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Top Choice Seafood in Chetumal

Restaurante Xel-Ha

For some of the best fresh fish around, head about 8km north of Chetumal to the fishing village of Calderitas, where you'll find this classic bayside seafood restaurant. The fried whole fish, usually boquinete (hogf…
Top Choice Mexican in Chetumal

A lo Natural

Excellent, freshly prepared tortas, quesadillas, gringas, dobladas and other street-style snacks are to be founds at this friendly and spotless open-air eatery just off the main street.
Museum in Chetumal

Museo de la Cultura Maya

The Museo de la Cultura Maya is the city’s claim to cultural fame – a bold showpiece beautifully conceived and executed, though regrettably short on artifacts. It’s organized into three levels, mirroring Maya cosmol…
Seafood in Chetumal

Marisquería El Taco Loco

A Chetumal favorite for more than three decades. Try the house specialty, camaron empanizado (breaded shrimp), or the fish taco a la mantequila (sautéed in butter), both of which are served on handmade tortillas and…
Museum in Chetumal

Museo de la Ciudad

The Museo de la Ciudad is small but neatly done, displaying historic photos, military artifacts and old-time household items (even some vintage telephones and a TV). At last visit, the museum was adding two new room…
Steak in Chetumal

Restaurante Faro

With indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the bay, the Faro offers reasonably priced breakfasts and a bay view. The steakhouse's lunch and dinner menu includes choice beef cuts, fish, seafood dishes and an array o…
Mexican in Chetumal

Restaurant Pantoja

A popular, family-run restaurant serving breakfasts, enchiladas and a variety of meat dishes, or you can opt for the set meal (menu del día). Although fan-cooled, it gets a bit warm in the afternoon.
Cafe in Chetumal

Café Los Milagros

Serves great espresso and food outdoors. A favorite with Chetumal’s student and intellectual set, it’s a good spot to chat with locals or while away the time with a game of dominoes.
Live Music in Chetumal


Local and national banda (norteña music) groups take the stage around midnight at the open-air Coyote – in no time they'll have you howling at the moon.
Yucatecan in Chetumal

La Pantoja

A sweet little family-run place serving up regional and Mexican standards, daily lunch specials and meal-sized tortas.