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 enjoy being out in the fresh air? You might be pleased to know the area has a nice nature preserve nearby.

Punta Nizuc National Park is a nature preserve found 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.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Puerto Morelos
Name Type Location
Punta Nizuc National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 14.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos Mexico


Even though most tourists come for the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to enjoy the area's natural wonders. The one example is Chac Tun Cave Tour/ Paintball City. It is located 19.1 mi. South West of central Puerto Morelos.

Parks and Botanical Gardens


Visitors can also spend some time in a couple of parks, or a botanical garden in and around Puerto Morelos.

If you'd like to see some beautiful tropical vegetation, you might want to visit Yax-Che Jardin Botanico, which is found in the heart of Puerto Morelos. Take a break from beaches and shopping to experience the native flora and vegetation of the island at the Yax-Che Botanical Garden.

Another popular choice in this category is Selvatica. There are four different adventure packages at Selvetica. The Extreme Canopy Adventure features a zip line tour and cenote swim; the Off-Road and Flight Challenge includes one of the fastest ziplines availale, an aerial challenge complete with a parachute experience, ATVing, and a cenote swim; the Zip & ATV Jungle Expedition is a zip line and ATV tour that finishes with a cenote swim; and finally, the Corona Rally is a zip line tour followed by a trip through the jungle on a Corona buggy that ends up at the cenote for a swim.

The parks and gardens available are shown directly below.

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 idea of passing some time at the zoo sounds like fun, consider visiting Croco Cun Zoo. If you'd like the zoo to provide transportation for you, they suggest buying a ticket with this service included at least a day in advance.

A second related venue 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.

View the table just below for more information.

Zoos and Aquariums In and Around Puerto Morelos
Name Type Location
Croco Cun Zoo Zoo 2.5 mi. North of Central Puerto Morelos
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 go see some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Puerto Morelos are summarized down 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. For more in-depth coverage of other attractions, check out this page.


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