I got this question from a blog reader coming here in September to do some diving in Mahahual. I wrote a story about the “Dog days of summer in Mahahual”, and I got a good question concerning are restaurants being open this time of year. I think I may have given the wrong impression to some readers that Mahahual is closed down this time of year, which is not so. Almost everything is open now, just not a lot of expats and tourists here this time of year. There are some scattering of tourists here and there but not many now until October. So here is the question I got the other day, and I will answer it.
“Stewart, August through September being the dog days in Mahahual, is it going to hard to find restaurants that will be open. My wife and I, and 2 friends, will be there for a week in the middle of September for some scuba diving. (Namely, bucket list of Banco Chinchorro). I have to admit we didn’t look too hard into much else besides a place to stay, and a dive operator. I’ll trade Hormel chili for advice. (If I can get it on the plane, or at Chedraui’s in Tulum, on our way there, hahaha.)”
“So Stewart, are there still plenty of restaurante’s open, even in low season?”
My answer to both questions is yes, there are plenty of restaurants open this time of year in Mahahual. All the hotels that have restaurants are open, and are open all year round. On the malecon where most of the tourists are attracted there are plenty of nice restaurants that are open now, and I will name a few. Some of the real nice places to eat on the malecon are 40 Cannons, Caballo Blanco, Quinto Sol, YaYa Beach Club, Nacional Beach Club, and Luna de Plata. These restaurants are more pricey than the rest and cater strictly to the tourist crowd.
Some of the medium priced restaurants on the malecon are also open this time of year. Places like Nohoch Kay Beach Club, Fernando’s 100% Agave, Ibiza Sunset, Sulumar, Blue Kay, Big Mama’s, and El Captain Mono are always open, especially on the weekends. These places usually also serve food on the beach, which is a great atmosphere to eat a meal. These places are frequented by both locals and tourists. There are more places I could list, but these places are the ones I am most familiar with.
There are also several nice places in New Mahahual, (Casitas), to eat, and are also open this time of year. Papi Pizza is very popular and has a great atmosphere to eat pizza and Italian food. Papi Pizza also from time to time has live music. Padrino’s is open at night, and is Mahahual’s premier sports bar. It is a great place to watch sports and have a drink or a meal. The food is good, and is also air-conditioned, and has good crowds on the weekends year round.
I am not a rich Gringo, or eligible to collect Social security yet, so I am on a budget, so I tend to eat at some of the more local places, which are not as pricey. I am a creature of habit, and I tend to eat at the same places, and eat the same things. I pretty much have a routine down where I eat each week. These places are open year round, and are more budget places to eat, and are off the malecon. Here are some of the places that I frequent on a regular basis. I try to budget 50 pesos a meal for lunch and dinner, so these are my favorites at the moment.
Also right off the malecon, I get a sandwich at Colonial Cafe, a couple of times a week. My favorite is the egg, bacon, tomato, and cheese sandwich, 35 pesos, you can’t beat that, and it is a big sandwich. Also Colonial has a great breakfast, and a lot of expats and locals go there for coffee.
I also have another favorite place right off the malecon that I eat at three or four times a week. I like their huaraches and empanadas. Huaraches are 30 pesos, and is like a mexican pizza, complete meal. Emapanadas are 7 pesos, along with other cheap menu items. Nice friendly women run this place.
So as you can see, there are a lot of restaurants open now in Mahahual. I have just listed a few of the places I frequent now. I also go to Nam Nam a lot, (best pizza by the slice in town), Solofish, (my favorite fish sandwich in town), and several other places during the week. So rest assured anytime of the year you come to Mahahual, there will be plenty of restaurant choices for you to consider, from high-priced tourist places, to the cheap places I eat.
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina