Puerto Morelos is the principal port in Quintana Roo and is located in the north-east of the state, about 36 km south of the resort city of Cancún.
Puerto Morelos, is located at the main entrance of the "Riviera Maya" at only 15 minutes (18 km / 11 miles) south of the Cancun International Airport, down the coast of the State of Quintana Roo.
The modern history of Puerto Morelos, originally known as "Punta Corcho," began in 1898 with the arrival of the company "Compañía Colonizadora de la Costa Oriental de Yucatán", which exploited agricultural and forestry products such as mahogany, chicle (gum), vanilla, tobacco and cedar. It was here that the products extracted from the jungle were loaded and unloaded,"...they took them to the USA and then to Japan.
I remember when I was a kid that the boats came here to load up; they loaded chicle (gum) and the wood, the mahogany and the cedar.
The political administration of Puerto Morelos was placed under the Municipality of Isla Mujeres and later transferred to Cozumel, where for several decades, the port's political and economic destiny was decided. Currently Puerto Morelos forms part of the Benito Juarez Municipality and the political administration is maintained through a Municipal Delegation, with its head in Cancun.
With the opening of Cancun, in the 70s, and the promotion of tourism, Puerto Morelos began a phase of population and economic growth which was characterized by the immigration of people from all over the country and the world. The jungle areas of the legal land of Puerto Morelos was also inhabited, located two kilometers from the coast, one both sides of the federal highway.
See and Do the Real Thing in Puerto Morelos, the home of the oldest port in the Mexican Caribbean. Get away from the noise and crowds, get back to nature and discover this quiet, unspoiled fishing village.
Like many beach town, there are plenty of water sport activities. Puerto Morelos is recognizing as being the first community to pressure the federal government in to declaring the area a known as:
"The offshore coral reefs of Puerto Morelos" with multicolored tropical fish, dolphins and its unique coral formations, makes the area the perfect place for family vacation.
It is one of the best areas of snorkeling, safe diving, kayaking, deep sea fish, sailing and swimming. By law it is strictly forbidden to use any speed boats, aquarays and wave runners within the park.
Flora & Fauna:
Other attractions that must be visited while you are in Puerto Morelos, is the beautiful and nicely laid-out "Botanical Garden" located by the highway, you can feel the tropical forest, learn about medical plants, walk in this beautiful area, admire the spider monkey's, birds, raccoons, cactus and orchid collection, Mayan ruins and more.
is the regional zoo and crocodile farm; you can venture to the tropical forest and admire the prehistoric crocodiles, monkeys, snakes, deers, turtles, iguanas, exotic birds, etc. And the community of Central Vallarta whit is Cenotes of pristine waters.