Heading south from the Cancun Airport on Highway 307 you will arrive at Puerto Morelos. Once a small fishing town, it now has a number of restaurants and shops. It is located on both sides of the highway. Going south, the left side takes you to the shore and the right side takes you to the pueblo.
Sunday is Market Day on Puerto Morelos. (Link to this story) Market Day will offer a fabulous assortment of hand made and unique crafts, many made from the natural resources of the area. These products are not found anywhere on the coast.
Playa Del Carmen
For years, Playa Del Carmen has been the fastest growing place in Latin America and sometimes in the world. It has a growth rate of about 25% annually. You can visit this area several times a year and still be amazed at how it changes each time.
Once a small fishing village and the ferry for divers going to Cozumel, it is now home to WalMart, SAM'S, malls, movie theater complexes and an exciting nightlife scene. It also has its very own 5th Avenue - a pedestrian mall with wonderful shops and eateries just a few blocks from the beach. If you need something you will find it in Playa Del Carmen.
Many people describe Puerto Aventuras as being like a Florida or California marine community. It was created by dynamiting the limestone shoreline to form its canals and marina. Home to exclusive hotels, condos and villas you will also find a nine hole golf course, and many shops and restaurants.
Puerto Aventuras has plenty of other activities with dive shops, a CEDAM - Shipwreck Museum, and Dolphin Discovery all right in the heart of the marina.
Soliman Bay & Tankha
South of Akumal there are two magnificent bays. The first is Soliman Bay, best know as “the spot where those Corona Commercials were shot.” Protected by the Mesoamerican Reef, this secluded bay is always tranquil and calm. With such gently lapping waves, it is almost like a bath.
After a kayak trip or when you just want to relax, stop at Oscar and Lalo's and order their world famous cerviche and have an ice cold cerveza. There are also wonderful paths that take you back into the mangroves behind the beach.
Further south is the second of the bays - Tankha. It is a wonderful bay with two great restaurants: Casa Cenote, with a fresh water cenote directly behind it, and the famous Sunday Texas BBQ and Blue Sky, a beach front Italian Restaurant. There is also great snorkeling right in front of both restaurants.
Tulum is home to the only known Mayan ruins located directly on the ocean. These are some of the most beautiful ruins you can find. Though small in size and number, there is nothing that comes close to the beauty of these ancient architectural wonders that hug the cliffs and surround some of the most spectacular coastline.
Tulum is best known for these ruins but it is quickly becoming much more. Once a sleepy getaway for hippies and backpackers, Tulum now boasts a renovated main street with great restaurants and shops. It also has a beach community with hotels, restaurants and boutiques.
Follow the Tulum beach road and you will find yourself at the entrance to Sian Ka'an Biosphere, the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean (approximately 1.3 million acres).
For more information visit our Visitor's Guide to Mexico's Riviera Maya, Costa Maya and Beyond.