Puerto Morelos, Yucatan, Mexico
January 15 – 25 2017
After five or six days with black flags on the beach indicating wind and currents strong enough to keep the fishing boats, snorkel and diving boats in port and almost no one in the water, except the kite surfers, who had a ball, the winds moderated and we were back snorkeling off the beach every day. We never did book a snorkel trip to the reef because we were having so much fun chasing the schools of fish very close to the shore.
The swimming, and walking the beach every day, combined with my three times a week Yoga class, meant that Ray and I could enjoy all the good restaurants in town without feeling guilty.
You heard it from me. Puerto Morelos is turning into a foodie town. We sampled several of the restaurants, both simple and more upscale and it is true. There is something for everyone’s taste. Go to Petita en la Playita for ceviche and seafood tacos at Carabelos, T@cos.com and at a tiny place on Niños Heroes. Carpe Diem, run by Italians, is the place to go for European cheeses, homemade pasta and sauce, and Paris quality croissants and pain au chocolate. Go to El Nicho and Layla’s for brunch, especially Layla’s on the weekend, to hear a good blues guitarist.
We finally made it to John Gray’s Kitchen for a special meal that truly deserves its high rating. Tonino’s Wine Bar and Restaurant, owned and run by Constanza, the daughter of our landlady, was hard to find, but worth the effort. It was down an alley, tucked away in an outdoor patio behind another restaurant. We arrived at Tonino’s on Tuesday, our last night in Puerto Morelos, to find that the restaurant was fully booked with people anticipating the weekly entertainment. Luckily, we got a table when early diners left before the entertainment began. We stayed to enjoy a great Blues and Soul singer, backed up by a guitarist, while we ate our well-prepared meal and glass of Chardonnay.
Yes, Puerto Morelos remains high on our list of the best beach towns in Mexico. Even three weeks wasn’t enough time.