10 Best Restaurants close to Cozumel's Cruise Piers

The beautiful tropical island of Cozumel, located south of Cancun off the coast of Playa del Carmen, is paradise on earth. Known primarily for providing some of the best scuba diving on earth, the island also boasts heavenly white sand beaches, eco-parks, ancient Mayan history and the welcoming warmth that only Mexico can offer.

Cozumel is a major cruise port, between 20 and 30 Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Disney, Celebrity, and other ships arrive weekly during high season. That's a lot of hungry cruisers that want to taste the best that Cozumel has to offer, and they're in luck, because there are many unique restaurants within walking distance of or just a short taxi ride from Punta Langosta pier.

If you're looking for Mexican food with a modern touch head to Kondesa or Kinta. These sister restaurants are two island favorites. Buccanos at Night serves up unbelievable dishes and a fabulous view. For authentic Mexican grub, you'll feel right at home at La Casita de Indio, where Indio himself will greet you. For yummy grub and a party atmosphere, try Wet Wendy's, sister restaurant The Thirsty Cougar or La Hach. For international fare, like Italian or Argentinian, give charming Guido's or delectable Del Sur Argentina a try. 

For dessert, don't miss Chocolateria Isla Bella, which is run by a a talented mother and her daughter.

You'll be surprised to find how delicious and unique the food is at these Cozumel restaurants.



This ocean view restaurant is located above a dive shop, which makes for a great view of the Caribbean and a lovely breeze at all hours, and is within walking distance of the southern (International) cruise port. La Hach means "one for the road" or "the last one" in Mayan, which is fitting; this is probably where you'll have your last drink of the night because you won't want to leave. The bar/restaurant is popular with locals and features a live rock band Thursday through Saturday and the party lasts well into the early morning hours. Try the "Nacho Macho" but only if you have few friends to share it with.



The Thirsty Cougar is owned by the proprietors of Wet Wendy's. This version is smaller and has a killer view of the Caribbean. You'll find all of Wendy's delicious margaritas here as well. Visit with the entire family because this place is totally kid friendly. Order a virgin margarita for the little ones. The cheese fries and buritto with mango sauce are standouts. You'll find great conversation and people watching at the Thirsty Cougar and by the time you leave you'll know everyone who works there by name. The Thirsty Cougar offers free WIFI so bring your laptop or smartphone.



Like big sister Cozumel restaurant Kondesa, this is Mexican nouvelle cuisine at its best. Dine in Kinta's lush garden on fresh, flavorful food at a super price. Kinta offers an extensive selection of margaritas. Start off with the Wahoo tostadas and then a fresh fish (probably caught that same day) dish. The chocolate bread pudding is a must for dessert. Pachita, the resident black cat, just adds more charm and character to this delectable experience. Kinta is closed Mondays and it's located close to the town square on 5ta Avenida (5th Avenue). There's plenty of parking in the lot across the street.



The Mayans served chocolate drinks during important religious events and offered cacao seeds to their gods. Considering the fact that Cozumel was an important island in Mayan Yucatecan life, it's only fitting that the island be home to a supurb chocolate shop. This charming store is run by a mother and daughter team. They make and sell all kinds of chocolate creations, including many different types of truffles like Triple Chocolate, Coconut Lime, Sea Salt Butterscotch and White Chocolate Coffee. Their motto is "Make people happy one piece of chocolate at a time". Look for the "chocolate of the day" on the Chocolateria's Facebook page.



If you're looking for authentic "off-the-beaten-path" Mexican food, look no further. La Casita de Indio (Indio's little house), a family owned restaurant which is popular with both locals and expats and is located just two blocks from the waterfront, provides a casual, fun atmosphere and superb service. You'll be treated like one of Indio's family, as he considers customers simply friends who are coming to his home for a meal. On the menu you'll find fresh authentic tacos, ceviche, tamales, lobster, steak, shrimp and more. The economical breakfast burritos are out of this world. Great people watching completes the experience.



Del Sur, a Cozumel favorite, is a taste of Argentina in Mexico that is frequented by both locals and tourists. The owners are gracious and humble and the staff, happy. The ample selection of empanadas (baked or fried stuffed pastries) are light and crispy and the meats, perfectly prepared. Try a bottle of Argentinian malbac with your meal. Expect attentive service, reasonable prices and a delightful ambiance. The restaurant is located just two blocks of the main plaza downtown. Even if you don't dine here, stop by and pick up some of the dessert empanadas to go. Each empanada runs between only 1 and 2 USDs.



Wet Wendy's "invented the drink that keeps on drinking". They must be referring to their extensive margarita menu which includes shaken or frozen Strawberry , Mango, Banana, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Coconut Peanut Butter Chocolate, Avocado, Cucumber-Jalapeno or Pink Panther. They also offer an extensive menu which includes Mexican and "Texican" food, seafood, vegetarian options, a kids menu, burgers, salads, breakfast and some great signature dishes. There's also a gift boutique onsite which sells Wet Wendy t-shirts, jewelry, margarita glasses. Wendy's features live jazz music some nights, and football parties as well. You'll always meet a lot of fun people and there's never a dull moment at Wendy's.



You'll experience a taste of Europe, Swiss-Italian to be exact, just three blocks from the ferry dock and overlooking the Caribbean Sea on Rafael Melgar Avenue,in Guido's dreamy garden. Chef Yvonne 's (she is also the owner) father Guido was the original owner. Order pizza baked in a wood-fired oven, delectable lasagna or one of the daily specials accompanied by Guido's famous pitcher of Sangria, then finish off your meal with a homemade dessert and coffee. There's also the option of creating your own pasta and sauce dish. Guido's has an extensive bar and wine list and is also a boutique hotel.



This cozy, romantic open-air garden restaurant is arguably one of the best restaurants on the island of Cozumel. Fresh flavorful Mexican and Yucatecan dishes are prepared with a modern twist and a lovely presentation. Prices are reasonable and the service is impeccable. The restaurant is only open for dinner. Don't miss "the three guacamoles" (One has strawberries in it, who knew?) and the queso fundido and try the churros for dessert. Bring insect repellent because the mosquitos can get a little feisty. Kondesa is perfect for a romantic evening. This very well may be the best meal of your vacation.

Buccanos at Night
Photo courtesy of Ines Falkenberg


Buccanos prides itself on providing a multi-sensory, multi-ethnic experience. Dine by torch and candlelight while admiring a view of both the Caribbean Sea and the mainland skyline and try seafood and fresh fish, which quite often was caught by the owner himself, prepared with seasonal quality ingredients. One example of a dish you might encounter; nut crusted jumbo shrimp served on compressed avocado with habanero dipping sauce and soya onion relish garnish. Wow. Try the Tamarindo Rum Punch and then "Sexiness by Chocolate" (for two) for dessert. Buccanos is only open on Friday and Saturdays from 6 pm until 11pm. Buccanos at Night closes during low season (September-November).


Meet Kristin Busse

After vacationing in Mexico many times, Kristin decided to move to Cancun "for a year". That was in 2001.

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