Caribbean Cuisine in Playa Del Carmen

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Traditional and contemporary Caribbean cuisine is a delight to all types of travelers, and renowned for imparting exciting spices, rare produce, and the freshest seafood fare. Across Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, visitors will find a respectable number of restaurants within this culinary category.

With lots to tempt your palate, from the informal locale of The Captain’s Galley to the beautiful smells of dinner and lunch at Catch, there's something for every traveler and every dining expectation.

Below, you can scan and read details about the handful of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean restaurants where guests can grab Caribbean food. Click on one of the options to see the full article about its style, hours, or even what the view will be like.


Downtown Playa del Carmen | (984) 206-4800

C-Grill, part of Thompson Playa del Carmen, is located within downtown Playa del Carmen, in the heart of Playa del Carmen. Fresh fish and Caribbean panache are made for each other at this relaxed establishment.

The C-Grill features a mix of Caribbean and Mexican cuisines to deliver a blend that is rich with fresh seafood and vibrant flavors.

The Captain’s Galley

Playa del Carmen | (984) 877-4000

The Captain’s Galley, which is part of Petit Lafitte Hotel, is located along the northeastern outskirts of Playa del Carmen. Ready for hot, shareable plates of food in a fun and convenient setting? Consider the laid-back ambiance and service over at The Captain’s Galley.

The Captain’s Galley has recently expanded to offer seating for 90, so even more guests can enjoy the amazing ocean view.

Al Cielo

Xpu Ha | (984) 840-9012

Al Cielo

Positioned along the northeastern outskirts of Xpu Ha, Al Cielo is a viable option for vacationers who are going to explore this part of the Riviera Maya. Lovely, mild seafood and Caribbean fare come together for some great dishes at this enjoyable place.

The many seafood options at Al Cielo are often topped with its paella, a rice based dish that is perfect for multiple people.


Downtown Playa del Carmen | (984) 206-4800

Located in the heart of downtown Playa del Carmen, Catch is on the same premises as Thompson Playa del Carmen, and is a logical choice for people who are going to be visiting this neighborhood. Sure to please everyone, Catch isn't just Caribbean food and of course seafood, but they're also fawned-over for another favorite, sushi.

In tune with the contemporary-Caribbean style of the hotel, Catch takes the classic cuisine from Mexico and the Caribbean and adds some modern twists. As such, you will find a good number of high-quality seafood dishes on the menu, including lobster and sushi.

El Puerto Fairmont

Playa del Carmen | (984) 206-3000

El Puerto Fairmont

It's worth noting that within the genre of Caribbean culinary creations, this place is known for its seafood and steak.

El Puerto is located in the lower level of the main building. It features a relaxed, almost cozy atmosphere in an open air setting that offers spectacular views over the lagoon.

Caribbean Restaurants
Name Location Type Phone Number
Al Cielo 0.6 mi. Northeast of Central Xpu Ha Caribbean (984) 840-9012
C-Grill Downtown Playa del Carmen Caribbean, Mexican (984) 206-4800
Catch Downtown Playa del Carmen Caribbean (984) 206-4800
Chula Vista 1.3 mi. South West of Downtown Playa del Carmen Caribbean (984) 873-4120
El Puerto Fairmont Playa del Carmen Caribbean, Mexican (984) 206-3000
Las Delicias Downtown Playa del Carmen Caribbean, Mexican (984) 803-1214
Mediterraneo 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria Caribbean (984) 873-1300
The Captain’s Galley 3.0 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen Caribbean, Fusion, Mexican (984) 877-4000

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You may crave something slightly different, in which case there are similar flavors to be experienced at restaurants like La Bodeguita Del Medio where they're offering up Cuban food.

Oftentimes, the best offerings of Caribbean food in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean are those you didn't expect to find yourself craving while journeying to and from your hotel. Of course, it doesn't hurt to plan ahead. To learn more concerning the culinary options available to you, check out this page.


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