A Healthy Vacation Starts at These Cancun Restaurants with Gluten-Free Alternatives

Millions of tourists from all over the globe visit Cancun each year. The world class vacation destination, located in the Mexican Caribbean on the azure Caribbean Sea, is always growing and changing to meet the needs of its visitors.

The last thing you want to worry about when you're on vacation is getting sick, and one of the most difficult parts of having celiac disease is figuring out what's safe for you to eat. Luckily more and more restaurants in Cancun are offering gluten-free menus, gluten-free entrees, or at least the option of asking the chef to prepare a special gluten-free meal.

All of the restaurants in the Ritz Carlton Cancun, including The Club Grill and Casitas, happily prepare gluten-free cuisine. Outback Steakhouse actually has a gluten-free menu. Vegan Planet and 100% Natural downtown and Le Natura in the Hotel Zone all serve healthy, economical food with many vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free entrees. Ruth's Chris Steak House, Savio's Bistro and Arrecifes, all fine dining restaurants located in the Hotel Zone, will prepare gluten-free meals upon request. With just 24 hours notice, Du Mexique, a fabulous French-Mexican fusion restaurant downtown on Bonampak Avenue, will prepare gluten-free bread and entrees for diners.

If you're looking for gluten-free goods, visit Las 3 Puertas (The Three Doors) in downtown Cancun on Mojarra Street off of Nader Avenue.

Zona Hotelera


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Zona Hotelera


Arrecifes (Reefs) is a well-kept secret in the Westin Resort & Spa Cancun, which is located at Km 20 of the Hotel Zone. The prices are very reasonable for Cancun hotel dining. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor dining, both with...  Read More

Zona Hotelera


This incredibly romantic restaurant is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun. There are tables around the pool, as well as in private cabanas right on the beach. An individual cabana can be reserved for 125 usd and this romantic, unique, tropical...  Read More



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Du Mexique is another one of the amazing restaurants on Bonampak avenue in downtown Cancun. This is a lovely place to celebrate a special occasion like an anniversary or birthday. Located in what used to be a house, the divine ambiance, service...  Read More

Hotel Zone


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For more than 45 years, Ruth's Chris Steak House has been serving prime cuts of beef to its discerning customers. Cancun's Ruth's Chris Steak House is no different and serves nothing but the finest cuts of USDA beef. In addition to top-notch...  Read More

100% Natural
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This restaurant, located in downtown Cancun, is a local favorite. The menu is large and consists of page after page of healthy dishes made with natural ingredients. Soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps, Mexican specialties and seafood dishes are...  Read More



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Hotel Zone


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Meet Kristin Busse

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

Kristin grew-up in Michigan and studied Communications at Michigan State University....  More About Kristin