we are looking primarily to hanging out on
a Mexican beach our order of preferences are (1) Cancun, (2) Puerto
Vallarta, and (3) Cabo San Lucas. Cancun is #1 in the quality of the
water, waves, beaches, and nearby sights. The Mayan ruins in Talum are
highly recommended for a day tour from Cancun.
Puerto Vallarta we recommend....Le Kliff (***).
About 17 km S of centro PV. A
restaurant with fantastic ocean sunset view and good food. (The
food is great but the
*** are especially for the view.) Table are on a large patio
overlooking the ocean. Very ROMANTIC. Recommended:
take a taxi or local bus in late afternoon and try to get out to Le
Kliff in time to visit the site of the making of The Night of
the Iguana, which is near Le Kliff, before
closing. Then grab a great patio table at Le Kliff and start an
early cocktail hour, lasting to sunset. Then enjoy dinner and dance
music. Best beach: Punta di Mita, 40 km N of centro
PV. There is a (colorful) local bus running from the town and hotel
alley to Punta di Mita. It's a local, so plan on making this a whole
Saturday night stroll along the promenade and
into the town square. Eating at the makeshift sidewalk eateries. You
can make a delicious dinner with $2 spread over several sidewalk
purchases. This is what the locals do, but not tourists
(other than ourselves). This is a *** experience. Cruise boat to Yelapa.
Evening stroll: on the Puero Vallarta promenade.
The Best Dining
and most interesting are in the city of Cancun
rather than on the hotel strip. Given the layout of the airport
and hotel alley, many visitors never see the
real Cancun. But it's not difficult to get into the city. Local buses are cheap
and run frequently from the hotel strip to downtown Cancun.
In a 1999 visit we
discovered the charming Santa Maria Restaurante [$,**].
This immediately became our favorite Cancun haunt. It faces a
small city park, Parque Las Palapas, on a quite street two blocks from the
Avenida Tulum (where the buses run from town to beach hotels).
The dining room is open air. Food is superb.
While our usual
policy on this blog site is to mention only those places we have personal
experience with, we must make an exception for Cancun. We have two
special friends with authority and experience on Cancun that can not be
overlooked Gina likes La Placita (Hamburgers and Mex BBQ).
She probably means the downtown La Placita, not the one on the beach strip.
visit (2004), provides these options.
found a new restaurant in Downtown Cancun called Labna. It is new, but
was not doing a great business on Saturday night. I hope that it takes
Margaritas St. 29, 892-3056......We ate
there several times. It has excellent regional fair. Not very
pricey. Just a few doors down from La Habichuela - also a
favorite, but we did not eat there this time........Two other
Natural (simple Mexican dinners, breakfast, fish, tacos, etc)
Caracol.... and Savio's