Winter Escape to Mexico! Part 5 – Where to Eat in Playa del Carmen

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Emily:  When I was a teenager, I traveled to Mexico as part of a mission trip to build homes for families in need.

The experience changed my life in such a positive way!  I saw how kind and generous the Mexicans were towards me, even when they had very little.  I realized how much we take for granted in the US, and how blessed we are in so many ways.

Since that time, I’ve wanted to return to Mexico for another mission trip.  But this time, my friends and I were on vacation, so we visited Playa del Carmen before our recent trip to Cuba!

Winter Escape To Mexico Part 5 Where To Eat In Playa Del Carmen

When in Mexico…

No trip could ever replace that first time in Mexico though.  I feel thankful that I was able to go to help others.

Winter Escape to Mexico Trip Report Index:

Where to Eat in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is a lively area with more than its fair share of restaurants.  We could very easily walk to all of these restaurants from our Airbnb.  Here are my top 4 restaurant recommendations!  

1.   Chiltelpin

We spent our first night at a restaurant called Chiltepin.  This restaurant was the closest to our Airbnb.

Winter Escape To Mexico Part 5 Where To Eat In Playa Del Carmen

The Restaurant Seemed to Be a Spot for Locals – We Looked Like the Only Tourists Around

They had an assortment of Mexican and American food.

Winter Escape To Mexico Part 5 Where To Eat In Playa Del Carmen

TripAdvisor Is a Great Help When Deciding Where to Eat

Chiltepin was a short walk from the beach, less than half a mile.

2.   100% Natural

The next night, we went to 100% Natural.  We loved this place!

The food was amazing, and it was literally 100 yards to the ocean.

Winter Escape To Mexico Part 5 Where To Eat In Playa Del Carmen

I’m a Big Fan of Restaurants That Maintain a Healthy Integrity

There was something for everyone!  The restaurant was vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free friendly.  But there was still a lot of food for meat eaters, which made everyone happy!

Winter Escape To Mexico Part 5 Where To Eat In Playa Del Carmen

Large Menu With Wide Variety at 100% Natural

The ambiance was very relaxing, and a little romantic.

Winter Escape To Mexico Part 5 Where To Eat In Playa Del Carmen

We Loved the Tropical Atmosphere!

We almost felt like we were in a rainforest!

Winter Escape To Mexico Part 5 Where To Eat In Playa Del Carmen

We Visited Multiple Times, for Breakfast and Dinner

I got some kind of chicken and cheese dish.  It was delicious!

Winter Escape To Mexico Part 5 Where To Eat In Playa Del Carmen

Trying New Foods Is Half the Fun of Traveling!

3.   La Parilla

We also enjoyed our dinner at La Parilla.  This was the most fun we’ve had at dinner in a long time!!  The servers were so fun and laid back!  If we were in Playa again, I’d love to come here again for dinner.

Winter Escape To Mexico Part 5 Where To Eat In Playa Del Carmen

We Felt Conformed to Mexican Culture by This Point

We ordered some life-size margaritas. We probably had a bit too much to drink, but seemed to be in good company.

Winter Escape To Mexico Part 5 Where To Eat In Playa Del Carmen

Food Tastes Better With an 18-Inch Margarita

They brought out the food and it was amazing!  Beautiful presentation and very tasty.

Winter Escape To Mexico Part 5 Where To Eat In Playa Del Carmen

I Couldn’t Wait to Put This Inside My Face

After dinner, we were serenaded by a local band.  I think they were surprised when we all got up and started to dance! 🙂

4.   Ah Cacao

I love chocolate, so I was dying to try this place out.  Ah Cacao makes hot chocolate an art!

Winter Escape To Mexico Part 5 Where To Eat In Playa Del Carmen

A Cafe That Specializes in Chocolate? Yes to That!

You can choose from several chocolate drinks.

Winter Escape To Mexico Part 5 Where To Eat In Playa Del Carmen

I Didn’t Visit Enough Times to Try Everything :(

Our drinks came out and looked amazing!  They were very rich.  I don’t think I could have finished more than a size small.

Winter Escape To Mexico Part 5 Where To Eat In Playa Del Carmen

Like a Candy Bar in a Cup

Yum!

Winter Escape To Mexico Part 5 Where To Eat In Playa Del Carmen

So Delicious, I ALMOST Felt Guilty

How You Can Do It Too!

transferred Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest to fly to Mexico for cheap.  And so can you!  Plus, if you have the Southwest Companion Pass, you can bring a friend for only the cost of taxes and fees!

 Round-Trip Coach Ticket From Austin to Cancun3 Nights in a Centrally-Located Airbnb for 6 People
Retail Cost$450$339 total
Our Cash Cost$75 in taxes$339 total, or ~$68 per person
Miles & Points Used25,000 Southwest PointsN/A
Source of Miles & PointsChase Ultimate Rewards:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred
Current sign-up bonus of 50,000 points
- Chase Sapphire Reserve
Current sign-up bonus of 100,000 points
- Chase Ink Plus
Current sign-up bonus of 60,000 points
- Chase Ink Bold
Not available to new applicants

Southwest Cards:
- Chase Southwest Plus
Current sign-up bonus of 40,000 points
- Chase Southwest Premier
Current sign-up bonus of 40,000 points
- Chase Southwest Premier Business
Current sign-up bonus of 50,000 points
N/A
Alternatives- United Airlines - 35,000 miles round-trip + ~$50 in taxes
- American Airlines - 30,000 miles round-trip (25,000 between September 7 and November 14) + ~$50 in taxes
- Use Barclaycard Arrival Plus miles to erase $100+ travel purchases, like Airbnb
- Use my Airbnb referral code for $20 off!
- Use Hyatt points to stay at a hotel
Additional Information- You can transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest and United Airlines
- Here's how to get the Southwest Companion Pass, so your companion can fly with you for (almost) free for nearly 2 years!
- Here’s how to choose a good and safe Airbnb
- Here are tips on how to negotiate a better Airbnb price!
- You can transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt

Flights

Link:   How to Transfer Chase Points to Southwest

Link:   How to Earn the Southwest Companion Pass

To transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points, you must have either the:

You can also earn Southwest points by signing-up for the:

Note:   The Chase Southwest credit cards frequently offer 50,000 point sign-up bonuses, so I’d wait until the bonus increases before you apply!

You can also use the Barclaycard Arrival Plus credit card to cover the cost of your flight.  The current sign-up bonus is 50,000 Arrival miles.  That’s worth ~$525!

Airbnb

Booking an Airbnb is easy.  Here’s how to choose a good and safe Airbnb, and tips on how to negotiate a better price! And don’t forget you can use the $20 off referral code!

Bottom Line

Playa del Carmen has some great dining options!  I really liked 100% Natural because it was healthy and fresh.  The atmosphere was peaceful, and the staff was very sweet.

And La Parilla was my favorite restaurant in Playa because of the live music, large margaritas, and delicious food!

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