The origins of Quintana Roo (the state in which Puerto Morelos is found), go back to the period of Mayan culture, when the itzaes occupied these tropical lands, being obligated to develop a better culture, necessary to adapt to such a beautiful yet unfriendly territory. This is why today we can observe along this area such great archeological sites such as Tulum, the city of Coba and Kohunlich, among others, which are proof of the great development reached by its first settlers.
In Quintana Roo, Ekab was one of the four regions in the Mayan period that formed part of it. During the Spanish Conquista, in 1542, this whole region was rapidly conquered and submitted under Francisco de Montejo ¨The Nephew¨. It is said that the province of Ekab quickly swore obedience to Francisco de Montejo (in representation of the Spanish crown) this is why this area was not a scenario for bloody battles.
Specifically in the area of Puerto Morelos, there is evidence that human activity existed, such as sanctuaries (not very important) and resting areas where Mayans, which were passing through in search of commercial interchange with Central America, could rest.
The real and modern story of this port began in 1898 when the company ¨Compañía Colonizadora de la Costa Oriental de Yucatan¨ (colonizing company of the oriental coast of Yucatan) began its operation to exploit and extract the agricultural products such as dye wood, cedar gum, tobacco, vanilla, and others. This accelerated the growth of the city thanks to the demand of gum in that period (1929), it was affected in 1934 due to the world recession and the post-war. In the following years, after lack and slow growth of its productive sector, Puerto Morelos found its way basing its development on tourism like Cancun (in the 70´s) and Playa del Carmen.