Beaching it in Puerto Morelos

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Beach in Puerto Morelos
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Well it is a pretty long drive across the entire peninsula from Campeche to Puerto Morelos and after passing Merida, you can hop on the toll road which basically blasts all the way to Cancun on the Easter coast.  It was really boring, even more so than the drive to Mammoth up 395 which at least has gorgeous mountains and the only real entertainment was passing the trucks and the occasional rain downpour.

Once on the outskirts of Cancun, our final destination at the end of this week, we headed south back towards Tulum to check out the sleepy little beach area called Puerto Morelos that, at least so far, hasn't been over-developed like the rest of the "Mayan Riviera".
Joe Pesci Look-alike in Puerto Morelos
  Pulling off the highway, a long, two lane road heads towards the ocean away from the town and to the beachfront. A typical little square is situated right in front of the beach with a hilarious mini Chichen Itza replica thing in a dusty little park.  We drove around the small town a bit looking for places to stay and not finding much.  We finally settled on Carmen Hacienda which looked OK from the outside but was not so special inside (note the picture of the pink bathroom or the review below.)

The somewhat sleazy motel guy said that the advertised special was "only for nationals" and tried to overcharge us but we bargained it down to a reasonable rate.  Once we got situated in the room we realized that the safe doesn't work nor are there batteries in the TV remote let alone much hot water but it is beachfront and the patio and pool in the back are quite nice so we figure we will tough it out for a few days.
Seaside at Carmen Hacienda Puerto Morelos

We ended up having lunch right of the main square at a nice little place called CafĂ© la Pirata.  Our waiter was this really funny Joe Pesci look-alike guy in the picture and the tacos were huge and tasty.  Puerto Morelos is apparently a gathering spot for hippy Ex-Pats from the 60s as real-estate is somewhat affordable and there are tattooed drop outs wandering around everywhere.  We ended up taking a long walk on the beach which is pretty but not spectacular and trying to check out some other hotels.  We did find one that was more of a garden setting and much nicer rooms that we may switch to tomorrow.  Right off the main square there is a huge, nice liquor store so we stocked up with provisions and settled in to watch the sunset on the hotel patio.  Hopefully nobody is offended by the picture but I couldn't help myself and had to snap one of the awesome stained glass window of the topless mermaid swimming with dolphins.  Maybe we can go on that dive trip tomorrow.

We ended the evening watching game one of the World Series with Negra Modelos and Centenario Reposado for fun.  This place has potential but the hotel isn't helping inspire us to stay and we are not sure if we should find another hotel or move on to another beach.

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Beach in Puerto Morelos
Beach in Puerto Morelos
Joe Pesci Look-alike in Puerto Mor…
Joe Pesci Look-alike in Puerto Mo…
Seaside at Carmen Hacienda Puerto …
Seaside at Carmen Hacienda Puerto…
Carmen Hacienda in Puerto Morelos
Carmen Hacienda in Puerto Morelos
Pier in Puerto Morelos
Pier in Puerto Morelos
Beach in Puerto Morelos
Beach in Puerto Morelos
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Juice and Coffee Bar in Puerto Mo…
Naked Mexican Mermaid in Puerto Mo…
Naked Mexican Mermaid in Puerto M…
Puerto Morelos Hotels & Accommodations review
Well the good thing about the Carmen Hacienda hotel in Puerto Morelos is its location which is a couple blocks away from the main square in town and r… read entire review
Puerto Morelos
photo by: Boston_Babe