Puerto Morelos

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Puerto Morelos
Town
Puerto-Morelos-plaza.jpg
Puerto Morelos is located in Mexico
Puerto Morelos
Puerto Morelos
Location of Puerto Morelos in Mexico
Coordinates: 20°51′13″N 86°53′55″W / 20.85361°N 86.89861°W / 20.85361; -86.89861Coordinates: 20°51′13″N 86°53′55″W / 20.85361°N 86.89861°W / 20.85361; -86.89861
Country  Mexico
State Quintana Roo Quintana Roo
Municipality Coat of arms of Benito Juarez, Quintana Roo.svg Benito Juárez
Named for José María Morelos
Government
 • Mayor Francisco Mendoza Reyna
Elevation 4 m (13 ft)
Population (2010[1])
 • Total 9,188
 • Demonym Puertomorelense
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)
Postal Code 77580
Area code(s) 998
Major Airport Cancún International Airport
IATA Code CUN
ICAO Code MMUN
Website Official Site

Puerto Morelos is a town and sea port in Quintana Roo, Mexico's easternmost state, on the Yucatán Peninsula. The town is at the southern end of the municipality of Benito Juárez in the northeast of the state, about 36 km south of the resort city of Cancún. The marine terminal at Puerto Morelos is equipped to handle containers and is the largest and most important sea port in the state of Quintana Roo.

Geography[edit]

Puerto Morelos is divided by a highway and a mangrove swamp into three sections. The section west of the highway is known as "Colonia Joaquin Zetina Gazca". The section east of the highway is called "Colonia Pescadores". The section on the coast east of the mangrove swamp is "Puerto" or "Antiguo (old) Puerto Morelos". This original coastal fishing village is now a quiet, mixed-use neighborhood of private homes, hotels, condominiums, restaurants, and tourist shops. The second part is about 2 km. inland and adjacent to Highway 307, on the western side. The inland portion is mainly single level dwellings for local workers.

History[edit]

It has historically been the main port between the mainland of Yucatán and the Island of Cozumel, and an automobile ferry used to run from Puerto Morelos to Cozumel. The town is named after Independence leader José María Morelos.

Resorts are abundant in the Puerto Morelos region along the Riviera Maya and attractions, such as the Crococun Crocodile Zoo, are also increasing in number.

One hundred meters off shore lies the Puerto Morelos portion of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, designated as a National Marine Park due to local environmental activists.

Demographics[edit]

Puerto Morelos has grown rapidly with the development of tourism and as of the 2010 census is the home to 9,188 people.[1]

Population of Puerto Morelos[2]
Year Population
1980 672
1990 740
1995 829
2000 892
2005 1,097
2010 9,188


Climate[edit]

Classified by Köppen-Geiger system as tropical wet and dry climate (Aw), because its driest month has less than 60 millimetres (2.4 in) of precipitation and also less than 100 − (total annual precipitation [mm]/25), also because each month has a mean average above 18 °C (64 °F).[3]

Climate data for Puerto Morelos
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 28
(82)
29
(84)
30
(86)
32
(90)
32
(90)
32
(90)
32
(90)
33
(91)
32
(90)
31
(88)
29
(84)
28
(82)
30.7
(87.3)
Average low °C (°F) 18
(64)
18
(64)
20
(68)
21
(70)
22
(72)
23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
22
(72)
20
(68)
19
(66)
21
(69.7)
Precipitation mm (inches) 71
(2.8)
53
(2.09)
28
(1.1)
43
(1.69)
73
(2.87)
127
(5)
84
(3.31)
88
(3.46)
167
(6.57)
199
(7.83)
95
(3.74)
78
(3.07)
1,106
(43.53)
Avg. precipitation days 6 5 3 3 7 11 12 13 15 13 8 7 103
Mean daily sunshine hours 6 7 8 8 8 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6.8
Source #1: Weather2Travel[4]
Source #2: World Climate Guide[5]
Puerto Morelos mean sea temperature[4][5]
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
27 °C (81 °F) 26 °C (79 °F) 26 °C (79 °F) 27 °C (81 °F) 28 °C (82 °F) 28 °C (82 °F) 29 °C (84 °F) 29 °C (84 °F) 29 °C (84 °F) 29 °C (84 °F) 28 °C (82 °F) 27 °C (81 °F)

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2010 census tables: INEGI
  2. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía. "Archivo histórico de localidades". Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  3. ^ Kottek, M., J. Grieser, C. Beck, B. Rudolf, and F. Rubel (2006). World Map of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification updated. doi:10.1127/0941-2948/2006/0130. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Puerto Morelos Climate and Weather Averages, Cancun and Riviera Maya". Weather2Travel. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Puerto Morelos Climate Guide, Cancun and Mayan Riviera, Mexico". World Climate Guide. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 

External links[edit]