• Location: Cozumel, Mexico
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 80.00 View price calendar

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Pleasure your palate with meat-stuffed empanadas, succulent shrimp tacos and sweet Mexican pastries on a 3-hour culinary tour of Cozumel. Sample the exotic flavors of the idyllic island, noting the Mexican spice and Caribbean flair of the dishes due to Cozumel’s close proximity to Cuba. Immerse yourself in the culinary customs of the area as a knowledgeable guide takes you to five favorite local haunts to same fine Yucatan bites and beverages. Enjoy personalized attention and round-trip transportation on this intimate small group tour.

Highlights

  • 3-hour guided tour of the best eats on Cozumel
  • Sample authentic dishes at five spots where the island locals dine
  • Savor empanadas, indulge in succulent tacos and wash it all down with cold beer
  • Learn about Yucatecan cuisine and visit an open-air market
  • Feast on home-cooked food in a concina economica, a traditional family-run restaurant
  • Refresh with fresh fruit juice known as agua fresca, and satisfy your sweet tooth with Mexican pastries
  • Small-group tour, limited to 12, means easy access to the experienced local guide

What You Can Expect

Cozumel Food Tour

See regional vegetables at the local market

Greet your gastronomic guide in downtown Cozumel to commence your epicurean adventure. Relax during the comfortable minivan journey to a selection of authentic eateries and food stalls located off-the-beaten-track. Sample a classic Mexican empanada then savor the fresh flavor of a succulent shrimp filled taco, the fish in which was recently caught from the crystal clear water of Cozumel’s sea. Sip a refreshing cerveza as your guide explains how a combination of Caribbean and Yucatan culture influence Cozumel’s colorful cuisine. 

Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of an open-air market as you become acquainted with exotic spices, unfamiliar fruits and mouthwatering meat. Feel the buzz and bustle before journeying to an intimate and ambient family-run restaurant (cocina economica) for a simple yet sublime taste of regional fare. 

Conclude your gastronomic adventure with a visit to a Mexican bakery. Awaken your senses to the rich aromas of freshly baked bread and sweet pastries, and sip refreshing aqua fresca (a non-alcoholic drink of water and sweet fruit syrup) before returning to your minivan. Digest the knowledge gained on your cultural tour of Cozumel’s cuisine during the return journey to downtown Cozumel.

Customer Reviews

LINDA L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was an amazing tour. The food was different from the usual fare and it was all great. Our guide Gerry was both funny and full of information about food and the area. Six of us were suppose to go, three got sick that morning and could not make it their loss. Viator worked with me and refunded their money. We will try it again with the rest of the group. We will be using Viator again in the future.

Linda B K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Excellente!
Our guide, Jerry, whose Spanish name is Geraldo, was knowledgable and personable. The van was immaculate. Carlos was a good driver and attentive to our needs. The 5 food destinations were each wonderful and unique: First, a taqueria, for quesidillas - nopal and cuitlacoche - cactus and a mushroom like delicacy. Both delicious, and neither found in gringo Mexican restaurants. Each of the other destinations was equally unique. My favorite was the mercado, the local market, with fresh caught fish see photo, produce spices. Also the pescadoria, with ceviche, boquinita and local beer not sold in the states. Mucho gracias to Geraldo, Carlos, and Emily.

Yvonne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Can't recommend this tour enough! Our tour guide, Gerry, took us to several local restaurants, and we made a stop at the local market. We enjoyed tacos, fresh tortillas, ceviche and other fresh fish, along with delicious beverages at each stop. Our last stop was a bakery where we were able to pick out a couple of items to take with us, since we were completely stuffed from all of the food we'd eaten. Gerry was very knowledgeable about each dish, the restaurants, and everything we asked him. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to see some of Cozumel away from the tourist areas.

Hannah R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Highly recommend! Gerry gave us a fantastic tour off the beaten path in Cozumel. One of the highlights of our trip, easily accessible from our cruise ship port, Gerry showed off his beautiful little community full of delicious food, rich culture, and friendly locals. Such a treat - thanks again!!

dlgj

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Outstanding! We truly enjoyed this experience. It was a great opportunity to eat local . Our guide was terrific.
Highly recommend this tour.

Linda H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We got a VIP tour with Jerry - just him and us and our fabulous driver Juan. We ate and ate and ate. The food was delicious and we got to try new foods we had never heard of and only the locals make. Jerry was a wealth of knowledge not only on the food scene but the local culture as well. You don't really experience a new place until you experience it like a local. This is the second Food tour we have done through Viator will be using again on our next vacation.

Sweetwater

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This tour topped off our week in Cozumel. Due to an incoming storm, my husband and I were blessed to receive this tour as a private tour from Jerry. He was accommodating, interesting, knowledgeable, and fun to spend the afternoon with. The driver was great as well. The food was marvelous and the selections were varied and culturally on point. We were thrilled to see the real Cozumel, taste the local cuisine, and enjoy the terrific dishes that were prepared with love for us. We would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Cozumel. Particularly those that want to get away from the tourist area near the water. We plan to repeat this tour the next trip we take to beautiful Cozumel.

Christopher F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This tour was amazing!

Sonya C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We arrived in Cozumel and got a taxi to the listed location, there is no need to get there too early as there is not much to do in the market or nearby area. Our tour guide greeted us and informed us we were the only two on the tour! What a wonderful surprise to get a private tour!

We then began our culinary education of Cozumel! From cactus quesadillas to whole fried fish to a local open produce and meat market tour I can with the utmost enthusiasm that this tour was excellent. All of our questions were answered and the locals as so pleasant to interact with at each location.

We highly recommend Jerry and Luis as your tour guides as they were on time, courteous, drove safely and told us all about the local food culture as well as about themselves. Thank you so much amigos! We will be back with friends in tow for another tour soon!

Thomas D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

We had a chance to see cozumel great food great guide Jerry

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