Cozumel & Costa Maya Restaurants

There's no question about it: Mexico is a foodie's paradise.

If you're a foodie looking for an adventure, set sail for a getaway cruise to Mexico. Caribbean and Mexico vacations give you the chance to sample unique, flavorful foods in hidden gems and renowned restaurants that you won't find anywhere else in the world. Here's a guide to some of the tastiest Cozumel and Costa Maya restaurants. They'll tempt your appetite (and your wanderlust).

Casa Mission, Cozumel

Casa Mission features a botanical garden lush with papaya and mango trees. Visitors rave about the size of the fajita platters and grilled fish dishes. It offers scrumptious dishes such as lime soup, shrimp fajitas, and charcoal pork chops — plus delightful desserts. Don't miss out on the famous tequila tour, which offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the history of tequila and taste eight varieties of this national drink.

Rock'n Java Caribbean Restaurant, Cozumel

A popular place for locals and tourists alike, this restaurant is primarily known for its large breakfast menu, which boasts everything from chilaquiles and Belgian waffles to French toast and breakfast tacos. It's located right on the beachfront so it offers fantastic views for lunch and dinner. Try the zucchini fritters, tortilla soup, or the beef chimichanga to spice up your trip to Mexico!

Kondesa Restaurant, Cozumel

Serving up innovative cocktails and mouth-watering Mexican cuisine, as well as offering a warm tropical ambiance in an outdoor setting, Kondesa is a fabulously popular restaurant, adored by many who visit. Try unique dishes such as firewater, an aguachile of shrimp and fish, and the popular Kondesa catch-of-the-day enchilada which include avocado salsa verde, mushrooms, almonds, beans, and rice. For a more meaningful experience, try the Kondesa Culinary Workshop, where you can learn how to make authentic Mexican food with unique culinary tools.

Leaky Palapa Restaurant, Costa Maya

Located in the village of Xcalak, this venue offers some of the best Mexican gourmet cuisine on the Mayan Coast and is ideal for families and friends. With a tropical garden setting, an elegant palapa-style atmosphere and live music, it is no wonder this is a dining hot spot. Try the grilled octopus, surf and turf, pasilla pork, or gourmet filet mignon tacos. For dessert, the Caribbean bread pudding with dark rum caramel is a must. Just be sure to make a reservation beforehand — this oasis can fill up fast!

Machos Bar, Costa Maya

This hidden gem is perfect if you are cruising through the Caribbean, as it is located right near the Costa Maya cruise port — but keep your eye out, because it's easy to miss. Spend an afternoon kicking back with some delicious authentic Mexican food, be it authentic nachos or catch of the day, and relax while you bury your toes in the warm sands of Mahahual.

There's no question about it: Mexico is a foodie's paradise. If you're getting ready to plan Mexico vacations or your next Caribbean cruise, make some of these hot spots your priority. Your taste buds will thank you.

What local cuisine or restaurants in Costa Maya or Cozumel are you looking forward to trying on your next trip to Mexico? Tweet us your thoughts, or share them on Facebook.

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