Restaurants in Yucatan Peninsula

Restaurants in Yucatan Peninsula

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Yucatan Peninsula Restaurants
 

Once you arrive in the Yucatan Peninsula, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the array of restaurant options, especially around the major tourist centers of Cancún, Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen. Dining choices in these areas even include old stand-bys of Chinese food and pizza. Outside the main tourist areas, local Mexican specialties will be the main menu staples, but you will usually have at least a few other options in all but the smallest towns.

Hours of Operation

Most restaurants are open for lunch and dinner during the high season, but in the off season, check the hours ahead of time. Generally, you will only encounter abbreviated hours of operation in smaller towns.

Maps

In Mexico, the main meal of the day is eaten at lunchtime, not at dinner. However, most restaurants offer tourist menus, or menus turísticos, during this time. Most travelers find reservations unnecessary, unless you plan to dine with a large group, or if you plan to make dinner a black tie affair.

Budgeting Your Meal

Travelers looking for a meal in an upscale restaurant should plan to spend approximately $50(USD), especially in the tourist districts of Cancún and Cozumel. However, meals at smaller establishments often run a much more reasonable $10(USD) or less. In places off the beaten path, you may find meals for less than $5(USD).

Credit cards are often accepted in larger restaurants for a fee, and gratuities are customary. In the Mexican Caribbean, waiters and waitresses depend on your gratuity as part of their income. It is customary to tip between 15 and 20 percent at restaurants in tourist areas. In other areas it is customary to tip about 10 percent, though at small, inexpensive cafés and restaurants, tipping is not always expected.

Smaller cities and larger towns of the Yucatan Peninsula offer different types of dining. Everywhere you travel, however, you will find extraordinary food as well as reasonable prices.

Restaurants By Cuisine
Cuisine Restaurants Locations
American 86 Restaurants Costa Maya, Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, Ambergris Caye, the vicinity of Cancun, downtown Cancun, Cozumel, downtown San Miguel, Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Cancun, Northern Cozumel, downtown Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Piste, Tulum, Corozal District, Chetumal, Caye Caulker, Downtown Isla Mujeres, San Pedro, Akumal, Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen
Argentenian 15 Restaurants Downtown Isla Mujeres, Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Tulum, Chetumal, San Miguel, downtown Cancun, Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, downtown San Miguel, downtown Playa del Carmen
Asian 15 Restaurants Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Puerto Morelos, Orange Walk, Puerto Aventuras, Isla Mujeres, Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, Corozal, downtown Playa del Carmen
Asian Fusion 2 Restaurants San Pedro, downtown Playa del Carmen
Australian 2 Restaurants Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, Ambergris Caye
Bahamian 1 Restaurant the Riviera Maya
Belgian 1 Restaurant Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Belizean 18 Restaurants San Pedro, Northern Belize, Corozal District, Orange Walk District, Ambergris Caye, Xcalak
Brazilian 1 Restaurant Puerto Aventuras
Cajun 2 Restaurants downtown Cancun, San Miguel
Caribbean 65 Restaurants Costa Maya, Puerto Aventuras, Ambergris Caye, Xpu Ha, Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, downtown San Miguel, Orange Walk, Corozal, downtown Playa del Carmen, Valladolid, Southern Cozumel, Tulum, Corozal District, Chetumal, Holbox, the vicinity of Xcalak, Caye Caulker, Downtown Isla Mujeres, San Pedro, Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, San Miguel
Chinese 16 Restaurants San Pedro, Cozumel, Cancun, Tulum, Orange Walk, Corozal, downtown Cancun, Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, downtown Playa del Carmen
Continental 10 Restaurants San Pedro, Cozumel, Cancun, the vicinity of Xcalak, Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, downtown Playa del Carmen
Creole 4 Restaurants San Pedro, Downtown Isla Mujeres, Ambergris Caye, San Miguel
Cuban 7 Restaurants San Pedro, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Holbox, Colonias, downtown San Miguel
European 6 Restaurants downtown Cancun, Downtown Isla Mujeres, the Riviera Maya, Ambergris Caye, downtown Playa del Carmen
French 22 Restaurants Tulum, Akumal, Downtown Isla Mujeres, the Riviera Maya, Puerto Morelos, Downtown Chetumal, Puerto Aventuras, Holbox, Ambergris Caye, the vicinity of Cancun, downtown Cancun, Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, downtown San Miguel, Colonias, downtown Playa del Carmen
Fusion 19 Restaurants San Pedro, Quintana Roo, Piste, the Riviera Maya, Puerto Morelos, Colonias, Corozal, Isla Mujeres, Holbox, Playa del Carmen, Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, downtown Playa del Carmen
German 2 Restaurants Puerto Morelos, Tulum
Indian 4 Restaurants San Pedro, Chetumal, downtown Cancun, Playa del Carmen
International 174 Restaurants Costa Maya, Xpu Ha, Ambergris Caye, the vicinity of Cancun, downtown Cancun, Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, downtown San Miguel, Orange Walk, Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Cancun, Northern Cozumel, downtown Playa del Carmen, Valladolid, Southern Cozumel, Tulum, Cozumel, San Miguel, Chetumal, Holbox, Caye Caulker, Downtown Isla Mujeres, Piste, San Pedro, Akumal, Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Consejo, Yucatan, Colonias
Italian 127 Restaurants Costa Maya, Ambergris Caye, the vicinity of Cancun, downtown Cancun, Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, downtown San Miguel, Orange Walk, Puerto Aventuras, Downtown Holbox, San Miguel, Riviera Cancun, downtown Playa del Carmen, Valladolid, Piste, Tulum, Chetumal, Holbox, Caye Caulker, Downtown Isla Mujeres, San Pedro, Akumal, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, the Riviera Maya, Colonias
Jamaican 2 Restaurants San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
Japanese 20 Restaurants Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Puerto Aventuras, Holbox, Riviera Cancun, downtown Cancun, Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, downtown Playa del Carmen
Latin American 17 Restaurants San Pedro, Costa Maya, Tulum, Orange Walk, Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, downtown Cancun
Mediterranean 23 Restaurants Quintana Roo, Tulum, the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Holbox, San Miguel, Caye Caulker, Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, downtown Playa del Carmen
Mexican 325 Restaurants Costa Maya, Downtown Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Puerto Aventuras, Ambergris Caye, the vicinity of Cancun, downtown Cancun, Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, downtown San Miguel, Orange Walk, Corozal, Downtown Holbox, San Miguel, Xcalak, Riviera Cancun, Northern Cozumel, downtown Playa del Carmen, Valladolid, Southern Cozumel, Holbox, Cozumel, Tulum, Villa Morelos, Chetumal, Punta Allen, the vicinity of Xcalak, Caye Caulker, Downtown Isla Mujeres, Piste, San Pedro, Akumal, Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Colonias
Middle Eastern 5 Restaurants downtown Cancun, Chetumal, Tulum, downtown Playa del Carmen
Pan Asian / Pacific Rim 5 Restaurants Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Akumal, the vicinity of Cancun
Russian 1 Restaurant Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
South American 1 Restaurant Caye Caulker
Spanish 9 Restaurants the Riviera Maya, Puerto Morelos, Puerto Aventuras, Holbox, Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, downtown Cancun, Downtown Isla Mujeres
Swiss 3 Restaurants Downtown Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Colonias
Tex-Mex 15 Restaurants San Pedro, Costa Maya, the Riviera Maya, Tulum, downtown Cancun, Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, downtown San Miguel, Northern Cozumel
Thai 5 Restaurants Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, Tulum, Ambergris Caye, the Riviera Maya
Vietnamese 1 Restaurant downtown Playa del Carmen
Contemporary 7 Restaurants San Pedro, Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, Downtown Holbox
Eclectic 34 Restaurants San Pedro, Akumal, the Riviera Maya, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Corozal District, Corozal, the vicinity of Cancun, Orange Walk District, Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, downtown Cancun, Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Vegan 2 Restaurants San Pedro, the Riviera Maya
Vegetarian 17 Restaurants San Pedro, Costa Maya, the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Chetumal, Holbox, Ambergris Caye, downtown Cancun, Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, downtown San Miguel, downtown Playa del Carmen
 

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