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Culinary Tour

Cancun occupies a unique space within the Yucatan peninsula. The Mayan heritage of the region pulses underneath it all, while the sophistication of its global visitor base has brought in a wide range of cuisines. The fresh seafood and local produce dictate much of what is made here, with an overall emphasis on freshness and quality of ingredients. Spark your taste buds with all the region has to offer, distilled down into one bustling metropolis.

Day

1

MORNING
  • Chocolate Lovers.

    Ah Cacao is based in nearby Playa del Carmen but has a full café in Cancun, offering strong Mexican coffee, breakfast options like chocolate croissants and every kind of packaged chocolate they make for you to take home. Try the Chocolate Maya, a dairy-free mix of cacao and spices, if you’re feeling adventurous.

MIDDAY
  • Caribbean Breeze.

    What happens when you take Caribbean seafood and mix it with traditional Mexican flavors? The answer is La Habichuela Sunset, a restaurant that has gained a reputation for making an excellent version of the traditional Mayan dish pibil (in this case, shredded chicken that has been long roasted in a banana leaf).  

  • Sea Creatures.

    The nearby Interactive Aquarium allows you the chance to get in the water with more than 10 species of fish and marine animals. Guided by professional divers, you’ll float while wearing the Sea Trek helmet, which allows you to breathe normally through your nose while underwater. 

AFTERNOON
  • Outdoor Drinks.

    The tiny Surfin' Burrito is open 24 hours a day, but afternoon is a perfect time to grab a piña colada in a fresh pineapple and a basket of crisp chips with guacamole while watching the ocean. If you’re a bit hungrier, try their signature mahi-shrimp burrito, packed with fresh seafood, rice, beans and more. 

EVENING
  • Sharpen Your Culinary Skills.

    Take a cooking class with one of the talented chefs from The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun at The Culinary Center. Choose from traditional Mexican cuisine or sophisticated Italian. Leave room to eat your creations, paired with craft cocktails and wine.

  • Tequila Tasting.

    After cooking class, head to the D-Bar, just off the lobby, where you can enjoy over 100 types of tequila. Enjoy cocktails with a stunning view of the pool and the ocean out the windows. 

Day

2

MORNING
  • French Breakfast.

    Café Antoinette is a little taste of Paris in Cancun. Start with a selection of fresh pastries, croissant sandwiches, tartines, quiches and omelets. And of course, they serve plenty of cappuccinos and other coffee drinks to help wake you up. 

MIDDAY
  • Sea Fare.

    You might come to Lorenzillo’s for the famous lobster options, but you’re going to fall in love with the view from the outdoor terrace overlooking Nichupte Lagoon. Choose from over 20 ways to have your fresh lobster prepared, including a jumbo lobster taco platter. 

  • Animal Kingdom.

    Get an up-close view of what makes Nichupte Lagoon so special with a boat cruise around the protected mangroves, while seeing wild animals like white turtles, crocodiles, birds and iguanas. 

AFTERNOON
  • Cool Off.

    Ice cream is the perfect antidote to the warmth of the afternoon sun, and Aldo’s Gelato is a local favorite for creamy frozen desserts. Try the dark chocolate paired with the mint chip, or go for a fruit flavor inspired by local produce. There’s always a selection of cakes and cookies for the non-ice cream lovers.

EVENING
  • Dine with the Chef.

    Cristian Morales has created an intimate dining experience at his namesake restaurant, allowing for him to personally attend to 38 diners at two seatings per night. He puts his elevated spin on traditional Mexican favorites like lechón (baked suckling pig), tortilla soup, blue corn tostadas with lobster, and pastel de tres leches for dessert.