Information & Facts
Sailing, jet skiing, boat tours, fishing trips and jeep safaris
can be organised from Puerto Morgan. It is also one of the best
dive spots on the island with two wrecks just in front of the
harbour and the Morgan Caves about a mile away where divers and
snorkelers can expect to see large shoals of fish, moray eels,
barracudas and yellow gunters. Non-divers on holiday can take a
fascinating submarine trip to discover this underwater world. The
actual village of Morgan is about six miles (10km) inland and is
well worth a visit; it retains a strong rural Spanish ambience and
is home to some good traditional Canarian restaurants.
Spanish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in areas frequented by tourists. Catalan, Galician and
Basque are spoken in the relevant areas.
Spain's official currency is the Euro (EUR). One Euro is divided
into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and
major hotels, but banks give the best rates. All major credit cards
and travellers cheques are widely accepted at most hotels,
restaurants, and shops. ATMs are widespread and are generally the
cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining money.
Visitors should be aware that there is a lot of building work
going on, but this is mostly towards the back of the resort. Those
looking for large nightclubs and dance music will need to make the
short trip to Playa del Ingles, Puerto Morgan is designed more for
those wanting a quieter and more relaxing holiday. The beach is
only 600ft (183m) long and can get crowded.
While there is a disco and many restaurants offer some sort of
entertainment, most visitors come to Puerto Morgan on holiday for
peace and relaxation.
While there is no shortage of fast food stalls and restaurants
offering full English breakfasts there are also a few restaurants
offering good Canarian cuisine, wines and cheeses. Puerto Morgan is
best known for its excellent seafood restaurants serving locally
caught fish. Some top choices include Restaurante El Castillo for
paella or tapas, La Bodeguilla Juanana serves up some great
Canarian cuisine and Casito Mediterraneo has some of the freshest
fish in town. Most restaurants are located around the harbour.
Puerto Morgan has all the shops that you would associate with
holiday resorts in the Canary Islands but they are generally a
little more arty-crafty and sell less of the usual rubbish you find
in souvenir shops. Every Friday morning there is a large market in
town, which is aimed at locals as well as tourists and sells
everything from fresh fish to football shirts.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March
and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October). The Canary
Islands: GMT (GMT +1 in summer).