Consultant Jed Buencillo takes us on a Mexico food dicovery
If you think Mad Mex or Guzman's is good then you’re in for a treat when it comes to Cancun and Tulum. These two towns have loads of tourists wandering about so it isn’t the cheapest area in Mexico but it’s definitely one of the most fun. Most people just go to Cancun but if you’re in the area - YOU MUST ALSO STAY IN TULUM.
From eating tacos from street vendors for less than a $1 to swimming in crystal blue cenotes. You will never be bored!
One thing that you need to do when you’re on the east coast of Mexico is - try all the food!
Mexican food has become more popular in Oz in the past few years. There are a few well known spots to eat here but I honestly think the best finds were the street food stalls! Try them if you’re game, I didn’t have any issues and all the locals go there so it’s safe.
Where to find the best eats:
Puerto Madero Cancun:
This Argentinian fish and steak house has an epic menu and the service is amazing. Worth a visit if you want to have a nice dinner at least once during your stay.
Captains Cover Cancun:
If you’re looking for seafood, this is your place! They serve a wide range of fresh seafood and they’ve been around for 30 years. It’s right in the heart of the hotel zone and has great waterfront views which are worth seeing during sunset. If you’re lucky you might even meet their resident crocodile who usually hangs out nearby.
When you’re in Mexico, it’s always a good idea to try the cheap local street food but if you want to check out a nice restaurant with authentic Mexican food and great service then this eatery is worth a visit. It’s got a lively atmosphere and the staff really get into what they’re doing.
Casa banana Tulum:
This funky little spot is on the main road along the beach in Tulum. They have an open woodfire oven slow roasting all night, and dark lighting to match the vibe of this beach restaurant. The Mexican/Argentinian menu is great too.
My favourite bar in Tulum! Mainly locals at this place, so if you don’t speak Spanish - it makes it even more fun LOL! They have live music most nights which pairs perfectly with their signature mojito.
Where to go & what to do:
Being a “tourist” sometimes has a stigma about it, but my biggest piece of advice is to embrace it, because at the end of the day that’s what you are. There is nothing wrong with going to places that everyone's been to if you haven't been there yet. The main tourist attractions are popular for a reason so you don't want to miss out.
Also, if you have the money to enjoy these activities, don't hold back because you won't get this chance often. You'll regret it later, when you're back home and you didn’t get a chance to jump into those famous cenotes or explore an ancient civilisation at the Mayan Ruins. Here’s a list of places that I consider must do’s in the area.
Akumal (swimming with turtles)
Day trip sailing to Isla Mujeres
The underwater museum
Cenote Sac Actun
Xel Ha Park
ATV in the Mayan jungle
Even with this big list of places to see and things to do, make sure you leave plenty of time to relax. Mexico is also great at that! The pristine beaches will blow your mind so you could easily spend a week just finding a new beach to explore and chill out.
Viva la Mexico!
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