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Gastronomy in the Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya offers exquisite culinary options for all tastes, as it combines the Mayan, Mexican and Spanish heritages with cosmopolitan gastronomy from all over the World. There are French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish restaurants… you name it!

As for Riviera Maya’s gastronomy, much of the area’s cuisine is seafood based, and is usually enriched with spices, sweet chili, seeds, oregano, achiote, red onion, lime and bitter orange.

In Caribbean Living, we have collected a list of some of its most famous regional dishes, for your delight (and ours).

Gastronomical wonders of the Riviera Maya

Cochinita Pibil - Playa del Carmen Gastronomy

Cochinita Pibil

One of the most loved dishes of the Riviera Maya. It is a pork meat seasoned with achiote, anciently used in Prehispanic rituals. 

Ceviche - Gastronomy of Playa del Carmen


Mexican Ceviche consists of marinated fish or seafood, complemented with tomato, chilis, red onion, cilantro and oregano.

Sopa de Lima - Gastronomía de Playa del Carmen

Lime Soup

Seasoned with clove, Yucatecan oregano and cumin, this soup is aromaticed with lime slices.

Gastronomía de Playa del Carmen

Huevos Motuleños

This breakfast dish comes comes from the Motul village, and combines tortilla, eggs, refried beans, tomato sauce and fried plantain. Learn the recipe here.

Zenzi Playa del Carmen - Downtonwn

Tikinxic fish

This dish cooks grouper with the traditional style of Cochinita Pibil.

Xtabentum - Gastronomy of Playa del Carmen
Xtabentum A drink from Yucatán made with anise liqueur and fermented honey
Papadzules - Playa del Carmen Gastronomía


A traditional recipe of tacos from Yucatán, it is known for its pumpkin seeds sauce.

Tacos de Camarón - Gastronomía de Playa del Carmen

Tacos de Camarón

Delicious and tasty, you can find them in the best Seafood Restaurants of the area. Very worth the try! 

Is your favourite on the list? What flavor do you prefer?

If you come to the Riviera Maya, do not forget to try some of these traditional dishes, they are authentic culinary experiences to be discovered.

Bon appétit!


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