Best Beach Restaurants in Playa del Carmen

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  • Zenzi
  • Zenzi
  • Zenzi
  • Zenzi
  • Zenzi
  • Zenzi
  • Zenzi
  • Zenzi

Zenzi

Anchored by its huge bar, this is the perfect place to come do just about anything all day long. From coffee and breakfast in the morning, to lounging on their very comfortable sun beds and loungers - which feature individual adjustable shade with some cocktails and lunch - to dinner on their tables in the sand, Zenzi has it all. Guests can even stay and party all night long with their fantastic DJ’s. Bottom line: It’s impossible to be unhappy at Zenzi! Their menu also has quite a bit of variety, so there is something to suit any palate, with appetizers like tostadas, ceviche and wings, along with sandwiches (try the blackened tuna sandwich) to salads and fish, fajitas, curry and burgers.

Address Calle 10 Norte and the beach
Website zenzi-playa.com
Phone (984) 803-5738
Hours Mon-Sun: 8:30am-2:00am
  • Canibal Royal
  • Canibal Royal
  • Canibal Royal
  • Canibal Royal
  • Canibal Royal

Canibal Royal

A truly amazing place on a beach almost by itself, if you like great food, cocktails and an incredible ambiance, you must pay a visit to Canibal Royal. Choose to sit at one of their low tables in the sand, or lounge on one of the giant beach beds made out of old boats. Of course, you can always just get a table with a breathtaking view on one of the upper floors. The music is always über cool and they host a different DJ every day. At Canibal Royal the party really gets going at night, although it’s typically pretty busy all day long. The cocktails here are legendary (try the basil mojito!) and the food is equally as inventive. Think fried rock shrimp rolled in a spicy creamy sauce on beds of lettuce, along with a full menu of flatbread “pizzas” that they cook in a wood-fired oven that sits in the middle of their garden. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the bathrooms, which are made to be like individual submarines!

Address Calle 48 Norte and the beach
Website canibalroyal.com
Phone (984) 859-1443
Hours Mon-Sun: 11:00am - 6:00pm
  • Restaurant Paamul
  • Restaurant Paamul
  • Restaurant Paamul
  • Restaurant Paamul
  • Restaurant Paamul
  • Restaurant Paamul
  • Restaurant Paamul

Restaurant Paamul

As the only restaurant in the small bay of Paamul, this is a fantastic place to come start your day as you eat breakfast while overlooking the beautiful tranquil bay. The menu here is mostly Mexican specialties, although they do offer a few “international” options as well. The beach is nearby, while the neighborhood pool - which is always full of kids - is right next to the restaurant. So bring the little ones along and let them be entertained for as long as you like. Oh, and don’t forget - they make killer margaritas that really pack a punch!

Address 10 minutes south of Playa off the carretera
Website www.paamul.com/index.php?go=restaurante
Phone (984) 134-2324
  • Buena Vida
  • Buena Vida
  • Buena Vida
  • Buena Vida
  • Buena Vida
  • Buena Vida
  • Buena Vida

Buena Vida

This classic restaurant has been around for ages, although the food was updated a couple years ago, hence it making this list! Located right on the beach in north bay of Akumal, Buena Vida is somewhat of an institution in the area. The entire restaurant will have your feet in the sand, unless you brave the tree house options, which put you at a birds eye view with a bucket that gets pulled up and down to deliver your beers! They are always hosting fun events at night and also offer a full menu of fresh pressed juices (all of which are fabulous), along with a variety of different cocktails and an extensive food menu. Focusing mainly on Mexican specialty items, everything at Buena Vida is done really well. We especially like the burritos, fajitas and the amazingly delicious black bean burger!

Address head north on the beach road in Akumal
Website labuenavidarestaurant.com
Phone (984) 875-9061
Hours Mon-Sun: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
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