Puerto Morelos Attractions

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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

There are a large number of beaches to enjoy in and around the area. Snorkeling is an option at some of the beaches, for vacationers who enjoy this relaxing pastime. Just click on each beach name to read a detailed article concerning that part of the coast.

If you like snorkeling, a location providing that option 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 location for beach-goers to consider is Maroma Beach. A quiet beach worlds away from the busy shores of Cancun, Maroma Beach is typified by 500 acres of white sand and rainforested lands.

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.

These examples are just a few of what you can find. You can go to this extended discussion if you'd like some more information.

Historical Sites

If you like to immerse yourself in the history of a foreign place, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical attractions while on vacation in Puerto Morelos.

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.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Ruinas del Rey. It is located 15.9 mi. North-Northeast of central Puerto Morelos. The park is open from 8:00am until 5:00pm.

Take some time to look through this table for information concerning historical sites 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

Guests can explore some other interesting places to visit in and near the area.

If the functional aspects of life by the sea interest you, consider heading to Leaning Lighthouse. Once upon a time there was a lighthouse in a small village surrounded by a beautiful flower bed at the base, and that lighthouse lit the night and brought many a sailor to safety. Then, a hurricane hit and caused erosion which had an effect so strong on the lighthouse that it began to lean.

Additionally, if the more functional aspects of maritime life intrigue you, consider heading 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 following table shows more details on 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

Assuming you like being outside will frequently have fun visiting Crococun Zoo. 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.

Yax-Che Jardin Botanico is a second option worth a visit. Take a break from beaches and shopping to experience the native flora and vegetation of the island at the Yax-Che Botanical Garden.

Puerto Morelos offers a nice selection of natural attractions. Click to check out our guide to natural attractions in and around Puerto Morelos.


Looking for a bit of action? Guests hoping to try their luck can find a handful of opportunities to do so nearby.

Caliente Casino has a restaurant, so you can eat before or after you try your luck. Caliente Casino is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Playcity Sports Betting is located 18.9 mi. North-Northeast of central Puerto Morelos. This PlayCity Sports Betting is just one location in a chain that operates throughout Mexico, offering a clean, friendly space for guests to test out their luck in a few games of chance, as well as place their bet on whatever sporting event is currently going on.

The casinos close to Puerto Morelos are displayed in the table 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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