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Introducing Puerto Morelos

Halfway between Cancún and Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos retains its quiet, small-town feel despite the building boom north and south of town. While it offers enough restaurants and bars to keep you entertained by night, it’s really the shallow Caribbean waters that draw visitors here. Brilliantly contrasted stripes of bright green and dark blue separate the shore from the barrier reef – a tantalizing sight for divers and snorkelers – while inland a series of excellent cenotes beckon the adventurous. Unfortunately, Hurricanes Wilma and Emily knocked down most of the beach’s lovely palms, although they did leave behind the sparkling sand beaches. There’s a nice market just a few minutes’ walk from the plaza, with a great selection of crafts, hammocks and reasonably priced souvenirs.