In late April or early May of each year, Puerto Morelos plays host to fishermen from all up and down the coast in a sport fishing tournament.
The fishing tournament has an interesting history...
Thee town of Puerto Morelos had a group of founding fathers including Cesar Martin Rosado, who owned a large portion of land which is now the heart of the town. Many businesses in town still have his name, such as the supermarket, which is called "Casa Martin." The local taxicab union also bears his name. Don Cesar, as he was called, began the local fishing tournament with his friends and colleagues over 25 years ago.
What started out as a local fishing tournament has turned out to be one of the most popular in the area with over 100 boats from up and down the coast competing.
In 1998, the first Blue Marlin of the tournament was caught to take first place and that boat was captained by a woman. In 2005, the first prize winner took home a car. Every year the family of Cesar Martin Rosado donates the bulk of the tournament purse to charity.