Wow, it’s been quite awhile since my last post! We had a busy summer (kids here only have 6 weeks of summer vacation) that included our annual visit to the U.S.
School is back in session now and we’re back in our routine. I just celebrated a birthday and decided it would be fun to spend the weekend in Puerto Morelos, the small town that started out as a fishing village between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. My friend, who I have known since 1st grade, flew in from Texas, and Bebé brought a friend as well. We stayed at Kaam Condominiums.
It’s common knowledge that I love all-inclusive resorts, but I also love the less structured feeling of staying in a condominium, and Kaam was awesome. It includes two brand new buildings, each with it’s own small pool. We stayed in Je Eleb. The other building, Kaanaab, is on the next block and is orange and yellow. Both buildings also have a rooftop deck with a breathtaking view.
Kaam Condominiums truly has just about everything you need for a stay in Puerto Morelos. I would call them one-bedrooms, but there is a pull-out futon where two 9 year-olds slept comfortably together. The kitchen includes glasses, dishes, silverware, cookware, a microwave, a stove top, a fridge, a coffeemaker and a “garrafon”, a huge bottle of water. There are also garrafones in the halls, so there is no need to buy bottles of water, which pollute our oceans. Most apartments have a private balcony as well.
In addition, a free continental breakfast at El Pirata is included. The breakfast consists of coffee, a huge plate of fruit and piece of toast.
I loved the coffee and wine glass rack! #truestory
The condos are tastefully decorated with works by local artists, and they’re all for sale! It’s important to note that the condo does not include a hair dryer or iron, but they plan to provide both soon. Don’t forget to buy napkins like we did. Deliciously scented toiletries which are made by local Mayan communities are included as well. They are small, so depending on how long you are staying you might have to purchase more. The condos are non-smoking, inside and out.
We arrived Friday evening and got a pizza for the boys and made guacamole for ourselves. On Saturday we spent the entire day at the pool and a couple Puerto Morelos friends, including Papi, Bebé’s dad, joined us.
The pool is small but quite deep and the fact that it’s not in the sun all day means it stays cool.
It was so nice to be able to keep beer in the fridge in our apartment (or in my friend’s case, vodka in the freezer). We made hot dogs for the boys for lunch and picked up an entire chicken half a block away at El Romano (with tortillas, potatoes, onions and salsa included) for the adults.
I am a little bummed that we didn’t try Yeyitas, which was right across the street from the condo. It’s super rustic, but they serve grilled chicken and fish and “comida corrida”, a varied, inexpensive daily menu that generally includes soup, a main dish, tortillas, a drink and sometimes even dessert.
That evening, everyone was tired so we decided to grab something to eat and bring it back to the condo. The boys wanted to check out the little playground in the town square as well. As we walked to the playground (a total of like 3 blocks) we stumbled upon The Burger Underground and decided burgers would be good for dinner. The very nice owner (who is from Detroit… yay) said he could have them ready for us to pick up on the way back from the playground. I ordered the Big Zack and it was delicious! It had cole slaw on it!
Puerto Morelos is a quiet, charming, safe town.
We took these pictures of the boys, but I’m annoyed that we forgot to take picture at the Puerto Morelos sign that is by the waterfront!
The next morning we headed back to Cancun early because my friend was flying out that day and I had my usual Sunday housework to do to get ready for the week. Another day or two was probably needed to really enter relax mode, but I really enjoyed our stay. I loved that once we arrived, we never got back in the car until we left Puerto Morelos. Everything is within walking distance and if you want/need to head to the other side of the highway, it’s easy to grab a taxi.
Thank you Grupo Kaam and Puerto Morelos, we’ll be back! (And not only because I want to take that picture.)