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Thanks for the recommendations in Playa Del Carmen and Tulum

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Thanks for the recommendations in Playa Del Carmen and Tulum

collaroygal | Dec 3, 2011 08:17 AM

Before heading to Cancun and the surrounding area, I had collected information on places to eat and wines that might be available as well.

I am happy to report that decent Spanish, Argentenian, and Chilean wines by the glass are abundent in the area. We were homebased at the Weston Beach Resort and Spa the upstairs/indoor/outdoor bar has happy hr. 6-7 daily. 2for1s, we tried the reds and whites over a couple of days, not a bad one was served.

We really enjoyed Pastorcita for the people watching and the good food at very reasonable prices.
The pozole was different than what we were used to but was absolutely delicious and filling. The tacos pastoral were great and we shared a portion and walked away full. We ate there twice, The nachos pastoral were a special favoroite of mine. The chicken with mole sauce was outstanding and made us wish we had a microwave to take the left overs along but alas nope, we had to leave so much food behind.

And the highlight of the trip for me was finding and eating at Chamica on the beach at Soliman's bay.We followed the aqua potable truck onto the road leading to beach, passed him only to see him pull up a little while later at Chamica's. The road is full of pot holes so drive carefully. But the bay is worth it.You park among the palm trees.

There are some private beach homes nearby (with a gaurd, tell him where you are going to enter) but the area by Chamica's curves into the sea, and the palms are lovely. You can sit among them or by the beach near the buildings where the cooking magic happens. Lunch had to be the boquineta. With Sol cerveza the same cost as a coke, it was Sol. I would go back to the area just to try the other dishes at this hidden gem. Mom, dad, and daughter along with grandma were all there working and spending time together. Ambiance doesn't begin to decribe it. English is barely understood so deal with it and smile back at this lovely family making a living making some very lucky travelers very happy and well feed. When we arrived one couple was snorkeling off the beach, later a couple from the homes nearby walked over and took a table to a favorite spot among the palms. Around the point of the bay are a handful more of luxury beach homes, but we can not see them from Chamica's this was the experience I had been looking for, the resorts get exhausting.

Oh yes, Oscar Y Lalo is across 307, km 241, from the turnoff, even though the old sign for their place still is in place as you enter the beach area itself.

Thanks for all the advice and helpful tips on eating my way along the beach!

collaroygal

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