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Hotels near the town plaza are mainly modest accommodations, including vacation rentals on and off the beach.
Five-star resorts line the beach north of town en route to Cancun. Some budget digs accept cash only, so be sure to check.
In a pinch, try Posada Amor ($$; Calle Javier Rojo Gómez s/n, half a block south of the plaza, tel. 998/871-0033). One of Puerto’s first hotels, it is very basic, with no TV, a/c, or room phones. The family who runs it is friendly, but close down shop on Wednesdays, when guests are on their own. There’s Wi-Fi and a moderately priced restaurant, but no parking.
Hotel Ojo de Agua ($$--$$$; Calle 30 s/n, tel. 998/871-0027, www.ojo-de-agua.com) is a modest but nice three-story place on the beach a few blocks north of the plaza. There’s a small swimming pool and restaurant, both facing the beach. Umbrellas and chairs on the beach can be used free of charge (tip the attendant.) Rooms have a/c and ceiling fan. Free parking and Wi-Fi; cable TV.
Hotel Inglaterra ($$, Av. Niños Héroes #29, tel. 998/206-9081) can be flexible about rates. Singles and doubles are simple but have a/c, cable TV, and Wi-Fi. There’s a three-story suite with kitchen and roof-top views and breezes that’s a super deal, though the spiral staircase is a pain.
Posada el Moro ($$--$$$; Calle Javier Rojo Gómez s/n, just north of the plaza, tel. 998/206-9005, www.posadaelmoro.com) is a well-maintained little place. Rooms have Wi-Fi, a/c, cable TV, and small fridge. Continental breakfast is included in the room price, and there’s a restaurant and parking.
Casa Caribe ($$$, Av. Javier Rojo Gómez #768, tel. 998/251-8060 or cell 998/159-8890) is a charming place and the home of the Little Mexican Cooking School.
On the beach north of downtown Puerto Morelos, Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort, Excellence Riviera Cancun, NOW Sapphire, Ocean Coral y Turquesa, Secrets, and Desire Resort & Spa offer deluxe accommodations. For RVers there’s the Acamaya Reef Cabanas & RV Park.
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For great grilled chicken and ribs as well as breakfast and other stuff, eat at the very casual Pollería La Picolina ($-$$, Calle Javier Rojo Gómez, next to the grammar school, tel. 988/206-9268). It opens at 8AM and closes by 5 or 6PM. They usually close on Monday or Tuesday during the slow season.
Grandmother of La Picolina and Veracruz transplant Dona Triny ($$, south side of the park, tel. 988/206-9268) serves traditional Mexican dishes. Closed Tuesdays.
Posada Amor ($$--$$$, Calle Javier Rojo Gómez s/n, half a block south of the plaza, tel. 998/871-0033) serves good, moderately priced international and Mexi dishes, including seafood dinners and lighter fare.
Both the service and the contemporary cuisine at John Gray’s Kitchen ($$$$, Calle Niños Heroes, tel. 998-871-0665, closed Sundays) get rave reviews. Now open for lunch as well as dinner.
What to Do
For more things to do in the area, see the Travel Guides for Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
Stop by the Casa de la Cultura (Calle Javier Rojo Gómez, north of the plaza) to see if anything’s cooking. If you’re staying for a while, you might sign up for a class.
Cooking classes are given at The Little Mexican Cooking School (tel. 998/251-8060, www.thelittlemexicancookingschool.com).
Diving, snorkeling, and fishing tours can be arranged through Almost Heaven (Calle Javier Rojo Gómez, north of the plaza, tel. 998/871-0230, www.almostheavenadventures.com).
For a look at crocodiles and other native species, visit CrocoCun (main highway Km. 30, tel. 998/850-3719, www.crococunzoo.com). Admission price is a bit steep for budget travelers.
One of Mexico’s largest botanical gardens, Jardín Botánico Dr Alfredo Barrera Marín (main highway Km. 33, tel. 998/206-9233, www.bgci.org) is popular with birders. Plants are labeled in English and Spanish and their Latin botanical names.
Massages that incorporate Maya healing techniques are offered for reasonable prices at b>Ixcel Jungle Spa (tel. 998/208-9148 or cell 998/180-5424, www.mayaecho.com). It’s located on the west side of the highway. On Sundays local women bring homemade crafts and snacks for sale. Closed Mondays.
Golf courses close to Puerto Morelos include Grand Coral Golf Riviera Maya (tel. 984/131-4555, www.grandcoralgolf.com.mx); Iberostar Playa Paraiso (tel. 984/877-2847 or from the US/Canada 888/923-2722); and El Manglar Mayan Palace (tel. 984/206-4043 or from the US/Canada: 866/231-4423).
Stands and tiny shops in and around the plaza sell the usual beach resort hippie jewelry, souvenirs, and sarongs. South of the plaza are a couple of small artisan markets. On the north side of the plaza is a grocery store that’s good for baked goods, fruits, and necessities like sunscreen.
For the ultimate beach read and more serious stuff, visit Alma Libre, on the south side of the plaza.
There’s currently no Tourism Office, though a tourism hut is being constructed in the main plaza.
Getting There and Around
Buses leave from the ADO bus station (tel. 998/871-0760) on the highway at the entrance to town.
Taxis leave from the west side of the plaza. Negotiate the price before starting off. To call a cab, dial 998/871-0090.