Puerto Morelos: The Riviera Maya’s Best-Kept Secret

Just south of Cancún, on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, sits the small fishing village of Puerto Morelos. While still a working-class traditional Mexican town, Puerto Morelos has also drawn retirees in increasing numbers who come to live full-time or part-time as “snowbirds” escaping the cold North American winters.

The small town feel, warm weather, beautiful (and not overcrowded) beaches, peace and quiet, and a lively social scene centered on the plentiful good restaurants in town are hallmarks of the expat scene in Puerto Morelos.

See below for a slideshow of images from this charming town.

The small malecon, or boardwalk, is a place to sit and watch the water. You can meet friends for a day at the beach or lunch at the restaurants that line the waterfront. Retirees, such as these gentleman discussing world events, make up the majority of the expat population of Puerto Morelos. Although Puerto Morelos does have some larger resorts, most hotels are small and that keeps tourist numbers low. Beach bars in Puerto Morelos draw tourists, as well as expats for fun in the sun. The central park in the middle of town is lined by small shops selling handicrafts and souvenirs. Fishermen still head out every day and you can buy their catch at the local cooperative. Check out these pelicans waiting for scraps.
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The small malecon, or boardwalk, is a place to sit and watch the water. You can meet friends for a day at the beach or lunch at the restaurants that line the waterfront.

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