Puerto Morelos is a former fishing village located halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. The area serves as a perfect compromise for anyone looking for Cancun's stunning beaches sans the hordes of tourists. The impressive reefs just offshore attract a fair share of divers, and many come to take a dip in the inland cenotes (massive sinkholes filled with crystal-clear groundwater). The laid-back vibe of the area makes it great for spending a day lounging or exploring and unwinding with dinner at a beachfront restaurant, all without the fear of having to deal with packs of drunk spring breakers.
Staying in Puerto Morelos means staying on the water: you'll want to take advantage of the beach as much as possible. The two main drags of shops and restaurants are easily accessible from there and can be navigated by foot.
|Peak:||Dec. 15 - April|
|Off-peak:||May - Dec. 15|
|Hurricane Season:||Aug. - Nov.|
|Visa:||Varies; U.S., Canadian and European citizens don't need a visa|
|Electricity:||110 volts AC; 60 cycles|
|Tipping:||15% in restaurants|