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Top Choice Japanese in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Koji's

Koji Hyodo's sushi shack is a twinkling beacon of fresh, raw excellence. The atmosphere and service are superior, of course, but his food is a higher truth. The grilled octopus is barely fried and sprinkled with sea…
Beach in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Playa Hermosa

Somewhere north of town, Playa Santa Teresa ends and Playa Hermosa starts. This gorgeous beach deserves it's hermosa moniker and then some. It's wide and flat and spectacular at low tide. Apparently, the beach nearl…
Beach in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Playa Santa Teresa

Playa Santa Teresa is a long, stunning beach that's famous for its fast and powerful beach break. The surf is pretty consistent and can be surfed at virtually any time of day. At the north end of the beach, Roca Mar…
International in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Papaya Lounge

The top-shelf Moana Lodge is on a stunning perch and has jaw-dropping views and Latin-inspired tapas. The emphasis on local ingredients results in delights such as beef braised in chili and coffee, and seafood skewe…
Fusion in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Mary's Restaurant

At the far end of Mal País village, this unassuming, open-air restaurant has a polished concrete floor, wood oven, pool table and blackboard menu. It offers delicious wood-fired pizzas, homemade bacon and sausage, g…
Bar in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Roca Mar

Tucked away at Blue Surf Sanctuary at the northern end of town, this is a pretty perfect beach lounge that attracts a local expat crowd. Beanbags are stuck in the sand, and hammocks are slung in the trees – all perf…
Cafe in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Zwart Cafe

Zwart means 'black' in Dutch, but this shabby-chic, artist-owned gallery and cafe is all white (or mostly, damn dust!). You'll love the surf-inspired Technicolor canvases, the lively outdoor patio and the popular br…
Burgers in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Burger Rancho

Get your burger on at this open-air rancho. Check the blackboard for daily changing specials, including veggie options like a portobello mushroom burger; fish options like the Hawaiian tuna burger; and other unique …
Pizza in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Pizzeria Playa Carmen

This is a pizza place right on the playa – hard to beat. It's a popular spot for sundowners, thanks to the happy hour specials (two-for-one drinks) and the amazing show that takes place in the sky. Come hobnob with …
Seafood in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Brisas Del Mar

It's worth the steep climb for sensational views and fancy-looking seafood at the poolside patio restaurant at the Hotel Buenos Aires. Begin with a specialty cocktail as you peruse the day's menu written on the blac…