Things to do in Puerto Morelos
Tangle with a snake, feed a peccary, walk through a crocodile den, and be accosted by an affectionate spider monkey at this 150-acre nature reserve, home to reptiles and mammals indigenous to the Yucatán, all rescued from the wild or from illegal owners.
Snap up beach reads, bestsellers, classics, tomes on Maya culture, and local guidebooks and maps—the largest selection of (mostly used) English-language books in the Yucatán—at this inviting warren of overflowing wooden bookshelves reminiscent of a college-campus hangout.
The tour takes small groups on snorkeling trips to lesser-known underground rivers like the recently opened Kin-ha.
Divers shouldn’t miss an excursion to see the first phase of artist Jason de Caires Taylor’s underwater sculptures series, a collection of 400 sunken works off the Caribbean coast.
A group of palapas by the town square make up the Mercado de Artesanías, where you’ll find traditional textiles and handcrafted, painted pottery made by Mayan artisans.