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Top 7 Things To Do In The Beach Town Of Puerto Morelos

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Around 20 miles south of world-famous Cancun, you’ll find a small village that has steadily become a popular tourist destination in its own right. Puerto Morelos was once a sleepy fishing village, but these days has more than its fair share of beachfront resorts and tourist amenities. However, it has managed to retain its small-town charm and is worth spending a day or two if you’re traveling along the Mexican Caribbean coast. Here are the top 7 things to do in the coastal town of Puerto Morelos.

Puerto Morelos

Visit the Ruta de Cenotes

One of the highlights of Puerto Morelos is the Ruta de los Cenotes, or Cenotes Route. An adventurer’s paradise, the route provides 60 cenotes to explore, from above ground pools to dark underground caves. There are adventure parks to enjoy, including Selvatica and Xenotes, plus plenty of tours include an adventure element, such as an ATV ride. 

Cenote Zapote

As the Cenotes Route isn’t easy to find independently, it’s best to hire a car or join a guided tour that includes transportation. 

Snorkel in the National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos

Just 400m from the shore is the world’s second-largest coral reef, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. This close proximity to such a rich stretch of reef makes for some unbeatable snorkel and diving opportunities. 


Snorkeling off the shore can be fun, but the best way to explore the waters off the Puerto Morelos coast is on a tour – and there are plenty of well-rated snorkel tours to be had. 

Check out the gorgeous beaches

If you’re not keen to snorkel or dive, another top activity in Puerto Morelos is just to relax and enjoy the beaches. Although the town has developed into a hotspot for tourists, there are still deserted stretches of beach to be found, away from the resorts and beach clubs. However, if you prefer your beaches with a few more amenities, there are some lovely beach clubs to choose from.

Puerto Morelos sunset

Get up close to rescued animals at Croco Cun

More an animal sanctuary than a zoo, Croco Cun is a great place for a family day out, where you can meet all manner of critters, from spider monkeys living high up in the trees, to snakes, iguanas, and birds. You can even pet a crocodile if you’re feeling brave. 

Guided tours are available where you’ll learn all about the animals’ natural habitats, and how the Croco Cun is taking its conservation ethos seriously. 

  • The park is open every day from 9.30 am until 4.30 pm. 
  • Entry costs 627 Pesos for adults, 442 Pesos for kids aged 6-12 years, and kids 5 and under are free.  

Visit the Leaning Lighthouse

Damaged by a hurricane back in the 1960s, the iconic symbol of Puerto Morelos town is its leaning lighthouse. Located right on the oceanfront, you can’t miss it, and although you can’t climb it anymore, it’s a great place to chill out and take in the views across the beach toward the ocean. 

Leaning Lighthouse

Go green at the Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marín Botanical Garden

Just 2 km south of Puerto Morelos is the ecologically important Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marín Botanical Garden. Created forty years ago as a way of protecting the biodiversity of the Mexican Caribbean region, there are two main eco-systems represented – mangrove swamp and sub-evergreen forest. 

Iguana in Puerto Morelos

A guided tour is recommended, to get the most out of your visit. You may spot monkeys and iguanas, and will see all kinds of local plants. You can enjoy lovely views over Puerto Morelos from the tower viewpoint, as well traversing a popular suspension bridge in the heart of the mangroves. 

As a side note, mosquitoes are plentiful so make sure to bring repellent. 

Pick up souvenirs at local markets and stores

You won’t find high-end clothing or international brands in Puerto Morelos, but if you want to spend an hour or two souvenir shopping, you’ll likely find something to your taste. 

  • Flea market

South of the Jardin Principal is a street filled with souvenir-shopping opportunities. Whether you’re looking for a locally-made artisan gift or authentic regional attire, this is the place to find it. 

Day of the Dead figures
  • Farmer’s market

If you visit between November and April, you may be lucky enough to catch the farmer’s market. A favorite with locals, and full of delicious fresh produce, the market runs two Saturdays per month. 

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Sunday 7th of August 2022

Hire a taxi for the day. You will get the best tour ever. And at a reasonable cost.


Thursday 11th of August 2022

@Steve, Hello Steve, Hope that you had a wonderful time in Cancun. My husband and I are planning a trip to Cancun later this month. We do plan on taking your advice and hiring a cap for the day. Would you be so kind in suggesting some tourism spots that were well worth it? We are both seniors however we are physically and mentally young at heart. We enjoy sightseeing, shopping, and good eating. We would like to see where the locals live, maybe some movie star homes, and reasonable shopping. My spouse is particularly looking for leather items such as belts, wallets, and artificial/man-made parakeets that we can bring home and perhaps decorate the outside perimeter of our home. We are also concerned about the airport situation as far as travel time to and from the airport. It has been suggested by the media to leave resort/hotel at least five hours before flight departure because there is major road renovation. Could you please comment on your experience with the airport situation? Lastly, what would you suggest going price in pesos for hiring a cab for the day? Also, how many hours would be appropriate? We truly thank you for your input and if you have any other suggestions we are welcome to them.

Thank you!