04/10/2008Escape to Puerto Morelos, a delightful jewel in the Mexican Caribbean

If you need a break from stress or want some adventure, you will find the ultimate Caribbean getaway south of Cancun: in Puerto Morelos.

With no buildings over three stories in height, only two main streets in the entire town, and a beautiful white sand coastline, its hard not to unwind in the former fishing village of Puerto Morelos, also known as “The Jewel of the Caribbean.” The town’s relaxing atmosphere, charming boutique hotels and natural beauty create the perfect setting for complete relaxation and tranquility.

“The Jewel of the Caribbean” is located about 20 kilometers south of Cancun and is lined with spectacular beaches that are ideal for reading a book, sunbathing, and taking a palapa-shaded nap on a sunny afternoon. The picturesque town has maintained its fishing village ambiance while accommodating tourist needs with quality and affordable restaurants, local bars, shops and a wide range of hotels and spas. Thanks to the many attractions in Puerto Morelos’ surrounding area, there is unlimited opportunity for adventure and sporting activities such as snorkeling, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, mountain biking, zip lining, or participating in a polo match.

The second largest reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, is located just off the coast of Puerto Morelos. Many local experts lead superb scuba diving tours offering an unforgettable experience with turtles, barracudas, rays, and hundreds of different fish species interspersed among the brightly colored coral reef. These excursions comply with strict environmental standards, and additional diving trips include swimming through wrecks, exploring the warm Caribbean waters on a moonlit evening, or visiting one of the area’s many cenotes.

Rare throughout the world, cenotes are underground water holes with up to 150 feet of visibility in their crystal clear waters. The Quintana Roo region boasts beautiful sightseeing throughout the underground rivers thanks to thousands of years of cavernous formations along its limestone peninsula. Local tour guides offer the safest conditions for exploring these natural wonders in small or large groups.

For a unique family adventure, the local theme park Selvatica offers tours including mountain bike adventure, swimming in the cenotes and zip line thrills. With the longest zip line circuit in North America; this theme park accommodates individuals from 3 – 93 years of age while exceeding international safety standards.

If Puerto Morelos doesn’t already exceed your expectations, there are opportunities to horseback ride through jungle trails, visit the crocodile and reptile zoo, explore the botanical garden or immerse yourself in the town’s history while deep sea fishing for marlin, tuna, and dorado.
When it comes to lodging, Puerto Morelos offers a wide variety of options for all tastes, budgets and lifestyles. There are boutique hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfast facilities, villas and condos that range from modest to luxurious.

Centrally located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen and offering affordable prices, Puerto Morelos is an ideal location for setting up base camp and traveling out to visit the region’s popular Mayan ruins of Tulum, the only Mayan city overlooking the Caribbean waters. Whether you relax along the white sand coastline or spend the day exploring the jungle, you’ll find your way back home to this peaceful fishing village. Living up to its nickname, Puerto Morelos is indeed “The Jewel of the Caribbean!”

Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau


About Cancun

Cancun is located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The island of Cancun is in the shape of a “7” and is bordered to the north by the Bahia de Mujeres; to the east by the Caribbean Sea; and to the west by the Nichupte Lagoon. Cancun is Mexico’s largest tourist destination and boasts 146 hotels with a total of 28,808 rooms. Opportunities for new experiences abound in Cancun, which offers visitors an ideal setting for interacting with nature and discovering Mayan culture.

Gina Salazar