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Puerto Morelos relaxing village

The best things to do at the beautiful beach of Puerto Morelos.

Puerto Morelos beach is located at the Caribbean, only 15 minutes drive from Cancun Airport. It’s a small fishing town with a lot of things to do.

It’s located in the second largest reef system in the world giving us the opportunity for snorkeling, diving and exploring the varieties of fish and corals.

You can take a trip for a day but my advice is that you stay there at least a couple of days to discover this amazing Mexican village full of surprises.

Very different from Cancun or Playa del Carmen, this is the perfect place for relax but also adventure and beautiful experiences.

If you are looking for big Resorts and party scene, this is not the place for you. But, if you are looking for a different place at The Riviera Maya, Puerto Morelos will be a paradise. 

Underground rivers and cenotes at Mexican Riviera Maya
The beautiful Underground River.


Amazing Things to do in Puerto Morelos, Mexico.

  • Cenotes.

Cenotes are underwater sink holes resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath and were used sometimes by the ancient Mayas for sacrificial offerings.

And are more stunning that you could imagine. At the Cenotes you can enjoy zip lines, snorkel, dive or hiking just remember to use Bio-friendly sunblock.

Cenotes Route is a must at the Riviera Maya

  • Sunken Military Ship.

Juan Escutia Ship was sunken in front of Puerto Morelos in 1996 as an artificial reef program. It’s fully covered in coral and it offers penetration through the state rooms and the engine room.

The amazing sunken military ship at Puerto Morelos, Mexico. Take a tour to dive in to sunken ship.
The sunken military ship, really fantastic.

  • The Old Lighthouse.

The symbol of Puerto Morelos is the old leaning lighthouse, ravaged in 1967 by the hurricane Beulah. You should walk on the dock to take the best photo.

  • National Reef Park Puerto Morelos 

Snorkel, dive, windsurf or kayak in one of the most amazing reefs, prepare to see varieties of fish, turtles, barracudas, rays and more. Just remember to be careful with the environment because it is fragile and we have to take care of it.

The Old leaning Lighthouse at Puerto Morelos, the perfect place for photos.
The famous leaning lighthouse.
  • Eco Parks

As in the entire Riviera Maya you’ll have the opportunity to visit a large number of Ecological Parks. Is a great variety and I’m sure you’ll love them, you can enjoy zip lines, snorkeling, swimming inside caves and underground rivers, diving and a lot more exciting adventures.

  • Enjoy the Delicious Food.

You will find a lot of delicious options, local cuisine, seafood, Italian, Caribbean, vegan, etc.

Maybe cocktails at night listening great music and watching the beautiful sunset.

  • Crococun Zoo.

It’s a crocodile farm with a little zoo where you can find more than 500 crocodiles of 40 different species, deers, snakes and more. Admission prices include a private guide.

  • Alma Libre Bookstore.

Find new books and used books; maps, handicrafts, guides and awesome conversation. If you need books, souvenirs or maybe advice this is the perfect place for you.

The peaceful beach at the Caribbean in Puerto Morelos, Mexico.
The extraordinary beach.

Where to eat at Puerto Morelos

My favorite options are La Pepita, delicious sea food with very good prices. Pelicanos, delicious Mexican and sea food with a wonderful view of the bay. But there are a lot more places to enjoy International, Mexican and also Vegan meals. 

If you are looking for a place to have a good time with delicious cocktails and good music, you’re also in the right spot. Here you can find a lot of options with great atmosphere to enjoy the afternoon and more!

Where to Stay in Puerto Morelos, Mexico.

There are a lot of options in Puerto Morelos; big resorts, beautiful small hotels or even hostels.

The perfect place just depends on how much do you want to spend. Because everything is near, you can choose any place to stay and you be near of the beach, restaurants and almost everything.

The spectacular cenotes at the long way of Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Inside the Cenote, it feels so peaceful.

I could tell you a lot more about this amazing town; but you will discover yourself.

For my experience, The Riviera Maya have something different for everyone, just choose your destination and hopefully come back for more. I love this unique place for the very first time I walked on the dock and felt the blue on my heart.

The clear water under the dock at Puerto Morelos, the perfect place for snorkeling, diving and swimming.
The colors under the dock.

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Comments (16)

Oh gosh it’s been raining for the past 2 weeks here in Italy and I’d love some sun with a side of vitamin sea! Your photos make me want to pack and go!


Thanks so much Danila! I love rainy days and Italy it’s a wonderful combination. But I know that sunny days are wonderful too!. I hope you can enjoy the beach soon; in Mexico the spring is in the air.


So many unusual things to do here, what an exciting place!
The crocodile farm and the sunken military ship sound worth a visit for sure!


It is really a wonderful place and so different from Cancun, I hope you can visit it soon. The sunken military ship is Amazing! Thanks so much!


This looks idylic@ A non-touristy town with gorgeous natural features and delicious food?! I’ve spent a great deal of time on the Pacific coast of Mexico, but have yet to visit the Mayan riviera… I’ll certainly have to change that! Especially to explore those cenotes.


Hi Erica! Where have you been in the Pacific Mexico? You are right you will love The Mayan Riviera, is very different from the Pacific. The cenotes and ruins are unique. I hope you can visit soon!.
Thanks so much!


Not nearly as many places as I’d like to! I grew up in southern California, so we’ve visited several beaches and small towns in Baja California and along the coast, as far down as the coastline around Puerto Vallarta. The problem with Mexico is that the more I see, the more I want to see MORE! It’s such a stunning country 🙂


Thanks Erica! You’re right I think Mexico is one of those Countries you always want more. Puerto Vallarta is also a beautiful place, I’m happy you enjoyed my Country several times and I hope you can visit more soon. Thanks so much for your comments.


The sunken ship and the leaning lighthouse looks really interesting. Will be visiting some day 🙂


Thank you for your comments! It is a very interesting place, with a lot of activities or my favorite sometimes, just relaxing. I hope you enjoy it soon.


This place looks really interesting and I never heard about it before – hopefully I can visit this place one day. I definately will put it on my bucket list, thats for sure 🙂


Thanks Martina! It is really beautiful, near to Cancun but with a more relaxing vibe. I hope you can visit this wonderful place soon and enjoy it. Thanks so much for reading.


My God, that sunken ship looks like quite an adventure, talk about making memories!


Thanks Coralie, the sunken ship is really amazing, honestly I was a little scared at the beginning, but it’s worth it. Love places that are so different from all.


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