Get Out & Explore!

Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo will be your home during Closer to the Sun. Take some time to get familiar with the area! 

Weather:

The average high temperature in December is 82°F with a low of 70°F. 

Location:

Quintana Roo is the area south of Cancun situated on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Now Sapphire is located on the north end of Puerto Morelos- 20 minutes south of Cancun International Airport and 40 minutes north of Playa del Carmen. 

Currency:

If you want to live like a local, don't forget to bring some Mexican Pesos with you. However, many of the local shops and restaurants in the area will take US Dollars. After all cash is king- but you may end up paying a bit more and it's important to check the exchange rate with the restaurant or shop before you buy. When using US Dollars, expect your change to be returned in Pesos. Check the current exchange rate before you arrive and come prepared! You can exchange Dollars to Pesos at the front desk at Now Sapphire, just make sure you have your passport with you. 

Transportation:

Taxis are readily available at Now Sapphire by letting the bellman know where you wish to go. There are signs posted with fixed rates to go into local towns, or you can negotiate a rate to go almost anywhere else you wish to go. If you prefer to explore on your own, you can also rent a car by visiting the rental desk in the lobby. Parking is free for hotel guests to park on resort property.

 

Check out the Area

Tulum: 

Tulum is home to some of the most spectacular Mexican coastline alongside well preserved archaeological sites of Mayan ruins. If you want to take a break from the beach, explore through the underground rivers of the sacred caverns of LabnaHa Eco Park, or you can adventure to Cenote Dos Ojos, where you can snorkel and dive into a natural sinkhole formed by limestone in the middle of the forest. 

Playa del Carmen: 

Playa del Carmen is a city on the coast that was originally a small fishing town and has recently expanded to include many restaurants, boutiques, and entertainment venues. Explore 5th Avenue, which is lined with shops, bars, restaurants, and hotels, all right next to the ocean. You can hop on one of the many boats nearby and snorkel and dive in the incredible reefs that are home to sea turtles, eels, and a large variety of coral.

Isla Mujeres: 

Isla Mujeres is the perfect spot for beach lovers. Plenty of action packed beach activities like kayaking, windsurfing, boating, and snorkeling are all available in this tropical oasis. On shore, you can spend time exploring the land, eating some of the delicious fresh seafood, or hanging out on the sand soaking in the rays. 

Puerto Morelos: 

This small, quiet, fishing village is well-known for having some of the freshest seafood in the area. Get a ride into town and spend the day exploring the local offerings in and around the town square. Between freshly caught fish, ceviche, tacos, empanadas, and street corn- there is something here for everyone! All the amazing food and local shops make the town a must-see for anyone wanting to experience living like a local.

Cancun: 

Head off the resort property to enjoy some tropical Yucatan climate. Located approximately twenty-five minutes north of Now Sapphire, Cancun offers a variety of options to fill your day. You can plan your own cultural tour of the region. Check out the El Rey Mayan ruins in Cancun, take a boat tour, head to an ecopark, go diving at the Cancun Underwater Museum or head to one of the markets for local crafts and food.

Akumal: 

Head an hour south to Akumal Beach and experience swimming and diving in the clear sparkling waters of the Caribbean. Here you will find some of the best snorkeling in the area, where you are sure to encounter different types of reef life, ranging from coral, fish, and turtles of all sizes. Great visibility and white sandy beaches are sure to make this a day trip to remember! Check out Cenote Santa Cruz, Yal-Ku Lagoon or Aktun Chen to get a taste of the natural beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula.