Marco Beteta


Multifaceted, trendy and cosmopolitan, Cancun is one of the top premium beach destinations worldwide. Great touristic infrastructure (specially in the hotel area, although in recent years the downtown area has improved considerably). Ocean, sun and sand are its main attractions without a doubt, but it also offers a wide variety of activities and leisure options for all kinds of tastes, and ages, from fishing, diving (Parque Nacional Arrecife de Puerto Morelos, Isla Mujeres); surf, windsurf, sailing (beaches Gaviota Azul, Las Perlas, Chac Mool, Delfines); kayak (Laguna Nichupté, Parque Natural Tres Ríos) navigating (good marinas: Punta del Este, Manglar, Club Lagoon); excellent level golf courses and spas, all the way to theme parks, archaeological sites and museums (El Rey, Cancún Museum of Archaeology in the hotel area; El Meco, downtown; Popular Mexican Art Museum, in the El Embarcadero complex). Lively and varied nightlife. Exceptional and ample gastronomic offer (Mercado 28, very folkloric, a must for those who want to savor a good cocktail after a night out). A good place for high-end shopping (luxury items, watches, perfumes with the tax-free benefit, in certain stores shopping malls such as La Isla, Plaza Caracol, Plaza Kukulcán); local –and from other regions- arts and crafts for all tastes and budgets. Certainly it is an expensive destination (having the foreign tourist in mind more than the local); nevertheless it is an ideal place for family vacations, honeymooners, and a convenient alternative for conventions and congresses.




• Dreams Cancún

Luxurious all-inclusive ranked among the best. Ideal for couples or families. Spa, gym, tennis, dolphin pool, activities for children.

Punta Cancún S/N. Zona Hotelera.

Tel: (01-998) 848 7000.



• JW Marriott Cancún & Resort Spa

Luxury and elegance. Good option for families. Magnificent pools. Spa, gym, tennis, children entertainment activities. Gourmet center with a varied restaurant offer.

Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 14.5. Zona Hotelera. Tel: (01-998) 848 9600.[/one_half]


• The Ritz Carlton Cancún

Prestige and guaranteed quality in its facilities and services. Ideal for families and couples. Spa, gym, tennis, activities for children.

Retorno del Rey 36. Zona Hotelera.

Tel: (01-998) 881 0808.[/one_half_last]

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• Casa Rolandi

Italian cuisine.

On the hotel strip. Refreshed and elegant diner that has known how to maintain quality throughout the years. Ideal as a couple or with friends.

Marco recommends:

Salmon Carpaccio; wood fire pizzas; homemade pastas.

Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 13.5. Marina Blue Ray.

Tel: (01-998) 883 2557

• Cenacolo

Italian cuisine.

Refined, relaxed. Fresh pasta prepared daily. Piano music. It opened recently and it now has a more Mediterranean menu, Cenacolo Mare, which promises to rank among the favorite. Ideal as a romantic outing.

Marco recommends:

Sailfish Carpaccio; seafood pasta.

Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 13 (Plaza Kukulcán).

Tel: (01-998) 885 3603.

Av. Bonampak S.M. 9. (Plaza Península).

Tel: (01-998) 802 2109.

• Elefanta

Indian cuisine.

Exotic environment among palm trees and palms. Palapas with a view to the lagoon. Live music. Ideal for friends and couples.

Marco recommends:

Saag paneer; Tandoor Chicken.

Centro Comercial La Isla. Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 12.5.

Tel: (01-998) 176 8070.

• Fred´s House Seafood Market & Grill


Well-achieved concept as a fine seafood feud. It has its own market with the freshest products of the region. Pleasant atmosphere in front of the lagoon. Ideal for families or with friends.

Marco recommends:

Sashimi; lobster soup; tuna tostadas.

Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 14.5. Zona Hotelera. Tel: (01-998) 840 6466.



• Habaneros

Yucatán cuisine.

Cozy, simple and small place. Traditional Yucatán cuisine at very reasonable prices. Good breakfasts. Ideal for every occasion.

Marco recommends:

Pibil chicken tostadas; pork panucho.

Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 11.5. Zona Hotelera.

Tel: (01-998) 883 1243.

• Harry´s Prime Steakhouse & Raw Bar

Steak and seafood.

One of the first with Grupo Anderson’s new gastronomical concept. Part of the great Harry’s success befalls on the quality of its products and its good menu. Terrace with a view to the lagoon. Ideal for business or with friends.

Marco recommends:

Kobe hamburger; aged meat cuts.

Blvd. Kulkulcán Km. 14.2. Zona Hotelera.

Tel: (01-998) 840 6551.

• JC Capitán


Simple and casual, outdoors in a palapa with a view to the lagoon. Perfect for a leisurely conversation after a meal, and to enjoy the sunset. Ideal for families and with friends, or for a romantic outing.

Marco recommends:

Shrimp tacos; coconut shrimp; dogfish bread.

Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 19.5. Zona Hotelera.

Tel: (01-998) 885 3126.

• La Habichuela Downtown

Caribbean cuisine.

An institution in downtown Cancun. Original proposal in a good taste Mayan atmosphere. Choose a table in the garden. Ideal for a romantic occasion or with friends.

Marco recommends:

Stripped blue crabs; lime soup.

Margaritas 25.

Tel: (01-998) 884 3158.


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• Locanda Paolo

Italian cuisine.

Casual and relaxed atmosphere in downtown Cancun. Personally looked after by its owner, it offers a contemporary fusion menu. Visited by locals. Ideal for business, couples.

Marco recommends:

Crab pasta; grilled octopus; black risotto.

Av. Bonampak 145, esq. Jurel. S.M. 3.

Tel: (01-998) 887 2627.

• Lorenzillo´s


Known as the live lobster house (same that they harvest in a farm). Fresh decoration, made up of a palm structure with view to the lagoon. Ideal for business, friends or family.

Marco recommends:

Fresh clams; clam chowder; lobster.

Blvd. Kukulcán Km.10.5. Zona Hotelera.

Tel: (01-998) 883 1254.

• Los Aguachiles


Simple and casual place in downtown Cancun; very concurred by locals. Ideal for a casual outing with friends or family.

Marco recommends:

Shrimp tacos; fresh tuna tostadas; sunbathed octopus.

Av. Nizuc esq. Av. Nichupte.

Tel: (01-998) 884 7699.

• Peter´s Restaurant

International and Mexican cuisine.

Intimate eatery served by the chef himself and his wife who are also the owners; located downtown. Ideal for special occasions when looking for a gourmet experience.

Marco recommends:

Mushroom ravioli; shrimps in coriander sauce.

Av. Bonampak 72, entre Sierra y Robalo. S.M. 3.

Tel: (01-998) 251 9310.

• Pik Nik

Mexican cuisine.

Reasonable prices in a small place downtown; served by the owner himself.

Marco recommends:

Tortilla soup; Coriander steak.

Av. Tulipanes.

Tel: (01-998) 147 7049.[/one_half]


• Puerto Madero

Argentinean steak house.

On the hotel strip, with a quality guarantee that backs it up. Terrace with a view to the lagoon. Ideal for business, large groups, friends.

Marco recommends:

Chargrilled octopus; meat cuts; halibut.

Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 14.1. Marina Barracuda.

Tel: (01-998) 885 2829.

• Savio´s Bistro by La Dolce Vita

Italian cuisine; seafood.

Personally looked after by its owner. Reasonable prices. Casual and relaxed atmosphere with a view to the lagoon, visited by locals. Terrace. Ideal for business, couples. Main restaurant (La Dolce Vita) downtown.

Marco recommends:

Onion soup; Pizza; “Ajillo” style fish fileto.

Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 15. Zona Hotelera.

Tel: (01-998) 885 0161.

• Thai Lounge

Thai cuisine.

Trendy place with an exotic atmosphere, made up of a set of palapas in front of the lagoon. Ideal with friends.

Marco recommends:

Spring rolls; Spicy shrimp; Sweet and sour fish.

Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 12.5. (Centro Comercial La Isla).

Tel: (01-998) 176 8070.

• The Club Grill

International fine cuisine.

In the Ritz Carlton hotel. Elegant, French style dining room with the hotel chain’s service excellence. Excellent wine list. Ideal for a special occasion (without children).

Marco recommends:

Scallop of foie; Crab soup; Roasted duck.

Retorno del Rey 36. Zona Hotelera.

Tel: (01-998) 881 0808.

• Tinto

Steak house.

Argentine diner that offers good cuts at reasonable prices. Warm and relaxed atmosphere. Great wine selection. Ideal for business or with friends.

Marco recommends:

Tuna squares; Beef broth; Meat cuts.

Blvd. Luis Donaldo Colosio Km. 7.5. (Centro Comercial Pabellón Cumbres).

Tel: (01-998) 882 2111.[/one_half_last]