Puerto Moleros is the main port of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. This might suggest industrial activity with large cargo ships and other features that would not make it at all appealing for tourists. But in recent years, what was once a traditional fishing village has become one of the most advisable tourist destinations for nature loving travelers. Its barrier reef, declared a National Park, is part of one of the world’s most important barrier reefs, just 500 m off the coast. It is an ideal place for scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurf and other marine activities. It also has botanical gardens spanning over 65 hectares and a zoo featuring boas, ocelots and especially crocodiles of all ages.
The beaches of Puerto Moleros, given their special geographic disposition, are considered the best of the Mexican Caribbean coast, with their fine, smooth white sand, and they are protected within the Marine Park, meaning there are virtually no buildings. Here you can practice non-engine propelled sea activities such as kayaking, and the waters are especially suited for diving and snorkeling, allowing you to access a marine landscape of most uncommon beauty.
Also, the route connecting Leona Vicario with Central Vallarta and Puerto Moleros has several cenotes, springs originating from underground rivers where you can enjoy a swim in the midst of the exuberant rain forest. Some of these have zip-lines, bathrooms and picnic and camping areas. Others are much wilder, giving travelers the feel of being in a natural environment far-removed from civilization.
Another attraction in the area is the Crocodile Zoo, where visitors can watch these incredible animals in their daily affairs. And you can also see boas, deer, spider monkeys and ocelots, all in captivity, and even interact with some of these species.
For sports lovers: Puerto Moleros is one of the prime destinations for cycling fans, because you can ride a bike along beautiful routes that are quite safe, because there are very few motor vehicles.
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