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Escape to Puerto Morelos, “the Jewel of the Mexican Caribbean”

September 11, 2008

With no buildings over three stories in height, only two main streets in the entire town, and a beautiful white sand coastline, it’s easy to unwind in the former fishing village of Puerto Morelos. The town’s relaxing atmosphere, charming boutique hotels and natural beauty have inspired its nickname, “The Jewel of the Caribbean.”

Puerto Morelos’ spectacular beaches are ideal for spending a lazy afternoon in this picturesque town which has maintained its fishing village ambiance while accommodating tourists with quality and affordable restaurants, bars, shops, hotels and spas. With many attractions in Puerto Morelos’ surrounding area, there is also unlimited opportunity for adventure and sporting activities.

The second largest reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, is located off the town’s coast. Local experts lead scuba diving tours offering an unforgettable experience with turtles, rays and hundreds of fish species interspersed among beautiful coral reef. Additional trips include wreck diving, exploring the warm Caribbean waters by moonlight, or visiting the area’s cenotes.

Cenotes are underground water holes with impressive visibility in crystal clear waters that can be safely explored with the help of local guides. The Quintana Roo region boasts beautiful sightseeing after thousands of years of cavernous formations along its limestone peninsula.

For the adventurous family, the local theme park Selvatica offers tours including mountain bike adventure, swimming in cenotes and zip line thrills. With the longest zip line circuit in North America, Selvatica exceeds international safety standards while accommodating individuals of all ages.

There are also opportunities to horseback ride through jungle trails, explore reptile zoos and botanical gardens, participate in polo matches or immerse yourself in the town’s history while deep sea fishing. Also, Puerto Morelos offers a wide variety of hotels for all budgets and lifestyles.

Centrally located on the Yucatan Peninsula, Puerto Morelos is an ideal location for setting up camp and traveling out to the region’s popular Mayan ruins. Whether you relax along the white sand coastline or spend the day exploring the jungle, you’ll find your way back to this peaceful fishing village. Puerto Morelos is indeed “The Jewel of the Caribbean!”