Puerto Morelos

Alma Libre Bookstore

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Avenida Tulum, on the plaza's south side,
Puerto Morelos,

Mexico,

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 affable Canadian owners, Robert and Joanne Birce, also produce an entertaining local newsletter. In summer, the shop is closed.

Insider Tip: The bookstore functions as an unofficial tourist information center and vacation rental agency, and the Birces are ready to help with miscellaneous tasks like copying digital photos onto a CD to free up camera space.