A May 2006 trip
to Mexico by cary_c9
Quote: Sleepy little fishing village...
The property was situated on a quite Street near town. A 3 story house, we rented the second floor. Spacious kitchen two bathrooms a balcony with hammocks with a wash machine and a dryer. A wonderful house with an ocean view.
We arranged this property rental through this person colleen Mckay in new york city (212) 598-0469www.hometown.aol.com/mayanparadise
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 21, 2006
Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Puerto Morelos, Mexico
Puerto Morelos, is located at the main entrance of the "Riviera Maya" at only 15 minutes (18 km / 11 miles) south of the Cancun International Airport, down the coast of the State of Quintana Roo. Puerto Morelos is the perfect contrast between the glamorous five-star Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Its low-key people and interesting sites offer unique activities tailored to individual groups.
In Puerto Morelos tranquility reigns with open skies, long stretches of beach and a small town atmosphere. This is the place to come and relax: watch the sunrise on the beach, meet the locals, explore the natural wonders such as the coral reef 500 meters from shore, work on your tan, or simply soak up the serenity. Wedged between the bustling cities of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, it has maintained its peaceful atmosphere of a charming Mexican fishing village living up to its nickname "La Joya del Caribe" (Jewel of the Caribbean). The community, a mix of locals and foreigners, works hard to protect Puerto’s status as a National Marine Park and keep development to a minimum. Its close proximity to the airports and bus terminals makes Puerto Morelos a perfect base for exploring the Yucatan peninsula.
Puerto Morelos... a place where the tradition of fishing for a living still survives, and the boom in tourism is just beginning. Here the prices are lower, the pace is slower and the atmosphere is laid back and not touristy. There is a zocalo (town square) in the center of town with a few stores, a dive shop and some restaurants along its perimeter. Just off the zocalo on the beach is Pelicanos offering a nice view of the Caribbean and good food. The beach in the center of town is rustic, with small fishing boats on the sand and moored just off shore. The main fishing pier and the lighthouse are the primary points of interest, with friendly locals and some good photo opportunities. You can expect to be offered an excursion to the reefs from here since most of the boats in town tie up on and around the main pier. The surrounding area is a combination of modest homes, hotels, and cabañas. Lodging opportunities range from rustic palapa style huts with thatched roofs and beds suspended by ropes to air conditioned condo style hotels with meal plans, spa services, Jacuzzis and swimming pools. Puerto Morelos is easy to find. Upon exiting Cancun's International Airport follow coastal highway (307) south toward Tulum and watch for the signs to Puerto Morelos. Turn left at the traffic light approximately 20 minutes south along highway 307 where an overhead highway sign indicates the turn. Puerto Morelos is in the northern part of the "Riviera Maya" and is very convenient to Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Akumal, Tulum, Valladolid and Chichen Itza.