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Puerto Morelos is a quiet holiday town on the Yucatan Peninsula, located around twenty kilometers away from Cancun. It used to be a tiny fishing village, but it has developed into a popular resort and attractive diving destination. Its harbor is a very lively place from where fishing boats, yachts and other ships start their excursions. Puerto Morelos is ideal destination for those people that want to enjoy a relatively quiet and relaxing holiday away from the noisy places. The town has a couple of main streets and everything is within short walking distance.
Puerto Morelos has several nice hotels, villas, a few quality restaurants and some tourist shops. All buildings and houses in Puerto Morelos are built less than three stories high, and that is done to preserve its unique traditional character of Mexican fishing town. The central square of the town is also charming and it is ideal spot for relaxation and walking after you are done sunbathing and swimming.
Puerto Morelos has a tropical climate and warm weather throughout the entire year. Summer temperatures often climb up in the mid-30s, while winter months have average temperatures above 20 C.
One of the main reasons for Puerto Morelos` popularity in the recent years is because there is a fantastic coral reef very close to its shore. That reef belongs to the Great Mesoamerican Reef and is protected as a national treasure. It has a very rich biodiversity and it is stunningly beautiful reef to explore. It is located about five hundred meters from Puerto Morelos and it attracts scuba divers from all over the world. There are a few diving shops that offer guided diving tours to this reef. A thing to have in mind is that it is forbidden for snorkelers to go to the reef by swimming alone so guided tours are a must. That is done so the reef would be protected from damaging.
Besides being known as a major diving destination, there are plenty of other things which you can do in Puerto Morelos. There are mangroves nearby where you can go bird-watching and admire the nature. Nature lovers would also love the botanical garden - Jardin Botanico located very close to Puerto Morelos. This botanical garden is a living space for the attractive spider monkeys. Another interesting place to visit for the whole family is the Croco Cun Zoo. It is a very attractive zoo where you can go on guided tours and walk among alligators and crocodiles. There are also many bird species, snakes, wild animals other interesting things for the visitors.
As you can see, Puerto Morelos is a small place but it has plenty of things to offer to its visitors. Those that like to spend some time in authentic Mexican town - Puerto Morelos is the place to go. Its laidback atmosphere is perfect for those that wish to have a quiet holiday and spend most of their time on the beaches. No matter what kind of vacation you seek, you will never feel bored in Puerto Morelos.