Places I Eat along the Malecon in Mahahual

I get questions from people all the time asking me where are the good cheap local eating places around the malecon in Mahahual. I get blog readers who ask me, and also people who are here visiting or vacationing here. I met a family from England visiting here yesterday, and they asked me was a good place to have dinner and some drinks on the malecon. Being it Saturday night, I sent them to the Ibiza Sunset on the malecon, and they enjoyed it, and had a nice meal and drinks.

So I got to thinking today I am going to share some of the places I eat here on a regular basis. I live on the malecon, so I have a lot of options within walking distance, and several places are just right around the corner from me. Some of these places are off the beaten path, and only the locals know about them. I have in the past wrote about places in New Mahahual,( or Casitas), that I ate when I lived there, so today I am going to just concentrate on the malecon and the places around it.

To start of with, I had a guy stay with me awhile back, and he was a big coffee drinker, so I sent him to the Cafe Colonial right around the corner, for his coffee fix every morning. Cafe Colonial is a cafe and coffee shop right off the malecon, right in the middle of town. The cafe is open from 7am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday, and they also serve lunch and dinner. I am not a big coffee drinker but you can get Ameirican coffee, expresso, frappaccino, and cappuccino, made fresh daily. They also have milkshakes, smoothies, pastries, and natural juices.
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Cafe Colonial

Cafe Colonial

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Every option for the coffee drinker.

Every option for the coffee drinker.

Cafe Colonial is owned and operated by Sandra Flores and her mother and father. It has been open for four years, and Sandra and her family have been in Mahahual for seven years. She and her family are originally from Mexico City, and moved here because they like the pristine beautiful beaches here, the fact that it is very safe and not much crime here, and they like the tranquil and quiet life in Mahahual. Her father, Luis Flores, walks the malecon and beaches during the day with a tray around his neck, selling flan napolitano, cheesecake, and other desserts.

Sandra Floresin her cafe.

Sandra Floresin her cafe.

Great sandwiches here, I eat the egg and bacon, or the salami.

Great sandwiches here, I eat the egg and bacon, or the salami.

Luis Flores, Sandra's father, or papi, as she calls it, with his tray of desserts working the malecon and beaches selling to tourists.

Luis Flores, Sandra’s father, or papi, as she calls it, with his tray of desserts working the malecon and beaches selling to tourists.

I like the egg, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and cheese torta, (sandwich), and I always have one of these on a weekend morning, that is my favorite. I always ask her to do my bacon a little crispy, and let me tell you she has the best egg sandwich in Mahahual.

One of my other favorite places is El Katrachito, right behind where I live. The El Katrachito is owned and managed by Ivan Ancona, and he told me he used to live in Roatan, Honduras. There they have burritos, pollo asada (chicken cooked on a grill outside), sandwiches, and all the other Mexican dishes you find here.
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The food there is good and cheap. I get a half chicken with rice and beans, tortillas, and a salad for 55 pesos. They have burritos and tortas for 28 pesos, and tacos and other items for around 10 pesos each. This place is located right across the street from Primos store close to the athletic field. I eat there a lot and usually take it to go, and the food is always good. In fact, today is Sunday I will go over at about noon and get me a half chicken for lunch.

Pollo asada.

Pollo asada.

Ivan cutting up my chicken to go

Ivan cutting up my chicken to go

Ivan Martinez Ancona if front of his sign.

Ivan Martinez Ancona if front of his sign.

When I feel like pizza, I walk about 300 feet up the malecon to Que Pizza. It is a little pizza place on the malecon, and is fairly new. Gmmanuel Castillo runs this quaint little place, and also has doughnuts. I always get the personal 4 slice pizza for 50 pesos, last night I had a mushroom and pepperoni pizza and brought it home. What I like about Que Pizza is, during the March Madness basketball , or when I am watching something on TV, I can get up during a commercial, and walk down there order a pizza, come back, and then walk back during next commercial break, and not miss a moment of action in my show or game. I got it down to an art.
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Que Pizza.

Que Pizza.

And of course I cannot write a food blog about Mahahual without including Rosa. Rosa is a local woman who makes and prepares dinners for 50 pesos for people who work on the malecon. She was working at a local restaurant here, but she has decided to go out on her own, and she has opened her own place across the athletic field in the middle of the town. You see Rosa along the malecon on cruise ship day delivering her lunches to all the locals.

Rosa in her new place.

Rosa in her new place.

Rosa's menu.

Rosa’s menu.

Besides her daily lunch specials, which are usually fish or chicken with rice and beans and a salad. I have been eating her meals for several years now, and if she sees me she yells at me what her daily special is. If I don’t go by there and get something to eat every couple of days, she yells at me when she sees me or walks by. God forbid she see me eating anywhere else, then she really lets me have it. She also has empanadas, tacos, and all the other Mexican staples. She also makes some of the best fish stew I have ever had. She is quite a character in town.

When I want to go somewhere nice to eat and have a few drinks, I go or send people to Ibiza Sunset right on the malecon down near the port captain station. Ibiza has a nice atmosphere, good food, and nice drinks. They also have good drink specials, like 2 for 1 mojitos, and other choices. When I am showing people around Mahahual for the first time, I usually take them there at night for a meal. I have taken and sent a lot of people there, and I have not got a complaint yet. Nice place for drinks and food on the malecon, and the girls that own it are nice too.

Ibiza Sunset on the malecon.

Ibiza Sunset on the malecon.

They always have drink specials.

They always have drink specials.


Karla Contreras, one of the owners of Ibiza.  She makes a mean mojito.  I have an article on Ibiza I will be posting in the future, just need some more photos.  Their story is interesting, more later.

Karla Contreras, one of the owners of Ibiza. She makes a mean mojito. I have an article on Ibiza I will be posting in the future, just need some more photos. Their story is interesting, more later.


This is where I get my fruit, bread, and other staples.  I think the Primos family owns this whole corner of town.

This is where I get my fruit, bread, and other staples. I think the Primos family owns this whole corner of town.


This store is right behind where I live.  The dog is always laying there, and notice tortilla making machine behind dog, it knocks me out of bed every morning at 5am.

This store is right behind where I live. The dog is always laying there, and notice tortilla making machine behind dog, it knocks me out of bed every morning at 5am.

This is Mike Pareaes, he owns La Mojarrita.  It is a little convenience store around the corner from me right off the malecon across from Cafe Colonial.  He special orders 2 liter Coke Zero for me and a couple of other things like Sprite Zero also.  I can't get it anywhere else, so he stocks it just for me, nice guy, and funny too.

This is Mike Pareaes, he owns La Mojarrita. It is a little convenience store around the corner from me right off the malecon across from Cafe Colonial. He special orders 2 liter Coke Zero for me and a couple of other things like Sprite Zero also. I can’t get it anywhere else, so he stocks it just for me, nice guy, and funny too.

src=”https://costamayamahahual.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/master-guy-004.jpg?w=646″ alt=”When I need a late night sandwich I go to this place up the street. I can get a pastor torta for 20 pesos, and it is quite good, this place is open at night.” width=”646″ height=”861″ class=”size-large wp-image-7419″ /> When I need a late night sandwich I go to this place up the street. I can get a pastor torta for 20 pesos, and it is quite good, this place is open at night.[/caption]

Well this is my current list of places I eat or frequent. I am pretty much a creature of habit, and I tend to eat at the same places and the same thing once I find something I like. Also I cannot afford to eat at the tourist places on the malecon, and I am always in the quest to find and eat good cheap local food.

People always ask me from the USA or cruise ship tourists, aren’t you afraid of getting sick or getting food poisoning from eating local Mexican food. I tell them no, the only time I have ever gotten food poisoning the whole time I have been down here was from meatloaf an American woman made in Belize. So if you are ever in Mahahual, check some of the places if you want to try good local food.

Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

20 thoughts on “Places I Eat along the Malecon in Mahahual

  1. I can`t believe you didn`t mention Nohoch Kay in your reviews of good places to eat in Mahahual ! It has some of the BEST seafood I`ve EVER had in Mexico ! Also, why do you insist on calling it ” Ibaza Sunset “,( twice ), when the name on the sign is clearly ” Ibiza Sunset ” ! – If I were the owner, this would really upset me ! ( maybe you need a proof-reader ! )

      • Peter are wanting to start some public fight with me let me know. If you don’t like what I post or my photos, don’t read. I think I know what I am. I am getting tired of your constant critical comments. Why don’t you write a blog and let me pick at it. You always have someting negative to say, but I have met you, so I can understand why you are always posting critical comments.

  2. Love the authentic food there! One of my favorites is the old man on the tric that sells tamales at the port. Love his chicarron tamales and hot sauce. OMG wish I had some right now!
    PS: Never been sick either and always eat at the small mom and pop places.

  3. Shannon Cash says:

    Nohoch Kay (Big Fish) IS excellent !!! Local BIG lobster dinner (you pick your own tail at the table), with all the fixins’ and drink…around 220 pesos ($15USD) ! The Owner is great guy…found out it was Sandi’s B’Day…bought our 3 dinners !

    It’s open air…right on the Malecon…yes, on ship days it IS gringo (that’s me) heavy…but sooo laid back all the time ! The staff are GREAT ! In fact…one late nite of drinks at Nohoch…I’m pretty sure I got married to our waitress !!! My Spanish is not that good…especially after a few of their strong drinks !!! 🙂

  4. Shannon Cash says:

    Yeah. If I lived in Mahahual (maybe someday !) I would frequent the mom & pops, too ! Convenient, very good prices/food, lotta’ variety…support the local small businesses, all that ! Good reasons !

    Don’t fret about Peter…he’s just touchy ’cause he had to leave the sun ‘n beach and go back to WI…altho the weather IS gettin’ nicer up there ! He loves Mahahual…been goin’ there for 20+ years ! He’s mellow when he’s on the Costa Maya !!! 🙂

  5. Conniff, you’re a classic know it all Gringo A-hole. and arrogant too. Hopefully life and karma will intervene and you won’t be retiring in wonderful mahuhual. You aren’t qualified to walk in Stewarts flip flops. Your Gringo arrogance is exactly what our expat community DOESN’T need here..

    Stewart’s, honesty, humility and easy does it friendly, sincerity IS what we need.

    All the best, Fels

      • No problem, Stewart. Kindness and temperament are not left at the Border when we move here. I’ve read your blog for a year and lived in Mexico on and off since my hippie surfing year starting in 1968′; Conniff’s 20 years exposure to Mahuhual didn’t make him a decent person. I’ve noticed over the decades how some expats bring their unrecovered alcoholism with them to Mexico; I give gringo booze bags wide berth. There’s a simplicity and kindness in the local Costa Mayans. Some get it and are changed by it; others, not so much. As Vonnegut said, ” So it goes.”

    • Peter I agree with everything felswardo said, and I don’t even know him either. You represent a lot of Gringos that are disliked here. So for the best of everybody, why don’t you keep your comments to yourself. I don’t need your constant constructive criticism on this blog, or want it. I do this best I can, and if that is not good enough for you, then don’t read. And what gives you the right to give me constructive criticism all the time, I don’t need your help with my blog. I have over 100,000 readers, how many do you have? In the future I will be deleting all your comments, I don’t need you insulting me or my readers. So have a good day and goodbye, you have lost your right to comment.

  6. You’re blind and self centered; most gringo booze bags are. There isn’t and wasn’t anything constructive about pointing out Stewart’s misspelling of Ibaza.; telling him he needed a “proof reader”. You pontificating, bully. I’m the last guy you want to cross, Conniff. You may want to consider, Puerto Vallarta, you’ll be in good company.

    • No problem, I will leave as is, Peter Coniff is now getting nasty, and calling people names, I will trash all of his comments in the future. Your were right in your assumption of him. Thanks for your support.

  7. Peter Coniff, for your information, this ignorant redneck from South Carolina’s name is Stewart, not Stuart as you keep calling me, for someone who is complaining about misspelling, you cannot even get my name right. I think I am going to post all your comments in a blog as an example of an “Ugly” American. You have been nothing but rude on this blog for a long time, and now you are calling me names and being rude to my readers, don’t comment anymore. If, you think I am ashamed of being from the south, you are wrong. Also you are reading about my life, not the other way around, so maybe you need a new life, because for some reason you read about mine. So leave me and my readers alone in the future.

  8. Great info, we are coming into the port in a week and since we have been to Kohunlich and seen all the ruins, we thought we would try for a self guided local food tour. (There’s a business opp for you!) I assume we should take a taxi over rather than walk from the port? A couple things, I can’t get any of the pics you have posted to show up, it looks like all the links are broken. I am really interested in Rosa’s menu. Also, may be an idea to delete all the negative postings, it’s hard to filter around them to get the point of this blog. Any other tips you can provide for cruise passengers as far as getting to Mahahual, navigating around the town, things to avoid etc… Thanks for the info…

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