Puerto Morelos remains a quiet place -- perfect for lying on the white-sand beach and reading, with the occasional foray into watersports, especially snorkeling, diving, kitesurfing, windsurfing, and kayaking. A prominent reef offshore was declared a national park for its protection. It's shallow and easy to snorkel, and it protects the coast from storm surges. The beaches are great, maintained by the local government. The water is shallow, calm, and clear, with sea grass growing on the bottom. The town is small, and the inhabitants are laid-back. There is a large English-language bookstore that sells new and used titles. The car ferry that used to depart from here for Cozumel has moved down the coast to the Calica pier just south of Playa del Carmen.
Between Cancún & Playa del Carmen
The coast directly south of the Cancún airport has several roadside attractions, all-inclusive hotels, small cabaña hotels, and some spa resorts. Much of the latest development is targeting the well-heeled traveler -- small luxury hotels with or without a marina and with or without a golf course. This stretch of coast between the airport and Playa del Carmen is only 51km (32 miles) long. Midway is Puerto Morelos.