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Riviera Maya Travel Guide

Puerto Morelos

At the edge of a mangrove-tangled jungle pushing up to the shore, Puerto Morelos is one of the few coastal towns on the Riviera Maya that's maintained a measure of authenticity. Although it's become a favorite of Canadian and American expat artists, painters, and poets, it's still essentially a salty Mexican seaside village. Nothing here has been prettied up for the gringos, and tourist

traps are few and far between. With a wide selection of restaurants, a variety of nearby hotels and a good road connecting the town with the highway, it's a great base for exploring the region.

Environmental laws and building restrictions have so far kept growth under tight control. This has prevented Puerto Morelos from becoming the next Cancún or Playa del Carmen—which many locals consider a blessing. Although these are not the turquoise waters of Cancún, they are calm and safe. However, if a spectacular beach is a key part of your vacation plans, consider staying at a resort north or south of town.

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