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Puerto Morelos - "La Colonia" - West of highway MX307 (Cancun /Tulum)

Puerto Morelos - The port - East of Highway MX307 (Cancun / Tulum)


The location:

Leaving Cancún behind, the first town on the coast is PUERTO MORELOS, 20km south. Formerly of little interest except as the departure point for the car ferry to Cozumel, in recent years Puerto has seen a surge in popularity, becoming a base for tours and dive trips. A number of visitors on international flights bypass Cancún altogether, making Puerto Morelos their first stop along the Riviera Maya. It's as good a place as any to hang out for a while: it is a relaxing, laid-back alternative to the bustle of Cancún with some lovely beaches and pristine reef offshore. The pace is slow, the vibe is relaxed, and the atmosphere bohemian enough to attract a cluster of artists, painters, and poets. It's also the only working fishing village from Cancún as far as Tulum that hasn't been entirely consumed by tourism.


The people:

I have been living full time in Puerto Morelos for more than 15 years and I chose to move to Puerto Morelos for the ecologically oriented locals and ex-pats that are in Puerto Morelos. Environmental laws and building restrictions keep growth under tight control. This has prevented Puerto Morelos from becoming the next Cancún or Playa del Carmen—which many locals consider a blessing.


It is full of artists and musicians, archeologists, biologists, marine biologists and many other great people The large ex-pat community is very actively involved in the local life. "La casa de la Cultura" is also very active and organize once a year a Music Festival (February to March). There are many small (owners operated - not from any brand chains) restaurants for unique healthy food and some great coffee places, like Cafe d'Amancia by the square. There is also a lot of yoga, and, a polo club called El Rey in the jungle. There are also numerous cenotes and many ruins.


The reef:

The reef, the second largest reef in the world, is part of a national park with a half mile off shore, and you can get a boat for approx $25.00 per person to snorkel. The park includes the surrounding mangrove forests and is home to 922 species of fishes, birds, wild life, making it a great place for bird-watchers (36 different species of birds). Many dive shops will give you the opportunity to explore a sunken ship. The mangroves and botanical garden are educational and there is a crocodile farm/zoo.


The history:

Archeological evidence has demonstrated that Puerto Morelos belonged to the Old province of EK-KAB (means Black Bee), one of the seventeen districts of the numerous Mayan territory (1250-1541 A.D.).
In the coastal zone of today’s Puerto Morelos existed two Mayan structures, their stones were used to build the leaning lighthouse, next to the Fishermen’s Pier.
During many centuries the Spanish galleons would sail along the coast of Quintana Roo. Historians mention the sea routes along the southern territory, from Isla Mujeres to Tulum and even as far as Chetumal Bay.
Any merchant vessels were shipwrecked among the reefs at Puerto Morelos, their treasures have been lost in the bottom of the Caribbean and it could be a strange and wonderful adventure to be able to discover them.
The Puerto Morelos modern history begins in 1898, when the Colonizadora de la Costa Oriental of the Yucatan Company was founded to exploit and farm the agricultural and forest products from the surrounding jungles.
In 1900, Puerto Morelos was referred to as “Punta Corcho”, and it was chosen as a natural harbor that could offer safety to navigation, good depth and protection because of the natural reef barrier.
On November 24th, 1902, President Porfirio Díaz decrees the creation of the Territory of Quintana Roo, and then Puerto Morelos was under the political administration of the Isla Mujeres Municipality.
Around the year 1904, Puerto Morelos boasted a Post Office to communicate correspondence with Cozumel and even as far as Puerto Progreso in the neighboring State of Yucatan, and from there to the rest of the country.
The first population census was done in 1910, with a result of 76 persons (41 male and 35 female). In this year, the Port was the only coastal community with telephone and postal service.
In 1921, the population greatly diminished due to an influenza epidemic which was recorded as very severe, and the census reported just 28 inhabitants (18 males and 10 females).
In Puerto Morelos, in the year 1923, the “Colonia Santa María Company” built warehouses to store mainly gum, which was harvested in the surrounding jungles. This gave the Puertomorelenses great economic strength.
Around the year 1929, the Puerto was already considered a town, with wooden houses built in a single lane along the coastal street and a pier for fishermen. Today you can find the Pelicanos Restaurant in this same spot.
In 1931, President Ortiz Rubio decreed that the Territory of Quintana Roo would belong to the States of Campeche and Yucatan. There was much administrative confusion, and as a result there are few records during these years, but with President Cardenas the Territory of Quintana Roo is once again established in 1935.
On February 1929, the 55 inhabitants founded the “Ejido Puerto Morelos”, with a Presidential grant of 21,420 hectares of jungle. Now the Puertomorelenses could farm and exploit their own land and the economy grew faster than ever. The 1950 census showed a population of 80 inhabitants (43 males and 37 females.)
During the fifties, the growth of Puerto Morelos spread to the jungle areas (two kilometers inland from the coast) because migrations of people from the Yucatan and foreign countries.
With the beginning of Cancún as a resort destination in 1970, the demand for a labor force was greatly increased, and because of the proximity of Puerto Morelos to this new resort, a slow growth in the residential area known as “Colonia Joaquín Cetina Gazca” began.
In 1971, the “First of June Fishing High School” was founded, and today it trains youngsters as fishing technicians. The irony of today's situation is that there are almost no fishermen in Puerto Morelos. In 2009, only 11 fishermen's boats (out of 317 boats) are registered in Puerto Morelos with 35 operators.
In the Decree of 1974, Quintana Roo becomes a free and sovereign state with seven municipalities. Puerto Morelos is established as a part of the Benito Juárez municipality with Cancún as it’s most important city.

On the 6th of December 2015: Puerto Morelos merged with the village of Leona Vicario to become the 11th municipality in Quintana Roo, separating from its former municipality of Benito Juarez.
Puerto Morelos has been visited many times by researchers. In 1978, The Fishing Ministry creates the Aquaculture Research Center, to study turtles.
The Research Center of Quintana Roo (CIQROO) was established in 1979, to do investigations for the proper development of Quintana Roo. In 1980, The Institute of Oceanography from UNAM University opens its doors in Puerto Morelos researching marine habitats, due mainly to the great international importance of The Arrecife de Puerto Morelos National Park.
On December 2nd of 1981, “The Puerto Morelos Cooperative for Fishing Production” is inaugurated with the goal of doing controlled exploitation of lobster fishing. Urban land lots were assigned to it next to the “Colonia de Pescadores”. Around this time, and under the Federal Government Administration, the “Alfredo Barrera Marin” Botanical Garden was founded. It is sanctuary to the Mayan jungle “Yaax-ché”.
Since the 1990’s Puerto Morelos has had a balanced growth. People from all over Mexico and many other countries have made it their home. Several public schools have opened, and in 1995 the “Mauricio Sánchez Jimenez” library was founded.
On February 2nd 1998, a Federal Decree gives the Puerto Morelos reef the status of Protected Natural Area. It is home to a wonderful and rich submarine life (more than 922 species) and it plays an important role in tourist and fishing activities. The park is divided in 9 different zones that are closely monitored by the local guards.
In Puerto Morelos you can find the only ecological crocodile farm and native zoo in the region; “Crococun”, where visitors can see from very close the natural habitat of these prehistoric animals. It opens daily from 9am to 5pm.
At Central Vallarta the “Verde Lucero Cenote” and some time later the “Tres Bocas Cenote”, the “Boca de Puma Cenote” and "7 Bocas Cenote" are inaugurated. These natural sinkholes are only part of what visitors to the “Cenote Route” can enjoy. There are more than ten of these around the area. Some, like “Selvatica” and “Boca del Puma” also have zip lines, bike trails and other services for the tourist.
From the year 2000, the neighboring cities of Cancún and Playa del Carmen develop rapidly into internationally known tourist destinations. Also in Puerto Morelos, but to a lesser degree, we see some tourist projects develop, since we are also part of The Mexican Caribbean and The Mayan Riviera.


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The on-going challenges: preserving the reef...






The on-going challenge: preserving the eco-system...




... More to come soon . . .



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Casitas Kinsol is a family-owned and operated vacation / holiday rental. These huts, bungalows and rooms are for rent by the owner. This is not a vacation rental condo or a holiday flat for rent; this is not a vacation house or a villa to let. The property counts with 8 individual rooms, with private baths. They are located in the heart of Puerto Morelos (the town - but not the port / beach area) on the Mayan Riviera - Caribbean coast of Mexico. Its convenient location is only 5 minutes drive from the beach of Puerto Morelos and 35 minutes from Cancun (25 minutes from Cancun international airport). The daily rate starts at $29.00 US Dollars for 2 persons. Ask for our week-long discounts.



Last update on 06/15/2017


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