Where are the villas....
the villas are between 15 and 20 minutes from the Cancun airport (CUN), located
centrally between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Mx. The villas are in Playa del Secreto or Playa Paraiso which are within 10 minutes of each
centrally located to all the activities the Mayan Riviera
has to offer. Playa del
Secreto is 6 miles from Puerto Morelos very convenient.
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Trip Advisor's Listed Puerto Morelos as one of the
Top 10 beaches in Mexico!
Many of our renters
over the years say they just love Puerto Morelos because "it reminds them of
what Playa del Carmen was like 10 or so years ago, a quaint Mexican Beach Town."
The difference with Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen is that Puerto Morelos
has been able to maintain a low-key residential community; all the huge
all-inclusive resorts are set apart from the actual town.
Many of Puerto Morelos local residence are working fishermen, and you will enjoy
watching them arrive back to the pier in the afternoon with their boats full of
fish, take an walk on the beach you will see the local fishing boats docked for
The Cancun & Playa del Carmen lack the colonial town setting
that most of the rest of Mexico has, however the exception is Puerto Morelos
which has a town square surrounded by neighborhood shops, restaurants and the
center of the community the Church. The town square is the center of activity,
most any night of the week there is a soccer game going on (Mexican's call it
futbol), there is a play ground area for the kids and a gazebo that at times
have band playing and on Wednesdays the center of town host a farmers market.
It's a place where if you visit you will find yourself
intermingling with people whom live there year round. A large percentage of the
population are Americans and Canadians whom work in Cancun or are retired and
live there full-time, they like the quietness, the lower cost and the closeness
to Cancun that Puerto Morelos has to offer.
Puerto Morelos has its own leaning tower of Pisa, an old
lighthouse that is leans and has become the "logo" of the town and a favorite
backdrop for vacation pictures. The reef in front of Puerto Morelos is a
National Park, and if you visit Puerto Morelos you should take a snorkeling trip
on a local boat, it will be one of the highlight of our trip!
Want to know more
about Puerto Morelos go to the Tourist Guide for Puerto Morelos.
Playa del Secreto (Secret Beach) truly is secret, and we
think that is what makes it very special. It is a very small private
residential area that is quite and peaceful and surrounded by a
jungle. Because we have no Hotels or Restaurants in the Residential portion
of our beach to attract tourist, you will enjoy your self in a tranquil
paradise! If you are tired of hurrying in the morning to get a choice spot
on the beach before there all taken, or wearied of the beach hustlers, this
place is for you. It is a great beach for swimming - no rocks, weeds or big
The beach of Playa del Secreto is Kid
Friendly - nice clean sand to play in - the water has no big drop offs or weeds.
Sea Turtles lay eggs in late May and
hatch in Mid Aug. If you are staying on the beach you can help in our community
efforts to saves the turtles.
When you get exhausted from all that
serenity you can get in the car and drive 15 minutes to all the fine dining,
night clubbing, shopping and people watching that the Cancun or Playa del Carmen
has to offer. Playa del Secreto is a 6 minute drive to Puerto Morelos.
Paraiso (Paradise Beach) is a small gated residential area located between two
of the Mega Resorts the Mayan Resorts and Iberostar
The Iberostar Paraiso is
actually 5 separate hotels with facilities which include 5 restaurants, pools,
spa, shopping center and 18 hole golf course.
The Mayan Resorts has two large time
share complexes the Mayan Palace and the Grand Mayan.
The Mayan Resort boost of the largest interconnecting pool in
Latin America along with a Nicklaus Design golf course and 4 restaurants.
Both these resorts are with-in
walking distance to the villa and you can pay for day passes. The beach is very
nice, white sand, no rocks or weeds.
If you should tire of the
beauty, peace, and quiet of the villas, you may add a little spice to your day
in Playa del Carmen - a short 15 minute drive away.
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It's is a little bit of
Bourbon Street, a little bit of Key West and a little bit of South Beach mixed
together in a Mexican Paradise. It is one of the fastest growing cities in Latin
America, there are more people living in Playa del Carmen from outside of Mexico
than ever, so speaking English or paying with US dollars is not a problem.
Playa del Carmen is known as the little Europe of Mexico it has a wide
variety of restaurants, foods from around the world - Thai, Beach bars with
Sushi, Argentinean Steaks, German Beer Gardens, French Bistros, Italian Pasta
and Pizza, Caribbean Seafood and Yucatan Fare and if you feel it necessary there
are a few of those franchise burger places that sell "Whoppers"
and "Big Mac's."
You can also catch the ferry over to Cozumel for a
day of hanging out -
Schedule. Every time we go to Playa del Carmen something is new.. it's a
ever-changing restaurant and shopping experience. Playa del Carmen is called
"Playa" by all the locals even though the word Playa means Beach. Playa del
Carmen has a pedestrian walkway that runs parallel to the beach called 5th
Avenue. If you are not sure where to go in Playa del Carmen this is it. Plan to
park your car and walk, you can spend a whole day just checking out 5th avenue's
restaurants and shops, but my favorite thing is to grab a margarita and people
There are strolling mariachi bands
looking for someone to perform for all along 5th Ave. Besides the overly played
Mexican tourist favorite "La Cucaracha", mariachi's play some of Mexico's most
romantic music called boleros. I suggest "Si nos Dejan" (If they allow us) and
"Mexico Lindo y Queria" (Dear Beautiful Mexico) these are promised to bring out
the romantic in anyone....always remember to tip the Mariachi's for playing -
$8+ a song. An after dinner drink of Kahlúa or
Xtabentun (a Mayan honey-anisette liqueur) and a Mariachi song is perfect way to
end an evening, although if you are looking for some after dinner action Playa
del Carmen's 5th Ave has some late night discos....the Blue Parrot seems to be a
favorite, it's has been in business since before I came to the area 12 years
I avoid the 5th Ave. area on Tuesdays and Thursdays because those are the days
the Cruise ships dock...during those days the amount of tourist triples
so can the major attractions.
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