Several destinations near Cancun are trending with travelers this summer, and one of them has just launched new culinary experiences that seamlessly combine nature with local flavors.
Puerto Morelos, a quaint fishing village just south of Cancun, has risen in popularity to become one of the most popular hotspots for day trips in the region.
This summer, the city is launching several new routes for travelers that showcase not only its top-notch gastronomy but also its famous untouched rainforests.
More Than Just Beach And Sun
Alongside Costa Mujeres, Puerto Morelos has become one of the most popular alternatives to Cancun for travelers seeking authentic experiences and fewer crowds.
Located around 35 kilometers south of the resort hotspot, Puerto Morelos is a hit among travelers thanks to its calm white-sand beaches, which offer some of the best snorkeling and diving opportunities.
In addition to that, the coastal town is a booming cultural hotspot, home to local markets, music festivals, and a tempting array of authentic restaurants.
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It’s that authenticity that local businesses are now seeking to emphasize with the launching of new foodie and nature routes for travelers. With travelers flocking to the Mexican Caribbean in droves, a growing number of visitors are keen on experiencing the region’s offerings beyond the confines of their resorts.
Some restaurants in Puerto Morelos, such as El Pirata, a local eatery serving up Mexican cuisine, offer new ‘farm-to-table’ tours where patrons can choose and pick ingredients for their dishes.
Travelers opting for the sustainable experience will venture to a nearby rainforest to scout for fresh, organic produce, which is then used in preparing an array of local dishes.
“We have a vegetable patch right in the Ruta de los Cenotes, along the kilometer 19 road, which supplies all of our fresh produce. Passion fruit is now in season, so we have fresh juices, and cocktails, among others,” chef Karla Romo told reporters during a briefing on the new foodie experience.
And El Pirata isn’t the only restaurant focusing on locality; countless other establishments in Puerto Morelos have transitioned to sustainable food culture. With such a variety of local fruits and vegetables, restaurants can take full advantage of Puerto Morelos’s rich agriculture, where watermelons, starfruit, arugula, and green tomatoes are just a few of many staples.
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With one of the most stunning white-sand shores in the area, many of Puerto Morelos’s top-rated restaurants feature gorgeous and expansive ocean views.
And with so much history, travelers can find restaurants that not only serve up excellent food but also tell the story of Puerto Morelos, such as El Merkadito, which opened its doors in 1979.
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Puerto Morelos is an excellent choice for a day trip as well as longer stays. Often quieter than Cancun, the coastal destination is famous for its beaches, cenotes, and vibrant culture.
This summer, travelers are especially keen on experiencing Puerto Morelos’s vibrant foodie scene, which includes plenty of small family-run eateries. This Riviera Maya Food Tour takes guests on a decadent journey through the city’s must-visit locales and costs just $80 per person.
And while Puerto Morelos’ diverse gastronomy is all the rage among visitors, the city is also a hotspot for nature lovers, especially during the ongoing heatwave.
Puerto Morelos is home to the famous ‘Ruta de los cenotes’ (cenotes route) along Highway 307 just south of Cancun. Featuring remote azure sinkholes, these natural wonders are best explored by renting a car.
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