Things to Do
There is no shortage of things to do in, and around, Puerto Morelos. The coast is part of the National Marine Park making it ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling. If fishing is your passion then this is the place for you – you will be sure of a prize catch!
Adventure lovers need look no further with an abundance of ecotourism excursions where you can book tours to go on quadbikes or mountain bikes and zipline through the jungle, explore the cenotes and get to know the local wildlife.
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Walk the Beach
Puerto Morelos has miles and miles of beautiful Caribbean beach with white sands and beautiful waves. Relax while listening to the sounds of the ocean.
Get a Massage
The Jungle Spa offers massages by local Mayan women in the quiet tranquility of the jungle. Just a short drive thru the colonia to a relaxing massage experience. Los Colibries is a new massage service located on the Ruta de Los Cenotes at Km 15. Martina, who lives in Puerto Morelos, offers massages at your place or hers.
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Puerto Morelos
Snorkeling and Scubadiving in Puertos Morelos is very popular. The Mesoamerican Reef System is so close to the shore that it forms a natural barrier for the town and keeps the waters really calm and shallow. Stringent environmental regulations have kept this part of the reef unspoiled. Only tour operators that adhere to the guidelines are allowed to offer snorkel trips here. You can find a tour operator to take you out to the reef along the beach or by the main pier in town.
Within the Marine Park there are many great opportunities for scuba diving in Puerto Morelos. The C-56 Juan Escutia, a retired Mexican Navy ship, was donated and sunk in 2000. that now provides an artificial reef. The ship can now be found 30 meters deep in the ocean and is completely covered in corals, sponges and a plethora of colorful sea creatures.
Visit the Botanical Garden
Located 2 kilometers south of the Puerto Morelos turnoff from Cancun on highway 307, the Alfredo Barrera Marín Botanical Garden is one of the largest botanical gardens in the country and is a beautiful location to get up close and personal with the local flora and fauna. The garden also hosts a large animal population, including the only troops of coastal spider monkeys left in the region.
Go Horseback Riding
Ride horse thru the fascinating landscape of the Mayan Riviera. Rancho Bonanza offers horses for all levels of riders. Just south of Puerto Morelos on Highway 307.
Learn to Cook Mexican Food
Take a class at The Little Mexican Cooking School. Enjoy learning to cook Mexican style!
Selvatica is a must do for adventure lovers. It is an ecopark with over 330 acres of jungle offering something for everyone, from 6 to 96 year olds. You choose from a variety of adventures combining different zipline or high rope courses, mountain–biking to magical open “cenotes” (sinkholes), driving army trucks to natural caverns, snorkeling in the reef, horseback riding into the ocean among other exciting activities. Located at km 19 on the Ruta de Los Cenotes.
Xel-Ha, one of the amazing attractions in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Mexico, a natural aquarium park considered the largest aquarium in the world, the perfect place to perform activities in Riviera Maya. If you love nature, there is no better place than Xel-Ha to practice snorkeling and water activities like swimming with dolphins, Snuba® (combination of snorkeling and diving) or Sea Trek® (walking under water). About a 1 hour drive south on Highway 307, between Akumal and Tulum.
Xcaret is majestic archaeological park located in Riviera Maya, Cancun in the Mexican Caribbean Sea shore. Enjoy a show at night, with more than 300 actors on stage, resulting in a musical journey through the history of Mexico since pre-Hispanic times to the present day, with all the colorful costumes, folklore and dancing. The recreation of a pre-Hispanic ball game, a charro celebration, a Mexican cemetery, a coral reef aquarium, a butterfly pavilion moreover underground rivers, beaches and natural pools, a place where you can swim with dolphins and have fun with countless attractions and activities that will make you live magical experiences. 6 km south of Playa del Carmen on Highway 307.
In the middle of the Mayan jungle, landscapes of indescribable beauty await you, the Tour Xenotes Oasis Maya is the only one offering the opportunity of enjoying four different types of cenotes and activities all in one day. Between Cancun and Puerto Morelos, just off Highway 307.
Río Secreto could very well be one of the great wonders of the world. Come and experience this stunning underground river with thousands of dramatic stalactites and stalagmites. It’s like stepping back in time to witness something mysterious and truly spectacular. Just south of Playa del Carmen on Highway 307.
Two kilometres north of Puerto Morelos you will find Crococun Zoo. The Zoo is a great place to see the local wildlife. Venture into jungle and confront the prehistoric crocodiles, the rulers of this sacred land, and witness their unpredictable personalities. During your visit you will encounter friendly monkeys, a variety of snakes and other exciting surprises.
Children will love it here! You can get a guide to take you around and teach you all about the species. You even get to hold small crocodiles, monkeys, boas and parrots, and stroke a baby deer.
Check out a Cenote
The Ruta de Los Cenotes (Cenote Route) is a road found just south of Puerto Morelos. Look for the arches above the road to the west of highway 307. There are several cenotes along here, also known as sinkholes. These cenotes are a natural marvel feeding from underground streams and rivers that are all under the Yucatan peninsula. On the Cenotes Route you can find an ecological Park called Selvatica and there are many other cenotes, the most popular being Cenote Las Mojarras, Cenote Siete Bocas, Cenote Boca Del Puma and Cenote Verde Lucero.
Fishing in Puerto Morelos
Visit the Ruins
There are a number of Mayan ruin sites within an easy drive of Puerto Morelos. The ruins in Tulum are the closest drive at just over 1 hour. Just ask around in town for a tour operator or drive yourself. About 2 hours drive, Coba offers a day trip exploration of Mayan archelogical history. Chichen Itza is the most famous ruin site in the Yucatan, about 3-1/2 hours drive from Puerto Morelos on a toll road. You're sure to have a good time and learn a lot about this area's history in the process.
Spend an evening in the town square
You can spend a wonderful night just strolling around and sitting in the town square. There is almost always something going on and it's fun to see how much fun the local kids have playing soccer here.
Read a Book
Puerto Morelos is home to the largest English language bookkstore in the Yucatan, Alma Libre Bookstore.
Puerto Morelos is home to more than 40 restuarants and most are very good. Here is a restaurant listing courtesy of the Alma Libre Bookstore. Try a different one each night of your stay or just pick and choose when you feel like it. Your stomach will be glad you did!