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They say as we get older time seems to go by faster. If that's true, sign me up for my walker because this season just flew by! We honestly feel like we are just getting settled in and now it is time to move on.
Our last day in the bookstore for this season will be Saturday, May 2nd. After that we'll drive north once again to work and collect books for next season.
Special thanks to "the Girls" who helped us out so much this season. We would not have made it without you! (In fact we will be closed this Saturday night to celebrate! We'll still be open Saturday morning and afternoon)
Our plans are to get back quicker this fall. We hope to be back open and selling books by early November at the latest.
Our sincere thanks for your support. We hope to see you next season. This will be the last issue of Beach Reads until the fall. Hope you enjoyed reading this rag this season.
Summer in the Town
Alma Libre will be closed as usual this summer, but the rest of the town will be open and ready for you.
May and June are great months to come to Puerto Morelos. There are still lots of flights, and some very good deals. The real savings though come on accommodations. All the properties we represent on our rentals page drop their rates in the summer and fall.
Summer is a great time to enjoy our area without the high season crowds. It's also a good time to get to know the ocean. As the waves get calmer and the water warms up, the diving and snorkeling get better and better. Diving with the whale-sharks off Isla Holbox is just one of the experiences you can only have in the summer. Fishing is better too.
Never too early to plan for the fall either. November is pretty much our favourite month here, as the crowds are low, the weather is great, but not too hot and prices are low (and that pesky bookstore is open too)
The first two weeks of December are also a great time to come. Everyone else is at the mall trying to get Christmas covered, while you are swinging slowly in a hammock with a fruity drink at your side. Feliz Navidad! The busy season starts just before Christmas and lasts until after Easter.
Is there a bad time to come to Puerto Morelos? I guess not! Start your planning on our rentals web page and we'll see you in PoMo.
Is It Safe?
We had a lot of response to our article in the last newsletter about safety in Mexico. It was our attempt to correct the vast amount of misinformation that was practically spewing out of the US & Canadian media after the State Department updated their travel alert for Mexico. The silliness peaked during spring break when students were warned not to travel to the Mayan Riviera because of problems on the border thousands of miles away. (Apparently geography is not a priority subject at some Colleges). The 24 "news" networks grabbed the story like a dog with a bone and ran crazily with it until they were distracted by another story or a bright shiny object.
Since then a lot of websites have sprung up offering a little more context. These are written by people that actually live here and thus know the difference between downtown Puerto Morelos and Ciudad Juarez.
Have a look and perhaps send them on to friends who have watched too much Fox News and are wondering why you keep wanting to go to Mexico!
The Truth About Mexico - Articles and links to blogs written by foreigners who now live in Mexico.
Mexico Update - Articles and testimonials from actual people that visited Mexico and survived! (They EVEN appear to be having FUN)
Jungle Market and Spa
Big things are still happening in the jungle. The Jungle Market is closed for the season, they wrapped up another successful season with a big show and an Easter egg hunt in the jungle.
The Jungle Spa is still open every Sunday, Wednesday & Friday. Pamper yourself for less! Many treatments are available, from manicures and pedicures to a luxurious aloe vera and banana leaf wrap and massage! (or a chocolate massage...does it get any better??)
Spa prices are much, much lower than you will find at your resort or in town. To get pampered, just show up Wednesday between 10:00 & 4:00 or Friday & Sunday between 10:00 and 2:00. If you can't make it on those days, try making an appointment for another day. Call Sandra (998) 208-9148.
It's easy to get out to the jungle by car, taxi or collectivo. It's on Calle Dos (kie-yay dose) in the Zona Urbana, which is right behind the Colonia. Here's a map you can print out.
Remember, your purchase helps the families of Puerto Morelos!
Just a reminder to visitors that there is no place to cash traveler's cheques in Puerto Morelos. The easiest way to get pesos is at the HSBC ATM (ABM) beside the supermarket on the square. If it is out of money, there is another machine at the intersection of the road to Puerto Morelos and the federal highway. There are also two ATMs in town that are not affiliated with banks. One is at the mall across the square from the bookstore and another is at Ojo de Agua hotel. Since these are not affiliated with a bank, we are not sure what the fees are. They are most likely higher than the HSBC machine.
If you wish to cash a traveler's cheque, you can do it at the airport or in Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
The groups have grown very quickly! Friends of Puerto Morelos just passed 460 members! If you are on Facebook, please join our groups. We'll use them to keep you up to date with town news between newsletters. Check out the group for new photos of Puerto Morelos, taken by visitors.
And if that is not enough for you...you can also follow us on Twitter.
This is our twitter home page. You can follow us throughout the day.
I like Facebook mainly for the photos. Not sure about Twitter, but we're too young to fight new technology!
Home and Condo Rentals - Prices Drop In May
Many visitors are discovering the comfort and convenience of staying in a private home or condo during their Mexican vacation. Many ex-pats have built their dream homes here in PM and are willing to rent it (or a part of it) to you! Renting a place makes you feel more like a local right away and offers the convenience of cooking for yourself and much more privacy.
Regular Beach Readers know that we feature some of these properties on our website. There are a gazillion property rental sites out there, but our site is unique because these are properties we know, owned and run by people we know and trust. We like to think we take the guesswork and risk out of renting.
We're always adding new properties to the site.
Owners! Contact us to get your FREE listing on our website.
Free Gift From Alma Libre Updated for April & May
For those of you still stuck up North, bring a small piece of Puerto Morelos to your home or office with our new Puerto Morelos Wallpaper. Beautiful of course, and practical too with an April and May calendar built right in.
We'll have new pictures available for download every month! Wallpaper is also available on our website at www.almalibrebooks.com.
Pick your wallpaper size:
Fishing Tournament: The twentieth annual
The Miami Herald Cancun Edition is no more. Look for a copy of the USA Today Cancun Edition at your hotel or convenience store. It's being put together by the same local staff.
In other media news, Alma Libre Bookstore made the Huffington Post along with many other area attractions as part of a horoscope column. Read it here. (will open in a new window)
The New York Times is knocking at the door of Puerto Morelos again. Local UNAM scientist Paul Blanchon was featured in the paper talking about a study he is working on for the journal Nature. Blanchon has found (by studying coral fossils at Xcaret) that ocean levels can rise very quickly. Oceans rose between 6.5 to 10 feet within 50-100 years about 121,000 years ago at the end of the last warm interval between ice ages. The article in the Times made Paul a busy celebrity, doing loads of media interviews and a live radio show in Australia. Here's a link to the article. You may recall the paper visited Puerto Morelos last summer, here is that article.
Restaurants: Normally by this time of year I am having trouble finding news to fill this section. Not this month! We've had a plethora of changes in the always volatile restaurant scene in Puerto Morelos. First off, we reported last month that a new tea place had opened in the Mayan Riviera Properties building on the square. Well, that place closed after only a few days, but this week a new place opened in the space. It's called La Aldea del Mar (the village by the sea) and they specialize in healthy snacks and organic teas, coffee and other drinks. They could not ask for a better location as workers are just finishing the new malecon area right beside it with benches, shade, trees and lights.
Another place has changed its name. Paradise Pier is now "La Panza es Primero", which I translate as "the stomach comes first". Looks like it is going to be a bit more of a "fun" place.
A new restaurant is opening in the old T2 location south of the square on the main road. They are still renovating the space, which looks great. I got a peek at the menu and it will be a place with steaks, chorizo and other treats off the grill. If I got the name right, it is Llanero, which means "cowboy".
Gourmet Galleria is definitely gone. The space is being converted to two retail spaces. One will be a jewellery store. You won't recognize it! Long time visitors will remember it as Chip's bar, Loco's.
As the time we are publishing this, there are a lot of reports of swine flu in Mexico. Most reported cases have been in Mexico City. There have been no reports of the influenza here or in Cancun. Unfortunately media reports in Canada especially have been very vague about where the cases have been reported, saying only "central and southern Mexico"...which covers quite a large area. Health officials here are monitoring the situation closely and issuing vaccinations.
Polo: The tournament of "La Copa Del Ray Polo" will take place at the El Ray Polo grounds May 8 to 15th. The polo grounds are on the Ruta de Cenotes 11 kms west of Puerto Morelos. For more information, contact the organizers through their website.
Recycle - The last Saturday of every month is recycling day in Puerto Morelos. Bring your glass, paper, aluminum cans, cardboard, plastic, batteries, electronic appliances etc. to the taxi center near the plaza or in the plaza in the Colonia.
More things to do: We recently revised our popular "10 things to do in Puerto Morelos" list on our website to "12 things to do in Puerto Morelos". Check it out here. Features a printer-friendly list you can give to new visitors to our town.
Did I miss any local news? Let me know!
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We love to keep you up to date with the town, but it's books that pay the bills. Have a look at some of the titles we're most excited about...
Postcards! We've added a lot of new postcards to our collection, including more underwater shots by "Dive Diva." We have the largest selection of Puerto Morelos postcards, and they are all exclusive to Alma Libre. We know because we make 'em! We also have blank greeting cards to cover any occasion you may wish to celebrate while you are in paradise. We even have some Christmas cards this year!
Gift Certificates! A nice gift idea for someone who lives here is an Alma Libre Gift certificate. Available in any amount and can be used for new or used merchandise. We can accept payments from up north via Paypal.
Just a reminder that we are open until May 2. Our hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm and 6:00pm to 9:00pm. We are closed between 3:00pm and 6:00pm for siesta. Sunday we are open 4:00pm to 9:00pm.
Our hours are always posted on the front page of our website at www.almalibrebooks.com.
We take trades every day, so our selection is constantly changing. If you are planning a trip down, why not bring some recent bestsellers to trade and check out our store, or plan to buy all your reading material at Alma Libre. We got you covered!
If you live here, we can special order books for you. It is not a quick process, it usually takes a month, but our prices are much better than Amazon's. Let us know what title you would like and we'll provide a quote.
We look forward to seeing you in Puerto Morelos!
Beach Reads is the official newsletter of Alma Libre Bookstore in Puerto Morelos Mexico. It is mailed directly to your mailbox if you request it. Beach Reads is published on a sporadic, seemingly random basis...but it is supposed to be approximately monthly during the season at Puerto Morelos. The season is November until after Easter. We do our best to publish it regularly...but we are easily distracted...
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