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Why These 2 Stunning Beach Towns Near Cancun Are Skyrocketing In Popularity

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This winter, the idyllic shores of the Mexican Caribbean are witnessing an unprecedented surge in popularity, with Cancun, in particular, experiencing yet another record-breaking season.

While many of those looking to escape the stresses and monotony of day-to-day life are looking forward to the bustling streets and legendary nightlife of the Mexican hotspot, most travelers are starting to look for ways to still take in the local views and experiences while staying away from the suffocating crowds.

aerial view of puerto morelos, Mexico

That’s why smaller towns near Cancun are starting to draw in visitors in flocks of millions, and Isla Mujeres and Puerto Morelos in particular, are emerging as two of the region’s fastest-growing destinations.

Here’s why:

Experiencing The Allure Of The Mexican Caribbean Away From The Cancun Bustle

The reason why these quiet, dreamy seaside towns are skyrocketing in popularity is really not that hard to explain – after all, who hasn’t dreamt of jetting off to somewhere warm and relaxing where you can really soak in the beachy experience?

That’s exactly what Isla Mujeres and Puerto Morelos are promising travelers this winter.

puerto morelos, mexico

While the allure of Cancun’s high-spirited energy is undeniable, sometimes even the most energetic travelers seek an escape from the frantic pace of the city – and that’s where these two gorgeous towns come in.

They allow you to still be less than half an hour away from the coveted hub – so you can take a short ferry ride to Cancun whenever you’re in the mood for a fun night out – while still being able to enjoy the jaw-dropping views of the Caribbean in their true, untouched state.

beach in puerto morelos, mexico

Puerto Morelos, with its charming fishing village ambiance, creates a quaint atmosphere where the gentle lull of the Caribbean sets the pace for your entire getaway.

Isla Mujeres, on the other hand, is most famous for its pristine beaches and secluded feel, creating a safe haven for those wanting to unwind, whether solo or with loved ones, in a tranquil tropical paradise.

There’s A Lot To Explore Beyond The Untouched Landscapes

Though most people celebrate Isla Mujeres and Puerto Morelos for their picture-perfect views, the truth of the matter is that there’s more to see, explore, and admire in these beachy towns than just their natural beauty.

The temple of Ixchel at Beach of Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres' history is deeply intertwined with the Mayan civilization, and today, you can get some insight into the region’s fascinating past by visiting El Meco or the ancient temple of Ixchel – better yet, take a golf cart to both.

Puerto Morelos, on the other hand, thrives on that traditional fishing village atmosphere, maintaining the type of genuine Mexican charm that’s been long lost in bigger hotspots.

Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya, Mexican Caribbean, Mexico

As you roam through the colorful local markets, spend your days eating in mom-and-pop seafood restaurants, interact with the friendly community, and swim along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, you’ll figure out that the stunning views are just part of the Puerto Morelos experience that so many travelers are rushing to enjoy.

A Gastronomic Journey To Remember

While it’s no secret that Mexican cuisine is a world-class delight, the flavors, aromas, and nuances you’ll get to explore in your gastronomic journey through Isla Mujeres and Puerto Morelos will stun you nonetheless.

Fresh seafood is the staple of most traditional dishes in the region.

bowl of green tamales

Whether you’re trying a locally-made ceviche, pescado tikin xic, or cochinita pibil tacos, you can rest assured that you’ll be getting the catch of the day in all of the nearby eateries.

Those who aren’t too keen on seafood can still indulge in a wide array of local delicacies, including sopa de lima, tamales, queso relleno, and mango habanero salsa, just to name a few.

Abundant Accommodation Options

While Cancun is mostly known for its all-inclusive resorts that promise visitors a luxurious experience, Isla Mujeres and Puerto Morelos offer a more diverse array of accommodation options, including boutique hotels, eco-friendly resorts, charming guesthouses, and everything in between.

colorful Caribbean houses tropical vivid colors Isla Mujeres Mexico

What’s more, prices are pretty reasonable, too.

It’s easy to find cozy, modern rooms for around $100 a night or even less, and considering the region is currently going through its peak season, the price seems even more justifiable.

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