It’s a simple life in Cozumel, a life that plenty of American’s now call home through retirement and a place I would love to call my second home someday. To add to that relaxing simple life comes some amazing food that you simply won’t find here in Minnesota unless you know a Mexican-American that now calls Minnesota home. If you do, please let me know!
Too many people just want to stay at an all-inclusive and never leave the resort, but in Cozumel, that’s not the way to do things. Instead, find a great hotel that offers all-inclusive packages as an option and make the decision to NOT buy up and head in to town to enjoy the homemade greatness. Trust me when I say, you’ll thank me for it! Whelp… Grab a tropical drink that will probably melt in your hand (or maybe not) and enjoy the mouthwatering descriptions.
Just a block off the main strip and the main square sits La Mission where you can enjoy the Seafood Plate for just $21 that includes; about a 12 oz. grilled lobster tail, 6 JUMBO (and I mean jumbo) shrimp, fish of the day (usually red snapper or grouper) and rice. Okay, catch your breath… Yes I said you get all of that for just $21! What else is amazing here? Take a stab at their fajitas which were outstanding, their Coconut Shrimp which comes in a half cut coconut with some of the best coconut sauce I’ve ever had and you most definitely have to try their Lime Soup. Wondering what lime soup is? Lime soup is a chicken broth base with tortilla chip strips, onions, chicken and lime juice and it’s easily the best soup I’ve ever had in my life! By the way, we ate here twice while we were in Cozumel…
Head a few blocks into town from the main square and you’ll find a place called La Choza. Here, you’ll find some amazing Shrimp Veracruz, Garlic Shrimp – both of which are jumbo shrimp as well as their fajitas. We also decided to take a stab at their Garlic Soup and I pretty sure that our party of four decided to push it aside and wait for our main courses. You can’t go wrong with your selection(s) while at La Choza, but make sure that one of them includes what I just mentioned to you.
La Conchita Del Caribe
Deep in town is where you will find this gem and what a gem it was. I had to run to the bathroom just as we arrived and upon my return, my wife says, “they have Paella as a Sunday special only”, and I said “I’ll take that!” I didn’t even need to see the rest of the menu, because Paella is easily one of my all-time favorite meals ever. What the heck is Paella? Paella is a mixture of rice and seafood that includes; calamari, shrimp (still shelled) clams and white fish. Follow that up with some meats like; chicken, pork and more pork. Finish with your veggies like; onions, peas, peppers, garlic and a large amount of herbs and spices. Man I want some right now! My wife went with their Coconut Shrimp and that too was very delicious, but I’ll take my Paella, thank you…
Ernesto’s Fajita Factory
You’ll find this little ocean front restaurant off the main strip near the cruise line port and in walking distance of 3 or 4 hotels as well. This is the place for some delicious Mexican breakfasts like their Burrito Mananero filled with eggs, peppers, onions, cheese and chorizo and it’s ooh so yummy. You know what… Go ahead and order anything on the menu and I guarantee it’s going to be delicious! In fact, make sure you get the cakes! Cakes you say? In Mexico? YEP! Stopped here for lunch as well and their fajitas are some of the very best you can find. Made with their own house blend that includes their now famous cerveza based marinade and I wish I had access to their fajitas every week!
Coconuts Bar & Grill
In the middle of nowhere on the south side of this amazing island and perched atop the highest point in Cozumel sits Coconuts Bar & Grill. Lets just get this out of the way quickly…. First, you’ll need to rent a Jeep, car or scooter and it’s well worth it to do so. Secondly, if you’re brave enough to be “free”, you’ll get a free drink (I think you can figure it out). And finally, make sure you have cash with you, because it’s all they take. I recommend you order the shrimp fajitas during your stop and just sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery (ocean scenery that is, get your mind out of the gutter).
You might be thinking… “You left out what to drink and what about the chips, guac and salsa?” I didn’t forget, but they pretty much all serve the same excellent quality chips, guac and salsa and if you’re daring enough, take a stab at the HOT stuff. It’s no ghost pepper, but man is it hot and somehow still good… Yep, I tried it alright! As for the cerveza’s, margaritas, etc…. That’s simple, DRINK UP and ENJOY!
I love Cozumel and I'm ready to go back to paradise fast and then take it slow, because that's where we wanna go.... Way down to Cozumel!