One last post on PM. To the north of the town center, there are a few streets with some very nice homes. Keep in mind that PM is very small and you can walk the length of it in about a half hour. There are NO golf cart or scooter rentals so it's kind of nice to walk around the town without that added traffic and noise. There is a very small pocket of homes, tiendas and businesses between the town center and the nice home where a few locals live and work, but as soon as you get to the nicer homes, you see very few locals. When I was walking around taking pictures, the only locals I saw were maintenance people.
These homes were very well cared for with beautiful flowers and greenery everywhere. The streets were very quiet with almost no traffic other than tourists and/or owners walking to town or the beach.
I'm sure that a lot of these places are owned by foreigners and rented out to tourists.
The bougainvillea on some of these places was incredible.
Here's one right on the beach. After experiencing dermabrasion-type winds, I don't think I'd want to handle the sand issues right on the beach.
A lot of the homes I saw were for sale. While I was on my walk, I ran into a real estate salesman from Austin who I had met a couple days before. We talked for quite awhile about the real estate in PM. He said that the homes in this area generally started at about $250,000-$299,000 and went up from there to a couple million for places on the beach. I asked if there were any tiny little one bedroom places with just a small living area and he said he had one going for $199,000. Oh, well...that's beyond my price range, but I don't think I'd want to live in this area anyway. It's pretty, but I'd miss the hustle and bustle of living in a more colonial area and being closer to the locals.
Some weren't quite as fancy, but I liked the guard dog at this one.
A lot of them had really pretty entry gates...with more trailing flowers...
And some condo-type places...
One thing I did like about PM is that none of the condos are built very high...and they're aesthetically pleasing as opposed to the super modern structures that are going up everywhere else.
And this was a little apartment complex tucked way back in the far corner. I like the color.
I'll tell you one thing that I really missed on this trip. A made-from-scratch Margarita from this guy. All the Margaritas I had were from mixes (and, no...I didn't keep count), and didn't even come close to measuring up to Romi's.
Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Adios, Puerto Morelos...