After a spectacular photo tour of Cuba, I knew I would be in need of a holiday to get over the trip as I am always exhausted after a day course in London, never mind 10 days of full on exercises and tuition. I had come to Cuba via Mexico as it was just a 55 minute plane journey from Havana to Cancun so I decided to have some R&R time in Mexico before heading back to London. And as Mexico is still my favourite country in the world, it would be rude not to enjoy it a second time on the way home. I had stopped over in Tulum already, so I decided to explore some of the islands off Cancun for the last six days to see new parts of Mexico.
First stop was going to be a tiny little Island I had read about called Isla Holbox but as this would involve a 6 hour journey from Cancun, I decided to spend a couple of nights in Puerto Morelos, to recover from the Cuba trip. Puerto Morelos is at the peaceful end of the more “lively” Cancun strip (which I am not a fan of – once is enough!). Getting to Puerto Morelos from Cancun airport is a straightforward transfer with plenty of shuttle/taxi/private transfer options available. The whole of Cancun is full of big resort hotels and there are also plenty in Puerto Morelos to choose from but I had also read that the little fishing town is a slice of the real Mexico, so I thought it would be a good option to get the best of both worlds. After my two nights of rest, relaxation, spa and massage (and a slightly disturbing near-drowning experience in my personal jacuzzi bath!), I decided to check out the town itself on my last morning – it was tiny but sweet. Like most Mexican towns/cities, there is the obligatory main zocalo (square), with lots of little shops full of local crafts and tourist knick knacks, as well as cafes with peaceful, beautiful views of the Caribbean. If you have more time to spend in Puerto Morelos, it is home to a barrier reef which is apparently worth exploring if you want to dive/snorkel.