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Year 13 Issue #02 - February 2015

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Happy New Year!

Feliz Año Nuevo! The town celebrated the first day of 2015 in a variety of ways. Everything from quiet gatherings on the beach to raucous celebrations in PoMo bars and restauarants. We chose both: counting down the New Year with reggae at La Sirena and then a quiet drink with the good people at Al Chimichurri, who were resting after a very busy evening.

The Christmas season was very busy by Puerto Morelos standards. It was nice to see people on the beach, on the streets and in the restaurants again. We saw lots of families in town, some who are normally scattered all over the continent the rest of the year, coming together in Puerto Morelos to celebrate.

The first couple of weeks of January are always a little quieter, before the winter escapees fill the streets and beaches again for the rest of January, February and March.

At this time of year, we see more couples who are retired and see no reason to spend winter up north ever again. We will see families again at Spring Break. We don't get the rowdy Cancun breakers, just families seeking relief from a long winter.

This issue of our long running newsletter sees the return of our annual survey. This will be our 11th sampling of our readers, finding out their favourite things about PoMo.

I hope you find this issue informative and amusing. You will find this edition overflowing with news, gossip, rumours and the usual filler. Please enjoy the issue and forward it to anyone you think needs a little PoMo in their lives. If you enjoy the newsletter, and we hear all the time that many of you do, please support it by making a purchase Alma Libre Bookstore and Gifts. Gracias! Rob & Joanne

Once upon a TIME in Mexico...

After years of lobbying, rumours and debate, our state of Quintana Roo suddenly announced in January that clocks would go ahead one hour as of February 1, 2015. Officially we will be Eastern Standard Time, the same time zone as Florida, New York and Ontario among others. After the time change, the time here will never change again, as our state will not observe daylight- saving time with the rest of the country and continent.

The change is being made so that we have more daylight hours later in the day.

It is likely the change will cause some chaos in early February and again in March when Canada and the US go to DST and again in April when the rest of Mexico, including our next door neighbour, the state of Yucatan will spring forward.

Since I banished my alarm clock around the time I moved here, this change will not affect me at all, but I would confirm my flights if I were flying out near any of these dates.

11th Annual "Best of Puerto Morelos" Survey 2015

Time again for our annual Best of Puerto Morelos survey, where we ask you what you like best about Puerto Morelos. Where are your favourite places to eat, hang out or have fun?

The purpose of the survey is to share 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. I have changed the point system to three points for your favourite, two for second and one for third. This should make for a tighter race. For a reminder of all the restaurants in Puerto Morelos, see our complete restaurant list. (Link opens in a new window)

Survey closes February 28, 2015. One entry per person. Stuffing the ballot box will not be permitted! (Stuffing your face is encouraged!

Our survey is easier to fill out 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.

Mozilla Firefox users, your browser may not allow you to see the scroll bar, if so please click here and your browser will take you to the survey full screen.

Puerto Morelos by Bike

I always love getting out on two wheels. Puerto Morelos is just big enough that you can cover the town from end to end to end on a bike easily.

A few years ago, biking was a little harder here because the pavement was so bad. I used to tell people, "You can bike or you can look around, but do not do both at once." Looking around meant you were leaving yourself open to driving into a large pothole, that you may or may not be able to find your way out of.

Now, with the exception of a small rough patch on Ninos Heroes, the pavement is good, and the addition of the bike path a few years ago makes a trip to the Colonia a breeze.

My favourite trip is south. Ride through town down Rojo Gomez as far as you can and then veer right when you hit the dock. This long road will take you past El Cid, Now Jade and finally right into the new Royal Resorts. There is a gate on this road, but they must let you through.

After Royal Resorts, the road quality drops a bit, no more pavement, but packed dirt. It is easy to bike on. This road will veer towards the beach where you can stop and enjoy the surf or peddle on.

The road continues past some private homes and a Hotelito called Los Angeles. Note these properties are not on the grid, so you may hear the hum of generators.

This is a great ride, right through very green low jungle. You will definitely see a lot of iguanas and perhaps some other animals, birds and reptiles. On my last ride, I surprised (and was in turn surprised by) a small snake on the trail. He went one way and I went the other. No harm was done except that I made a most unmanly noise that was witnessed by my spouse. She has not looked at me the same way since.

Eventually the road turns to sand. At this point you will want to push your bike rather than ride it. A very short walk will lead you to Punte Bete which has a rocky beach that is fun to explore. You will find small creatures, shells and probably a local or two out fishing. By now you deserve a rest. Watching the water crash and spray against the rocks is worth the ride alone.

You can also ride north a long way on good road, almost to Petempich, but not quite, past some interesting homes and vacant lots. Taking the road west to the Colonia is a trip to another world again.

When riding, watch for other vehicles, especially taxis and buses. They are unlikely to give you right away, so do not expect it. The good news is, with the exception of a gentle rise on the road to the Colonia, Puerto Morelos is as flat as a tortilla. Easy riding. Bring water and wear a big silly hat to keep the sun off your face. If you want a helmet, you will probably have to bring it from home.

There are several places in town to rent bikes. Check out the fact-filled Puerto Morelos page on our website for more information.

Ride On!

Plentiful Peso Plunge

Your visit to Puerto Morelos just got a whole lot cheaper. As the price of oil has fallen and growth in Europe and China continues to slow, the Mexican peso has fallen. Last year at this time it was hovering around 12.5 to 13 pesos to the US dollar. Now it has fallen as low as 15.

With any currency devaluation, there are always winners and losers. Losers tend to be anyone who wants to buy imported goods, as they are now more expensive. Winners are visitors and residents with dollars to spend.

Here is an example. That $400 peso meal you had last December would have cost you $31.00 US. This year the same $400 peso meal is $27.00 US. Many visitors still think of the peso/dollar exchange as 10 to 1, so that would be $40 US, so you can see that line of thinking is way out of date. If you think every $100 pesos is about $8 US, you will be in the ballpark. If you go to the Oanda website you can print off a traveler's cheat sheet that will help you convert pesos to any currency.

The peso has also fallen compared to the Canadian dollar and other currencies, though not as dramatically. The Canadian dollar has done some recent plunging of its own, but you will still find it goes much further here than in the great white north. Canadians, be sure to spend pesos, not US dollars or you will be nailed for exchange twice.

Salsa And Sun

Joanne has started a blog that celebrates the special Mexico that we have discovered while living, working and traveling here.

Lots of photos, and the fact that Joanne shares her coveted, deceptively simple salsa recipe is worth the trip alone! Also check out the route we take each year to get to and from Mexico, with costs. Find it at

Puerto Morelos Interactive Map

We've improved the interactive map on our Alma Libre Bookstore website with the addition of dozens of new places and by making the map easier to use. Select the location you want on the right side and the map will show you where it is. There is also a search box. I've included locations in Cancun too, like Costco and Walmart.

To see the map, go to our Puerto Morelos page. The map is at the bottom of the page.

Here is a smaller version, without all the features.

Taxi Rates

Taxi rates have changed a little. Basic fare is now 25 pesos, up from 20. Know your taxi fare before you get in the cab. See the new taxi fares on the big sign at the square or see them here. Make sure to agree with the driver on the fare before you go. You don't have to tip, but we always do if they get us to our destination alive and well.

The taxi union has also started doing tours to popular sites for a flat rate.

Bookstore Hours - We're open 7 days a week: NEW hours!

We're not quite open 24 hours, but we are open 7 days a week with new hours: 10:00 - 6:00 every day, even Sunday! Come see us before the end of the month!

Special Book Orders

We can order pretty much any book for you. Our next special order will be in February. Our prices are low, usually two dollars over the list price to cover all the duties, taxes and shipping.

Jungle Market / Jungle Spa

The Jungle Market is back again this season.

Sandra and the girls have come up with a completely new dance show, which celebrates Mayan culture and other cultures across North America. Sandra says she wants to bring all the cultures together. It's an experience you can find nowhere else on the Mayan Riviera.

There is plenty to see and do and some unique shopping, but be sure to come hungry, as the food is the real star of the show.

The Market will run Sundays through the season.

The Jungle Spa is a real PoMo success story. Visitors to Puerto Morelos and the giant, nearby all-inclusive hotels get a taste of real Mexico while getting the best massage of their life.

The spa is 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 through her website. Appointments are available Tuesday-Saturday and limited appointments may be available on Sunday. The spa is closed on Monday.

Many treatments are available, including 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. How about a 60 minute four hand massage? You will leave a different person!

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 and quick 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 costs $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 Jungle Market, you are directly supporting Mayan families! This is a very worthwhile venture and we hope you will support it.

Home and Condo Rentals

Think Spring

If you have not booked a home, condo or apartment in Puerto Morelos yet, you had best get on it!

Prime time in nice places books early! We are getting lots of bookings for 2016 already. April is looking good.

If 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. Just 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 to you! Renting a place makes you feel more like a local and offers the convenience of cooking for yourself and gives you 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 photos too!

Check out our new, easier-to-navigate rentals page here.

One bedroom or two? Your choice!

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 including a coffee maker, toaster and juicer. Drinking water is included as well as cable TV with Blu-ray and high-speed wireless internet. The suite features a huge terrace with table and chairs and comfy hammocks. All this from $750 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.
The bedroom and living room share 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 including a coffee maker, toaster and juicer. Drinking water is included as well as cable TV with Blu-ray and wireless internet. $750 a week in season, $499 starting in May!

Click here for more information and pictures!

Your place, steps from the best beach in town!

Economical one bedroom one bath on two levels from $399 a week

Comes with a full kitchen, full bath, enormous bedroom and balcony. We've just upgraded the couch, TV and Internet access in this suite.


Click here to download a printable info sheet on the above three apartments

*By the way, it is not too early to start thinking about 2016. I have been handling emails every day from people who waited too long to book February this year!*

Check out our new, easier-to-navigate rentals page here.

Owners! Contact us to get your FREE listing on our website.

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News Briefs

Restaurant News:

Yet another new restaurant to tell you about. La Lotería just opened west of the square on Avenue Ninos Heroes in the same building as Dr. Carlos the dentist. Owner Rene Ramos Camacho dropped us a line to introduce his restaurant. He says, "We serve the traditional Mexican garnacheria (quesadillas, huaraches, gorditas, flautas, burritos) typically found in Mexico City." If you have never been to central Mexico, let me tell you, the food is fantastic. For those seeking genuine Mexican flavour, this might be a good choice. Open daily 12-10pm. Closed Monday.

I Wanna Pizza is up for sale if you wanna restaurant in Puerto Morelos. They are still serving up pies though.

Fonda Americana is doing a small renovation. They are screening in their outside terrace and adding a large bar. The renovations are being done in off hours, no service disruptions. It will be nice to sit outside, but not worry about bugs.

Heard from a very reliable source that the restaurant space formerly occupied by Salon de Fama and before that Don Pepe's is being renovated for a new restaurant. The new place will have healthy choices and should open some time in February.

We've updated our Puerto Morelos restaurant guide. Read it and print it on our website under the Puerto Morelos section.

More PoMo News:

New bakery in town, Bread & Butter just opened on the north end of the first block of Rojo Gomez, between the laundry and the new nail salon. They feature hard-to-find treats like brownies and banana bread. Open daily.

An old favourite is new again. There is a woman grilling chicken every day at the end of the first block of Rojo Gomez, between that road and Ninos Heroes. It's easy to find, just follow your nose. I call her an old favourite because she was cranking out BBQ chicken when we first arrived 13 years ago, but stopped a while ago. We're happy to have her back.

Los Colibries is a new spa located on the Cenotes road. It is about a 10 minute drive up the road. They offer massage, temazcal and an outdoor bath. Prices are good. Contact them and you may be able to arrange pickup and drop off service. To contact them, check out their webpage.

Los Colibries should not be confused with the Jungle Spa, which is in Puerto Morelos and run by Sandra and the Mayan women of PoMo. More on the Jungle Spa (and Sunday Jungle Market above)

Carnaval will be February 20 – 24 in Puerto Morelos. This is well into the period of Lent. If you play your cards right, you can celebrate Carnaval at least a couple of times in our area. Merida celebrates February 11 – 18. Isla Mujeres and Cancun is February 13 – 17.

Puerto Morelos has its own radio station. 89.1 Magica says it sounds like Puerto Morelos. Listen online here.

If you want to plan your life around fishing, the sport fishing tournament calendar has been released. The big events in Puerto Morelos will be the "Cesar Martín Rosado" May 1-3 and the “Don Andres García Lavín", May 8-10. For more information and more tournaments, check out this website. Thanks to Diving Dog's Kathy Loretta for the tip.

We've heard good things about the Colonia Walking Tour. You will get to know our town like a local in just a couple of hours. Wish it was around when we moved here! More info from Ana. Click here for her email address.

The Art Tour is back this season. It is simply amazing how much talent we have hidden in our little village. We took the tour last year and filed this report in one of our newsletters last season. Check it out and contact Nadja at by email to book.

Events Calendar: There is a lot going on in Puerto Morelos, and trust me, it is impossible to keep track of all the events. (Didn't we used to be called Muerto Morelos?) The uber-organized Amber from Mayan Riviera Properties has created an "all in one" events calendar for the town, and she has allowed us to share it with you from our Alma Libre website. Have a look at all that is going on, and add your own event!

I thought it was almost time for the semi-annual announcement of the delay of the Yucatan-Florida ferry service. Bruce Nierenberg, CEO of United Caribbean Lines has been whipping up hope for this ferry for several years now. He issues an annual press release and survey with detailed questions about the service that people dutifully fill out and promises the service is just around the corner. At last check, the cruise line has no website, and perhaps more importantly, no boat. I would not count on anything happening too quickly on this front. A quick search of Nierenberg's name shows that he is now General Manager of Machine Gun America in Orlando, which is an "entertainment" facility that allows adults and children as young as 13 to fire real machine guns. I am not making this up. All aboard? No. As much as we'd love to see this service, it is not going to happen any time soon.

In that same vein, the high speed rail-link that was promised for the Yucatan has been scrapped. The low price of oil has forced the Mexican government to shed pie-in-the-sky projects and this one was a pretty easy target. The line was supposed to run between Merida and Punta Venado hitting sites like Chichen Itza and Coba on the way. Punta Venado is about 10 kms south of Playa del Carmen or about 2 kms south of Xcaret. Critics said going to the Cancun airport would make more sense.

A little espanol goes a long way in PoMo and locals Marilu and Victor can help you discover the language of Mexico. They will come to you and will work with students at any level. They are currently even trying to teach a couple of dim bulbs who work at the bookstore. Buena suerte to them with that! Please contact us and we will pass on their contact info.

Texas Treat: I was shocked, absolutely gobsmacked...I have witnesses, to find bottles of Shiner Bock in the hands of a couple of young Mexican lads on the street the other night. In a couple of weeks, after I gathered my wits, I was delighted to hear that is available locally. Sure enough, our local 7-11 is carrying six-packs of the stuff. At 150 pesos a six, it is a little pricey for this wanna-be Texan, but for a homesick Lone Star state'r ...this might be good for what ails ya! (Toss in a locally-made Krispy-Kreme too)

Money Matters: We have been advised many times that the cambio (exchange place) on the square is notorious for short changing. Figure out how much you should be getting before you approach the stand and then carefully count your cash in front of the attendant. This has happened too often to be a coincidence, and the error has never been in the customer's favour that we have heard of.

There is a new exchange place at the Chedraui shopping plaza. We are still waiting for the CI Banco Bank to open there. They will exchange money too. Remember, you need your passport to exchange US cash.

Bank Machines: In the past we have had problems in town with bank machines being compromised with "skimmers" being attached to the card reader. We have had fewer problems recently.

Before using a machine, have a good look at it to make sure nothing is unusual. Especially check the card slot and the key pad. Is anything loose? Has anything been added to the machine, like a camera? If it all checks out, cover your PIN carefully. Thieves need the card info and your PIN to compromise your card. The HSBC machine outside the grocery store on the square seems particularly easy to compromise, so I would avoid it.

The Banco Norte machine in the OXXO on the square is good, but may not work with Canadian cards. The Santander machine by the police station has been compromised a few times, but not in recent months. I do not know anything about the bank machine in the other OXXO. It does not seem to be affiliated with a large bank, so I assume its fees are higher.

There are a couple of bank machines in the new Chedraui supermarket. They are near the check out lanes as far from the entrance as possible. Local Frank advises that the machine on the left has much higher fees than the one on the right. They are both affiliated with banks.

We recommend that as soon as you get home, you should change your PIN.

You will pay a fee to use the bank machine, likely from your bank and the Mexican bank, but you will get a much better exchange rate from the machine than you would at a cambio house, so that compensates for the fee.

Remember when using the machine to "think in pesos". Don't withdraw $200 pesos thinking you are taking out $200 dollars. There are limits on the machines but you should be able to withdraw $5000 to $6000 pesos at a time.

In an emergency, you can use the other machines by the mall, but the fees will be much higher and the withdrawal limits much lower. One of the machines dispenses US dollars, but I cannot imagine why anyone would use $USD as you will get nailed twice on exchange. There are also some bank-affiliated machines in the Colonia.

Congratulations to Dom and Linda! 50 years of marriage!

What news did I miss? Please drop me a line and let me know.

If you understood anything we wrote in this issue so far, credit is due to our editor Susan Lawson of Calgary. Susan is way over-qualified as an editor for this rag, we're just lucky she loves the town so much. She is responsible for any proper spelling or good grammar that somehow got into this newsletter. She is not responsible for the bad jokes. That is my fault alone.

Current Exchange Rates (At the exchange in Puerto Morelos - February 2015)
USA Dollar 13.50
CDN Dollar 11.90

This Just In! Books & Products at Alma Libre

We love keeping you up to date with our town, but it's the books & gifts that keep us going. We're finding all sorts of new stuff this year; these are a few of our favourites...

Vanilla: Mexico is famous for vanilla, and for good reason. It is very strong and flavourful. In most of the world it is pretty expensive as well, second only to saffron in price, but here in Mexico it is inexpensive and a great and tasty souvenir to bring home.
We have it in natural, gourmet, clear or bean form. Collect them all!

Stick With PoMo: Just in, these great Puerto Morelos artsy magnets. Several designs ranging from famous Mexican artworks to animals to a nice pair of flip flops.

Made by artists in nearby Cozumel, Mexico.
Explore With Dora: Learn a little Spanish while having fun with Dora the Explorer. We have a large variety of Dora books this year. Fun for you and the kids!
The Well-Filled Tortilla: Like a blank canvas but much tastier, the tortilla is the perfect start to any meal.

There is an art to tortillas and this cookbook has dozens of zesty and unexpected concoctions that turn the ordinary into the irresistible.

Featuring everything from Fiesta Ground Beef, Chicken Mole, Spicy Shrimp Salad, Green Olive Cilantro Salsa Ancho Chili Sauce, Pear Lime Salsa, and much more.

The Well Filled Tortilla features over 200 recipes.

Mexican Hot Chocolate: A taste of Mexico for those chilly winter nights up north.

Mexican Hot Chocolate is unique with a strong chocolate flavour and a hint of cinnamon.

These are solid chocolate discs that you crush and add to one cup of hot milk.

Made with all-natural ingredients in the Yucatan by a family that has been making hot chocolate for 57 years.

Available in single or six disc packs. Not available in grocery stores.

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 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.

Secrets of the Talking Jaguar is the story of Martin Prechtel's physical and spiritual journey from the Southwestern 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 general.

We sold out of these last year in hardcover. This year we were lucky enough to get some soft cover editions. If you missed this book last year, don’t miss it this time.

Reader's Review: "Reading this book is a fascinating and up to now unavailable look at a culture that sees itself as an integral, unseparable part of nature and the universe."

Crocodile Goes Out

A wonderful way to introduce children to the facinating world of the Maya. This book is tri-lingual, with English, Spanish and Maya glyphs.

The book tells the story of the Mayan calendar.

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, Puerto Morelos and new Mayan Adventure maps.


Gourmet Sea Salt: Made in central Mexico, these gourmet sea salts are available in four very Mexican flavours: Cilantro, Vanilla, Chipotle and Habanero.

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.

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.

Facebook & Twitter

Are you on Facebook? If so, look for our Facebook groups. Friends of Puerto Morelos & Alma Libre Bookstore. You can also buck up your friends list by making Alma Libre Bookstore your friend.

You can also like Alma Libre Bookstore. We are approaching 1000 likes.

The groups have grown very quickly! Friends of Puerto Morelos just passed 3160 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!

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.

Photos of the Month

A Sign Worth Reading - Maybe you thought those cute crocodile warning signs that popped up a few years ago were just marketing, but this guy is here to tell you otherwise. We saw this fellow (or gal, we didn't ask) on one of the mangrove walkways, on the road to the highway. He was about five feet long and was just enjoying the sun. He had no interest in my camera or the dude immediately behind it. It almost looks like he bit that sign in half, but he had no comment as to his guilt or innocence.

Sand Shapes - Sand artist, Jose Gonzalez is still wowing the town with his craft. Jose has turned the patch of sand behind the Malecon into a sand gallery. We featured his Christmas Nativity Scene in the last issue. This is a new creation under construction. It's all natural. He spends days building these forms and filling them with wet sand. Then he carves out his creations. It is amazing to watch. Have a look and be sure to leave some pesos for the effort. Those pesos and your appreciation are his only compensation.

 Lone Palms - Yet another glorious view just south of town.

House on the Edge - This house north of town has been here as long as we have. I have a photo of it in 2002 when it was the last structure north of town before Petimpech. Now it has a little more company; that is the Secrets resort just beside it. The resort blocks the road, so this is about as far north as you can bike from PoMo.

On January 20th, the town of Puerto Morelos suffered a great loss. Teresa Medina Mendoza, while minding the Medina owned and operated family pharmacy, was robbed and assaulted, and unfortunately lost her life.

A single mother, she leaves behind her children Sammy (23), Paola (11) and Alejandro (2).

Sammy had been receiving cancer treatments the last few years as well as caring for her own three children: Alondra (7), Alexa (6) and Iker (2). Sammy has yet to complete the final rounds of radio-therapy for the cancerous tumor on her pelvis. This will be followed by physical therapy. Hopes are that treatments will be successful and, after having been wheelchair bound for several years, she will be able to walk with only the assistance of a cane.

Juana Teresa (Teresita as she preferred to be called) lost her life far too young, and although this is a grave tragedy, the outpouring of respect, love and support has shown how amazing a place Puerto Morelos truly is.

A collection was taken in town with several thousand pesos raised.

A Facebook page has been created here with links on how you can donate to help Teresita's young family from far away.

Our deepest sympathies to the family.

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Photo of Alma Libre Bookstore in Puerto MorelosJust a reminder that we are open 7 days a week for the season. Our hours are 10:00am to 6:00pm  EVERY DAY of the week. (Including Sunday)

Our hours are always posted on the front page of our website at

We take trades every day, so our selection is constantly changing. If you are planning a trip down, please leave your e-reader at home and plan to buy all your reading material at Alma Libre. We've got you covered!

We look forward to seeing you in Puerto Morelos!

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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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This is Year #13, Issue #2. February 2015.

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