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This small but mighty island is located just 8 miles off the coast of Cancun, Don’t be fooled by the size of this island – Isla Mujeres is actually a top destination spot in Mexico for foodies!

After a day of exploring and fun in the sun, check out one of these top restaurants in the region.

Lola Valentina

This easy going food option is located in Centro and the menu is based around Caribbean-fusion! Their unbeatable location amongst the hustle and bustle of Avenida Hidalgo, Lola Valentina has quickly become an island favorite for an ultimate breakfast, a luxurious dinner, and even for a night-cap! There are vegetarian options available.

Location: Avenida Miguel Hidalgo
Average cost of a meal: $7 – $15 USD per person
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. 7 days a week.

Zama Beach Club

Enjoy a unique and luxurious experience featuring food from award-winning chef Federico Lopez at this hybrid restaurant and beach club. A meal here gives you full day access to Zama’s beach and pool areas – meaning yes, you can enjoy your tacos and ceviche while laying beside their breathtaking infinity pool overlooking the Mexican Caribbean. Zama’s is known for having some of the best views, food and value on the island!

Location: Carretera Sac Bajo
Average cost of a meal: $10 – $20 USD per person
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 7 days a week.

Mexico has been undergoing a food revolution over the last decade. In the past, Mexican cuisine was known for tacos, tequila, and not a lot else. Now, with more fine dining restaurants emerging, this country’s forward-thinking chefs and creators are gaining popularity, and Mexico can truly hold its own internationally.  Cancun has also upped its food game, and many resorts in the Hotel Zone (such as the Haven Riviera Cancun), as well as up and down the coast of the Mexican Riviera, are now lauded as true gourmet destinations in their own right.  Here are some of the best resorts for foodies in Cancun and the Mexican Riviera.

Mango Café

Mango Café is a local favorite and considered to be an icon of the island! (Some even say that its famous.) This gem is situated in the center of the island where most of the locals live. Just like Isla Mujeres itself, their menu is small but mighty. Indulge in their coconut French toast and their specialty expresso for breakfast, or perhaps even one of their chipotle chicken quesadillas in the afternoon. Whatever you decide on, Mango Café won’t disappoint.

Location: Avenida Perimetral Oriente
Average cost of a meal: $7 – $10 USD per person
Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 7 days a week.

Town Square Food Carts

As the sun goes down, the food trucks come alive! Located in town square in downtown Isla Mujeres, both locals and tourists line up for cheap – but awesome food. You can get everything from typical Yucatan favorites like salbutes (aka deep-fried, taco-like deliciousness) or even your classic American hot dog. The nightly hours vary depending on the weather, season and what the cart owners feel like that day.

Location: Town square by the Palacio Municipal, on Avenida Morelos
Average cost of a meal: $1 – $5 USD per person
Hours: Open in the evenings

The Joint – Reggae Bar & Grill

This outdoor, Jamaican-style bar is super laid back and is home to some of the best specialty cocktails on the island! Grab a mojito or a margarita and some classic but tasty bar food and soak in all the good vibes this place has to offer. If you’re lucky, there might even be a live reggae band playing to spice things up even more, if not – one of their chilled habanero tequila shots should do the trick.

Location: South end of the island – Av. Gustavo Rueda Medina, Punta Sur, Isla Mujeres, Q.R., Mexico
Average Prices: Specialty Cocktails $3 – $5 USD. Entrée $6 – $12 USD
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. 7 days a week.

Limón Restaurant

Limón is a higher end, international seafood fusion restaurant. Here you will find the best steak and lobster on the island. Their fresh-caught lobster is caught locally and cooked table-side right in front of your eyes. If you’re looking for a Mexican-style soup to try that’s not the typical tortilla soup (however, they have that too!) order the “shrimp soup with tequila”. It’s an in house recipe that has a little spice and a lot of kick! Or, you could always order their bruschetta and some hibiscus tacos if you’re in the mood for less meat. The options here are endless and all top notch in quality and satisfaction.

Location: C. Lizeta, La Gloria, 77400 Isla Mujeres, Q.R., Mexico
Average Prices: Beer: $3 USD Wine: $7 USD. Entrée for two: $40 USD
Hours: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

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