Short History Lesson of Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos is named after a revolutionary leader in the Mexican War of Independence, José María Morelos. You’ll see his image on the 50 peso bill. (There’s also a Mexican state named after this guy: Morelia.)

This little town has a rich history! Always valuable as a sea port, Puerto Morelos was once called Punta Corcho (Cork Point). Exports included riches from the jungle and sea–cork, gum, precious timbers, vanilla and tobacco.

FUN FACT: Puerto Morelos is actually the oldest natural port in the state of Quintana Roo. The offshore reef provides a barrier and creates an ideal harbor.

Long before the port days, though, there was a Mayan settlement here. Unfortunately the ruins are no longer visible, as the stones from the structure were used to build the “leaning lighthouse” (at the pier near the main square).

Nowadays, Puerto Morelos owes its livelihood to the fishing and tourism industries. Unlike other vacation destinations in the area, it has retained its quaint, bohemian charm. Strict building codes and bylaws keep lots small and development controlled. It is known as “the Jewel of the Mexican Caribbean” for good reason!

Puerto Morelos Visitor Information

Puerto Morelos is a small town and prides itself on its hospitality and environmental care. Nearly everybody knows everybody, and that promotes a great vibe you won’t find just anywhere. This is not the place to come party! It’s a nice, tranquil tropical getaway; great for families and couples that want to recharge and relax!

The weather is warm and sunny year-round, with more precipitation in the fall months. Hurricane Season is between June and November.

Renting a car when you visit Puerto Morelos may be a good idea, especially if you plan on doing a lot of excursions from town. If you’re looking to power down and really relax, you can walk everywhere on the seaside area of town or easily catch a taxi if you need.

There are two main grocery stores in Puerto Morelos; both located on the federal highway. There are also two gas stations–one at the highway junction and one on the mangrove road that takes you to the seaside area of town. On the main square you’ll find several convenience stores as well; stocked with simple grocery items, snacks, ice, alcohol, toiletries, etc.