Arriving in Puerto Morelos felt a bit surreal. It felt as if we had just returned home. Although neither of us are from Mexico, we have formed friendships with locals that will last a lifetime. Mexico is where we realized our purpose, it was in Mexico that we decided to quit the rat race. I know what you’re thinking, Mexico is gorgeous who wouldn’t decide to stop working and move here right? Wrong, although it is an absolutely amazing place it’s not for everyone. However, it will always be a second home for us.
Puerto Morelos is a small town in Quintana Roo, Mexico, on the Yucatan Peninsula. The small fishing town is nestled between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen. The inland portion of the town consist of single dwelling homes for workers however, there has been a surge in new development as of lately which includes multi story buildings, residential communities as well as lots for sell. We began visiting the town in 2005 and since then Puerto Morelos has grown rapidly with the recent spur of tourism.
The Pto. Morelos Malecon, is the busiest part of the town. Fisherman line up the pier with their boats selling freshly caught fish. The tourist and locals also gather here to enjoy the beautiful beach and wonderful views. The Malecon and adjacent streets are also lined with local shops and restaurants. If you’re ever in Cancun, make sure you stop by.
About 4 hours South of Pto. Morelos, you’ll find Bacalar, our current destination for the night. We decided to stop here at one of the best views you can find in Bacalar. After checking in, we decided to get something to eat from Bacalar, so it’s 11 pm and we’re driving thru Bacalar looking for the first restaurant serving food this late. We came across Taqueria 13, they must have a few of these hence the number 13 maybe…I don’t know. Anyway, the place was a bit crowded, so we knew the food had to be good, plus it was pretty late and we had an early morning.
While waiting for dinner and drinks, we were serenaded by a street artist playing his bongo. Eventually the food and drinks rolled out, we ordered a mixed meat plate of tacos, chili soup and two margaritas. The meal hit the spot, after dinner we headed back to Hotel Laguna Bacalar. Our room was located above the pool, so for most of the late night we were up listening to the chattering of fellow vacationers downstairs.
We didn’t mind the noise because we were overcome with excitement as we were preparing for our new adventures. Besides we were up anyway, getting our camera equipment ready, in hopes of catching a beautiful Bacalar sunrise. For now it was bedtime, with only 4 hours until sunrise and Belize on our agenda, we needed rest, at sunrise is when the excitement truly begins.