Welcome to Puerto Morelos
Puerto Morelos is a charming and authentic beach town and quaint fishing village. With warm and welcoming locals, Puerto Morelos offers off-the-radar beach destinations that are just as beautiful as the more extensive resort town beaches. Puerto Morelos is also full of adventure opportunities like snorkeling and exploring ancient cenotes. Come experience all that this charming destination has to offer.
1. Relax on The Low Key Beaches
It can’t be overstated that the beaches of Puerto Morelos are amazingly low-key compared to neighboring tourist areas and beaches. People often visit the Riviera Maya region for one reason, the amazing Caribbean beaches which will take your breath away.
Beachgoers find the Puerto Morelos beaches to be the perfect place to swim, build sandcastles and enjoy the Caribbean breezes. Playa Del Coral is one of the most popular beaches in the area for good reason, it boasts turquoise waters, plenty of palm trees for shade, a small beachside eatery offering snacks, and a bar where you can enjoy a drink while taking in some local culture.
Some other amazing beaches in the area include Playa Caracol, Playa Secreto and Playa La Entrega.
*Note: Since 2008, Sargassum (seaweed) has regularly arrived on the Caribbean coast of Mexico (Puerto Morelos, Cancun, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, etc.) from April to August. Many resorts and beaches remove the seaweed from the sand daily, but it can pile up by the water’s edge and be stinky in places where it’s not removed. For this reason, we suggest getting a hotel with a nice pool area for guaranteed nice swimming or spending some time on the islands of Cozumel or Isla Mujeres which are largely protected from the seaweed.
2. Swim In Cenotes
There is an entire region filled with cenotes near Puerto Morelos and they shouldn’t be missed! It is called Ruta de Los Cenotes and you’ll need to either rent a car or book a tour to get to it.
You could also just take a taxi, but if you do that make sure you plan ahead so you know which of the Cenotes you want to visit. The Cenotes Kin Ha is one of the most beautiful on the route, but it does cost a little more than other cenotes, at $23 to swim and $55 for an ATV tour.
There are dozens of cenotes on the Ruta de Los Cenotes and you can’t go wrong visiting any of them! Some of the best include Cenote Le Nora, Cenote Majarres and Cenote Sol y Luna.
4. Check Out the Botanical Garden
Alfredo Barrera Marin Botanical Garden is one the largest botanical gardens in all of Mexico. This protected area is home to a variety of native mangroves and plant species as well as animals such as butterflies, birds, iguanas and spider monkeys.
You can do a 1.2 mile self-guided tour along the jungle boardwalk, an easy and beautiful walk. Or you can book a guided tour with the botanical garden staff. Bring plenty of bug spray as the mosquitos can be a nuisance at the botanical gardens.
5. Go On A Catamaran Sail
The National Reef Park isn’t just for snorkeling, it’s also a great place to go sailing. Visitors can board a catamaran and cruise through the clear Caribbean waters of the Puerto Morelos lagoon.
Want some adventure in the water? A trip to a secret sandbar and snorkeling with vibrant marine life are just a few of the options. Catamaran sailing tours are definitely worth exploring for your time in Puerto Morelos!
6. Stroll Around the Town
Puerto Morelos has the charm and authenticity of old Mexico. The quaint town itself is a very low-key destination, with welcoming energy and only about 9,000 residents. It has that small fishing village vibe that makes it fantastic to explore.
There are plenty of shops and restaurants in town and you won’t have to deal with the swarms of people that you find in many other Riviera Maya destinations. Make sure to stop at a seafood restaurant, it’s what the town is famous for, and the daily catch is almost guaranteed to be scrumptious here!
7. Go Scuba Diving
Scuba diving is one of the best and most popular things you can do in the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean. Whether you are certified and want to go it alone or take a scuba diving tour, you’ll love the array of dive opportunities in Puerto Morelos. The reef near Puerto Morelos is one of Mexico’s most popular scuba diving sites. There are plenty of dive shops in town that offer Puerto Morelos diving lessons and tours.
If you’re a certified diver, you can book a dive to explore over 20 nearby Puerto Morelos scuba diving sites with clear waters and an abundance of sea life. Some of the scuba shops even take you diving in cenotes. If you aren’t certified you could try a discover scuba tour, join a scuba tour and just snorkel or take a separate water adventure tour.
These are some of the amazing tours available at Puerto Morelos Reef National Park.
8. Have an Amazing Adventure
You won’t find Puerto Morelos lacking in adventure options! In addition to fun in the sand, you’ll also discover fantastic hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, rock climbing, ATV adventures, and much more.
If you’re looking for a day of adventure, check out this Combo Adventure Tour where transportation is provided for snorkeling, ATVs, ziplining and visiting cenotes.