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News From Puerto Morelos
Closing for the season soon!
say this every year, but wow, did the season ever go quickly this year! It was a
busy time for everyone in town I think and I think we can say that more people
discovered our town this year and have vowed to return.
Despite our growing popularity, the town remains
laid-back and peaceful. It's very rare you need to wait at your favourite
restaurant and you can always find a quiet spot on the beach to relax.
In any case, you will find this edition of
Beach Reads 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
Our last day at the
bookstore for 2014 will be April 30.
Sincere thanks to all of you who supported
our little bookstore this year. You may have noticed that we have expanded our
offerings somewhat and in the future we will be known asAlma
Libre Bookstore & Gifts. We are big fans of Mexican art and cuisine, and we
travel the whole country each year, so it just makes sense to incorporate some
of our finds into our selection here in Puerto Morelos.
For a few years we have been stocking coffee from different
regions of the country, along with a very good vanilla, chocolate, hot sauces
and locally-grown honey.
We have also started to carry textile items
such as pashminas, hand-made notebooks and camera cases, plus wonderful gift
items including Mayan astrological magnets, matchboxes, hand-made bookmarks and
We will continue to stock these products
next year but you can also look for us to carry locally-made soaps, lotions,
bio-degradable sunscreens and bug repellent. We will continue to expand our
unique gifts and gourmet food selections as we find items that are original and
tailored to our customers' needs.
If there is something you would like to see
us stock, please drop us a note. We look forward to expanding our selection so
that we'll have something for everyone.
Of course we will still have maps, fish
cards, playing cards, reading glasses and BOOKS! We won't quit stocking your
favourite books. In fact, as soon as we close the doors for the summer, we'll be
driving back to find more loads of literature for the shop. Look for us to open
again in November.
Special thanks to Marina, Sandy, Miki and
Daphne. We could not do what we do without you!
Remember that while your favourite
bookstore will be shuttered, the rest of the town will be ready to welcome you.Crowds
are smaller and prices are lower in the spring, summer and fall. Fishing, diving
and snorkeling are all better in the summer and you will have the whole beach to
out our accommodationsand c'mon
10th Annual "Best of Puerto Morelos" Survey (BoPoMo
The results are in!
Thanks to all who took the time to answer our annual Best of Puerto Morelos
Each year we ask
what you like best about Puerto Morelos. We hope to learn what you like and
perhaps discover some new attractions in and around our town.
Our most popular
question every year is"What is
your favourite restaurant?". The list got a bit of a shake up this time, but
your very favourites last year are topped the list again year.
Top 10 (actually 11) restaurants in Puerto
Morelos chosen by Beach Reads readers:
1. Al Chimichurri
2. El Nicho
3. Cantina Habanero
Merkadito del Mar
6. El Pesquero
7. Los Gauchos
9. El Pirata
11. Fonda Americana Grill
I expanded the list to 11 because
Fonda Americana Grill was so close (2 points!) to cracking the top ten. It is
definitely the best showing ever by a restaurant in the Colonia.
Al Chimichurri was the
clear winner of the restaurant category. Our survey scores your first choice
points, three points for your second pick and one point for third. Al
Chimichurri was picked #1 the most times, so had by far the most points. El
Nicho held its second place spot for the second straight year and Cantina
Habanero kept its number three spot.
After that the list changes a bit.
It seems people were voting with fish on their minds this year as Merkadito del
Mar, El Pesquero and La Playita all made big gains over last year.
Spaghettino, Los Gauchos and Tacos.com remain perennial
favourites, and El Pirata, in its big new location returned to the Top 10.
Just bubbling under the Top 11
were John Gray's Kitchen, Terrazza, Pelicanos, Las Palmeras, Al Chile, Sabor de
Mexico, I Wanna Pizza, Casa del Pescador and La Casa del Farito.
Congratulations to Eduardo and
Anahi of Al Chimichurri and to all our restaurants in town. You are definitely a
big, big part of what makes our town special. Please support your local dining
Here's a look back at all our
David Lau's (RIP)
Hola Asia (RIP)
Caffe del Puerto
Merkadito del Mar
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)
Merkadito del Mar
Las Palmeras/Old Fisherman
John Gray's Kitchen
John Gray's Kitchen
El Marlin Bleu
La Suegra (RIP)
La Terazza/ I Wanna Pizza
John Gray's Kitchen/Al Chimichurri (tie)
Favourite place to have a drink
was won by Cantina Habanero again, though Unico made a close second.
Cantina Habanero also won the
Best Burger category with Fonda Americana Grill coming in second. John Gray's
Kitchen and El Pirata also made the list.
PoMo's Best Pizza title was
claimed by I Wanna Pizza, though My Little Italy also made a very good showing.
Cantina Habanero and Spaghettino made the list too.
We mixed things up a bit this year
and asked about some of your favourite foods. We asked what your favourite
"local dish" is and we got a wide variety of answers. Some folks mentioned
dishes like fried plantains, tamales, fish, fish tacos, chia juice and anything
off the bakery truck. Other answers were more specific; Waffles at El Nicho,
spaghetti at Luna Llena, pozole at Pirata, steak and empanadas at Al
Chimichurri, ceviche at El Pesquero and tres leches cake at Shanghai Pizza.
We asked what you should not miss
while in PoMo. The answers were pretty obvious. The beach, snorkeling, the
people of PoMo and the square all have a lot of fans. Some folks also mentioned
the Jungle Market and Spa, an Ecab tour and the bookstore.
We asked what you can't find in
Puerto Morelos that you wish you could. The list was topped by a larger grocery
store and a bank.
Your favourite inexpensive or free
things were mostly free. Walking the beach, taking in the sunrise, hanging out
in the square or reading a good book on the beach were all mentioned.
Where are you from? Our readers,
or at least those that filled in the survey, are mostly from just north of us.
50% are from the US and 35% are from Canada. 7% said they live here in PoMo,
2.5% are from elsewhere in Mexico and 1.2% are from other points on the planet.
Thanks to all that took the time
to fill in the survey. We'll take your temperature again in January.
Puerto Morelos Art Tour
are now more than 55 artists living in our little village. Most are tucked away
in places you would never think of looking, like the Zona Urbana. But now Nadja
Billard has made it possible for you to take a private tour of these artists' studios and homes.
We recently went on the tour and were shocked by the amazing talent of artists
living in our town. We have painters, sculptors, wood workers and
more. Nadja has organized a tour that lasts 2-3 hours and takes you to 4-5
cases the trip is worth it alone just to see the homes that these talented
people have built. We were astounded at the quality of workmanship that is going on right
under our noses.
We really enjoyed talking to the
artists about their work and their process, plus spending time in the Zona
Urbana is a bonus. Even though the Zona is so close to Puerto Morelos, the bird,
animal and plant life is completely different than in town. You are bound to spot
Next time you are in town, be sure to contact Nadja at email@example.com to
book a tour. The cost is $35usd for up to 3 people or the driver can save 50% if you
use your own vehicle. Many artists have their
works available to purchase, some even have prints starting at very reasonable
prices. Don't miss the Art Tour of Puerto Morelos, it is truly a special
experience. Note: No tours from the end of April to the end of July.
Salsa And Sun
Joanne has started a blog that celebrates the
special Mexico that we have discovered 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! Check it
out at SalsaAndSun.com
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.
Here is a smaller version, without all the
Taxi Rates - Updated for 2014
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.
Daytrip to Isla
you arrive in Puerto Morelos, you may be tempted to never leave until it
is time to board your plane. We understand that, but there are some easy
daytrips you can make using PoMo as a base.
We recently took a day
off on Isla Mujeres. This is an
easy daytrip that can be accomplished with or without a car.
is a laid-back island off the coast of Cancun. It hosts a lot of tourists, so
you will not have the island to yourself.
There is a "town" portion of
the island with many shops and restaurants, the bulk of them on a pedestrian
walkway called Hidalgo. It will remind you of 5th in Playa del Carmen.
A fun thing to do is
rent a golf cart and explore the whole island. I like visiting the
turtle sanctuary, where turtles are bred and fed before they are
released into the ocean. You will see a lot of turtles from tiny babies
to very large adults. 30 pesos to gets you in, another few pesos will
get you some turtle food.
Wandering around the town
is the main activity. Isla
has wooden buildings, which are very rare on the mainland. There is also
an opportunity to swim with dolphins or visit Garrafón Natural Reef Park
which has good snorkeling and ziplines.
To reach the
island you have a few choices.
ferry at Puerto Juarez. The ferry is modern and fast and the trip takes less than half an
hour. You can sit inside or outside on the ferry. Avoid the "rush hour" times
for the easiest trip.
Our method to get to Isla from PoMo will take about 90 minutes or less. It sounds
very complex, but it is usually a very easy trip. Our last trip in
March, we waited almost no time at any of these steps. The collectivo at
PoMo was waiting for us, we easily caught a cab to Juarez and we waited
less than 10 minutes for a ferry.
Catch a taxi (25 pesos) to the PoMo ADO north-bound bus station - or take the
local collectivo for 5 pesos.
Grab a bus or a collectivo, whichever is there first. Collectivo is 20
peos, the bus is 22. Get off at the last stop, the Cancun bus station.
Leave the bus station, walk a few blocks then catch a taxi to the Puerto
Juarez ferry terminal for 35 pesos. You can catch a cab at the station,
but it will cost more. (10 minutes)
Buy a return ticket for the next ferry. They leave every half hour and
are very efficient. Your return ticket is good any time. (78 pesos one
way, 146 return) (20 minute trip) Sit up top with the tourists, or down
below with the locals.
Arrive at Isla Mujeres. Walk through the terminal without stopping, you
will be inundated with offers of tours, carts, cars and everything else
you can imagine. Keep walking until you work out what you want to do,
but get away from the gauntlet.
Other options: You can take a taxi all the way from Puerto
Morelos to Puerto Juarez for about 500 pesos. You can take a city bus
from the bus station to Juarez, but it really doesn't save that much
money and will take a lot more time.
return, our only misstep was to grab a taxi right at the ferry terminal.
Across the street from the terminal is a taxi stand, and I bet they were
cheaper than the 70 pesos we paid to get back to the ADO station.
(Getting there was just 35 pesos) The whole return trip took us just 80
minutes door to door.
-UltraMar ferries run every half hour from 5:00 am until 8:30 pm and
then every hour from 9:30 pm to 12:00 am. Grab a schedule to ensure you
don't miss the boat.
-Magaña Express also runs ferries at 10 minutes after the hour returning
40 minutes after the hour. They are slightly cheaper, 65 pesos.
-The UltraMar ferry has an open deck on the top and usually some musical
-If you are going to rent a golf cart and are planning to stay the day,
rent your cart right away from one of the established cart rental
companies, not from one of the dudes on the street. The day rate is
around 500 pesos, from 9:00 - 5:00 pm. Hourly rates are around 180 pesos
-Playa Norte (North Beach) is a lovely beach. Keep working your way
north to avoid the worst of the crowds.
The land is completely different
This church has the best view ever!
This was the slowest moving cart on Isla.
Taking selfies while driving...not
a good idea.
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: 11:00 - 7:00 every day, even
Sunday! Come see us before the end of the month!
We can order pretty much any book
for you. Our next special order will be when we open up again in November. Our
prices are low, usually two dollars over the cover charge to cover all the
duties, taxes and shipping.
Jungle Market / Jungle Spa
The Jungle Market was a big success again.
As usual, Sandra and the girls had a lot of fun
with their music and dance show, and visitors were treated to an experience like
no other on the Mayan Riviera.
There is plenty to see and do and some unique
shopping, but everyone loves the food too.
Jungle Spa is a real PoMo success story as visitors to Puerto Morelos and
the giant nearby all inclusives 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
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
Summertime (and the living is easy)
We here in PoMo know that you always think
of us when the snow flies back up north...then you stop as soon as the leaves
come out and the grass gets green. Just because the weather is pleasant where
you are is no reason NOT to come see us in paradise.
In the summer, the crowds are down,
accommodation prices are way down, the ocean is warm, calm and has amazing
visibility...and the whale sharks come to visit. Sure it is warm, but it does
not get oppressively hot like it does in the southern US. If you are too warm,
it just means you are working too hard. Take a break and a slow swing in a
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.
like to think we take the guesswork and risk out of renting.
We're always adding new properties to the site and new photos
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 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.
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 including a coffee maker, toaster and juicer. Drinking water is included as
well as cable TV and wireless internet. $750 a week in season, $499
starting in May!
Contact us to get your FREE listing on our website.
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La Sirena restaurant, which was just opening in our last issue, is now
fully open. The menu is
Mediterranean with Greek salads, gyros, souvlaki and
more. They are also hosting a lot of music nights and have a very good happy
hour from 2-5pm weekdays. 2 beers for 30 pesos? Pour favor!
There are actually a whole lot of good happy hours around town right now. El
Sabor de Mexico, Cantina Habanero and Ojo de Agua just to mention a few.
Sad to report a couple of closings. Chianti Allegro closed at the end of
March. A good place run by some nice people.
Other Openings /Closings:
The other closing is the gallery La Tuna Roja, which just opened in the
fall on Ninos Heroes.
A big opening on Ninos Heroes recently. Chulim produce stores, which has
two locations in the Colonia, finally opened a location on the port side. The
store stocks fresh fruit and vegetables and a few other grocery items and they
squeeze juice right on the premises. You'll find it at the far south end of
Ninos Heroes, across from the tejones park. If you can't find it, it's on our
A new mini super opened where Piccolina's restaurant was. It has mostly what you
expect in a mini super, plus some sandals and souvenir items.
It appears that PoMo is getting closer to getting a real supermarket. We've seen
detailed plans of a proposed Chedraui supermarket on the highway just
north of the bridge on the southbound lateral. You can see the proposal (all 174
pages of it) for yourself on the
Friends of Puerto
Morelos Facebook page under "files". According to local media, the store is
just waiting for local approvals.
A new vivero has opened up by the car wash at top of the road to the highway. I
assume it is the same folks who were made homeless by the new property
development on the highway, but I have no proof of that. A vivero is a place to
Help Needed - Many of you know Mauricio, the hammock maker, from the
Mayan Handicraft centre. Mauricio's 16-year-old son Oscar suddenly needed to be
rushed to hospital
with kidney failure. He needs dialysis to keep him alive, but
ultimately needs a transplant. They are now trying to find a donor match for
him, beginning with Mauricio. While the family was still reeling from this, it
was discovered that 14 year old Jeremy has the same disease.
Some progress has been made. Both sons are now able to do dialysis at home
and they will be testing Mauricio in early May to see if he can be a donor.
All this is very expensive and beyond the means of
the family. They are asking for financial support. Donations can be made to
Martin (Mauricio's brother) at the Mayan Handicraft centre or you may continue
to support the family business by buying a hammock. If you have a PayPal
account, you can send money directly to Mauricio's account by using this email
If you use your PayPal balance, the fee is
There is a
Facebook page with more information here.
The Annual Puerto Morelos Music Festival was a big success by all
accounts. After a soggy beginning, the festival rocked the town with a huge
number of artists playing a variety of musical styles. We can't wait for next
Here is their offical
The third annual Riviera Maya Film Festival was a success as well. Films
were screened nighly on the beach at Unico and other locations in the Riviera
Maya for a week. It all started with the wild "Dom Hemmingway" featuring Jude
Law in a very different role for him. That evening there was a big party at
Unico featuring food creations from Marcos Walfisch of "I Wanna Pizza"
fame. He had some of the most creative finger foods I have ever seen.
Party-goers were practically mugging the waiters to get the next round. This guy
is going to be a star! We are looking forward to next year's festival. Keep an
eye on their website.
Yet another festival to tell you about, the first ever
Food, Wine and Music
Festival took over the square at the end of March. Local restaurants were
invited to share their specialties with the town, along with some fine Mexican
wines. A small admission price allowed you to nibble your way through the best
places our town has to offer. The music part of the equation was provided by
some very good bands who played for free to the delight of the crowd. Looking
forward to seeing this again next year.
Bunny made an appearance in Puerto Morelos on Easter weekend. PoMo's kids
were delighted to search for Easter eggs all over the town square, under the
watchful eye of the big bunny himself. The event was put together by Frank and
Anna and a whole bunch of volunteers. In past years the Jungle Market has hosted
an Easter Egg hunt, but it was too late in the season this year. The event was
put together by Frank & Anna and a whole basket of volunteers.
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!
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 that work at the bookstore. Buena suerte
to them with that! Please contact us and we will pass on their contact info.
Bank Machines: During the summer and again in
the season, some of the bank machines were compromised
and customers got their cards skimmed.
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 seems particularly easy to compromise, so try the other machines first.
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.
If you are particularly concerned about your card being skimmed, there is a new
private machine in the Aquanauts tour boutique on the square just east of the
bookstore. The fee will be a little higher, but the machine is carefully watched
As soon as you get home, change your PIN.
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, at the 7-11 and Super Willy's Supermarket.
Bikes: We have a new bike shop in town. Hippixi bike shop opened
at the south end of Ninos Heroes. They sell, service, and rent bikes. We had a
bike repaired there and found them to be conscientious and fair.
There are several other places to rent a bike including the Puerto Morelos Travel Agency around the corner from Cafe de Amancia,
Diverspoint next to Posada El Moro & Cantina Habanero is renting
bikes from their new store just north of the
Puerto Morelos Green Bikesis
renting stylish "Panama Jack" bikes. (Ask to see the hidden bottle opener) Find
them on Facebook or call 998-734-8132 to book your bike.
There is also a
good looking bike shop near the square in the Colonia.
Ask any of these bike
places about weekly rates. Riding a bike is a great way to see town, just be
careful of the taxis, buses and the many potholes. We advise riding OR
looking around, never both at once. I took the photo above on a short bike ride
south of town.
Road Warriors: The road between PoMo and Dreams resort has finally been
repaired. Roads remain in generally poor shape all over town and are especially
bad in the Colonia, mostly thanks to excessive summer rains and poor drainage.
Sad to report that Dave Mulder passed away April 15. He had just turned
71. Dave owns Casa Mulder on Ninos Heroes.
What news did I miss?
Please drop me a line.
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 - April 22,2014) USA
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...
Secrets In Stone: This book takes young
readers into the world of the ancient Maya code and explains how it was
deciphered and what it all means.
Not only is this the
first book on the subject for children, this book also comes with its
very own UV-raised "Glyphmaster," which allows budding archaeologists to
create glyph Brubbings, just like real archaeologists.
Mexico - Michael Coe: Michael D.
Coe’s Mexico has long been recognized as the most readable and
authoritative introduction to the region’s ancient civilizations. This
book covers the entire history of Mexico before the Spanish arrived,
from the Olmecs to the Aztecs.
This is a fascinating read with lots of photos and illustrations. We
have this book at a special low price.
Coe also wrote The Maya and
Breaking the Maya Code which we also have in stock at the bookstore.
The Painted Fish and other Mayan Feasts
This book written by Sonja Lillvik, who
founded theCuzan Guest
Housein 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
The book tells the story of the Maya 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.
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 2500 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!
Beach View - This was the beach on the
Saturday of the Semana Santa weekend. More crowded than usual, but
still lots of space for your beach blanket. It was much harder to
park your car on the street than your butt on the beach!
Money Shot -
The water was a heavenly colour on a recent Sunday afternoon when I
took this shot.
Beauty Shot -
Lived here 12 years and I am still stunned by the beauty of our
town. This "straight out of paradise" pic was taken just south of
Morning has broken - Early
risers in PoMo are rewarded by spectacular sunrises most
mornings...and the sunsets are not bad either!
a reminder that we are open 7 days a week for the season. Our hours are
11:00am to 7:00pm EVERY DAY of the week. (Including Sunday)
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!
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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