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The Mayan Riviera - Never a dull moment

On one of our three-day jaunts down to Mexico, my husband and I picked the Yucatan peninsula. We didn't want to stay in crowded Cancun, so we opted for a small fishing village 20 minutes south of Cancun. The place we landed at was Puerto Morelos, a low-key, lazy village, which is also the location of the ferry crossing to Cozumel.

Our trip to Puerto Morelos was - well, interesting. We avoided a robbery, car-jacking or abduction (not sure which - thankfully, something we never had to discover), stayed near a place that was guarded by guys carrying AK-47s, pulled boa constrictors from our necks, bonded with the crocodiles, and ended up in a condominium complex that is now a nudist resort. Just your typical 3-day weekend.

We also visited some spectacular Mayan ruins, accomplished that spine-tingling climb up and down the Pyramid at Chichen Itza, had our own private guide for snorkeling and picked up conch shells bigger than grapefruit right off the beach.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Laid back, uncrowded, not too hot in January
  • Cons:An AK-47 or an Uzi is regarded as a fashion accessory
  • In a nutshell:A peaceful place with more machine guns per capita than any other place I have visited (so far)
  • Last visit to Puerto Morelos: Jan 1994
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Heading to Durango soon. youtube.com/watch?v=najM-8gK... Looks kind of familiar to your Yucatan ;-]

  • Hermanater's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2006 at 10:15 AM

    Happy Birthday.......I enjoyed your pages........hopefully James invites you over for that beer this year...

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2005 at 4:16 PM

    Weird place . . .

  • photozrus's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2005 at 5:13 PM

    Are there really men with guns? I'm going there for the New Year with my husband & 7 year old son. Should we cancel the trip?

  • Jun 7, 2005 at 9:49 AM

    The mayan ruins were great. We are a great fan of the mayan civilisations.

  • tpal's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2005 at 1:20 PM

    Hi Karen, I was pretty sure what with snakes, crocs and machine guns I was "Chicken for Chichen"! But any chance of clothing optional defiantly puts me in the poultry category :-O I really want to see the pyramids tho...Tom


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