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Puerto Morelos and 150 pesos in my Pocket

Jan 8, 2012 | No Responses

Only 150 pesos for absolute paradise, do you believe me?

Sea air, blue skies and a vast expanse of the most brilliant blue slapping you in the face, welcome to Puerto Morelos. This little town sits between Cancun and Playa del Carmen and is the perfect balance of friendly people and small town living. Little can alter this perfect paradise because the government enlisted strict building codes to minimize development in order to maintain the ecological preserves.

When we first get off the bus the thought of a beautiful beach awaiting us almost seemed unreal. The 3km trek to the hub of the city may seem daunting to some so your best bet is to catch a taxi that takes you straight to the beach. A quick drive surrounded by trees but not much else and you find yourself in absolute paradise.

As you enter the town a large square of grass sits in the centre with little restaurants and shops surrounding the perimeter. I anxiously get out of the cab and walk to the mini-boardwalk where fishing boats align the shore and a wooden pier extends into the Caribbean. Oh how I love Puerto.

The paint on the benches has worn from salty air and years of visitors but the palm trees and sand balance the withered fixtures, creating a beautiful tropical paradise. Walking down the beach you pass seaside homes, some with restaurants on the main level, and the odd bar sporadically placed in between. The people in Puerto are very laid back and this relaxed vibe emits an undeniable positive energy. We lay our blankets out and head straight for the water. Calm waters with a slight current from the north create a peacefulness that lulls you into a dream world. The best thing about the water here is it is crystal clear and the view to the bottom is transparent.

An afternoon of switching from reading to swimming and it was time to escape the sun and indulge is some good quality Mexican food; back to the square for some quesadillas. After food we take a front row seat looking out into the sea where house boats are anchored getting ready to watch the sunset. Snorkelers start coming back from their excursions all buzzing about the most spectacular life they discovered in the world below. We head back to the bus station with our souls rejuvenated from the water and bodies warmed from the sun.

40 pesos bus ticket (both ways)
45 pesos lunch
10 pesos Water
5 pesos some fruit to snack on
40 pesos taxi
10 pesos beer from the Oxo

Author: Janelle Brandon

As our dedicated travel writer, Janelle scours Cancun and the Riviera Maya for all the cool things to do around here. From working and living to getting around, and, of course, the best beaches (she loves her sun and sand). Janelle lets you know how it is. As our Chief Operations Officer she makes sure we are not skipping out on work to laze on the beach (although sometimes she joins us). She's a pleasure to have around and always making us laugh with her crazy stories.

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