Natural Attractions in Puerto Morelos

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Puerto Morelos is typified by the mangrove swamps which divide the town into different sections.  Residents see these swamps as part of every day life, but to tourists they are a great way to experience local flora and fauna.  A stroll along the shore is another great way to spend some time outdoors, but for more extensive eco-tourism options, you may consider a few day trips while making this town your quiet home base. 

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you want to spend time out in the fresh air? You may be pleased to know the area has two interesting nature preserves in and nearby.

Punta Nizuc National Park is a popular nature preserve located 14.1 mi. North-Northeast of central Puerto Morelos. Located right off the shore of one of the most popular vacation destination of the Caribbean, Punta Nizuc National Park is a underwater park that is a must for any diver that wants to experience what Mexico has to offer.

Check the following chart for a list of nature preserves.

Nature Preserves and Hiking In and Around Puerto Morelos
Name Type Location
Ocean Research Facility Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.4 mi. North-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos
Punta Nizuc National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 14.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos


Although most travelers come for the beautiful coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. One such example is Chac Tun Cave Tour/ Paintball City. It is situated 19.1 mi. South West of central Puerto Morelos.

Parks and Botanical Gardens


Guests may also enjoy either of two parks, as well as a botanical garden in and around Puerto Morelos.

To surround yourself with beautiful tropical vegetation, you might want to visit Yax-Che Jardin Botanico, which is found within the heart of Puerto Morelos. The botanical garden offers a walk down a path that features many native species of trees and plants.

Another popular attraction in this category is Selvatica. Selvatica is the most popular, and award winning, Eco-adventure facility in the Mexican Caribbean. With everything from zip-line tours to cenote swims, you can experience the great outdoors in a whole new way.

The parks and gardens you'll be able to find are displayed in the following table.

Parks and Gardens In and Around Puerto Morelos
Name Type Location
Plaza 28 De Julio Park Park Downtown Playa del Carmen, 19.8 mi. South West of Central Puerto Morelos
Selvatica Park 12.8 mi. West of Central Puerto Morelos
Yax-Che Jardin Botanico Botanical Garden Central Puerto Morelos

Zoos and Aquariums

Crococun Zoo

If the concept of spending some time surrounded by animals sounds like fun, you should visit Crococun Zoo. This attractions is located just under 20 miles away from Cancun in the Maya Riviera. Take the MYAB bus line from the Cancun or Playa del Carmen bus stations for a direct ride to the zoo.

A second related venue is Xaman-Ha Aviary. Xaman Ha Aviary is a great spot for birders, who will be sure to see several different species of tropical birds throughout the jungle.

Be sure to look through the following table for more information.

Zoos and Aquariums In and Around Puerto Morelos
Name Type Location
Crococun Zoo Zoo 2.5 mi. North of Central Puerto Morelos
Interactive Aquarium Cancun Aquarium 19.5 mi. North-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos
Xaman-Ha Aviary Zoo 20.6 mi. South West of Central Puerto Morelos

Land Formations

Another idea is to visit some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these in Puerto Morelos are listed right below.

Land Formations In Puerto Morelos
Name Type Location
Crocodile Swamp Swamp 0.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Puerto Morelos
Puerto Morelos Commercial Port Harbour 0.4 mi. South of Central Puerto Morelos
Underground River Other Natural Formation 2.5 mi. Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos

Of course, you'll be able to find some other kinds attractions available. To see our page about other attractions, read this article.


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