Puerto Morelos – the state’s oldest natural port – is one of the Riviera Maya’s ecoturistic paradises. To some extent, it has been able to preserve it’s peaceful fishing village atmosphere, in the midst of big tourist developments. Its hotel zone (made up of nine deluxe hotels), its small hotels , its quiant inns, villas and campsites, combine to make the perfect formula for tourists looking to get away from the hustle and bustle and for retired expats who prefer the serenity of this place located 32 kms. (just over 20 miles) north of Playa del Carmen.
Puerto Morelos is protected by the most important barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere, which makes it ideal for enjoying water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling and scuba diving practiced outside of the reef in the National Marine Park spots like “Cuevones”, “La Bocana”, “El Túnel”, “Los Jardines”, “El Puente” and “La Pared”.
At its “Alfredo Barrera Marin” Botanical Garden, the largest of its kind (65 ha. or 160 acres) in the country – visitors can get to know the ornamental, medicinal, cacti, ferns and aquatic plants of the region, and come into contact with nature.
The garden also boasts a “chicle” or gum camp and a small archaeological site. Here it isn’t uncommon to come across animals from the region like families of coatimundi or spider monkeys.
Other suggested activities for Puerto Morelos are a visit to the crocodile zoo, horseback riding, a visit to the town’s small museum or Collective Handicraft Center, an ATV tour along the cenote route, a polo game, mauntain biking or just enjoying a sweet treat next to the town’s landmark, the leaning lighthouse. In the past few years , Puerto Morelos has become a favorite destination for yoga and meditation groups. The area restaurants serve excellent regional, national and international food.
On certain occasions, festivals are held in the town’s main square with local music as well as some featuring foreign musical artists.