puerto morelos palancar reefPuerto Morelos, 15 minutes south of the Cancun airport, is the “Gateway” to the Mayan Riviera. The world-famous Palancar Reef, a couple hundred yards offshore, has been declared a national marine park. You can see the waves breaking on coral.

Development has skipped past Puerto Morelos. It’s as Cancun was 40 years ago, and the residents here are quite happy with that. The fine, white, powdered coral beach, the fishing pier, and the lighthouse, at the town’s edge, are the primary points of interest. There’s also a car ferry to Cozumel. Still primarily a small traditional fishing village, the boats bring in their morning catch to sell on the docks.

puerto morelosDowntown you’ll find restaurants featuring fresh fish and native dishes, a small medical center, pharmacy, grocery stores, handicraft shops, money exchange, and travel and car agencies.

Surrounding the village are modest homes, hotels and cabanas. Accommodations range from rustic palapa style huts with thatched roofs and sleeping hammocks, to air conditioned all inclusive resorts with health spas, jacuzzis, and swimming pools.

All of the Yucatan‘s most popular attractions including the archeological sites of Tulum, Coba, Chichen Itza, and the ecological parks of Xcaret, Xel-Ha, and Sian Ka’an are within 2 hours.

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