Yet another option for enjoying the Caribbean is this pleasant fishing village called Puerto Morelos, with pristine beaches ... More
Yet another option for enjoying the Caribbean is this pleasant fishing village called Puerto Morelos, with pristine beaches where the landscape remains intact. There is an underwater reef, ideal for diving or snorkeling. Part of the region known as the Mayan Riviera, is famous for its natural and historical attractions left from the Mayan civilization. There are also some rustic restaurants with a traditional menu in the surrounding area.
I had a very good service from Richard tourist agent infront of the church in Puerto Morelos.I rent a new car through him plus he show me many condominiums.His services were cordial and precise.Thank you Richard and see you soon.
Wag from Montral,Canada.
This is a great experience, history, real authentic adventure, service and reasonably priced tour. Transportation to and from your hotel, biking, highest zips in the area and ask to meet Jesus, Tarzan in the jungle. This is a small locally run family buisness that protects the only ecological reserve in the area. Keep up the great work guys!! If there is one thing you must do while visiting the Mayan Riviera this is it!
Don't rent a car from Puerto Morelos Tourist Services (run by "Richard and Claudia." across the street from the 7-11 look-a-like store, the OXXO.)
The brakes failed on the car they gave us. The next day, a young couple told us that they had reported failing brakes on the same car two weeks before we rented it. They were riding with a two year old kid.
I couldn't possibly say enough good praise about Casa Martia and its staff. I read the posted review about thefts and I don't honestly see how that could be possible. We've never encountered more honest, reliable people than the staff that manages the house.
The house itself is comfortable, easy to feel at home in, quiet, "away from it all" yet close to town, a 10 minute drive. The pool is a sparkling jewel. The house is right on the beach with views of multi-colored turquoise waters no matter where you are. The three bedrooms are spacious, all with their own balconies & large bathrooms with showers and large closets. All bedrooms have their own AC.
The downstairs is perfect for large groups or families. GREAT outdoor bar with sink & BBQ. Plenty of comfortable lounge chairs outside.
The groundskeeper is so very nice and very helpfuly and vigilant of the security of the house and its visitors. Martha, the housekeeper cleaned 3 out of the 7 days were were at Casa Martia. Linens were always fresh and clean and we had nothing at all every moved out of place or stolen despite the other review posted.
We cannot wait to go back next year, we hope to make it for two weeks. If you're an avid kiteboarder, you could not ask for better conditions for wind and access right out the door of the house. The shore is very shallow for a long way out which would also be great for snorkeling on the non windy days (we stayed here Feb 2009 which I am told that Feb is a rather windy climate).
Loved the area. The people in town were fantastic and treated us like kings. We stayed at a private villa ( Casa Martia ) about 3 miles outside Puerto Morelos. We were stolen from repeatedly at Casa Martia, starting the second day of our trip. A video camera, cash on several occasions, an i-pod and watch. The house was always locked up tight, only the caretaker and cleaning crew had access. The owners seemed to try and blame us. Stay away from Casa Martia. Will have to find a new place to stay, loved the area.
After several trips to Cancun where I always go to all the snorkeling adventures, This last Novenber, We visit a littel place here and went out to 2 reefs and saw so much marinie life It was breathtaking. My 18 year old newphew and myself still talk of this place everytime we are together. It is a must seee!!!
The village is very quaint with a variety of charming restaurants and small shops. Some discounts for cash. There are some nice little open air restaurants/bars on the beach and for some reason the Dos Equis beer tasted the best. For about $2/bottle.
The thing we liked most was the reef. My wife and I (both 63) swam out to the reef together. It's a long way out, so be prepared for a long swim. There's not much between the shore and the reef: the bottom is mostly eel grass with only a few small barracudas and some wandering fish. But once you get to the reef, it's worth it. the coral is very varied, it's very shallow so you get to see the fish and coral very close up. Be careful not to kick the coral with your fins; it's very fragile. And keep track of where you are; you might wind up in a spot where it's very shallow all around and you'll have to find your way out the same way you came in. There are lots of different fish; some highlights were barracudas, spotted eagle rays, and a few but not many spiny lobsters.
What we didn't like was what we had no way of knowing ahead of time. It's illegal to swim to the reef. The tour boats carry between 8 and 20 people at $26/person and apparently they are the only way you can legally reach the reef. One boat tried to cut me off and shoo me away by stopping right in front of me. We had words and I kept on swimming. They say the boats are supposed to keep their swimmers from damaging the reef, but we saw boat swimmers abusing the coral when we were much more respectful of it. Also, we are told that swimmers are supposed to have life vests on when they are at the reef. I guess when we go back we'll go out in a boat, but I'd sure rather spend that $52 on dinner and wine.
I've been living in Puerto for a year, and I can tell you that the atmosphere there is magic in terms of energy. The sea specially in this area have healing characteristics that you for sure feel but never see. The variety of birds, the manglar ( the jungle) and the friendly peolple that live there make it a living experience more than a tourist town.
We stayed at Hotel El Cid Marina for our anniversary and loved it. The food was awesome. You should plan on relaxing, swimming, snorkeling and eating. We did a day excursion to Xel-Ha and Tulum. To be honest I would do only one in a day as we could not fully enjoy both in one day.
Make sure you buy some turq. jewelry as it is very reasonable and beautiful. We definitely plan on going back soon.
If your sick of the high pressure sales, relentless salesman, and and all around horrible bargaining at the shops in Cancun, try Puerto Morelos. It's a nice sleepy little town with quit a few shops. The town's character reflects in the shopping there. Laid back, no pressure. They will bargain but don't give you dirty looks and mutter obscene spanish if you decide not to buy like they do at Coral Negro (sp?)!!!
It also has good snorkeling, restaurants, and scenery. Great for a day trip.
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