Living in Puerto Orelos

We Love Living in Puerto Morelos – Mexico

Living in Puerto Orelos
Living in Puerto Morelos

We Loved Living in Puerto Morelos in Mexico!

2020 update - a reflection on our time living in Puerto Morelos.

We spent around 10 weeks living in Puerto Morelos. Puerto Morelos is a tale of two cities. It is split in two by  Highway 307 running along the coast from Cancun to Playa Del Carmen and an area of a swamp!
The Beach Front in Puerto Morelos
The beachfront sports tourist industry businesses and comprises a few roads of hotels, bars, restaurants and gift shops. The beach is amazing and you can snorkel off the beach for free. Two buoys mark reef areas that are home to all the normal reef fish, barracudas and if you are lucky the odd turtle! Beach bars and restaurants line the seafront and offer beers from $2.00 and decent food from $10.00.  The centre of this area is at the end of the main road La Colonia and Highway 307.
The centre has a nice feel to it and hosts a plaza surrounded by shops. The plaza has a play area and sometimes some market stalls selling trinkets and local foods. The side streets are small bars, restaurants and various accommodation. There is a large amount of American and Canadian ex-pats living in the area. Most are retirees stretching out the pension in the warmth and enjoying the cheap drinks and food. The ex-pat scene is lively even if it is a little old! The beach area is more expensive compared to the other side of the town - La Colonia.

La Colonia in Puerto Morelos

La Colonia is the inland half of the town. It is where all the locals live. Many of them work in the tourism industry along the beachfront. We enjoyed spending time in the breach area but prefer to live in La Colonia. It offers a wide range of small shops, restaurants, bars, and two large supermarkets! There is a taxi rank in the centre of town for trips to the beach ($3) and to Cancun or Playa Del Carmen.  Looking back, we had an excellent time in Puerto Morelos. As with anywhere, there were the good bits and the bad bits.
Living in Puerto Morelos - The good bits:
The lifestyle is super fun and convenient. We enjoyed being able to buy local produce at great prices. Especially good were the local fruit and vegetables bought from the local greengrocers. around the corner from the greengrocers was a barbeque chicken place. This sold whole chickens hot of the grill along with some rice, chilli sauce and of course tortillas and beans. All for around $5.00.
The local supermarkets were well stocked and fairly priced. We had a more Mexican diet as the local produce was very good value for money and very tasty!
The weather was hot and dry and we had little bad weather. In fact, I cannot remember it raining at all when we were there!
Our Air Bnb was nice, it was the bottom floor of a family home. The owner had it converted and lived in the upstairs flat. It had a nice back yard and hot water shower and a Mexican washing machine or pila.  We were working online and having a nice place was essential. We were spending a long time sitting in front of our laptops! When it all got a bit much we jumped up and went for a walk. A few times we took a lunch break and jumped in a taxi to the beach. Snorkelling with Barracuda is one great way to spend your lunch break!
Living in Puerto Morelos - Beach

We found the locals to be super friendly and helpful. They are keen to keep the tourist industry they have and to grow it. They pay for extra police protection and patrols. This makes the area very safe compared to Cancun and Playa Del Carmen. We saw no crime or violence during our whole stay.

The bad bits:

Working online required a super stable internet connection. Our Air BnB connection was free but unstable and low bandwidth. This made teaching online on some platforms very difficult. I tried everything I could think of to solve the issue including  4g dongle and using Instabridge to combine networks. Nothing seems to give us the network speed we needed. Earning money was proving difficult. If we were to stay longer it would have been worth us paying for a proper fibre connection. That would have solved the issue.
Our accommodation was fairly expensive as we were not planning on staying more than a few weeks. Again a longer planned stay would have enabled us to rent a private house on a long term contract which would significantly reduce costs.
We found the nightlife a little old for us. After a week working, by Friday we were ready to get out and talk to some other people. We would head down the beach bars and desperately try to find someone our own age to chat to. This sometimes proved difficult! We did meet some cool older dudes and ended up having drinks with them. After a few weeks though, we were really craving for a good night out with our own age group.
We were working a lot! Often for 14 hours a day trying to push the teaching online thing and build the first version of this website. Learning it all from scratch took me ages! The long hours of Tanya and I sitting in the same room did put a little strain on our relationship. It was something we had never done before. We are pretty good at it now!
In summary, living in Puerto Morelos is definitely something we would consider again. Next time it would be for a longer period and we would long term rent and have fibre broadband installed.

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Living in Puerto Morelos Resources

Below are valuable resources that we have developed to help you on your journey.

How to get to Puerto Morelos

The nearest international airport is Cancun. We have always found Skyscanner to give us the best deals on flights. Once in the county, travel between places is best done by internal flight or by public bus. The only public bus service between Cancun and Puerto Morelos is the ADO bus. You can also travel by private car/taxi. There is no train service in this area of Mexico. For shorter journeys around town, you can hail a passing taxi. Uber is illegal in Puerto Morelos but does operate. Some drivers have been assaulted and others had their car attacked so its best avoided.

Where to Stay and long term accommodation

When you first get into town you will want to find a guesthouse or hotel for the first few weeks. We have a couple of favorites, Layla Guesthouse and AirBnB

Insurance

We thoroughly recommend you take our travel insurance whenever you travel. We recently had to put in a claim for over $5000 when we had to cancel our flights and other bookings and quickly fly back to the UK due to a family emergency. The claim went through very quickly and we managed to recover most of our expenses. Without travel insurance, we would have lost the lot!

Further Information

You can find out more about our time living in Puerto Morelos on Tanya's travel blog at Can Travel, Will Travel.

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