One of the great advantages of staying anywhere on the Riviera Maya is the easy access to literally hundreds of interesting attractions but finding out about them is another challenge. Sometimes visitors get bombarded by the commercial giants and fail to see the little gems. Just north of Playa del Carmen is Puerto Morelos, an easy 20 pesos trip on the big comfortable ADO bus which runs every 15 mins.

Puerto Morelos  is a small town and its residents are continually working to try and stop overdevelopment. It maintains a small town charm, where you can wander the streets in peace, play with your children on the wide white sand beaches and take in some local culture. Unlike Cancun and Playa del Carmen, the beaches remain unmarred by beach clubs and commercial enterprises. The shady town square which fronts onto the beach is home to a variety of stores and there are many restaurants to visit.

Puerto Morelos

 Looking for some great beach reads? Stop in and visit Alma Libre Bookstore, the Riviera Maya's best English language new and used bookstore. They have a great selection of up to date regional guide books, maps and books about the indigenous culture, flora and fauna of the region.

Crococun Zoo is a fun family destination as is the Alfredo Barrera Marin Botanical Garden. The great Mesoamerican Reef lies just offshore and provides great snorkelling.

A fabulous new attraction in Puerto Morelos is The Little Mexican Cooking School They offer a one day experience in cooking Authentic Mexican Food and attract singles, couples and families, all writing great reviews on TA. It is great to learn something you can take home and use, at the same time as increasing your understanding of Mexico. They have  four different menus of several dishes each along with some hands on and lots of culinary information. There is also some tasting of local drinks! It is held in a cute private house 2 or 3 days a week, after class you sit down to a meal of what was prepared. Careful, you will be tempted with the foodie items in the little store. It is a most interesting day and it is best to book ahead as they fill up.

The Little Mexican Cooking School in Puerto Morelos

The Little Mexican Cooking School in Puerto Morelos

A walk on the beach is good after class or maybe work up an appetite for more food. Great fun restaurant with  authentic Mexican Food is Panza es Primero (the stomach is first), crazy wrestling decoration is in contrast to the stunning palapa and beach front location. They serve authentic Mexican food at very reasonable prices.

Looking for some fast paced excitement? El Rey Polo Club has regularly scheduled matches at the beautiful new facility just off of the Ruta de Cenotes on the west side of highway 307. Everyone is welcome to attend these exciting events that host players from all over the world. Next Tournament Copa del Rey May 21,22,23 at 2 in the afternoon. They also have polo lessons and english riding lessons

 El Rey Polo Club 

El Rey Polo Club

Feel like treating yourself? After the match, don't miss the highly acclaimed John Gray's Kitchen, consistently good food and service with an excellent wine list. Also not to be missed is John's charming beachfront location, La Suegra (the mother in law). His Sunday BBQ is a great time for the whole family where you can enjoy amazing food, sip a few cervezas and bury your toes in the sand.

 La Suegra de John Gray

La Suegra de John Gray

Lots of other things to do in the area. After a long day in Puerto it is back on the bus to Playa del Carmen for a little rest before the next adventure.