Day tripping to Puerto Morelos

Thanks to our new status as car owners, we decided to take a little road trip to Puerto Morelos today for a little fun in the sun. Puerto Morelos is a small fishing village about 45 minutes away from Cancun, a little more than halfway to Playa del Carmen. The coral reef is a very short distance off the beach so it's a popular day trip destination for snorkeling, there were boats going out every few minutes and lots of satisfied snorkelers coming back after their couple of hours cruising with barracuda. We started our morning with a little brekkie at Pelicanos, a great restaurant right on the beach, off the main square in town. Here was our view while dining......

After stuffing our faces (the fresh fruit that came before the meal was fantastic, the pineapple was so fresh I could almost taste the tree) we took a quick spin around the main square, mostly so I could check out the uber famous bookstore, Alma Libre. It's owned by a Canadian couple who live half the year in Puerto Morelos and the other half up in da great white north, eh? I've never met them, but we "know" each other through the internet. They were closed (being very early on a Sunday morning), but at least now I know I can get there in my trusty Tracker and maybe one day meet the fine couple themselves.

This is the lighthouse close to "downtown", it's survived many, many hurricanes, it seems not even Wilma could knock her down....


We got back in the car and went for a little drive around town just checking out the lay of the land. That didn't take long at all and Max was itching for the beach so we just picked a road headed towards water and found ourselves at a public beach behind the Ojo de Agua hotel. The hotel has a restaurant that acts as a beach club, chairs and umbrellas are available for rent, waiter service on the beach, showers and bathrooms are available as well as a swimming pool. We got our umbrella and chairs and settled in for some people watching and sand castle destroying. I noticed this sign right away at the entrance.....


The sign says that pets, trash and vendors are prohibited. The "law" was strictly enforced.....

Bad beach dog!

Bad bad poochie a la playa

Can't you read little beach doggie named "Chickies"?

Shame, shame!

Trash? Or art? Or a man with a dirty foot somewhere?

Gee, no trash here.....

The police made a drive by a few hours later and did ask the dog owners to move down to an area of the beach where dogs are not prohibited, surprisingly they were actually quite nice about it (yes, I am nosy and listened in on their conversations). Max made friends with one of the nice beach policemen...



There were a LOT of families on the beach, well behaved, cleaning up after themselves and not a whole lot of drinking to be seen (quite different than the public beaches in Cancun on a Sunday afternoon where you see the big bottles of beer strewn all around the passed out drunks on their day off). There was a nice family from Cancun with some kids that Max played with for a while and I just had to get some pics of their beautiful kite, here's one of it soaring high in the blue blue sky....


We had our fill of the beach around 2:30 and decided to take the long road back to the highway. (Of course, Hubby didn't believe me there was a long road so the decision was made after a small amount of bickering). Anywho, I was looking for a house I had seen a few years back that was covered in sculpture and I was hoping it hadn't been ruined by Wilma. We found it, it had suffered quite a bit from the hurricane, but I managed to snap a pic of the gate though I didn't dare try to step inside to capture the beautiful wackiness of the rest of the property....


Max had fallen fast asleep within five minutes of being in the car so we had a peaceful ride back to Cancun, with one little stop for ice cream and nothing else worth reporting. We had a great day, will go back soon for sure, next time we'll be on one of the snorkeling boats. Enjoy the pics!

Comments

Manolo said…
I guess the Canadian couple from the bookstore are in their "Living in Mexico" season... since we are in the deep freeze up here. Is this the first occurrence of Max falling fast asleep as you drive in the new car? Or have you had discovered previously the power of riding on a car ?
Thank you for the sunny pictures!
wayne said…
Sigh. Sometimes it is so nice to live on the mainland. The whole world is at your feet. Sometimes I feel so trapped on this island. Not always, but once in awhile.
mexpat said…
Love the pics! Puerto Morelos is usually our first stop once we're outta the airport (when we used to visit). We would stop at Alma Libre and ask if they had any Guia Rojis (in preparation for our drive)- they are in a perpetual state of "We're getting them this week..." and then we'd have our "attitude adjustment beer and chips" at Pelicanos and then head on to Playa. Very nice, indeed.

One of these day's I'll have to make it up to Cancun and see it all again. It's been about 22 years or so since I was there...
almalibrebooks said…
Sorry we missed you in Puerto Morelos. One comment I need to make is that the beach is usually quite clean. For some reason all that stuff washed up on Saturday. Not sure why. Normally the beach is cleaned every day and is quite pristine.

Mexpat: Lots of Gui Rojis right now! Where are you?
Mexico Way said…
Hey Kel.....45 minutes to PM? You guys drive slowwwwwwwwwwww.
CancunCanuck said…
Manolo- Sorry to hear about the deep freeze, I'm desperately trying to forget how it felt but the nightmares keep coming. Max falls asleep in taxis after a long day, but this was our first with the new car and his car seat. Such freedom not having to hold him while he sleeps in the taxi, he's getting heavy, and he's so much safer now.

Wayne- Not having a car I felt trapped on the mainland too, I can understand what you mean. There is such a sense of freedom now. I don't know if I will ever match the time you've spent on the road here, I can only hope I will one day see as much of Mexico as you have.

Mexpat- I'm sure Cancun has changed a lot since your last visit, though I can't say it's all for the better. If Hubby's job situation changes, I would love to check out Playa, I think it has some advantages over Cancun.

almalibre- Thanks for clarifying the beach situation, it seemed odd that it was quite that dirty. It didn't turn us off too much, we liked the beach very much. I was surprised that we didn't see any real effort to clean it up though, must have been everyone's well deserved day off. We'll be out that way again and stop in to see you. It's a great alternative from the Cancun beaches.

Liz- LOL, we were pretty careful with the new baby, no speeding. That was door to door, our house to Pelicano's. You would have loved the doggies, we had a ball playing with all of them til the coppers showed up. ;-)
Nikki said…
Great pics chica!! Oh that sun looks delicious right about now!!!
harvestmoon said…
Please tell me you didn't miss the dock that Dean made. I have a picture somewhere in Flickr...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hopalog/2108085232/

We really like PM but it seems like such a drive when it takes us about 20 minutes to cross Playa (and we're about 10-15 min south of Playa del Carmen). They have a music thing going on - once every 2 weeks and I think the next one is this Saturday. Concerts in the square.
almalibrebooks said…
Music in the park in PM is every second Thursday. Next one is tonight, Feb 7 at 8:30

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