Quintana Roo, México
01 998 193 3360
NileGuide Expert tip:
Pack biodegradable sunscreen. Visitors to the park are not allowed to use other sunscreens, as some ingredients in them cause damage to the reef.
Puerto Morelos, a small fishing village about 20 miles south of Cancun, is home to the Reef National Park of Puerto Morelos. The protected area became a national park in 1998. The coral reef is part of the Mesoamerican Reef, which runs along the side of the Yucatan Peninsula. What makes the Reef National Park of Puerto Morelos portion of the reef so special is that the reef is closer to shore, in Puerto Morelos, than it is at any other point of Quintana Roo, the state where Cancun and Puerto Morelos are located. Snorkeling and scuba diving at the reef are very popular activities. There are dive shops in town, where you can arrange a tour. Everyone must book a tour to visit the reef, as it is illegal to swim out to the reef from the shore. Sea turtles, schools of fish, and manta rays are just some of the marine life that you can see while snorkeling or diving on the reef. And, of course, you'll see different types of brightly colored coral too.