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Vrbo or Airbnb , where are the best areas to stay?

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Vrbo or Airbnb , where are the best areas to stay?

We are looking at renting a vrbo or Airbnb in Puerto Morelos, we've never been and wondering where the best areas to stay. Looking for something close to restaurants and bars. Also, is there a bigger shopping centre to stock up on groceries and alcohol? Wanting to try something other than an all inclusive.

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1. Re: Vrbo or Airbnb , where are the best areas to stay?

groceries and alcohol are fine from Chedraui (sort of like a super walmart).

Edited: 07 January 2018, 04:18
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2. Re: Vrbo or Airbnb , where are the best areas to stay?

If you want to be able to walk around Puerto Morelos and to beach, just make sure you are on the beachside of the highway. Have you looked at a map yet? Within the town of Puero Morelos itself, everything is walkable, so just be sure you are somewhere between the commercial pier and around Unico Beach club. There are nice condos up that way but some evidently are a little far north for easy schlepping back and forth. The large grocery stores are back out on the highway. We take a collectivo out there and Taxi back loaded with groceries, there is a small grocery store, Casa Martin right on the town square, several OXXO conveniences and other smaller store for snack food, milk, beer, etc. You are never more than two blocks from the beach essentially, since the town runs along the beach really.

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3. Re: Vrbo or Airbnb , where are the best areas to stay?

Puerto Morelos is not very big. If you stay on the beach side of town you are within walking distance of the town center, but really the town is only a couple of streets. If you stay on the Colonia side you will be near restaurants and bars but not within walking distance of the beach, it will be a 5 to 10 minute cab ride. Otherwise, it's just a matter of how far you want to walk, the dates you want to come (Feb is the busiest month) and finding a place that appeals to you. Enjoy! There is a good wine store in town and a small local grocery, but by the highway (on the Colonia side) there is the Chedraui and a Super Aki both big supermarkets.

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4. Re: Vrbo or Airbnb , where are the best areas to stay?

I strongly suggest somewhere beachside and north of the pier for good beach very near the casa. There are some listed on Booking.com which I have used for PM as well as at home. When it comes down to it a coffeemaker and a fridge are all that is a real benefit to us so some hotel rooms with these things can work well with many cheap prepared food options and the Chedraui grocery store 30 pesos or so away.

There is a lot of choice beachside for a one or two week trip and being close to our home beach north of the pier is most important for us.

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5. Re: Vrbo or Airbnb , where are the best areas to stay?

Just be certain to find out the exact location of the property before booking. I have seen numerous listings on Airbnb that seem to be on/near the beach, but they are actually in the colonia, on the other side of the federal highway, and require a car, a taxi, or a bike to get to the port side of town.

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6. Re: Vrbo or Airbnb , where are the best areas to stay?

Check out Cabanas Puerto Morelos. Depending on when you are going they likely have availability. They are basic but comfortable and well located. As others have pointed out be careful of where a rental is located as some are misrepresented. Using Vrbo and Airbnb is definitely the way to go.

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7. Re: Vrbo or Airbnb , where are the best areas to stay?

As an owner and operator of Casa Caribe Bed and Breakfast and rental houses Colibri and Gaviota we strongly urge to book directly with the property. Having direct communication with property managers gives you much better and accurate information. Some of the 3rd party booking sites deliberately keep customers distant and then sell them on intonother properties. Many of us are not even listed on booking.com or Vrbo because of their attitudes

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I second Cat's recommendation to try to deal directly with the owner/operator. I have heard several cases in the last month where a third-party booking site cancelled reservations at the last minute due to "overbooking" or other excuses and either offered no alternative or offered a far inferior substitute property. In addition, most of the booking sites' models now have the guest paying a substantial "booking fee" or "service fee". On both VRBO and Airbnb the fee is as high as 12%. In other words, you will generally pay up to 12% more booking through a third party than if you booked directly with the owner.

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9. Re: Vrbo or Airbnb , where are the best areas to stay?

we have stayed at Cabanas Morelos - great spot...Casa Caribe B&B is directly next door, and although we have not stayed there, it looks very nice.

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10. Re: Vrbo or Airbnb , where are the best areas to stay?

google Casa Princessa

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