About Puerto Morelos...
Only a 10 minute bicycle ride from Casbah Del Mar (20 minute walk), Puerto Morelos is a coastal town in Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula, about 20km south of Cancun. It is both a fishing village and a resort and diving destination. It is located roughly halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen on the Carribean coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. The pier in the center of town hosts snorkel and sport fishing boats while yachts dock in a man-made harbor just south of town.
It's the ideal location for those who want a quiet beach vacation away from the noise and crowds, but with ample tourist amenities. The town has just two principal streets and you can walk from one end to the other in about 15 minutes. A very popular place in town is the town square at night, where families gather and meet.
You can get by with English, but Spanish is not superfluous. Most places accept US dollars but not credit cards. Almost all prices are quoted in Mexican pesos and it is generally cheaper to pay in pesos, than in US dollars.
The reef just off the shore is a protected national marine park. Buildings in Puerto Morelos are limited to three stories by local bylaws, to preserve the village type of character.
There are two parts to Puerto Morelos, the former fishing village on the coast, now built with small hotels, condominiums, quite a few decent (and some excellent!) restaurants and shops, and the second local residential part about 2 Km. inland and adjacent to Highway 307, on the western side.
The town does have ATMs, some Internet cafes, a grocery store, a fishing cooperative with fresh fish sales every weekday (highly recommended!), a wonderful English-language bookstore, dive shops and a funky artisan "mall" that sells many local arts and crafts.
Your rental includes a local guidebook that will provide you with maps and locations of all the services and local areas.
"The mark of a successful person is one that can spend an entire day on the beach, watching the waves, without feeling guilty about it." ~Author Unknown
Well-fed pelicans on an afternoon swim
"A Typical Day at the Pier"
A tourist businessman was at the pier in Puerto Morelos when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The tourist complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
The Mexican replied, "only a little while."
The tourist then asked why didn't he stay out longer and catch more fish?
The Mexican said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs.
The businessman then asked, "but what do you do with the rest of your time?"
The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life."
The businesssman scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise."
The Mexican fisherman asked, "But, how long will this all take?"
To which the tourist replied, "15 - 20 years."
"But what then?" asked the Mexican.
The businessman laughed and said, "That's the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions!"
"Millions - then what?"
The businessman said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your lovely wife, and stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."
Early morning, boats resting.