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Imagine a simple and quiet fishing village, dishes prepared with the best of the sea and one of the most spectacular reefs to learn to dive ... this is Puerto Morelos.
Among its attractions hides an old lighthouse, a botanical garden and several cenotes of turquoise waters with stalactites and plants hanging from their roofs. Located just 38 km from Cancun, these are the 10 reasons why you should visit it.
1. Puerto Morelos Reef National Park
Nestled in the Mesoamerican Reef System - the second largest barrier reef in the world -, here you can perform various water sports, such as diving, windsurfing and kayaking, with snorkeling being preferred by the hundreds of corals and tropical fish that you will see around you , creating a multicolored landscape.
2. Botanical Garden Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marín
This 65-hectare sanctuary, also called Yaax ’Ché, is ideal for observing regional wildlife, from spider monkeys to coatis, as well as a great diversity of plants, both ornamental and medicinal. Do not miss the suspension bridge and the archeological zone.
3. Crococun Zoo
Two kilometers to the north is this crocodile farm, whose specimens vary in both species and size. It has a small zoo where you will find boas, ocelots and deer, and you can even get close to some of them!
Walk the streets of Puerto Morelos on foot while discovering restaurants, cafes and shops. Stop your steps in the Handicraft Market to acquire a souvenir and then continue to the inclined lighthouse, which was thus after the passage of several hurricanes.
5. The beaches
Its shades, its fine sand and a gentle swell - a courtesy of the reef that acts as a barrier to the ocean - will allow you to swim with children, go kayaking, learn windsurfing, or just relax and float on the sea!
6. The jungle
Leave behind all traces of civilization with one of the tours that will get you into the jungle, either on horseback, on ATV or mountain bike. It is an unforgettable experience that will put you in touch with nature, while you discover animals, cenotes and archaeological ruins.
7. Places to dive
In addition to the landscapes of the reef barrier, you will find other locations less than two nautical miles from the coast. However, the favorite is usually the C-56 Juan Escutia gunboat, where sponges, corals and gorgonians - among other dozens of creatures and plants - have made their home.
8. Cenote Route
Surrounded by the jungle and with crystal clear waters, you can swim, dive, get on zip lines and even rent bicycles or ATVs. Our favorites are La Noria - perfect for diving, swimming or sunning on its floating platform - and Verde Lucero, an open-air cenote with small caves to explore.
Although the growth of the region has wiped out much of the mangrove of Puerto Morelos, you can still observe various species of animals, reptiles, plants and birds from the viewpoints that are on the access road to the town. Close your eyes for a moment and let yourself be amazed by the amount of different sounds that the wind carries.
Visit the marina and board the catamaran that will take you to Maroma, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world (book a day before!).