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Denominations of Mexican coins 

The coins commonly encountered in circulation have face values of 50¢, $1, $2, $5, and $10. The 5¢, 10¢ and 20¢ coins are uncommon due to their small value. Small commodities are priced in multiples of 10¢, but stores may choose to round the total prices to 50¢. There is also a trend for supermarkets to ask customers to round up the total to the nearest 50¢ or 1 peso to automatically donate the difference to charities. The $20, $50 and $100 coins are rarely seen in circulation due to the wide use of the lighter banknotes of the same denominations. 
JHolliday  of  Mexico - Quintana Roo -  Playa Del Carmen, Cancun, Tulum 
- Anytime - English

Originally from the United Kingdom and now living in a birders paradise! I have been traveling to Mexico for over 12 years and now live permanently in Playa Del Carmen. 

For many years I have worked with birds of prey and been involved with education and conservation programs in the UK and now here in Mexico. I'm a passionate bird watcher and have discovered many wonderful places to see aquatic and land species across the Riviera Maya. 

I'm available to take small groups and individuals to various locations. I have a fully licensed A/C bus that is able to transport up to 10 people comfortably. The bus is available to rent with a professional driver if you have a group. I can also take smaller groups or individuals in my car, all I ask for is my expenses and entrance fees to the parks and cenotes. 

Please contact me if your in the area and would like to go out birding for day or two! 

Review of EcoColors - Day Tours - Calle Camaron 32, Cancun 77509, Mexico    +52 998 884 3667     Website  

I have been going to Cancun for 30 years. I have attempted to go birding for maybe the last ten years. The concierge and travel agents have always given me the 1000 meter stare. This year I found, through Fat Birder, a birding trip conducted by ECOCOLORS. I booked before we traveled. 
This trip was fantastic. It was just my son and me. Luis was our guide. He took us into the jungle near Porto Moralas (PM). Luis spoke excellent English and knew the English names for the birds. We logged 49 species of which five would be birds I see in the states, We had close-up views of PARROTS, PARAKEETS, MOTMOTS, and TOUCANS. We had 3 species of hummingbirds, 5 orioles, 5 woodpeckers and all 3 jays.
The trip is listed on the Thomas More schedule at the Royal Resorts, but it is at the bottom of the list and not pushed by them.
I routinely lead birding walks in Virginia and this one puts me to shame.
I certainly intend to book this walk on my next trip to Cancun.

Visited April 2013

Tulum / Akumal   Playa del Carmen

Puerto Morelos (PM) Reef, Mayan Riviera, Mexico - Caribbean Snorkeling. Buceando en Puerto Morelos.



Ojo de Agua Beach snorkeling :

(1) Marina Ojo de Agua - tripadvisor

My wife and I spent 2 hours snorkelling with Marina Oho de Agua. Lucky for us, it was not overly busy so we got a private tour of the local coral. Our guide was friendly and helpful, and took the time to guide us through much of the coral, pointing out fish etc. Although I was not entirely stoked on wearing a life jacket at first (which everyone is required by law to do to preserve the coral), I quickly got over it as the coral and fish were very close. The max ocean depth during our tide time was likely around 6 feet. I would highly recommend Marina Ojo de Agua!

Visited September 2015

We took a taxi from Cancun to Puerto Morelos one day to find another snorkel team who was not taking a trip until 1:00 pm. He walked us down to this great find. We waited for two other couples and were taken out to two places on the reef. Jose and Jose were our guides. There was one other guide who stayed with another couple that did not swim very well. Everyone was amazed at the sea life...we saw a 4 ft. barracuda, 2 sea turtles, an octopus, lobster and so much more. It felt like we were swimming in an aquarium. Please tip. They even helped us get a cab back to Cancun.

Visited September 2015

Marina Ojo de Agua




Righetto Vacation Rentals

   3.0 out of 5
Avenida Ninos Heroes, 802 Puerto Morelos QROO 77580 Mexico 1-866-599-6674

3-star family-friendly condo in Puerto Morelos with outdoor pool


This Puerto Morelos condo is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Ojo de Agua Beach and Puerto Morelos Town Square. Crococun Zoo and Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin Botanical Garden are also within 6 mi (10 km). Getting to and from the airport is stress-free with the airport shuttle.

Property Features

Righetto Vacation Rentals welcomes families with amenities like an outdoor pool, barbecue grills, and snorkeling. Other amenities include tour/ticket assistance and free WiFi in public areas.

Room Amenities

There's space to spread out in all 6 condos with living rooms and dining areas, and conveniences like sofa beds and kitchenettes with refrigerators make traveling with kids easier. DVD players offer entertainment and everyone can stay connected with free WiFi.

1 Room: Casa Juanita Up To Four Pax
Check-in: Mar 1, 2016
Check-out: Mar 4, 2016
3-night stay
Sale! Save 25% on this Stay.
No surprises! Here's the total price:
Trip Total: $389.88
Rates are quoted in US dollars.

Hotel Amenities

  • Airport transportation (surcharge) 
  • Barbecue grill(s) 
  • Free parking nearby 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Front desk (limited hours) 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Total number of rooms - 6 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • DVD player  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Kitchenette  
  • Microwave  
  • Outdoor pool  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Separate dining area  
  • Separate living room  
  • Sofa bed  



Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • Balcony 
  • Ceiling fan 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Free bottled water 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Cookware, dishware, and utensils 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Desk 
  • DVD player 
  • Free WiFi 
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible) 
  • Kitchenette 
  • Microwave 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Satellite TV service 
  • Separate bedroom 
  • Separate dining area 
  • Separate living room 
  • Separate sitting area 
  • Shower only 
  • Sofa bed 
  • Television 

Groceries near Righetto Vacation Rentals?
Oct 12, 2015, 7:28 PM

Righetto Vacation Rentals has some good reviews. And I am a weirdo, I think it is fun to cook on vacation and even more fun to grill.

Where is the nearest grocery store to Avenida Ninos Heroes? Google Maps says it the OXXO on the main town square?

If I want a Chedraui/Mega/Walmart; I have to go to the other side of the 307 or back to Cancun?


Answer 1 - You have to go to the Chedraui on the highway if you want a major store.. Oxxo is good for basics and usuallly well stocked.

Answer 2 - The main beachside PM grocery store is Casa Martin, on the square. Note that the 2 OXXOs, almost identical to Utah 7-11s (except they sell hard liquor), are also near the square. A good produce and juice market is also on Ninos Heroes. Chedraui (Chade-RAW-We) is half a Walmart, and is a 25 peso cab ride away in La Colonia.

Answer 3 -You are not going to find anything to cook or grill at Oxxo. It is a convenience store full of chips, snacks, beer, sodas, etc. Some have a little fruit, but not much more. There is a Chulim fruit/vegetable store on Niños Heroes about a block north of Jose Maria Morelos (the road across the mangrove), basic staples at Casa Martin on the square, and then Chedraui on the highway at the overpass. You can buy fresh fish and lobster from the fisherman's co-op on the square a few doors west of Casa Martin. There are a number of good places in the Colonia to buy meats and chicken. There is also a Super Aki under construction on the highway a bit north of the main intersection, but the building is still a shell and I'm guessing it won't be open for several more months.

Answer 4 -

It's great fun to shop in PM. We try to buy as much as possible in the shops right in town...the fruit/veggie store is super and it has coolers outside with a whole range of fresh squeezed juices, perfect for your morning bit of sunshine! We go to Casa Martin for snack foods or a quick shop for staples. The Wednesday morning market near the church is a great place to buy prepared and fresh food stuff. It's great to plan an outing for that morning to check it out we save the Oxxo for cold drinks, chips, milk, etc. All restaurants in town also will package meals up to go at a good price. There are several great pizza places and a few options for tamales which you can reheat later for supper. We go to Chedraui once in our 2 week visit to load up on packaged goods, cheeses and some import foods. It is a large store with just about anything you might need and a lot you don't! (Like our own superstores...). You can take the colectivo across the street from the Oxxo that heads right back out to the highway. Get off before it crosses the highway, and cross the road to the Chedraui. We then take a taxi for a few bucks back to our rental. A fun outing is to stay on the colectivo and get off in the business section of the colonia and walk around the street to see what's available and what's up. Have a great lunch, there are many small restaurants. We went one evening to Cocketeleria El Picudo (sp.) for great fish meals at a great price! We plan to get to know that side of town even better this time. We also love cooking but once a week, we drop by Queens BBQ where you can get 1/4-1/2-whole chicken done on a BBQ in her back yard, served with beans, tortillas, rice and coleslaw. We also go by the Bistro and pick up some of her killer brownies or sweet breads. There is a veggie/fruit truck that drives around the streets in the afternoon and early evening. Then there is the infamous Bakery truck with pastries, buns, cakes, etc. that plies its wares in the evening, driving around playing pop/rock music. It's great fun. Have a great trip, I don't know where your rental is but make sure you do nice morning walks all over town it's quiet, lots of birds, businesses opening up, kids walking to school. Walk up to the far north end of town, throughout the lovely neighborhoods and then walk back along the beach, maybe having your first dip of the day with the sun shining low on the water, sparkling like diamonds.

Answer 5 -

Colectivos are no longer allowed to service the resorts. Taxi to/from El Cid is 90 pesos. Colectivos around and to the other side of the highway are 5 pesos. Taxis around town and to the colonia are 25 pesos.

"zona urbana" is the jungle area north of the colonia.

The disinfectant [that you put on fruits and vegetables] is sold in most all stores.

(1) John Gray's Kitchen
Av Niño Heroes, Mz. 6, Lote 14, Puerto Morelos, Q.R., Mexico
Posted Sep 30, 2013
Pros: Well presented and decorated. Clean. Air-conditioned throughout. Being able to go to the beach every day. Being in a quiet small town.
Cons: Sofa bed was OK but creaked, and their were no blinds in that part of the apartment, but my son just slept through those inconveniences.
Location: Snorkeling on the reef. Crocun Crocodile Park is interesting but small. There are cenotes nearby but this trip did not get chance to try them out.
From the time we arrived until the day we left Puerto Morelos, Milko, his family, and the staff at Abbey Del Sol were friendly, helpful, and played their part in a lovely holiday. We stayed in Casa Juanita 3. With 2 teenage kids we needed a good sized apartment and this was just right: 2 good sized bedrooms with double beds and sofa bed. The apartment was nicely decorated with a nice lounge and fully furnished kitchen. The location was just 2 blocks from a nice beach (deck chairs provided), and within easy walking distance of the town where there was a good choice of food, even considering this was August which is off season in Mexico. You must go snorkeling on the reef with Raul. Taking the collectivo from the market square to the main highway to catch the ADO bus to Playa Del Carmen was easy. We also booked hired a car and used this as a base to go to Tulum and to get to Chichen Itza Don't go to Puerto Morelos if you want lots of people, noise and music. Do go if you want somewhere relaxed, family friendly, with a small town feel, which is close to the airport.



Thu Apr 07
Depart NEW YORK, LAGUARDIA  at 09:30 AM
Change planes in CHICAGO, MIDWAY INTERNATIONAL  at 12:30 PM
Travel Time 7 hours 35 minutes


Apr 7 (Thu) -

Apr 8 (Fri) -

Apr 9 (Sat) -

Apr 10 (Sun) -

Apr 11 (Mon) - morning check out. Check in Arrecifes Suites II, Puerto Morelos (+52 998 871 0488).  Afternoon, Ojo de Agua Beach - snorkeling with Marina Ojo de Agua.

Apr 12 (Tue) - 8am : Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin Botanical Garden.  In the afternoon, if we have time, go to beach or walk around.

Apr 13 (Wed) - sunrise, "do nice morning walks all over town it's quiet, lots of birds, businesses opening up, kids walking to school. Walk up to the far north end of town, throughout the lovely neighborhoods and then walk back along the beach, maybe having your first dip of the day with the sun shining low on the water, sparkling like diamonds."

Croco Cun Zoo  -  info-1
    Bus - At Cancún´s or Playa del Carmen´s bus station, take the bus-line MAYAB and specify you’re getting off at Croco Cun so they charge the correct fee.
    Open everyday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Admission Adult : $30 US.

Apr 14 (Thu) - leaving

Thu Apr 14
Arrive in NEW YORK, LAGUARDIA  at 11:15PM
Travel Time 8 hours 10 minutes


Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin Botanical Garden - tripAdvisor  birdForum

I went with a group of people here and did some ecology field work. Such a diverse area with beautiful wildlife including spider monkeys! There are also a lot of bird species about which was wonderful. The people who run the place are extremely friendly and I would recommend this place highly if you have an interest in wildlife.
The layout is great too and you can learn a lot about different species.

Visited January 2012

This would be a great introduction to forest trees and ecology for those starting to explore the Yucatan natural environment. We know others have done pretty well birding here, but we were there in the mid-day lull of a quite warm, muggy day, so we didn't see too much. Many plants are labeled and a trail covers the whole preserve (you can do shorter loops). It's a bit expensive at 100 pesos each, but as a non-profit it helps support them.

Visited May 2012

Very few people know of this botanical garden, and as far as I could determine not one single Yucatan tourism operator knows of this attraction, or offers it as a tour.

But the site is known to some naturalists, especially botanists and birders. This is one of the largest Botanical Gardens in Mexico, and protects the only patch of forest between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. 

Our group of 24 visited in mid-January 2012, on a private bus charter from Playa del Carmen. The drive took about 25 minutes. The entrance to the gardens is situated right on the main Cancun highway, just before the 320 km marker, if you are driving from the south. This is just south of the town of Puerto Morelos. If driving from the north the gardens are 1.5 km south of the Pemex gas station in Puerto Morelos. The entrance, on the east side of the highway, can be easy to miss, so watch carefully. Here is the location on a Google Map:


location of Botanical Garden

The gardens are open Monday through Saturday, 0800 - 1600. There is a $10 U.S. admission fee. If you wish a guided tour of the gardens the fee is $15.00 U.S. [Visited January 2012]

Google address:  Carretera Federal Chetumal Cancún Kilometro 320, Pescadores, 77580 Puerto Morelos, QROO, Mexico

Sunday Closed
Monday - Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

Joaquín Zetina Gasca ( is a community in the municipality of Benito Juarez, Quintana Roo, Mexico. ) is at the other end of 307.  Take taxi to there.