Winter Escape to Mexico! Part 5 – Where to Eat in Playa del Carmen
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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!
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:
- Part 1 – Introduction & Planning
- Part 2 – Transport to & From Playa del Carmen
- Part 3 – Where to Stay in Playa del Carmen
- Part 4 – What to Do in Playa del Carmen
- Part 5 – Where to Eat in Playa del Carmen
- Part 6 – Blog Giveaway
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!
We spent our first night at a restaurant called Chiltepin. This restaurant was the closest to our Airbnb.
They had an assortment of Mexican and American food.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.
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!
The ambiance was very relaxing, and a little romantic.
We almost felt like we were in a rainforest!
I got some kind of chicken and cheese dish. It was delicious!
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.
We ordered some life-size margaritas. We probably had a bit too much to drink, but seemed to be in good company.
They brought out the food and it was amazing! Beautiful presentation and very tasty.
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!
You can choose from several chocolate drinks.
Our drinks came out and looked amazing! They were very rich. I don’t think I could have finished more than a size small.
How You Can Do It Too!
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Link: How to Transfer Chase Points to Southwest
Link: How to Earn the Southwest Companion Pass
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Bottom LinePlaya 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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