a traditional Yucatan family. We learned how to make proper tortillas (although I will say the grandmother had no problem making fun of our abilities), then sat down to fresh cold beers and a beautiful spread.
Puerto Morelos Mexico Has the 2nd Largest Barrier Reef!
Another fun excursion was when I went snorkeling. Puerto Morelos is home to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second largest barrier reef. I had never been snorkeling before. I was fortunate enough to go with a group with lots of experience and a positive attitude. It is strange not breathing out of your nose and scary at first. Once you get used to it, you get to see the most beautiful fish and reefs this world has to offer.
If you have a good group of people, it is absolutely worth it, and I think only about $25 per person.
What are some of the best vacation spots you’ve found? I love to see new places and experience new things, so comment and let me know where you’ve been!