Puerto Morelos relaxing village at the beach

Puerto Morelos relaxing village at the beach

Puerto Morelos beach is located in 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 to 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. 

Puerto Morelos Famous old leaning lighthouse at the Caribbean
Leaning Old Lighthouse at the beach.

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Places to visit near Puerto Morelos

For its excellent location in the Riviera Maya, Puerto Morelos is a destination from which you can connect to many other places.
Although the ADO bus terminal is not big, you can choose from many options of places to visit just for a day or to explore new wonders.
Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel Island, Bacalar, Mahahual, Tulum.
Some are a little further away, so it’s convenient to spend at least one or two nights, but others can be visited in a day.

Another of the great wonders of the state of Quintana Roo are the ruins and archaeological sites.
Tulum Ruins, Coba, Chichen Itza, Kohunlich, Uxmal, Dzibanche, Kinich and more.

Underground River at The Riviera Maya, Mexico
Underground River

Amazing Things to do in Puerto Morelos Beach

  • Cenotes

Cenotes are underwater sinkholes resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath and was used sometimes by the ancient Mayas for sacrificial offerings. And are more stunning than 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 staterooms and the engine room. You can ask for this tour with the different companies and compare prices.

Beautiful turquoise water at Caribbean beach in Mexico
The amazing Puerto Morelos Beach


  • 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 

Maybe I don’t need to say it but this site is one of the best places for Snorkeling, Diving, Windsurf, Kayaking or Kitesurf. At the second largest reef system in the world, you can admire different types 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.

Dock at Puerto Morelos beach, the best view
Wonderful view from the dock.
  • Ecological Parks Tour

As in the entire Riviera Maya, you’ll have the opportunity to visit a large number of Ecological Parks. You’ll find 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 more exciting adventures.

There are many options for ecological parks in the Riviera Maya. There are not only the bigger great parks like XcaretXplor or Xel Ha, but you can also choose between some smaller options, with amazing adventures too and spectacular beauty.

Caribbean sea
Turquoise water at the Caribbean
  • Delicious Food

You will find a lot of delicious options, Local Cuisine, Seafood, Italian, Caribbean, International, Vegan, etc.

Maybe cocktails at night listening to 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 

My favorite options are La SirenaLa Pepita, delicious seafood at very good prices. Pelicanos, delicious Mexican and seafood 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 beach club to have a good time with delicious cocktails and good music, Unico Beach Club is for you! You’ll find more than just cocktails. Of course at Puerto Morelos, you can find a lot of options with a 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. Just choose the one that best suits you!

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 to the beach, restaurants and almost everything.

Puerto Morelos colorful sign at the beach
My gorgeous Grandma at Puerto Morelos Sign.

How to get to Puerto Morelos Beach

It is very simple and cheap; From the city of Cancun, you only have to go to the ADO Bus Terminal located Downtown Cancun. If you want to do it from the Cancun International Airport, I recommend buying your tickets to Puerto Morelos in the authorized ADO stand, located inside the airport.

You will not need to rent a car, I recommend you to rent a bike if you want to wander in Puerto Morelos.

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

For my experience, The Riviera Maya has 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 in my heart.

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

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Danila Caputo
2 years ago

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!

2 years ago

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!

2 years ago

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.

2 years ago
Reply to  Ferny

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 🙂

Sumit Surai
Sumit Surai
2 years ago

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

Martina Hzb
2 years ago

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 ?

Coralie Grassin
2 years ago

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


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