Puerto Morelos is only a short 25-minute drive from Cancun’s international airport and Hotel Zone; it is one of the oldest ports in Quintana Roo, the departure point when traveling to the “Cenotes” Route or the eco-archaeological parks, and a good place to start when leaving on tours to the Mayan World.
Puerto Morelos offers another face of the wider Cancun experience, with a small town, Mexican Caribbean vibe. Puerto Morelos offers a wide selection of cuisine where the highlight is the catch of the day. It also offers everything from boutique hotels to large international chains. Snorkeling and scuba diving are two of the main experiences offered by Puerto Morelos, thanks to the great Mayan Reef, which is located only 1,640 feet from its calm beaches.
Puerto Morelos Main Plaza
Visitors are welcome to stop at the city's main plaza, stroll the boardwalk, beachcomb, swim, or take a panga tour to offshore reefs. Cultural activities and music festivals are held in the main square, such as the “International Seafront Theatre Festival” in April and the “International Deep Sea Fishing Tournament” at the end of May, along with other popular national and religious celebrations.
Puerto Morelos attractions
Puerto Morelos also has other attractions such as the Botanical Garden and the “Crococun” zoo, where the region’s flora and fauna, such as crocodiles and orchids, can be observed. For adventure lovers, Puerto Morelos is the departure point for tours in the jungle, either walking or by bicycle, on horseback, ATVs or zip-lines. An ideal place for families to enjoy these activities is Selvatica, where there is also swimming in cenotes and snorkeling; the perfect balance between emotion, hospitality and fun.
This 8-km-long (5 miles) by one-half-kmwide (.3 miles) wisp of an island sits just 6 km off the coast to the northeast of Cancun. For those wanting a break from the glitz of Cancun, Isla Mujeres is a refreshing throwback to the days before Cancun even existed. The pace is relaxed and unpretentious, and the setting is pure magic. Plan on a full day to tour and enjoy the island. The island (population 15,000) seems to defy change, even though its swanky neighbor (Cancun) has spurred the development of some visitor attractions that have spruced up the island’s very “bohemian” ambiance.
For those who don’t know it yet, Isla Mujeres is a privileged place that boasts an unparalleled natural and cultural wealth; it combines the beauty of the Caribbean, a lush tropical jungle and the wonderful heritage of the Mayan civilization. As if the above were not enough, it also stands out as one of Mexico´s natural treasures… a truly delightful paradise! Thirty minutes from Cancun international airport and only 15 minutes from downtown Cancun, if you take the boat from Puerto Juarez, you will find the ideal spot to spend a vacation or a great weekend. Isla Mujeres has a lot to offer: all kinds of hotels, from one to five stars, some of them really charming and with all amenities, specialty restaurants – regional and international cuisine –, bars to listen to trova or tropical music, beach clubs, Caribbean shows, swimming with dolphins and a wide variety of activities to discover.