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 visit in and around the area. Snorkeling is available at some locations, if some members of your party enjoy the underwater scene. You can click on the name of the beach for a detailed review of that particular location.

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.

Another option for beach-goers to consider is 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 Beach: This stretch of public sand is flanked by two private resort beaches, but it is equally as beautiful.

Puerto Morelos and the surrounding areas have a wider range of beaches to choose from. To read a more complete discussion of beaches, go to this article.

Historical Sites

If you like to immerse yourself in the historical roots of an unfamiliar place, you should consider visiting a few of these historical attractions during your vacation.

A common landmark for vacationers is Old Market District. It is found in the heart of Puerto Morelos. This market is nearly a ghost-town, despite the fact it used to be a bustling shopping center.

Another popular destination is Ruinas del Rey. It is found 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.

Take a look at the following table for more information on 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

Vacationers can explore some other intriguing sites to visit in and near Puerto Morelos.

If the more functional aspects of maritime life intrigue you, you might want to see Leaning Lighthouse. The Leaning Lighthouse is popular amongst tourists who simple want a snapshot of the tower.

Additionally, if the functional aspects of life by the sea interest you, you might want to see 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 below summarizes more details regarding other kinds of places of interest to vacationers.

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

One of the better known natural attractions is 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 another place that needs mentioning. Take a break from beaches and shopping to experience the native flora and vegetation of the island at the Yax-Che Botanical Garden.

These are just a few of what's available. To read more about natural attractions in and around the area, see this page.


In the mood for some action? Guests interested in testing their luck in some gaming action have a handful of places to do so nearby.

Caliente Casino has a restaurant, which provides added convenience before or after you hit the gaming floor. Sports from around the world can be seen on 40 HD wide screen televisions, although the most popular here are the nightly dog races, which are broadcast life from the Caliente Track in Tijuana ever night at 7:45 p.m. You can also catch a matinee at 2:00 p.m.

Playcity Sports Betting is found 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.

Take a minute to read this table for more information about your options.

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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