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Sep 2, 2008 07:29 AM

Bizarre Foods in Cozumel/ Riviera Maya?

Heya all

I will be traveling to Cozumel and the Riviera Maya with a day trip to Chichen Itza in late October. I have never been to Mexico except to a border town 10 years ago. While my wife is more into the beach and relaxing, i will be doing some SCUBA diving and def want to check out the Mayan ruins and the local culture.

I am also fanatic for Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel so I am hoping to hit some local markets or restaurants that serve up some foods that are off the beaten path.

Any recs?

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  1. My most "bizarre" meal on Cozumel was a foil pack of trigger fish livers - horrible. You won't find much that's bizarre, but will you settle for exotic? The roasted lechon (suckling pig) served up Thurs. through Sun. mornings, with chicharron and habanero in a torta, in Playa del Carmen at Avenida 30 Y calle 30, under the blue tarp, is an experience. And the grilled octopus at Negrosal in Playa (calle 16, entre aves. 1 y 5) is the best you will ever taste.
    Bad news about Chichen Itza; you can no longer climb the pyramid. (But you can in Coba..) Even in Tulum it's no touch.
    I have dived Cozumel for 20 years, you can search good posts. Hit Bob's Marley bar, for sure.

    1. La Cueva del Pescador in Akumal will usually cook for you any fish you've caught, and I've never gone fishing off Akumal beach and not caught at least one barracuda. Tasty eats. Good diving there, too, although not by Cozumel standards.

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      1. re: JoanN

        And for landlubbers, Cueva del Pescador will serve up a great boquinette, fried whole with a crunchy garlic sauce. (I get a side of Veracruz sauce, in addition). Their conch ceviche is as good as it gets. One of my favorite restaurants in the Yucatan.