The small town of Puerto Morelos has many things to offer. Located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, Puerto Morelos made our list of the best places to snorkel in Mexico. Its coral reef is a marine park, and the reef is well-preserved and relatively healthy.
Puerto Morelos is just 35 kilometers north of Playa del Carmen, and easy to get to from Cancun as well. The small fishing village has grown significantly with tourism in the past decade, especially due to the presence of the reefs offshore.
Snorkeling in Puerto Morelos is one of the most popular things to do. You can take a tour out to see the best spots on the reef, rent some gear and go yourself, or just bring your own mask and fins and get in the water. Near the beach, you can find restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, and dive shops. If you do decide to swim out to the reef, keep in mind that its a few hundred meters!
Snorkeling Tours in Puerto Morelos
We recommend going on a tour with Beach Tours Mexico. They offer a phenomenal snorkeling tour here. Their guides are knowledgeable, care about the oceans, and speak English very well. They also offer combination tours that include ATVs, zip-lining, and snorkeling for a full day of fun!
You can also check out tours from Viator, which is TripAdvisor’s tour company. They have a skip-the-line snorkeling tour in Puerto Morelos, and offer tours that include transfers from Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
Discover Scuba Tours
If scuba is something that interests you, but you’re not yet certified, you can check out a Discover Scuba course. With these courses, you will get basic instructions in a pool in Cancun before heading to Puerto Morelos for a real reef dive. You can learn more and book your Discover Scuba course here.
Whatever you decide to do, get in the water. The reef off the coast of Puerto Morelos is one of a kind, and worth taking the trip to see. There are many different ways to see the wildlife here, so there’s no excuse to miss it!