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Top Choice Steak in Puerto Morelos

Al Chimichurri

You definitely can't go wrong with the fresh pasta and wood-fired pizza here, but this Uruguayan grill is best known for its steaks. The star cuts are a Flintstones-size rib eye, tender flank steak and filet mignon …
Gardens in Puerto Morelos

Jardín Botánico Dr Alfredo Barrera Marín

One of the largest botanical gardens in Mexico, this 65-hectare reserve has about 2km of trails and sections dedicated to epiphytes (orchids and bromeliads), palms, ferns, succulents (cacti and their relatives) and …
Seafood in Puerto Morelos

El Merkadito

You gotta love a place that serves tortilla chips in a 'Hecho en Mexico' (Made in Mexico) paper bag, even more so when you're sitting in a delightful beachside palapa restaurant. The shrimp aguachile ceviche is exce…
Books in Puerto Morelos

Alma Libre Books & Gifts

Has more than 20,000 new and used books. The friendly owners are a great resource for information about the area, as is the website, which has vacation rental listings and a monthly newsletter. The store also carrie…
Dancing in Puerto Morelos

Que Hora Es

Posada Amor has a happening bar where you can practice salsa steps with a live band on Friday. If tropical sounds don't get you excited, a rock group plays on Saturday night. This is one of the few places that stays…
International in Puerto Morelos

John Gray’s Kitchen

One block west and two blocks north of the plaza, this ‘kitchen’ turns out some truly fabulous food. The chef's specialty, though not listed on the regularly changing menu, is the duck in chipotle, tequila and honey…
Breakfast in Puerto Morelos

El Nicho

Puerto Morelos' best and most popular breakfast spot, El Nicho serves organic egg dishes, eggs Benedict, chilaquiles (fried tortilla strips in salsa) with chicken, and organic coffee from Chiapas. Vegetarians will f…
Bar in Puerto Morelos

Bara Bara

The party usually spills out onto the street at this popular bar just south of the plaza. Bara Bara spins the best tunes in town, prepares martinis that would have made Sinatra proud and has a foosball table!
International in Puerto Morelos


Laidback but with attentive service, this is probably the best of the beachfront restaurants. The menu rages through healthy eats, seafood and Mexican classics and features a decent cocktail list.
Arts & Crafts in Puerto Morelos

Artisans Market

Find high-quality hammocks, alebrijes (colorful, hand-carved wooden animals), handbags, masks, jewelry and more. It’s refreshingly low-key and you can often see the craftspeople at work.