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Top Choice Italian in Flores & Santa Elena

Terrazzo

Inspired by a chef from Bologna, this Italian gourmet restaurant covers a romantic rooftop terrace. The fettuccine is produced in house, the pizzas (made of seasoned dough) are grilled rather than baked, and the fre…
Steak in Flores & Santa Elena

Antojitos Mexicanos

Every evening at the foot of the causeway these characters fire up the grill and char steak, chicken and pork ribs of exceptional quality. Their specialty is puyazo (sirloin) swathed with garlic sauce. Sit outside f…
Cafe in Flores & Santa Elena

Maple y Tocino

Amazing spot for breakfasts and lunches, ranging from smoothies and frappes (some topped with a fresh donut!) to waffles, pizza, sandwiches and wraps. Tasty coffee and espresso drinks and, to top it all, a view of t…
Cave in Flores & Santa Elena

Cuevas de Ak'tun Kan

Try spelunking at the impressive limestone caverns of Ak'tun Kan, which translates from Q'eqchi' Maya as 'Cave of the Serpent.' The cave-keeper provides the authorized interpretation of the weirdly shaped stalagmite…
Museum in Flores & Santa Elena

Museo Santa Bárbara

On an islet to the west of Flores, this little museum holds a grab bag of Maya artifacts from nearby archaeological sites, plus some old broadcasting equipment from Radio Petén (88.5 FM), which still broadcasts from…
Cafe in Flores & Santa Elena

Café Arqueológico Yaxha

Part of the Hostel Yaxha, this spot offers the usual egg-and-bean breakfasts, but what's special here are the pre-Hispanic and Itzá items – pancakes with ramón seeds (Q30), yucca scrambled with mora herbs (Q38), chi…
Arts & Crafts in Flores & Santa Elena

Castillo de Arizmendi

Though closed for remodeling at the time of research, this market is a monument to Martín de Ursúa Arizmendi y Aguirre, who snatched the island from the Maya in 1697. The castle on the main plaza's north side houses…
Guatemalan in Flores & Santa Elena

Restaurante El Mirador

Refreshingly not aimed at foreign travelers, this traditional eatery does toothsome home cookin'. You'll find such hearty options as caldo de res (beef stew, only on Mondays), served with all the trimmings, and fres…
Steak in Flores & Santa Elena

Raíces

A broad deck and a flaming grill are the main ingredients at this lakefront restaurant/bar, possibly the prettiest setting in Flores for dinner. Chargrilled meats and seafood are the specialty; it also does wood-ove…
Cafe in Flores & Santa Elena

Cool Beans

Also known as Café Chilero, this laid-back place is more clubhouse with snacks than proper restaurant, featuring salons for chatting, watching videos or laptop browsing. The lush garden with glimpses of the lake mak…