Enjoy Safe and Diverse Fare on the Island
Indulging in great food should be on your to-do list during visit to Isla Mujeres. Whether you’re dining in a hotel or one of the many restaurants on the island, you’ll find a wide range of delicious eateries from which to choose.
Tips to enjoying a great meal
Many establishments accept credit and debit cards, but if the VISA/MasterCard logo is not displayed, it’s a good idea to ask first. Although some basic English is widely spoken and many menus are printed in both Spanish and English, the official language is Spanish, and many waiters speak only their native tongue. At more upscale restaurants, you will find English more commonly used.
Waiters in most restaurants will not bring your check until you ask, and service in general may be slower than that to which Americans are accustomed. It is common to tip 10-15% or more for good service; only rarely will the tip (propina) be included in your total bill.
You should only drink pure water on the island, and ask your waiter to use only ice made from pure water sources. Any canned or bottled drinks are safe. Additionally, use caution if eating from a roadside vendor; while the food may smell great and may indeed taste delicious, some local food preparers do not cook the food in sanitary conditions. Even if the food source itself is safe, improper handling of the food or utensils could lead to contamination.
Keep in mind also that Mexicans tend to eat on a schedule more similar to Europeans than Americans, often serving breakfast until 11:00 AM, not offering lunch until 1:00 PM, and starting dinner at 7:00 PM. Many restaurants will serve dinner until well after midnight, with peak times around 9:00 PM.
Many dining options on Isla
Mexican cuisine is one of the most popular food styles in the world, and there is no better place to enjoy it than on Isla Mujeres. The island’s cuisine is influenced by the style prevalent on the Yucatan peninsula. Many of the dishes combine a mouth-watering mixture of flavors from the Old World with traditional Mexican ingredients.
Fish and seafood options are abundant, and fresh lobster is offered as a specialty. A must-try is ceviche, a popular Mexican specialty, which includes a variety of fish with chopped onion, cilantro, and tomato, all sautéed in fresh lemon juice to produce an extraordinary combination of flavors.
Of course, you can also enjoy European and American cuisine at several fine restaurants frequented by tourists. Whether you’re in the mood for steak, Oriental, or pasta, you’re sure to find it on a menu at Isla Mujeres.