Dining Delights in the Riviera Maya

When it comes to the Riviera Maya, visitors and locals alike do not want for great restaurants. When looking for a great place to stay where every night can be a culinary adventure, visitors should check out the marina area of Puerto Aventuras. There, diners will find a great assortment of different restaurants ranging from American to Italian to British and of course Mexican cuisine.

So where to go where to go when there’s so many options? These are DayTripper recommendations (when you visit, be sure to let them know we sent you)!:


At the marina in Puerto Aventuras we highly recommend The Pub. While the name may scream “British,” this restaurant serves some of the best Mexican food in the marina. Quite frankly, their ceviche is out of this world.  It’s one of those meals that has people coming back for more.

Those venturing out on fishing excursions are able to have the chefs at this restaurant prepare their personal catch. Here patrons are able to enjoy El Dorado (or whatever their catch was) served three ways, and each are just as fantastic as the other.

We also recommend the “Alambre.”  Think “fajitas,” only with a tantalizing smoky char.  It’s devine every time! That’s probably because they also throw in cheese and bacon. HOLA!!! The dish arrives at the table piping hot, with a beautiful sizzling char on the meat and veggies.

Photographer, Dave Giacomini describes the dish as, “Something different. If you like fajitas you’ll love the Alambre.”


Two of our favorite dishes at Dos Chiles are the Fajitas Cameron and the Pancho Villa.  According to world traveler, and DayTripper contributor, Ryan Giacomini, “The food is frick-frickin’ good.” (And so are the margaritas)! With the Pancho Villa, diners are served a generous platter loaded with jalapeno poppers, quesadilla, two tacos, fajitas, refried beans & rice.

For some spectacular fresh fish, prepared amazingly well, be sure to enjoy the Mahi Mahi at Dos Chiles. Their authentic Mexican food is excellent too, like their incredible Shrimp Fajitas. What pairs well with their food is their beautiful al fresco dining overlooking the marina.

When dining at Dos Chiles, come hungry and leave happy.


A new DayTripper Magazine favorite, Papacitos not only has fantastico food, but excelente service too!  If you are fortunate to have Estella waiting on you, you are in for an great night of customer service. Her friendly and upbeat personality accentuate the experience at this outdoor restaurant.

Three dishes we would recommend are the Quesadilla, Fajitas de Res, and their Alambre de Res. But if you want to order something super spectacular, get the Molcajete de Cameron.  It’s Estella’s favorite (and now mine too)!  The shrimp are grilled to perfection and smoky.  Similar to the Alambre at The Pub, the Molcajete de Cameron with give you a seafood experience like no other.


If you are an American and craving some flavors from home, then a trip to Puerto Aventuras on a Wednesday night in in order. Cafe Ole serves all you can eat ribs on Wednesday Nights. The are Kansas City-style slathered in a light and tangy sauce. According to visitor, Eric Giacomini, “This is the best meal I have had the whole trip.” (And that was after a week in the Yucatan.

Now if cravings from North of the Border are not what you seek, we also recommend the Fajitas Cameron.  This dish is served with an abundance of shrimp, and it’s done simply, and loaded with lots of whole foods. You’ll feel full and healthier when you finish this dish…that is, if you can finish it!

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Michele Giacomini

Daytripper Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Michele Giacomini, is a Lifestyles Writer and the author of Looking for B.O.B. (Brightsides of Bull$#!+). She writes about everything chocolate, wine, food, travel and shoes—for everything else, she just makes fun of it. You may follow her here at Daytripper Magazine, or
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