Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos in Quintana Roo, Mexico, is a tranquil coastal town known for its pristine beaches, vibrant coral reefs part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, and laid-back atmosphere, offering a serene escape from the bustling tourist hotspots.

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Puerto Morelos QUICK INFO

  • 🇲🇽 State: Quintana Roo
  • 👩‍🎨 Visitors per year: 2 million
  • ⏰ Timezone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
  • ✈️ Airport: Cancun International Airport (CUN)
  • 💲 Currency: Mexican peso (MXN)
  • ✈️ Cheap flights: Kiwi.com
  • 🕝 Average Trip Length: 3-7 days
  • 🛃 Visa: 180 days
  • 🚑 Travel Insurance: Ekta
  • 📲 Best Sim Card: Telcel
  • 🔌  Power plug: Type A (US, Canada)
  • 🚰 Tap water: Not drinkable
  • 💰 Cashless: No
  • 💵 USD allowed? No

Puerto Morelos, situated between Cancun and Playa del Carmen in Quintana Roo, Mexico, is a peaceful fishing village established in the early 20th century.

Historically, it served as a hub for the chicle (natural gum) industry. Today, it is part of the Riviera Maya, known for its preserved natural beauty and small-town charm.

The town is recognized for its National Marine Park, which protects part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, offering exceptional snorkeling and diving opportunities.

Its iconic leaning lighthouse, damaged by Hurricane Beulah in 1967, stands as a testament to the town’s resilience and history.

What makes Puerto Morelos special is its successful balance between conservation and tourism, maintaining a tranquil atmosphere amid the bustling Riviera Maya.

Unlike its more commercialized neighbors, it offers a quiet retreat with untouched beaches, a rich marine life, and a close-knit community.

The town is surrounded by mangroves and cenotes, providing unique eco-tourism experiences. Its commitment to protecting the reef and local environment makes it a prime destination for those seeking sustainable travel options.

Puerto Morelos attracts visitors who prefer a slower pace of life and a more authentic Mexican experience, away from the crowds.

  • Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo
  • Cancun Airport (CUN)
  • Rainy season: Jul-Oct
  • Hottest Month: August
  • Coldest month: January

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