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Dining and Nightlife
The day in Cozumel doesn’t end when the sun sets. What better way to begin your evening than with a traditional Mexican meal, followed by a refreshing Margarita on an open-air patio as you watch the moonlight dancing on the ocean.

With a myriad of different palate-pleasing restaurants and cafés to choose from, visitors to Cozumel are sure to find something to their liking. You can sample authentic Mayan and Mexican dishes or choose from a number of restaurants serving international fare.

If you’ve only had Mexican food in the U.S., you’re in for a surprise. Authentic Mexican cuisine is quite different from the usual fare that is served in most restaurants in the States. You’ll be astounded by the diversity of the menus. Also keep in mind that some of the foods you may be familiar with will not be prepared exactly the same way here.
There’s also an abundance of fresh fish and shellfish in this region. Lobster, shrimp and grouper are especially popular, and you will find them cooked with mexican spices or simply grilled to retain that fresh-from-the-sea flavor. For a refreshing seafood dish, you should try ceviche, a dish comprised of fish or conch marinated with lemon, vinegar, onions, tomatoes and cilantro.

You’ll want to sample the more familiar dishes like tacos, a combination of meat rolled in a tortilla and fried. Tamales are made with corn flour dough stuffed with meat or chicken and sauce, steamed in banana leaves or corn leaves.

Whatever your choice of main dishes, you’ll probably be served guacamole. This favorite Mexican paste is made of avocado, onion, tomato, chile and salt and is a pleasing accompaniment to any meal. And for the morning meal, a traditional Mexican breakfast is not to be missed. An order of huevos rancheros. Fried eggs served on a tortilla with tomato sauce and fried beans on the side. It could be accompanied by an order of fresh fruit. It will definitely set you up for the day.

Cozumel has an increasing number of restaurants offering other cuisines. You can satisfy your craving for Italian, Chinese or Continental food, as well as traditional American favorites.

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Freedom in Paradise

Freedom in Paradise is as much a state of mind as it is a place. Situated on the southern corner of Cozumel, it’s a favorite of the locals who flock there on their days off to escape for a few hours. The stunning and romantic open ocean vista makes Freedom the perfect place to walk on the beach, watch the sun dance on the waves or just unwind after a hectic day chasing deals downtown. Just drop into a hammock, breathe out and feel the stress evaporate as you check out the menu while sipping a fruity tropical drink or a cold beer. For the ultimate in relaxation, wander off to the second floor where massages are offered to the accompaniment of reggae music and the soothing roar of the surf as it crashes on the shore.
Hang out with the staff, cuddle with your significant other in a hammock or make new friends. Don’t be surprised if one of the owners, Sylvia or William Sr. comes around to say hello. Either way, do not miss the opportunity to sample the simple gastronomic delights of the Caribbean’s best ceviche, fried fish and shrimp quesadillas. Before you leave, take a few moments to check their sibling eatery, Rasta’s, where they offer all kinds of souvenirs such as t-shirts, jewelry, ceramics and souvenir Rasta Dolls. Once there, meet the island’s largest (and happiest) free-roaming pigs, Harley and Porky.
Freedom in Paradise and Rasta’s: Two great spots in one place where you can set your mind and body free.

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Jeanie's Beach Club

Downtown’s only beach club is the perfect way to spend your day. Jeanie’s Beach Club is always open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can try Jeanie’s famous waffles, enjoy a tasty Mexican platter or sip a daiquiri from the full bar with beachside service. When you’re ready for a soft adventure, try Snuba or Sea Trek! It’s safe underwater fun for the whole family and anyone can do it. Call for reservations: 878-4647 or just show up.
Snorkelers will love the beach club’s easy in/out water access. Jeanie’s offers complimentary lockers, changing rooms and Wifi for its patrons. With all that Jeanie’s Beach Club has to offer, it’s easy to spend an entire day of fun!

www.jeaniescozumel.com

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La Cabaña del Pescador "Lobster House"

Over 20 years experience preparing the freshest the most delicious Lobster in all of Cozumel by the same Chefs.
Taste an exquisite creation of the Caribbean in a wonderful place, with relaxed and casual atmosphere. Just choose your Lobster and pay by the weight. Family Owned. Open from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm.

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La Cocay

The food is an eclectic mix of Mediterranean with a touch of Mexico and the Caribbean. You’ll also enjoy an inviting selection of international wines and excellent classic cocktails. La Cocay uses the finest ingredients such as Certified Angus Beef, imported sushi grade tuna and freshly caught local fish. They select their fruits and vegetables daily and their sauces are prepared entirely in-house. La Cocay does this to provide their customers with delicious, high quality meals. When you walk in the door a comfortable, casual yet elegant atmosphere will surround you. La Cocay has a main dining room, bar and a back patio overlooking a tropical garden. If you’re looking for quality food and service look no further than La Cocay. For reservations call 872-5533 or 872-4407
La Cocay Mediterranean Cuisine: Innovative dishes and fine wines in an elegant, comfortable atmosphere.

www.lacocay.com

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Pancho's Backyard

A long time favorite among visitors to Cozumel who enjoy fine Mexican dining, Pancho’s Backyard is a delightful restaurant located inside the Los Cinco Soles mansion. The award winning menu features “Great Mexican Food and Awesome Margaritas” presented in a unique setting with friendly service, magical ambiance and relaxing fountains. Traditional favorites as well as gourmet specialties, all carefully prepared, healthy and delicious.

www.loscincosoles.com

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