Beaching it in Puerto Morelos
Puerto Morelos Travel Blog› entry 13 of 15 › view all entries
October 28th, 2009 – by: lrecht
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".
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.
We ended up having lunch right of the main square at a nice little place called Café 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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