Viva la Mexico: Ciudad Cancun y Puerto Morelos

One one side of the Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone) is the sea; on the other is a crocodile-infested lagoon. Signs everywhere warn of the dangers of hungry crocodiles (especially for drunk spring breakers).
One one side of the Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone) is the sea; on the other is a crocodile-infested lagoon. Signs everywhere warn of the dangers of hungry crocodiles (especially for drunk spring breakers).

Thursday Evening, the Tyler and the Sylva (having recovered from Wednesday’s pina colada-fueled hangover) take a four mile stroll to Ciudad Cancun. The destinaton: Sedillas de Jalisco, for delectable sedillas (aka quesadillas) stuffed with melted cheese and picadillo or pollo. Muy sabroso!

On the way, we ran into some street art, and a public beach…

Commissioned street art on the way to Ciudad Cancun.
Commissioned street art on the way to Ciudad Cancun.
A bit of non-commissioned tagging, with a point...
A bit of non-commissioned street art, with a decent point…
More cool street art.
More cool street art.
The 'playateca' (beach library) at Playa Las Perlas, one of the public beaches on the way to Cancun.
The ‘playateca’ (beach library) at Playa Las Perlas, one of the public beaches on the way to Cancun.
The beach at Playa Las Perlas.
The beach at Playa Las Perlas.
Fish tacos for dinner at the resort headquarters! Edwardo is excited.
Fish tacos for dinner back at the resort headquarters! Edwardo is excited.

Yesterday, the whole crew (Tyler, myself, Tyler’s mom Judy and step-dad Ed) piled in the Nissan March and headed south. About forty minutes south, our destination: Puerto Morelos. Although it’s become more touristy and a bit more caro (expensive) over the years, it still retains its abundance of sun, laid back vibe, easily attainable snorkeling and tasty local fare.

Arriving at the beach in Puerto Morelos, about 40 minutes south of Cancun.
Arriving at the beach in Puerto Morelos.
Ahhhh...
Ahhhh… let the snorkeling commence.
A lone tortuga being a tortuga in the warm waters of Puerto Morelos.
A lone tortuga being a tortuga in the warm waters of Puerto Morelos.
A porcupine fish hanging out in some coral.
A porcupine fish trying to decide if we’re friends or foes.
Sea anemones are cool.
Sea anemones are cool.
A break from snorkeling for lunch at Merkadito, our favorite grub spot in Puerto Morelos.
A break from snorkeling for lunch at Merkadito, our favorite grub spot in Puerto Morelos.
Couldn't resist the calamares fritos (fried squid rings)...
Couldn’t resist the calamares fritos (fried squid rings)… They pair very well (after all) with a margarita or a cerveza.
A small grilled cajun octopus (polpita) from the table next door.
A small grilled cajun octopus (polpita) from the table next door.
Three wheeled cargo bikes like this one are ubiquitous in the Yucatan and Quintana Roo.
Back on the beach after lunch, I spotted this three wheeled cargo bike. Bikes like this one are ubiquitous in the Yucatan and Quintana Roo.
Snorkeling round two!
Snorkeling round two!
Angelfish sighting.
Angelfish sighting.
Packing up in the last rays of afternoon sun.
Packing up in the last rays of afternoon sun.

Yesterday (Saturday) was unseasonably cool and cloudy — we’re talking low 70s here people, but windy — so we skipped the beach. Instead, we did yoga, shuffled Ed and Judy from one resort to another and hit up a Mayan museum and archaeological site. In the evening, we hopped aboard the public bus and headed to Aquatours for a “romantic lobster cruise.” Who knew lobsters could be so romantic?

In all seriousness, Ed and Judy hadn’t been so happy with their last room, and when they brought it up to the resort, the resort said okay, we have these romantic lobsters…

In the end, all four of us got to ride around in the Nichupte Lagoon at sunset on a wooden boat strung with lights, listening to live saxophone music, munching on grilled lobster and enjoying an open bar.

And today, Tyler and I are also heading further south to a remote, quiet fishing village called Punta Allen for the next two days. But that’s all next time, so stay tuned…

Hasta la proxima!

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