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Puerto MorelosMexico

A sleepy Caribbean village that delights with its unspoiled natural beauty, an extensive coral reef system and a dense mangrove jungle.

The living is easy and peaceful in Puerto Morelos. This oceanfront village has retained its quiet character despite the construction of large developments elsewhere along the Riviera Maya.

Puerto Morelos has a small-town atmosphere. Locals congregate in the main plaza to chat and fisherman haul in their catches from the end of the pier. Life isn’t fast-paced here, but visitors will still find plenty to do. Take long walks on the sandy beaches. Browse the artisans’ market for handcrafted hats, clothes and wood carvings. Snorkel, dive and fish in the clear Caribbean waters.

Be sure to pay a visit to the leaning lighthouse of Puerto Morelos. Battered by three hurricanes, the building is heavily inclined towards one side, but still it has not fallen down.

One of the biggest draws is the Great Maya Reef, which lies just 550 yards (500 meters) off shore. At more than 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) in length, it is the second-largest reef system in the world. The Puerto Morelos section has been designated a national park in order to protect its flora and fauna.

The reef lies close to the surface and the shallow waters are easy to snorkel. Here, you’ll come across some of the region’s many fish species, including eels, nurse sharks and parrot fish. There are also deeper sections for scuba divers to investigate. Arrange a snorkeling or diving tour through dive shops in the village.

On land there are more opportunities to get up-close with the area’s natural wonders. Puerto Morelos is backed by mangrove swamps, home to hundreds of species of birds and more than a thousand plant species. ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) tours can be arranged with local tour companies.

In keeping with the area’s placid character, the nightlife is low-key and centers on the town’s handful of cafés, restaurants and bars.

Puerto Morelos is the first town along Highway 307, 24 miles (38 kilometers) south of Cancun and 22 miles (35 kilometers) north of Playa del Carmen. You don’t need a car to get around the village, since everything is just a short walk away.

Top Hotels in Puerto Morelos

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carr Federal 307 Tulum-Cancun Km 332.15, SM31 MZ03, Puerto Morelos, QROO
The price is NT$7,409 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Puerto Morelos property is within 16 mi (25 km) of Cancun Country Club, Ventura Park Cancun, and Puerto Morelos Town Square.

4.1/5Very Good! (997 reviews)

"Very good staff , working to hard whit the restrictions and team limitations. But excellent people."…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/29

Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Ocean Coral & Turquesa - All Inclusive
Ocean Coral & Turquesa - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Super manzana 12, Lote 1-05, Puerto Morelos, QROO
The price is NT$2,655 per night

Located in Puerto Morelos, this beachfront property is in the entertainment district, 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Petempich Bay, and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Puerto Morelos ...

4/5Very Good! (1,218 reviews)

"The beach was not usable. It was not even pleasant for walking"…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/31

Ocean Coral & Turquesa - All Inclusive
Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun All Inclusive - Adults Only
Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun All Inclusive - Adults Only
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Federal 307, Tulum-Cancun Km 332,15, SM31, MZ 03, Puerto Morelos, QROO
The price is NT$8,232 per night

Located in Puerto Morelos, this beachfront property is next to a golf course, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres National Park, and within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (880 reviews)

"The staff here is very nice. The food and drinks are good. Very clean resort and it’s huge so be prepared to do a lot of walking especially if you stay in the Hideaway part. I was very disappointed in the beach. There is sea weed everywhere you can’t even get in the water."…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/28

Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun All Inclusive - Adults Only

Popular places to visit in Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos Town Square
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Puerto Morelos Town Square

4/5(46 reviews)

Find out about the history of Puerto Morelos Town Square, one of the top monuments in Puerto Morelos. Stroll along the seaside in this romantic area, or seek out the snorkeling spots.

Ojo de Agua Beach
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Ojo de Agua Beach

4.5/5(3 reviews)

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Ojo de Agua Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Puerto Morelos. Stroll along the seaside in this romantic area, or seek out the snorkeling spots.

Puerto Morelos Reef
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Puerto Morelos Reef

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Puerto Morelos Reef during your travels in Puerto Morelos. Amble around this romantic area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Crococun Zoo
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Crococun Zoo

4/5(6 reviews)

This former crocodile farm is now an interactive zoo where you can touch and feed animals, including snakes and alligators.

Playa del Carmen Main Beach
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Playa del Carmen Main Beach

4/5(2,262 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Playa del Carmen Main Beach, a popular beach in Playa del Carmen. Stroll along the seaside or experience the entertainment choices in this relaxing area.

Maroma Beach
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Maroma Beach

4/5(1,374 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Maroma Beach, a popular beach in Maroma. Discover the lively bars and entertainment choices in this relaxing area.

Cities near Puerto Morelos

Cancun which includes a sandy beach, landscape views and general coastal views

Cancun

Playa del Carmen showing a sandy beach, landscape views and tropical scenes

Playa del Carmen

Marie-Ève Pitre on trover

Joaquín Zetina Gasca