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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.