In Puerto Morelos:

 

  • Massage – Highly Recommended!!  Make an appointment for the masseuse to come to your rental for the most relaxing hour of your day!  Website

 

  • Jardin Botanico del Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marín – A wonderful collection of the Yucatan Peninsula’s plants and flowers are on display and are labeled in English, Spanish, and Latin.  There is also a nursery, orchid garden, a reproduction of a chiclero, a Mayan house, and an archeological site.  A nature walk through the mangroves makes for excellent bird watching…and occasional monkey sightings.  A tree-house lookout also provides an awesome view. 

 

  • Croco-Cun Zoo – Great little zoo with a collection of crocodiles and other indigenous animals .  Offers immensely informative tours (available in English) and opportunities to hold baby crocs and feed the deer.

 

  • Snorkeling – No one has truly experienced Puerto Morelos until they see the spectacular views that lie beneath its waters.  The fish and coral are outstanding! 

 

  • Diving – Explore the world’s second largest reef.  Instruction courses available.                                  

     

  • Fishing – Nothing like spending a day catching great fish.  Trolling and Deep Sea Fish Boats Available.  Barracuda, Grouper, and Billfish are all up for grabs!

 

  • ATV Tours – Tour Puerto Morelos' Mangalar, Mayan Villages, and a Cenote

 

  • Alma Libre Libros – Attention all bookworms!  This is the largest English-language bookstore on the coast!  Over 20,000 titles.  Excellent source for Area Guide Books.  Trade in your used books for credit.  Open October – April.  Website

 

  • Rosario & Marco’s Art Shoppe – Visit the home gallery of two very fine local artisans.  Wonderful regional scenes are displayed on canvas and intricate wood carvings.  Feeling creative?  Rosario offers art classes, as well as Spanish lessons.  English Spoken.

 

  • Artisolo – Wonderful art gallery filled with pieces by incredibly talented Mexican Artists.

  • Class –  Visit the wonderful mosaic glass workshop of husband and wife team, Lillian and Tony.  They have created many of the mosaic glass windows, furniture and decorative pieces that are in town – maybe even in your rental.  See their giant iguana sculptures scaling the condominium building behind Hotel Casita del Mar.  Stop by their workshop to view their creative glass pieces and sculptures. 

  • Shopping – There are a variety of shops in and around the town square.  Souvenir items, jewelry, and clothing are all available. 

    • Be sure to visit the Handicraft Market for regional folk art, clothing, and crafts.  View hammocks being made at one family’s craft booth.

     

  • Beaches – Puerto Morelos has several public beach accesses.  Check your map and home’s information for the closest. 

 

 

 

In Cancun and Along the Mayan Riviera:

 

  • Ecotourism –  AllTOURnative Adventures is an award winning ecotourism company with wonderful tours that introduce you to the Mayan Culture, surrounding jungle,  a wealth of cenotes, and Mayan Ruins.  Website

 

  • Playa del Carmen – Located just 25 minutes south of Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen is definitely worth visiting.  Its main street, 5th Avenue, is teeming with shops, art galleries, and restaurants.  Playa is also home to beautiful beaches and the ferry to reach Cozumel.  At least plan on spending one afternoon enjoying the town and having dinner at one of its great restaurants.

 

  • Movie Theater and Yak – Looking for a great rainy day activity?  Check out the Cinepolis VIP Movie Theatre and Yak  in Cancun.  Cinepolis VIP is not just any theater – it has large leather recliners, waiters, and restaurants.  Most movies are in English with Spanish subtitles.  Yak is the finest Bingo you’ll ever play.  As numbers are called they light up on giant number boards (convenient for those who are not familiar with Spanish numbers) and every round has several winners.  You can also bet on horse and greyhound racing upstairs in the sports bar.

 

  • Golf – Whether you brought your clubs along or want to rent some for the day, there are several fine courses available for public play.  If golf is on your “To Do List”, let us know – We have more information on area courses and can arrange a tee time.

 

  • Shopping Malls – Cancun offers a wide range of shopping experiences – from high end designer emporiums to open air markets.  Here are few worth checking out:

    • La Isla Shopping Village – This Venetian style, ultratrendy shopping village is filled with stores, galleries, and fabulous restaurants.  A series of canals and bridges winds through the village, offering boat trips through the village and out into the lagoon.  It also has an interactive aquarium and disco.  Website

    • Plaza Kukulcán – Indoor mall with around 80 stores.  The plaza is most noted for its many cultural events and shows that take place in the main area.  It also has a new Luxury Avenue with many top designers.  Website

    • Plaza Caracol – Cancun’s largest indoor mall houses over 200 shops, boutiques, art galleries, and more.   Website

    • Forum By The Sea –  Glittering three level shopping and entertainment plaza.

    • Mercado 28 – Popular souvenir/flea market

    • Ki Huic Market – Houses 100 venders in Cancun's oldest crafts market

    • Arte Popular – Sells and Displays fine folk arts and crafts

 

  • The Arts in Cancun

    • Parque de las Palapas -- Always a busy place with live entertainment, art shows, etc.  There are also lots of eateries/cafes nearby.  Every Friday at 7:30 there is a live music show that features a wide range of music, from jazz to Caribbean.  Sundays are a great day to take the family.

    • Casa de Cultura – Hosts local cultural events including art exhibits, dance performances, plays, and concerts

    • Teatro de Cancun – Presents two shows featuring the music and dance of Mexico and the Caribbean every weeknight.

     

  • Selvatica –  Adventure Park offers canopy and bike tours of nearby jungle and mangalar.  Home to the longest zip line circuit in North America, Selvatura allows you to see the dense jungle from above – a pretty awesome sight!  They also have mountain bike paths and a cenote for swimming.  Canopy, Bike, Cenote, Lockers, and Lunch is included with admission.   Website

 

  • Xcaret – About 30 minutes south of Puerto Morelos, this is the Mayan Riviera’s most heavily advertised tourist attraction.  Once a sacred Mayan city and port, Xcaret (pronounced ish-car-et) is now a 250 acre ecological theme park on a gorgeous stretch of coastline.  Highlights include an aviary, butterfly pavilion, botanical gardens, aquarium/sea turtle nursery, replica Mayan village, stables, dive center, small zoo, some Mayan ruins, and an underground river for snorkeling.  If you go, be sure to stay for the evening show featuring folk dancers and Mayan ritual reenactment – it’s worth staying to see.  We think it is a neat place to visit, especially if you have children, but plan to spend the day and lots of money.  Website

 

  • Rancho Loma Bonita – This local ranch, just 10 minutes south of Puerto Morelos, offers horseback riding or ATV tours through jungle and along beaches. 

 

  • Maroma Paradise Beach Club – This spectacular beach club offers: wave runners, speed boats, snorkeling, diving, ATVs, horseback riding, deep sea fishing, sunset cruises, and a restaurant.  It is great way to spend an active day at the beach.  Website

 

  • Tulum – This spectacular Mayan ruins site is located about 1 hour south of Puerto Morelos.  We recommend taking a guided tour.  Be sure to ask your guide to see the pictures of the ruins during the solstices and other important astrological times of the year.  The beach is available for swimming after your tour, so you may want to bring your swimsuits.   We recommend skipping the swimming in Tulum, due to the crowds, and instead visit Tankah on your way back to Puerto Morelos.  This makes for a nice day trip. 

 

  • Tankah – This beautiful beach is a bit off the beaten path.  Located on the ocean side of Highway 307, just before Tulum, it can be easily missed.  Once the TV set for a German soap opera, it now hosts a nice beachside restaurant and wonderful views.  It is a neat place to snorkel, as it has a fresh water spring that meets with the ocean salt water.  Visit Tankah on your way back from Tulum to enjoy lunch and a beautiful afternoon at the beach.

 

  • Cenotes – Under the Yucatan Peninsula there are layers of limestone and underground water systems.  Every so often, these underground waters surface creating deep and often very beautiful springs called cenotes which are great for swimming, snorkeling, and sometimes diving.  There are many cenotes that are worth seeing as you head down the coast.  All will be advertised by signs on Highway 307 on your way to Tulum.  The most famous is Hidden Worlds Cenote, which was featured in an IMAX film.  Located 1 hour from Puerto Morelos, it can also be seen on your Tulum day trip.  Website

 

  • Aktun-Chen – These are awesome caves located near Tulum and are available for tour.  Their name is Mayan and means “cave with a cenote inside”.   Website  

 

  • Sian Ka’an Bioreserve – The Sian Ka’an (“where the sky is born” / pronounced see-an caan) is a 1.5 million acre Bioreserve and is named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.  It covers 10% of the land in Quintana Roo and 100 km of coastline.  Hundreds of species of birds, fish, plants, and other wildlife – many endangered – call this reserve home.  There are also 27 Mayan ruins (unexcavated) linked by a unique canal system.  This is one of the last remaining undeveloped stretches of the North American Coast and is nature in its rawest form.  Several kinds of tours, including bird-watching and kayaking trips are offered through the visitor’s center.  Other privately run tours also exist.  Plan on using a tour company to view this natural wonder, as the roads are not always passable without 4 wheel drive.  Fishing for bonefish is also popular.  Located approximately 1.5-2 hours from Puerto Morelos.  Website



     



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