This newsletter is definitely late arriving in your inbox this month, or really
early depending on how you look at it...but we admit it is late. The reason is that at
long last, it is high season in PoMo and we have been busy!
Just like it handles everything else, Puerto Morelos handles the surge in a laid
back sort of way. You may notice more live music, it might be a little tougher
to get a parking spot on the square, or you may have to line up a bit at one of
our more popular restaurants, but in general, high season just means seeing some
more familiar faces of folks who escape winter with us year after year.
This newsletter is a special one, as we have the results of our 2012 Best of
Puerto Morelos Survey. We ask lots of simple questions about what you love
about PoMo and share it with everybody, in case you have been missing something.
We've been making this newsletter for 10 years now. We've been passing on the
news from the town with accuracy, reasonably good spelling and a little humour for all
that time. We do pretty much everything we can to promote our little town and we
encourage you to send this newsletter, and our somewhat informative website,
We do not allow other sites or newsletters to lift our content and publish it as
We devote a lot of time and energy to this publication and will vigorously
defend our copyright. Please let us know if you see our content on someone
else's web page or newsletter.
By the way, our spell-check has broken down...probably due to exhaustion, so
please let us know if you see a typo.
Enjoy the issue!
2012 Annual "Best of Puerto Morelos"
Survey (8th Annual!)
For the last eight years we have polled our
readers and friends to learn what we like best about our town. We are
always interested to read the replies and learn what we are doing right or
The most popular question we ask each year is
"What is your favourite restaurant?" Without further ado, I give you the list.
1. David Lau's
2. Cantina Habanero
3. Al Chimichurri
Bubbling under...Pelicanos, El Panza es Primera,
El Tio and La Casa del Pescador
Congratulations to all our fabulous restaurants,
especially Chimichurri, Spaghettino's, Los Gauchos, Terazza and El Pirata
who made significant gains this year. Congrats too to La Playita and
T@cos.com who made their first appearance on our list this year.
David Lau's must be congratulated as well
for being the top of the survey for two years in a row. Many people singled out
the wonderful Valorie as the reason they love the place. Who can argue that? And
of course Cantina Habanero has a very faithful fan base with the place
now being run by Naty in the same spirit of fun as her late husband Ed.
Here is a list of the top restaurants each year
from our first survey in 2005.
Caffe del Puerto
Cantina Habanero/El Pirata (TIE)
El Marlin Bleu
John Gray's Kitchen
John Gray's Kitchen
John Gray's Kitchen
Caffe del Puerto (RIP)
El Marlin Bleu (RIP)
Las Palmeras/Old Fisherman
John Gray's Kitchen
John Gray's Kitchen
El Marlin Bleu
La Suegra (RIP)
John Gray's Kitchen/Al Chimichurri (tie)
Honourable mention goes to La Papa y Cafe and La Luna Llena (both in the Colonia) who won a lot of fans this year.
Favourite place to have a drink:
ran away with this one, followed by Pelicanos, Cafe de Amancia and David Lau's.
The beach at Puerto Morelos - What's not to like?
the best thing about Puerto Morelos: No big surprise, the #1 answer is the
beach, followed by the reef, the small town atmosphere and the relaxed pace of
life. Many respondents mentioned the kind people. I like that, because you can
find sun and sand in other places, but I like to think PoMo offers more.
Here are a
couple of answers we liked: You have the best of both worlds; serenity or live
music with dancing. PO MO is a truly remarkable place.
Saying Buenas Tardes to strangers and receiving a smile back, saying hello to
strangers and not being strangers anymore.
the worst thing about Puerto Morelos (aside from having to leave):The most
popular answer was not a dang thing, which is very kind. The second most popular
answer was the condition of the streets and the sidewalks. Some mentioned the
lack of a public baño. (keep reading for good news on the baño
like to diversify our offerings at Alma Libre. What did you find lacking in PoMo
that we could carry in our shop? With the ebook revolution at our doorstep,
we know we will have to diversify our store from just books to survive and
thrive. Many people said that we should carry things that we already have in the
maps and local postcards, so we know we have to do a better job of marketing.
Many mentioned they were glad we were now offering some food items like hot
sauces, local honey and Mexican coffee. We will follow up on all viable
suggestions. (Many said they thought our shop was perfect as-is. We appreciate
that, but we know we need to be proactive) Gracias!
Alma Libre Bookstore -
Vote us for best shop in Puerto Morelos and nobody gets hurt.
What is your favourite
shop in Puerto Morelos?We don't
state it out loud, but we expect everyone to pick Alma Libre Bookstore as their
favourite shop. Luckily for us, we were picked #1 for the eighth year in a row.
A few unclear thinkers chose other shops like the Mayan Handicraft Shop or Sofia's.
A couple of people said OXXO was their favourite shop. Really?
do you stay in Puerto Morelos? Most people tend to stay in a house or condo,
which warms our hearts as we like to help people rent those and try to coax them
out of the big all-inclusives.
Check out our listings.
A few stay in local hotels or the big resorts on our doorstep.
What is your favourite
cheap or free thing to do in Puerto Morelos?We got a lot of answers to this one. Most
had to do with hanging out on, or walking the beach, which is always free. Some
said they like to people-watch or perhaps even iguana-watch. One suggested
seeing the visitor's centre on the main road. Many like to read a book. We
What is your favourite
big splurge while on vacation in Puerto Morelos?The most popular answer by far was dining
out every night. Many said they got massages at the
Jungle Spa or enjoyed one
of Eric's tours (Ecab Explorer).
A big gracias
to all who answered our survey. We'll do it all again next year.
As we mentioned above, one of the few things
people fault about our little town by the sea is the condition of the roads. If
they could see them now! PoMo is going through an
infrastructure building boom
right now, and almost no pavement has been spared.
The main road into town has been blocked with workers building a new sidewalk
for bikes and pedestrians. They are also burying some high tension electric
wire. The pathway is very special and is designed to drain instantly, so no
puddles on the bike path (and no wet spots on your pants!) The project manager
warned us that some topes (speed bumps) will be added. We hate topes, but
unfortunately, some guys try to hit light speed on that road and other local
roads. Maybe if we all agreed to slow down?
All the roads near the square
(many of which were freshly paved LAST year) have been torn up as
the town adds our first sanitary sewer system. First they cut trenches from the
centre of the road up to individual houses. After that is done, a really big
trench is dug down the centre of the road where the main pipe is buried. Up to now we have all
just had individual septic systems, which are fine until the town gets more built up like
it is now.
Now, I am a fan of sewers...you might even call me a connoisseur
(sorry) but the timing of the work could scarcely be worse as we are in the
absolute height of our brief tourist season. Driving down our streets now is
pretty much like hitting a tope every seven feet or so. It's not so bad in our
big truck, but a ride in a taxi the other day rearranged all my fillings and a
cyclist is forced to do a sort of slalom route. I pray that there are pesos in
the budget to resurface all our streets!
Not just the roads are being hit. Two large beach
accesses are also being added on the north end of town. The town square is
getting several new structures, including a long-needed public baño.
Like all construction, it will be nice when it is
finished. We hope that day is coming soon! In the meantime...watch your step and
walk the beach when possible.
Please support your local businesses! All this
construction has been tough on the restaurants and stores in town.
Puerto Morelos Interactive Map
We've improved our interactive map on our Alma
Libre Bookstore website. We've added dozens of new places and the map is easier
to use. Look for the location you want on the right side and the map will take
you there. There is also a search box. I've included locations in Cancun too,
like Costco and Walmart.
Here is a smaller version, without all the
Some taxi rates have gone up. See the new taxi fares on the big sign at the
square or see
it here. Make sure to agree on the fare before you get in. You don't have to
tip, but we always do if they get us to our destination alive and well.
More Daytrips from PoMo
You may get to Puerto Morelos and never want to leave until it is time to get
back on the plane. We understand and support that idea, but there are a lot of
amazing things to do close to town.
Recently we made a quick weekend getaway to
Valladolid and points north of there.
Using the Ruta de Cenotes shortcut to Leona
Vicario, the trip has never been easier by car. Taking this route is quick,
direct and avoids all those nasty charges on the overpriced toll road. (We have
maps of the Peninsula in the bookstore)
Valladolid itself is a gem. It's a colonial city
with beautiful architecture and an incredible and important history. The Caste War began here in
1847, and early seeds of the 1910 Mexican Revolution sprouted here.
Today it is a busy, but very accessible town.
Most of the attractions are an easy walk from the town square including the
impressive San Bernadino Convent, the fun San Roque Museum, the stoic Cathedral
of Valladolid and the Government Palace, which features large dramatic murals
depicting the history of the city.
One of the newest attractions is
Casa del los Venados which
features the most impressive collection of Mexican folk art we have ever seen,
all in a uniquely restored, privately owned colonial mansion. We have travelled
all over Mexico and know that each region has its own distinct art. Often two
towns next door to each other will have completely different art, so a chance to
see such a fine selection in one place is rare. Admission is by donation (of at
least 60 pesos) making it a bargain too. Just to see the impressive casa is
worth the price of admission alone. The house is just off the square. Proceeds
from your admission, and special events held throughout the year go to support
medical personnel in Valladolid.
From Valladolid it is an easy trip to Ek Balam,
one of the most impressive Mayan ruins in our area. The highlight are the
intricate stucco frescos that have been lovingly restored, but you will also
love the view from the top of the pyramid, which is one of the few you can still
climb to the top of.
You can stay right at the town of Ek Balam at
the Genesis Retreat. Genesis has been
created as a place to relax and reflect, but also to experience life in a tiny
Mayan pueblo. Retreat owner Lee Christie has done an amazing job creating this
beautiful and comfortable place to stay in harmony with the local community and
nature. The gardens are stunning!
From there you can drive straight north,
through the town of Tizimin, which has a restaurant that dubiously boasts it has
"the best food in the world" to Rio Lagartos. This rustic town has many brightly
painted wooden buildings and makes a great base to explore the 150,000 acre
nature reserve on its doorstep.
We took two boat tours. The first one in the
dark of night was a crocodile tour. Our
experienced guide and captain guided our
boat through the mangrove searching for crocs! It is quite a thrill to see these
prehistoric looking reptiles in their natural environment in the dark. As you
see by the picture, they really get into their work! It is a great trip for
star gazing too as it is really, really dark.
The next morning the same guide took us through
the Reserve again to bird watch. We saw pelicans, herons, egrets, spoonbills,
frigates, cormorants, parrots, woodpeckers, hawks and those fabulous flamingos.
We actually stayed in nearby San Filipe, a
very, very peaceful community on the water. Makes PoMo look like Manhattan!
You can do these tours on your own, or hook up
with Eric of Ecab Explorer who has
designed tours of the area.
After a whole lot of researching, we have started carrying some
special gourmet and food items in the store. You'll find Mexican
grown organic coffee, hot chocolate, vanilla,
Mayan honey, and a selection of locally made hot sauces and
We are also now carrying the popular Chimay hot
Folks north of the border clamour for this stuff. Chimay makes the
hottest habanero known to man, and they also make flavourful sauces
for more sensitive palates. Chimay Salsa Habanera comes in four
flavours, colors and levels of spiciness to suit your palate: Negra
la menos picante (black, the least spicy), verde la poco picante
(green, a little spicy), roja la muy picante (red, very spicy),
amarilla la extra picante (yellow, extra spicy).
Our most popular sauce is a mini four-pack in a woven basket for
just 75 pesos. A perfect gift for the foodie in your life, or a great
souvenir of your Mexican vacation.
- We're open 7 days a week and different hours!
We're not quite open 24 hours, but
we are 7 days a week with the new hours. 11:00am to 8:00pm every day. Even Sunday!
Please note that we are
often closed daily between 2:30 & 3:30, though you may find us in.
hoping that by closing for fewer hours in the afternoon we won't miss
as many day trippers into PoMo from Cancun and Playa. Come see us!
Special Book Orders
We have finally found a supplier who can do the impossible. That is get
books to us reliably in Puerto Morelos. We can now order most any
title and receive it at the bookstore in about a week 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.
There is no sales tax or any other fees. This is much quicker and
cheaper than any other source we have found, including Amazon.
Our next order will be soon. To order, just contact us to
make sure we are able to get the book you want.
Jungle Market / Jungle Spa
The weekly Jungle Market is in full swing
for the season. The ladies have cooked up more surprises and recently had a
special Valentine's Day market. The last market this season will be April 8,
Easter Sunday. You know they will do something special for Easter!
Don't miss this unique local event, and come
hungry, as the authentic Mayan & Mexican food is a highlight of any visit. The
market opens at 10 am and the popular dance show is at 11:00 am
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! They even have special massages for young adults.
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 still 50 pesos. 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.
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 Santander ATM
in front of the police station or the HSBC ATM beside the supermarket on
the square. If they are 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 Santander and HSBC machines.
Home and Condo Rentals
lf you are stuck up north, why not give yourself a spring fling? We still
have openings in April and our prices drop dramatically in May.
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 (if you wish) 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 large 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 its 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. Drinking water is included as well as
cable TV and high-speed wireless internet. The suite features a huge terrace with
table and chairs and comfy hammocks. All this from $695 a week in season, $450
starting in May! Click here for more
information and pictures!
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. Drinking water is included as
well as cable TV and wireless internet. $695 a week in season, $499
starting in May!
Contact us to get your FREE listing on our website.
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Big news this issue as the beach bar re-opened! The beach bar, located on the
northern end of town has been called Bar Ixchel and Manta Beach Club...recently
it has been called closed! Now the bar has been renovated, enlarged and
upgraded. The bar is now made of
beautifully finished wood and has swings as well
as stools. It also has a new name, Unico and a new logo designed by
Franziska Schuett of Galeria Artezissimo. (Photo by Mary Jordan)
I love a place with a good name, so I think I will like I Wanna Pizza.
It's a new pizza place open on Avenue Niños Héroes just north of Lety's. Early
reviews have all been positive.
A place from the past is back in Puerto Morelos. Taninos was a wine bar
across from Pelicanos that closed in February 2009. Now it is back, in the old
la Cantine Bistro spot beside Al Chimichurri. They have PoMo's most extensive
wine list with 80 choices. It is a good space for them with lots more room than
their previous location.
Speaking of Al Chimichurri, their new pizza oven is in operation. It was fun
watching it go together. It features a very heavily fortified cement base with a
layer of salt and broken glass below a solid brick base and dome. Chef Eduardo
told me the salt and broken glass is very important to dissipate the great heat
that will be generated by the burning hardwood coals that will cook your pizza.
The restaurant also got new comfy chairs!
are loving Salciccia which opened recently at the Pemex at PoMo.
Salciccia, which means "sausage" in Italian, is the retail outlet of the
Embutidos del Camino sausage factory, and sells freshly made sausages to
local restaurants and the general public. The sell by the kilo, prices seem good
starting at 65 pesos a kilo, and sell pork, beef or chicken sausage. They also
have Argentine chorizo, American breakfast sausage and German sausage. You can
also buy a sausage baguette or tortilla starting at 20 pesos.
A new bar/restaurant is planned for Hotel Mexiplus on Niños Héroes. It will be
called "Cheers", like the much more famous one in Boston. So far there is just a
Rustika restaurant is closed, in fact it is now for sale.
Live music is easy to find in Puerto Morelos. Cantina Habanero has music
most nights, especially on the weekends. Newcomer Pangea has music or a
flamenco show Thursday-Sunday. El Faro often has music, Sativa has live music on the weekends, and the
newly opened beach bar Unico will also have live music. Posada Amor has
also had music recently.
The Men in Blues have announced they will no longer be playing at David
Lau's. It is expected they will find a new venue soon, we'll keep you posted.
David Lau's is now featuring Randall & Lewis Rocket Project, blues and
Home Manager - If you need someone to take care of your house, pay bills,
organize work or meet your renters, we know just the person. Our manager has
been working with us for a year now and we are delighted with her. She can
handle a few more clients. Email us and we will put you in contact with her.
Fishing Tournament - At the end of the day, we are a fishing town.
Fishers like to tell stories, but they really like to fish competitively. Our
town has at least two fishing tournaments annually and they are a big deal. The
"Don Andres Garcia Lavin" tournament will be held during May 25-27. Cost to
enter a boat is $2000 pesos, and there is more than $500,000 pesos in prizes up
for grabs. There are loads of activities for landlubbers too. While the fishers
are fishing, kids can play beach volleyball, football, swim or enter a bikini
contest! More details can be found on this
The 7th annual Festival of
Music was a big success. Artists and groups from all over took part. We were
proud to be a sponsor of this event, which will no doubt be even bigger and
better next year. The
Casa de la Cultura offers many other learning opportunities.
Here is their complete schedule.
big welcome to Tadd and Lindsay, the new owners of Wet Set Dive Shop.
Tadd and Lindsay are both dive instructors and are offering diving and
instruction at all levels. Their headquarters are in the Ojo de Agua hotel.
Lindsay is originally from Edinburgh and Tadd is from Indiana. (Photo of an
enthusiastic Tadd from WetSet's
Cameras have advanced greatly in the past few years, but the most
integral part of a good photo is the big thing attached to the eyepiece, namely
the photographer. How are your skills? Have they kept up with the camera? Now
you can improve your camera skills while on vacation. Pro photographer Michael
Maurus (who shot the Puerto Morelos calendar this year) is offering weekly
workshops on how to take a better picture. Classes are small, and participants
are reporting drastic
improvements in their photos after taking the course.
Details and contact info can be found on his
Welcome too to Robin and Steve who are in PoMo via Paris. They have lofty
ambitions of a guest house, cafe and salon. We can't wait! Read more about their
plans and adventures on their website.
Lety, famous around town for her salon has hung up her scissors so that
she can focus on her food business. She plans to expand her business to include
meats, pastas and sauces. Robin & Steve ended up with her iconic chair, so the
hair cutting and styling will go on with Steve driving the scissors.
Flowers are now available in Puerto Morelos. A flower shop has opened on
Rojo Gomez in the first block, just south of the laundromat.
For those who like to work out on vacation there is a good option here in town.
El Gym Del Puerto is the new name for the gym in the Pescadors, just east
of the highway. The gym is under new management too and is offering a good deal
for visitors, a one week membership for $100 pesos. If you are here for longer
you can buy a month for $300 pesos.
A unique fundraiser is going on for the rest of March. On Tuesday and
Thursday nights you can order authentic Pollo Pibil (a Mayan chicken stew)
for takeout between 5:00 and 7:00. You can get it right from the kitchen of the
chef at 5A Rojo Gomez, right across from the Mayan Handicraft Market. Funds are
being raised for a young man who was injured while working at a zip-line.
Congratulations to our friend Jean Prévost who got married on February 22
to Sonia Morin. You may know Jean as the keyboardist for the Men In Blues. They
plan to honeymoon in April here in PoMo. Félicitations!
Told ya so: In the "easy to predict" news department, the company
planning a ferry from Florida to the Yucatan announced that plans are delayed
until (at least) 2013. As much as we would love to see this service, I just don't see how
it would be economically viable. The former ferry, The Yucatan Express, which
ran in 2003 was running almost empty. We'll continue to hold out hope, but don't
build your plans around this one.
Ask A Realtor: Mayan Riviera Properties will again be offering their
weekly workshop outlining how to buy property in our area. Great chance to learn
and ask your questionsabout living here full or part time. Workshops run
each Tuesday at 5:00.
Cambi-Oh!: Once again we are short of change in the bookstore. We simply
can't get enough 5 & 10 pesos coins and 20 peso bills. We do not need 1 or 2
peso coins. We really did try to get some small change from our bank but the
first time we went, they had run out of coins themselves. (Really?) The second
time we went, he would not give me coins because it was after 12:00 noon.
(Whaaa?) I try to explain to people how bad the banks are here, but I think
those stories illustrate my point better than I could ever explain. If your
pockets are laden with change, bring 'em by the bookstore and we will exchange
your 5s/10s and 20's for crisp bills. Gracias!
Free WiFi: It's getting even easier to stay connected in Puerto Morelos.
Many of the restaurants and our bookstore will give you free access with a
purchase, and Cablemas is now offering a free signal. Look for it around the
town square. Planet Cafe beside OXXO has computers with high-speed connections.
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
We love keeping you up to date with our town, but it's the
books that keep us going. We're finding all sorts of new stuff this year;
these are a few of our favourites...
Just arrived! Unique Expressions of
Mexico, a beautiful booked commissioned by Xcaret to capture the
colours, traditions and celebrations of Mexico. Great book at a great
price, just 200 pesos.
Plants In The Mayan Culture, this
gorgeous book features traditional remedies, food and art of our area.
The book is locally produced, well researched and packed with
photographs. We've been looking for a book like this for years, and
we're delighted to have it now. Don't miss it, you will not find it any
The Maya - Michael Coe
perennial bestseller in the bookstore, this reader-friendly book is an
excellent choice for those who want to learn about the Maya. Written by
Michael Coe, recognized the world over at THE expert on the Maya, this
book answers all your questions and then some. The best part about this
book is that it is constantly updated, this volume is the eighth
We also have Coe's "Mexico from the Olmecs to the Aztecs"
in the store right now.
-A clear and intelligent description of the
development and organization of Maya civilization. -- Natural History
-[Coe] has shown an outstanding ability in selecting and organizing his
material. A pleasure to read. -- Antiquity
The Painted Fish and other Mayan Feasts
This book written by Sonja Lillvik, who
founded theCuzan Guest
Housein 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.
Amphibians and Reptiles - We share
peninsula with many creatures. We've always had good books
on the mammals, birds and fish of our area and now we have a good one on
the Amphibians and Reptiles.
This one volume is in both English and
Spanish and features photos and descriptions of everything that crawls,
slithers and hops in our town.
Locally published - Only available at
Alma Libre Bookstore
Frida and Diego - These two iconic
Mexican artists had a tumultuous relationship played out in front of the
world. This book captures their story and best of all, it is stuffed
with their art.
This is a very
special book, and a must for anyone who loves Mexican art.
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.
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.
We also carry the famous "Map Chick" Riviera Maya maps, which answer the
question, "where does that road off the main highway go?"
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 groups have grown very quickly! Friends of Puerto
Morelos just passed 950 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!
Coati X'ing - This great new sign on the new
road by Ceiba del Mar warns drivers to watch for Coatimundis on the
road. The best place to see Coatis up close is still the Coatimundi
park near the Cultural Centre.
- We have always loved it that sooner or later, anything you could
possibly want or need will come to you in Puerto Morelos.
Here some local fruit lovers are getting their fix from the "Orange
Guy" who blares his wares through a loudspeaker and sells direct.
You will also hear the Tamale guy, the knife sharpening guy, the
bakery car/truck, the gas guys, water guys, metal recycling guy and
occasional pot & pan, furniture or Crucifix salesmen. We also have
announcement guy, who tells us what is going on and other
advertising vehicles. Keep an ear open!
Carnival - As has often happened in Puerto Morelos, we
celebrated Carnival late. There are not enough rides and attractions
for everyone to have Carnival at the same time, so ours was a couple
of weeks late. There were costumes and dancing and rides and
games...but I am all about the food! Churros become a necessary part
of the diet for a short while. The fair also hosted this attraction,
a throwback to old fairs and carnivals with such attractions as a
five-legged goat and a rooster with horns.
Attraction - The Carnival also had a snake house, and
featured this patron who is in a most difficult situation!
a reminder that we are open 7 days a week for the season. Our hours are
11:00am to 2:30pm & 3:30pm to 8:00pm EVERY DAY of the week. (Including Sunday) We are
closed between 2:30pm and 3:30 for siesta, though sometimes you may find us
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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