Welcome to 2011.
Puerto Morelos celebrated the season with music, food, festivals and fireworks.
All that was missing was a big dump of snow...and we were not missing that one
hope that one of your New Year's resolutions involved avoiding winter and coming
down and seeing us in Puerto Morelos! We're ready!
Bookstore Hours - We're open 7 days a week and
We're not quite open 24 hours, but we are 7 days a
week with the same hours. 10:00am to 3:00pm and 6:00pm to 9:00pm every day. Even
Sunday! Please note, we are closed daily between 3 & 6. Even we need a siesta!
finally found a supplier who can do the impossible, get books to us reliably
in Puerto Morelos.
We can now order most any title and receive it at the bookstore in about two
at a surprisingly low cost.
We are ordering
new books for the store about once a month and we can bring in books for you
too! Depending on the number of books you order, shipping and duty will be
between $3 and $5 US per book. This is much quicker and cheaper than any other
source we have found, including Amazon.
Our next order will be in early February. To order, just contact us to make sure
we are able to get the book. We require a deposit on all orders. Facil!
Alma Libre Bookstore/Puerto Morelos Annual
Survey (7th Annual!)
Time again for
our annual Puerto Morelos survey, where we try to find out what you like best
about Puerto Morelos. Your favourite places to eat, hang out or have fun.
The purpose of
the survey is to find out what your fellow newsletter readers love most about
Puerto Morelos. Perhaps you have been missing something, and you can use the
survey results to plan your next trip. The most popular question we ask is for
your favourite restaurant. We're expecting this one to be extra popular this
year. For a reminder of all the restaurants in Puerto Morelos, see our
restaurant list. (opens in a new window)
We've made it easier to fill out our survey this year, it appears in a separate
box below. Use the scroll bar on the right to see all the questions. Click finished when you are done, then you can go on with the
newsletter...we'll wait for you....
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the questions, sometimes happens to Firefox
users, click the link below and the survey will open in a new window.
Please only fill out one survey per person. "Stuffing the ballot box" will not
be tolerated and those responses will be deleted. Survey will close on
February 14, 2011.
To get you in the mood, here are some of the results of last year's survey:
Favourite things to do in Puerto Morelos: Here's a partial list in alphabetical
order: be on the water, beach, bicycle, browse the bookstore, chat, chill,
daytrip, dive, drink, eat, fish, hammock, hang out, nothing, people watch, read
a book, relax, shop, snorkel, stroll, swim, veg, walk.
Favourite Restaurants: Hola Asia was number one again last year followed by
Pelicanos, David Lau's and a tie: El Pirata and Cantina Habanero.
Favourite Place to get a drink: Top three were
Cantina Habanero, Pelicanos, and Ojo de
Favourite Shop: Alma Libre Bookstore (whew!) also the Sunday Jungle Market, the
Mayan Handicraft Centre and Mauricio's Hammock Shop.
Get to know the Colonia
Puerto Morelos is made up of two parts.
You probably know the "Puerto" side well, but there is another town to explore
on the other side of the highway. The Colonia is two kilometres and a world
away. The Colonia has its own town square, churches, stores and restaurants.
Its real name is la Colonia Zetina Gasca, but most people refer to it simply as
We've found several grocery stores with superior selection and
prices. There are now (at least) three very good produce markets with fresh
fruit and vegetables. Chulim is probably the easiest to find, we especially
enjoy their fresh-squeezed juices. At just ten pesos a litre, why squeeze your
own? Their fresh, cold
is a delight.
You will find at least three DVD rental places too. The best we found was at the
east end of Villas Morelos. Most DVD movies have several languages to choose
from, so anyone can rent.
Check out the huge impressive dome they are building on the
Catholic church. Services continue as the building is finished.
There are lots of hardware stores with pretty much anything
you might need, but the stock is mostly behind the counter. You will need to
know how to ask for the part in Espanol or be able to do a convincing charade of
what you need. (I have imitated taking a shower, opening a door, and sanding
something down so far just this season!)
The focus of our recent exploring has been the restaurants of
the Colonia. Our best find so far is an unusual place called
"La Papa y Cafe".
We started hearing about this place last year, but we couldn't wrap our minds
around it. Their specialty is potato dishes...hard to describe, but basically
whipped potatoes with a choice of fillings. Our favourite is arrachera, so we
get a personal size bowl of whipped potatoes with chunks of arrachera inside,
covered with cheese and baked in the oven. It is drizzled with a nice chipotle
sauce and served piping hot. They also have more traditional Mexican fare like
arrachera steak, burritos and huaraches. On Sundays they serve breakfast too.
The restaurant is well run, absolutely spotless and the owner speaks English.
We've also ordered from
Pizza Del Carmen a pile of times,
especially on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday when pizzas are two for one. We've
heard good reviews for Eli's tacos on the east side of the highway, but have yet
to find it open. Good reviews for the lamb place on the west side too and for
the seafood place at the far south end of Avenida Torres. A good place to have a
drink is the charming and no longer aptly-named
Las Micheladas del Semaforo
which is right behind the overpass (which took away their namesake traffic
Getting to the Colonia is easy.
You can take a collectivo for 5 pesos or a taxi for 20. A good place to start is
at the Pemex. Walk straight west down the main road between the gas station and
the pharmacy. You will pass a
cantina of dubious reputation
on your left and Pizza del Carmen just a little further. Eventually you will
come to the big wide road with a wide divider up the middle. This extra wide road used to have heavy-duty electricity
lines on it which they have since removed.
You will see the produce market
at this intersection. (fresh juice is in
the white cooler) Continue west and you will pass a good hardware store on your
left and the town's library on your right. Further down you will pass a grocery
La Papa y Cafe
restaurant we mentioned earlier on your right. When you
hit Villas Morelos, turn right at the Extra and you will pass several more
businesses including a hardware store, a bakery and DVD rentals. Return the same
way and zig zag around. You cannot go wrong. The Colonia looks a little scruffy
in places, but it is very safe and pretty
difficult to get lost in. Stop for a drink at the aforementioned stop light bar
and take a taxi home with your fresh produce and groceries. Go to the Colonia
and report back to us! We'd love to hear your favourite places.
The taxistas have done a nice service for the
town. They have posted all their rates on a great big sign beside the taxi stand
in the square. This is a great move and should help to eliminate any
misunderstandings. Check the sign, confirm the rate with the driver and there
will be no surprises. Here are some highlights (fares from the square).
20 pesos - The highway, Villas
Morelos, Amar Inn, PlayaSol, Casa de los Viajeros, Villa Shanti 40 pesos - Ceiba, Rancho Sak-Ol 45 pesos - UNAM 50 pesos - Jungle Market/Spa, Villas Morelos II, Crococun, Botanical
Garden 130 pesos - Playa Secreto 150 pesos - Cental Vallarta 300 pesos - Airport 600 pesos - Xel-Ha 2000 pesos - Merdia/Chetumal
For those who are about to fish, we salute
you...and here's something to make your life easier. Our friend Kathy at
Diving Dog Tours gave us this handy schedule to share with you of the
Gran Slam del Caribe fishing tournaments. For more information and how you
get yourself into the running, visit the
Gran Slam del Caribe
website. In the meantime, this handy calendar online, will tell you when to
drop your line...or something like that. Note that there will be at least one
more local fishing tournament, the Marine Day Fishing Tournament May
Music in the Park
popular annual event is back for 2011, but it has got a lot bigger. It is now
two, three day events. The first will be January 27, 28 and 29 and the second
will be February 3, 4 & 5. It all happens from 7:00pm until 10:00pm in the town
In addition to the music, there will be an
exhibition featuring local sculptors, painters and artisans.
We've changed our pricing system on used books at
Alma Libre Bookstore. Instead of penciling in the price on the first page of the
book, we've switched to a "dot system". Each used book will have a brightly
coloured dot on the spine. The dot represents the price of the book, we have
price guides all over the store. The dot system allows us to keep up with the
fluctuating peso. We used the opportunity to lower our prices on hundreds of
books all over the store. Check us out!
Our town and bookstore have been discovered by a
lot of visitors to TripAdvisor.com. We lurk at the site ourselves and try to
help visitors discover Puerto Morelos and correct some of the crazy misinformation
that often comes up on the site. If you like Alma Libre Bookstore, please
write a review for us on Trip Advisor. Any review will move us up in the
"Puerto Morelos Things To Do" list, and a positive review might help bring more
folks into the bookstore!
Many thanks to those of you that have already
wrote us glowing reviews. Thanks to you our stock has risen!
Jungle Market / Jungle Spa
Big things are happening in the Jungle again this
year. Sandra and the Jungle Spa women have been rubbing visitors the right way
all summer long. They are coaxing all-inclusive visitors out of their plush
prisons to enjoy a taste of Mexico and life in the jungle.
The new palapa they have been saving money for all
year is now completed, so they can handle more guests in more comfort. The
palapa is in a peaceful spot surrounded by nature.
The famous Jungle Market is on again. There is a new show with lots of dancers and costumes.
Show begins at 11:30. The market features items that are specially made by local families. You can't
get these things anywhere else! Be sure to come to the market hungry, because
the food is always the highlight. You can take a special collectivo to the
Jungle Market on Sunday at 10:00 am from the Hotel Posada Amor just south of
the square. It will take you directly to the Jungle Market and back again.
(Please note, this is a new location for the collectivo)
Jungle Spa has been so popular, they have expanded the days that it is open and are
requesting that people make appointments either by telephone or email. This
will ensure you don't waste any time waiting for your treatment.
To make an appointment, contact Sandra at (998) 208 9148 or Cell 044 998
180-5424 or by email
Appointments are available Tuesday-Saturday and limited appointments may be
available on Sunday. The spa is closed on Monday.
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??) For men, there is the "Mayan Macho" massage. You've never had
a massage like this!
Spa prices are
much lower than you will find at your resort and proceeds go directly
to the Mayan families that work at the spa and Jungle Market.
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. Taxi to the jungle from the town square is 50 pesos. A taxi from nearby
hotels is 150 pesos or $12 US each way.
Tell driver you want to go to: Jungle Spa - Sandra (important to mention her
name) Zona Urbana.
Remember, when you pamper yourself at the Jungle Spa or buy a unique gift
at the Mayan Market, you are directly supporting Mayan families! This is a very
worthwhile venture and we hope you will support it.
New anti-money laundering laws here in Mexico require exchange houses to record
your passport number to exchange US cash for pesos. You will need a copy of your
passport to exchange cash at any exchange place in Mexico.
Also large businesses like Walmart and Costco are unable to accept more than
$100 US in cash per transaction.
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 in the 7-11 by the gas station. There are also three ATMs in town that are not affiliated with
banks. Two are at the mall across the square from the bookstore and another is at OXXO.
Since these are not affiliated with a bank, the fees are much 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. You will need your passport to cash a cheque.
The groups have grown very
quickly! Friends of Puerto Morelos just passed 830 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 fellow visitors!
It’s not too late to make plans for this winter!We
still have some homes and condo rentals available for winter. It you have never
stayed in a private home or condo, you are in for a wonderful experience. You
have all the comforts of home on your vacation. All you have to do is bring your
clothes and toothbrush! Everything else is included from towels and linens to
hammocks and blenders.
Many ex-pats have built their dream homes here in PM and are
willing to rent it to you! Renting a place makes you feel more like a local 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 and new
This giant suite can be rented as a one bedroom/one bath with a fold
out couch, or as a two bedroom two bath. Each bedroom has it's own outside door
to allow entry or exit without disturbing others.
It has a full kitchen with pots and pans, dishes and cutlery, plus appliances
like coffee maker, toaster and juicer. Dinking water is included as well as
cable TV and wireless internet. The suite features a huge terrace with
table and chairs and comfy hammocks. All this from $650 a week in season, $450
starting in May! Click here for more
information and pictures!
Huge, Bright, Breezy One Bedroom
A big one bedroom, two bath with a loft. The loft has a fold out couch and curtains
for privacy. The couch in the living room also folds out into a bed.
Off the bedroom and the living room is a HUGE balcony with table and chairs for
four and a comfy hammock.
Of course there is a full kitchen with pots and pans, dishes and cutlery, plus
appliances like coffee maker, toaster and juicer. Dinking water is included as
well as cable TV and wireless internet. $675 a week in season, $499
starting in May! Click here for more
information and pictures!
Contact us to get your FREE listing on our website.
Home and Condo Sales
If you have ever thought about owning a piece of paradise, this may be your
opportunity. Some prices have actually come down, something we have not seen
in nine years of living here.
Here are a few places we are
Price Reduced! Now
2 bedroom / 2bath oceanfront condo on quiet beach
This one has just come onto
the market. It's on the beach and is being sold fully furnished, ready for
your next vacation or to generate rental income. The ground floor suite is
steps away from the ocean or the condo's swimming pool.
It features all the
comforts, including high-speed internet, cable TV and a fully equipped
Free Gift From Alma
Libre Updated for
January & February
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 January & February calendars built
This month's wallpaper is a view of a sailboat just off our beach.
We'll have new wallpaper at the end of the month.
We'll have new pictures available for download
every month! Wallpaper is also available on our website at
Watch your speed going into Cancun. The speed limit changes several
times, notably around Petempich and the Moon Palace. We thought these speed
zones were temporary for the climate conference, but they are still up. Another
speed zone, down to 50 km/h is being vigorously enforced by Cancun police on the
outskirts of the city. We saw more than a dozen Transitos with one radar gun on a recent
Restaurant News: A couple of new places have sprung up just in time for the
season to begin, both in hotels. The Iguana is in Villas Latinas and Posada El
Moro has opened its restaurant again. Not sure if either of these are permanent
or just for the season.
Two new places are opening in the old Don Pepe's space. One has already
opened, it's called La Fuente del Sabor (The fountain of flavour). Menu
includes tacos, lime soup and fajitas. The other side, the larger part looks
like it is going to be a sports bar. We hear it is being opened by a member of
the family that runs the successful La Petita restaurant group. The name of the
place is El Salón de La Fama. (The Hall of Fame)
Chef Dieter is busy baking bread for you this season. Look for his fresh Lye
Pastry products at the Supermarket Casa Martin. You can also try the Pretzel
Sandwich at the “NY- Kitchen Express” Deli at Bonampak at the Plaza Peninsula in
Check out his website
for more products. We're big fans of Dieter's baking!
Catch it, Cook it, Eat it! - Local author Sonja Lillvik is offering a
unique opportunity to learn Mayan cooking in one of the most beautiful places in
Mexico. She is holding a unique workshop/retreat in the Sian Ka’an and Punta
Allen. During the week you will become familiar with the lobster fishing of
Punta Allen, and prepare and develop recipes for lobster, fish, and meat caught
locally. The next opportunity to attend this season is
February 26-March 5.
this web page for more info, and check out Sonja's excellent book at our
Ask a Realtor: Owning a property in Mexico is not difficult, but it is
likely a different process than in your home country. Amber at Mayan Riviera
Properties is hosting her "Ask a Realtor" workshops again this year, every
Tuesday at 5:00 PM. She has a short, informal presentation and then will answer
your questions at the Mayan Riviera Properties office on the east side of the
Give Peace a Chance: Local legend Goyo Morgan is staging another
Walk For Peace on Saturday January 22. Meet at the fishing pier at 8:00
am and you will walk 6 kilometres (Just under 4 miles). The walk is in silence,
there is a rest break every 1.5 kilometres. In the evening starting at 6 there
will be a Night of Peace with music in the central square.
The Mayakoba Golf Classic is celebrating its 5th anniversary by staging
the World's Largest Golf Lesson to break the Guinness World Record. Join them
this Sunday January 23 at El Camaleón Golf Course and be part of the story with
Golf FORE Everyone and the Mayakoba Golf Classic, Mexico’s Only PGA TOUR Event.
The record breaking attempt will begin promptly at 1:30 PM and is FREE OF
CHARGE. Children younger than 12 years of age will not be able to
participate in the record attempt but are welcome to observe. There will be FREE
transportation from Cancun (departing at 12:15 pm from Sport City) and Playa del
Carmen (departing at 12:45 pm from Boxito and Federal Highway). Might be a good
chance to see this world-class course. For more information call (984) 877-2380
SwimFans: The fifth annual swimming tournament "Ruta de los Arrecifes"
will be held in Puerto Morelos on February 26. Swimmers will swim a 2.5 or 5
kilometre route from the main pier north. Swimmers of all ages compete in this
event. Come cheer them on starting at 8:00 am.
Diving Dog Tours has grown again. Owner Kathy now has a fleet
available for all your fishing needs, everything from high-end yachts to
professional fishing boats to pangas. Parties of up to 8 fishers can be
Check out her fleet and new website.
Local Homeowners are reminded that you can save big if you pay your
property taxes early. You could have saved 25% if you had paid in December. The
discount is now 15% and will drop another 5% in February. They have erected some
"guilt inducing" billboards around town showing smiling children in school
uniforms. They seem to say: "pay your taxes or we won't educate these kids." It's
easy to pay at the city office or you can stand in long lines in Cancun.
Bunch O' Booths: A lot of booths have sprung up around the square. Most of these booths are selling snorkel and fishing trips.
Some are selling tours. Some are selling time-share or vacation clubs. Make sure
you know the difference when you are talking to the person at these booths. If
the price of a tour or trip seems too good to be true, there may be strings attached. Check out our
Morelos Services page for good local businesses that will show you the sights
As we reported before,
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. Check out the weekend edition for "Footprints" a
special section devoted to the best in our area.
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This Just In!
Books & Products at Alma Libre
Read all about it!
We love to keep you up
to date with the town, but it's books that pay the bills. Have a look at some
titles at Alma Libre bookstore...
The Painted Fish and other Mayan Feasts
This book written by Sonja Lillvik, who founded the Cuzan Guest House in
Punta Allen is memoir of a life in the land of the Maya told with food!
This is a gorgeous book with more than 100 recipes (perfected in the Mayan
Riviera and tested up north) and lots of glossy pictures of food and fun.
This book has rapidly become our bestselling local book. Every time we
have brought copies in, they have gone out just as fast! We are happy to
have some in stock now, but don't wait!
Yucatecan Cuisine from Hacienda Teya
The cuisine of the Yucatan is a fusion of the ancient
foods of the indigenous Maya and European culinary tradition. Now the chef
of the elegant Hacienda Teya restaurant in Merida shares his secrets in
this book. Recipes include lime soup, poc-chuc and panuchos. Also includes
desserts (flan and more) and sauces & relishes. An excellent gift or
keepsake. Only available in Mexico, and at a very low price!
A beautiful book showcasing the unique architectural style
of the Yucatan...or to put it in another way,
"A dazzling photographic journey, Casa Yucatan focuses on architectural
elements, water spaces, and open-air living in houses both colonial and
contemporary, including haciendas and coastal retreats. The Yucatan has
undergone a remarkable restoration renaissance of late: ancient pyramids
now share the dense jungle landscape with revived haciendas, and
colonial homes boasting high-beamed ceilings and cool tile floors
posture amidst elegant plazas and renovated nineteenth-century
Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish by Margarita Madrigal
The truth is, there is no easy way to learn Spanish or any other language.
It takes study and practice. There are ways to make learning Spanish more
pleasant however, and this is the best book we've found. The Madrigal's
method allows the reader to learn Spanish through this unique and proven
method, which completely eliminates rote memorization and boring drills.
Features illustrations by Andy Warhol. We know a lot of people who learned
to speak Spanish well using this book.
Cashing In on A Second Home in Mexico - Tom
Perhaps you would like to adopt Mexico as your
second home. There are many advantages, but of course there are many rules and
pitfalls too. This book explains the process of finding and buying a home in
Mexico. It covers important topics like how your Mexican investment property
will affect your taxes in your home country and other issues you should be aware
of. This book could save you loads of money and worry. I
wish they had this book available when I bought here!
Lonely Planet Mexican Spanish Phrasebook - a little espanol goes a
long way in Mexico, and this simple phrasebook will help you get more
out of your vacation. This pocket size guide contains useful and
practical phrases as well as a two-way dictionary and food glossary.
(What did we just eat?)
section is particularly funny!
Latin Style -
We are very excited to have this new decorating book in our shop. It's big
and glossy and features lots of pictures to inspire you to bring Latin
style into your home. Juan Carlos Arcila-Duque is a Columbian born
interior designer with notable clients throughout the world. He has
designed everything from private residences to trendsetting restaurants.
This book also includes a Latin music CD!
"This is a charming
book full of color, and the quirky style of what the author calls "Latin
Style". This is much more than just a decorating book. The author chooses
pictures that give you a sense of what it would be like to experience
Latin style." - Amazon Reviewer
Secrets of the Talking Jaguar is the story of the author's physical
and spiritual journey from the south-western US to the highlands of
Central America. There he becomes apprenticed to a local shaman who
teaches Pretchel much about indigenous Mayan life and about life in
"This eloquent and expressive work.
. .is highly recommended."—Library Journal
"Told with great honesty, insight, and generosity, Prechtel’s chronicle
offers modern readers a privileged and rare glimpse into the complex and
spiritually rich life of a contemporary Mayan village."
—Rocky Mountain News
Spanish Language Learning Software- Now
available for the Mac! - Since moving to Mexico, Joanne and I
have struggled with our Spanish, especially those nasty verbs. Now our
friend Jacky has invented a fun way to learn your verbs. Her Amigos
Spanish program has full conjugation for 700 verbs and helps you learn
with tests and puzzles. The program is totally customizable, allowing you
to focus on the verbs you need to know. Plus it's fun, so you will stick
with it and learn those verbs. To expand your vocabulary, try Amigos
Spanish Puzzles a program featuring word games with English clues and
Spanish answers (or vice versa). The program comes loaded with 2500 words,
and you can even add your own words if you like! Both programs are
available on CD at Alma Libre Bookstore or download it at
SPECIAL OFFER for Alma Libre Bookstore Customers
Cenotes of the Riviera Maya
is the best book ever written about the cenotes in our area. Beautifully
photographed, it could easily be called a coffee table book, but it is
also has all the practical information you need to explore the cenotes
whether you are swimming or diving. Many have drooled over this book, but
the hefty (500 peso) price tag kept some people away. Now author Steve
Gerrard has authorized us to lower the price. At 300 pesos, this book
is an incredible bargain and it has been flying off our shelves...in fact
we ran out for a while around Christmas, but we're stocked again.
If you drive in our area, you need a map! We have excellent and detailed
maps of the Yucatan, the country of Mexico, Cancun city, Merida as well as
Belize, Guatemala, Cuba and Central America. We also have souvenir-quality
maps you can hang on the wall.
Maps are usually difficult to find in Mexico, but only if you are looking
in the wrong place! Plot a course to the bookstore...if you get lost...ask
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
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.
The Malecon by the square is a great place to sit and enjoy the ocean
breeze, listen to the waves lapping against the fishing boats and think about
how much easier winter is to take here in PoMo!
It may have been inspired by Dali, Gaudí or by a
bad night at the bar, but this structure in Puerto Morelos must be seen to be
believed. It has been going up... slowly for the last several years. You may be
able to stay here one day, it's going to be a guest house/hotelito.
Our friend from Toronto got this photograph of the church steeple in Playa
del Carmen. Inspiring! (Photo by Murray Wren)
Lunar Eclipse: We got a very good view of the recent lunar eclipse in
Puerto Morelos. We had a clear night. I was without my tripod and it was way
past my bedtime, but I managed to squeeze off these shots.
Ed Hoffman: Very sad to report the passing of a town
icon. Cantina Habanero's owner Ed Hoffman passed away suddenly on January 15
after a short illness. Everybody knew Ed and Ed knew everybody. Friendly,
opinionated and fun, Ed was the face and creative force behind one of PoMo's
most beloved restaurants. The success of Cantina Habanero was no accident. He
worked very hard building his restaurant and was always adding to it or tweaking
it to improve it. He genuinely cared about his customers (friends) and wanted
everyone to love his food and his place. He adored his town and promoted it
We will miss Ed, as will the whole community.
A memorial fund has been established for Ed's young family (wife
Naty and children Jessily and Jeremy). To contribute,
this web page.
Cantina Habanero will continue running.
a reminder that we are open 7 days a week for the season. Our hours are
10:00am to 3:00pm and 6:00pm to 9:00pm EVERY DAY of the week. (Including Sunday) We are
closed between 3:00pm and 6:00pm for siesta.
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!
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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