La Playita

Seafood in Laguna Bacalar

A sign outside reads, 'Eat, drink and swim' – and that about sums it up. Fish and seafood dishes are tasty, albeit on the smallish side, but the Alipús mezcal and fine swimming certainly make up for that. An enormous rubber tree, which provides shade in the gravel garden section, was nearly uprooted in 2007 when Hurricane Dean pummeled the coast.

This is a lovely spot for late-night cocktails too, with romantic candlelight, the quiet night, and frisky toads that merrily hop around the gravel floor.