Attractions in Puerto Morelos

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More than anything else, Puerto Morelos is a port town that overseas the comings and goings of tourists and nationals every day of the week.  Although there are a few attractions located directly in town such as a crocodile swamp and a botanical garden, most "things to do" are just outside of city limits.


Playa Secreto

You'll find a large selection of beaches to choose from in and around the area. Snorkeling is available at some of the beaches, if some members of your party enjoy the underwater scene. You can click on each beach name for a detailed article concerning that particular location.

A nice beach where snorkeling is a popular is Puerto Morelos Beach. Finely manicured and as pristine as they come, the main beach of this town remains tranquil and laid back all through the year -- if you love snorkeling, easy swimming, and simply lying in the sand, this is the beach for you.

Another alternative that beach-goers can consider is Maroma Beach. Pure white sands, warm deep blue waters, and stucco huts with thatched roof are what you'll encounter when you arrive at Maroma Beach. The beach is lined with palm trees and the calm waters are great for snorkeling.

Playa Secreto: While visting the Playa Secreto vacationers will be able to explore many of Mexico's fascinating attractions, such as the ancient Maya ruins. You can also take advantage of a variety of watersports, world class scuba diving around stunning coral reef formations, and superb saltwater fishing.

Puerto Morelos and the surrounding areas have a nice selection of beaches to choose from. Click here to check out our page about beaches for Puerto Morelos.

Historical Sites

In case you like to immerse yourself in the history of foreign countries, you should consider visiting a few of these historical sites during your vacation.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Old Market District. It is found within the heart of Puerto Morelos. This market is nearly a ghost-town, despite the fact it used to be a bustling shopping center.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Ruinas del Rey. It is situated 15.9 mi. North-Northeast of central Puerto Morelos. Oddly, these ruins are located in the middle of the busiest area of Cancun. Yet the Ruinas del Rey are here, and are able to maintain a peaceful aurora.

View this table to see sites of historical interest in and around the area.

Historic Sites In and Around Puerto Morelos
Name Phone Location
Old Market District -- Central Puerto Morelos
Puetra del Cielo 52-98-842-862 21.2 mi. South West of Central Puerto Morelos
Ruinas del Rey (998) 883-2080 15.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos
Xcaret Maya Ruins (998) 881-2400 20.4 mi. South West of Central Puerto Morelos

Miscellaneous Landmarks

El Faro Lighthouse

Visitors will enjoy some other interesting attractions in and near the area.

If the nitty gritty aspects of maritime life interest you, you might enjoy a visit to Leaning Lighthouse. The Leaning Lighthouse is popular amongst tourists who simple want a snapshot of the tower.

Additionally, if the nitty gritty aspects of maritime life interest you, you might enjoy a visit to El Faro Lighthouse. Located in Marina Vallartas is the 110-foot tall lighthouse called "El Faro," which translates to "the Lighthouse." This spot is popular amongst tourists because the trek to the top of the tower results in an opportunity to listen to live music and gab a few drinks in a circular lounge.

The chart directly below has more details concerning other kinds of places of interest to visitors.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In and Around Puerto Morelos
Name Type Location
El Faro Lighthouse Lighthouse Downtown Playa del Carmen, 19.8 mi. South West of Central Puerto Morelos
Leaning Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos

Natural Attractions

Crococun Zoo

Vacationers who enjoy natural surroundings frequently enjoy Crococun Zoo. <p>Croco Cun Zoo is a great experience for families, where you can get up close and personal not only with crocodiles, but a variety of local animals.</p>

Yax-Che Jardin Botanico is a second local attraction that you might enjoy. <p>Take a break from beaches and shopping to experience the native flora and vegetation of the island at the Yax-Che Botanical Garden.</p>

These examples are merely a few of your choices. Navigate to this extended discussion about natural attractions in and near Puerto Morelos if you'd like to find additional facts.


Looking for some action? Those wanting to test their luck can find several opportunities to do so nearby.

Caliente Casino offers dining on-site, so you can eat before, during or after the gaming action. Set at the east end of Paseo Cancun Plaza, Caliente Casino features a '70s inspired decor, with two bars, and a clean environment.

Playcity Sports Betting is located 18.9 mi. North-Northeast of central Puerto Morelos. There are several different rooms at PlayCity, each focused on a different type of gambling. There are electronic games in one room, sports betting on national and international games takes place in another space, and there is the Numbers Room, which is where Bingo is played.

The casinos close to Puerto Morelos are shown below.

Gambling Near Puerto Morelos
Name Type Phone Location
Caliente Casino Slot Machine Arcade (664) 682-3110 17.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos
Playcity Sports Betting Sports Betting Shop -- 18.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos

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