How Safe Is Puerto Morelos for Travel?

Puerto Morelos, Mexico
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Puerto Morelos is a town in Quintana Roo on the Yucatán Peninsula, about 20 km south of Cancún.

It is a fishing village, and a resort and diving destination.

The pier in the center of town hosts snorkel and sport fishing boats while yachts dock in a man-made harbor just south of town.

It’s an ideal location for a quiet beach vacation with ample tourist amenities.

The town has just two principal streets and you can walk from one end to the other in about 15 minutes.

Most places accept US dollars but not credit cards.

Tourists come here to spend time in natural beauty without all-inclusive proposals and quiet countryside life.

Warnings & Dangers in Puerto Morelos

Overall Risk


In general, the Puerto Morelos area is quite safe. Police and government protect tourism in this region and contribute to its security. You should be afraid of the sudden showdowns of gangs and be careful with your values.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Using taxis and buses in Puerto Morelos is quite safe. Be sure to take only certified services. Negotiate the price of a taxi before sat in the car. In public transport, be careful, there is a risk of pickpocketing.

Pickpockets Risk


Due to the fact that the area is quite a tourist, the risk of pickpocketing is high. You must carefully monitor your belongings, do not leave valuables unattended and keep especially important documents and things in the hotel safe.

Natural Disasters Risk


The risk of flooding, earthquakes, or hurricanes is high enough in the Puerto Morelos area. It is necessary to check the news sources about this risk before visiting the city.

Mugging Risk


The risk of robbery can be high for travelers who keep large amounts of money with them. You must keep your valuables in a safe at the hotel. In public transport or in public stores, it is easy to become a victim of a robbery. Park your car only in protected parking.

Terrorism Risk


There is a minimal risk of terrorism in Puerto Morelos. The city area quite protected from terrorist interests and safety.

Scams Risk


There is little risk of fraud with tours and entrance fees for various entertainment. Be sure to buy them from trusted sources.

Women Travelers Risk


Women travel alone through Puerto Morelos in daylight is absolutely safe. You should be aware in the night time and concern the normal level of caution.

So... How Safe Is Puerto Morelos Really?

Most of the Yucatan is very safe in general, and the Mexican government tries very hard to protect the tourism industry.

Puerto Morelos is no exception–it’s very safe. You’ll feel comfortable walking its streets at any time of day or night.

Be aware, the risk of petty theft does exist here, as it does nearly everywhere.

Travelers should be watchful, do not to leave their valuables unattended without fear of them getting snatched.

Normal use of common-sense principle here is the way to avoid troubles.

Tourists feel safe enough here, they even rent bicycles to go cycling around the area.

You will not feel dangerous here if you take the usual precautions.

Not to wander around the clubs at night, not to get drunk and not to shine with large sums of money – it is enough not to become a victim of a crime.

Women traveling alone may also feel protected; police work hard in the Puerto Morelos region.

Sometimes on the streets, there may be gunfights involving drug gangs.

They have rarely targeted do harm to tourists. But you need to be alert.

Check U.S. state department travel advisories for actual information about the situation in Puerto Morelos before your trip.

Useful Information

  • Visas - No visas required for tourist proposals to enter Mexico for many countries of Europe, US citizens and so on. You should have a valid passport and a tourist permit. The maximum possible of stay is 180 days. For a longer stay or other options, you should visit the Mexican embassy.
  • Currency - The Mexican peso - is the official currency in Mexico. There are one hundred Mexican centavos to every peso. The symbol for the Mexican Peso is $, so you can see MX$ or MN$ in banks and exchange points.
  • Weather - Average temperatures are always high. The rainy season lasts from May to October. The best time to visit Puerto Morelos is from the end of November to April.
  • Airports - The easiest way to get to Puerto Morelos is from Cancun Airport, it is located 25 km from the city. Also, get into the city is possible from Cozumel Airport, getting then by water.
  • Travel Insurance - The medical travel insurance is required for travelers in any country as well as Mexico. On the border, any traveler may be asked by a customs officer to show insurance.
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Puerto Morelos Weather Averages (Temperatures)

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3 Reviews on Puerto Morelos

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    Doug S. says:

    Enjoy Puerto Morelos

    We spent a week at a rental home in P.M. last Winter. Also rented a car and traveled South to visit ruins in the area. Police presence heavy in all areas we traveled. We walked into the town in the evenings from our house and never once felt any sort of risk. There had been an assault on a Police Station in Playa Del Carmen the previous week but that was an isolated incident. Felt safer there than I do in many large American cities….common sense is a must and be vigilant of your surroundings. Avoid ANY offers for illicit items! We have been approached to purchase illegal drugs nearly every time we have traveled into Mexico.

  2. Police ARE the criminals

    First day in town my nieces apartment was robbed twice. A few days later four family members traveling to Ek Balum were pulled over by 7policemen with rifles who demanded money or jail in Cancun. An hour later were stopped by lone policeman who took the rest of their money. A day later family friends on way to airport in Cancun were pulled over on highway by police and robbed. This was our 3rd trip to Puerto Morelos and we have always loved it. Never again will we risk our lives being shaken down by armed policemen. Please take warnng!!!!

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      Anonymous says:

      So all and all your trip sounded awesome and I think the locals appreciated your generosity when they robbed you.

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