Puerto Morelos (Spanish pronunciation: [‘pwerto mo’ɾelos]) is a town and seaport in Quintana Roo, Mexico’s easternmost state, on the Yucatán Peninsula. The town is located in the northeast of the state, about 36 km south of the resort city of Cancún, and about 30 km north of the city of Playa del Carmen. Puerto Morelos merged with the village of Leona Vicario on December 6, 2015 to become the 11th municipality in Quintana Roo, separating from its former municipality of Benito Juarez. The marine terminal at Puerto Morelos is equipped to handle containers and is the oldest, largest and most important seaport in the state of Quintana Roo.
The company owned a steamboat that arrived every month anchoring in the Caribbean Sea, as there was no dock to tie up to, the trees and other forest products were thrown into the sea and in small boats. The products were then rescued and raised by means of Ropes of heneque (from the aguave plant) to the boat. As time passed, a winery and a wooden pier were being built, giving birth to a new settlement that would eventually be called Puerto Morelos.
In 1893, Mexico signed the definitive Belize-Quintana Roo boundary agreement with Great Britain, thus Quintana Roo emerged as a strategic region for Porfirio Diaz. The imprecise fixation of the border led President Porfirio Diaz to send Major Othón P. Blanco to that area, with the purpose of enforcing the dividing line, preventing arms trafficking, reinforcing General Ignacio Bravo’s military campaign against the Mayan uprising, and to seek pacification of the area. Paralelamente to obtain a permanent establishment of the Mexican population (that had fled to Belize by the War of Breeds) in the territory of Quintana Roo.
In the coastal zone, there were two pre-Hispanic Mayan structures that were destroyed to use their rocks in the construction of the lighthouse that was destroyed by Hurricane Beulah in 1967. This inclined lighthouse is the current emblem of Puerto Morelos.
The geographic area where the town of Puerto Morelos currently stands, shows vestiges of Mayan culture and settlements belonging to the Ekab Cacicazgo, whose political influence ranged from Cape Catoche to Tulum.
Proof of this is in the structures located in the jungle and coast, “Coxol” located 1 kilometer north of the village, “El Altar” located in the botanical garden “Alfredo Barrera Marín”, the “Mayan albarradas” found in a petén in the mangrove swamp south of the village, and the “Pyramid of Muchil” near Punta Brava south of the town, which Ralph L. Roys describes as Port of Muchi, the latter, however, mentions another place called “Muchi” 4 km northwest of Puerto Morelos, that is in the vicinity of the current housing development Villas Morelos II.
- Reef Diving
- Adventure Diving
- Night Diving
- Cavern Diving
- Diving at Marine Park Punta Cancun
- Snorkeling at Marine Park Punta Cancun
- Whale Shark Snorkeling Encounter
- Sailfish Swimming and Snorkeling
- Contoy Island Tour
- Boca Iglesia Adventure Boat Tour
- Sport Fishing Trips
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