If you’re looking to escape the crowds of the Riviera Maya, don’t miss Puerto Morelos, just 20 minutes south of Cancún, where you can explore freshwater cenotes. For more information, see the Cancun and Riviera Maya Destination Guide.
Puerto Morelos is a small fishing village between Playa del Carmen and Cancun that has a lot of activities including cenotes, snorkeling and over 80 restaurants for dining.
The air is silent as doña bena Tun lowers a hen into a smoking pit dug out of the jungle floor in the Yucatán Peninsula. Her student, Noé Bernardo García, the chef at Esencia Estate—a beach resort.
Puerto Morelos is as close to the hotel as Playa del Carmen is. Known to be one of the only "intact" old fishing villages.
A Puerto Morelos local provides 5 Puerto Morelos travel secrets including cenotes, an animal sanctuary, snorkeling, a cooking school and a polo club.