The Pats meet the Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, Feb. 3.
Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t catch the game. The Riviera Maya is brimming with sports bars, beach clubs, and local hangouts to watch the Super Bowl over cold beers, a shot of tequila, and a plate of hot wings. Most places have drink and food specials so you can enjoy the Super Bowl without having to spend a lot of pesos.
Here are some of our favorite places in the Riviera Maya to catch the big game.
For our bet, Playa del Carmen is the place to see the game. Restaurants and bars on 5th Avenue are sure to broadcast the Super Bowl.
Legends Sports Bar on 16th Street between 10th and 15th Avenues in Playa del Carmen boasts 15 screens and three projectors to watch the game. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. Book your spot by calling +52 984 873-1255 or click here.
Mateo’s Mexican Grill on Beach Road, Km 5.2, is Tulum’s version of an American sports bar nestled in the jungle. With a wide selection of your favorite adult beverages and great food including their “world-famous” fish tacos, fajitas, and Tex-Mex burger, Mateo’s is a fantastic place to watch the game with fellow fans and yell at the big-screen TVs in the bar.
Tequila Barrel on 5th Avenue between 10th and 12th Streets in Playa del Carmen is the place to go if you want to bet on the game as well as watch it. Buffalo Wings, “Trash Can” Nachos, Southern Honey Fried Chicken Fingers, Texas Gourmet Burgers, Tex-Mex Plates, Fajitas, and Tacos are all on the menu. The kitchen stays open until 1 a.m., and there are daily drink specials.
Beach clubs are a luxurious alternative if you like your Super Bowl in a more laid-back atmosphere with a view of the glittering, turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
Zenzi Beach Club on 10th Street and the beach in Playa del Carmen starts their Super Bowl party at 4 p.m. A big-screen television will be right on the beach. Zenzi will be open until 2 a.m.
Indigo Beach Club on 14th Street and the beach in Playa del Carmen is featuring a live broadcast with food and drink combo specials. A hamburger and two beers are only 290 pesos per person while ten buffalo wings, a hamburger, and four beers to share are 590 pesos. Reserve your spot by calling +52 984 803-3129.
Local hangouts are the middle ground between sports bars and beach clubs to watch the Super Bowl. They are popular with ex-pats, locals, and returning visitors and have the chill vibe of your neighborhood bar.
Turtle Bay Bakery and Café in Plaza Ukana I near the Main Beach Access Road in Akumal is the place to watch the Super Bowl. Specializing in comfort food of all kinds, including some of the best burgers and inventive tacos on the coast, Turtle Bay is an Akumal institution. Two, big-screen televisions over the bar featuring lots of adult beverages, including Cueva, its house-made vodka, will make you feel right at home.
La Vagabunda “Fiesta” Playa del Carmen on Avenue 28 de Julio (Avenue 28th of July), almost at the corner of the highway features a giant-screen TV with surround sound. Every Super Bowl touchdown gets a two-for-one drink. There will also be specials on burgers, wings, and more.
Los Olvidados Cantina Bar Kitsch on 6th Street between 5th and 10th Avenues in Playa del Carmen will offer special prices on beer, ceviche, wings, and bottles. A ceviche and five liters of beer is only 423 pesos while a serving of buffalo wings and five beers can be yours for 375 pesos.
Chacabar in Aldea Zama Tulum offers comfortable seating and great food to watch the Super Bowl. Drink specials, cold beer, wings, ribs, guacamole, and more are on the featured menu. Seating is limited. You can go to their Facebook page to reserve your spot. The fun on Super Bowl Sunday starts at 5 p.m.
Perhaps the most obvious and overlooked place to catch the game is at home in your vacation rental. Avoid the crowds, kick up your feet, and knock back a few cold beverages of your choice in the privacy of your vacation home.
Most vacation homes come with a television, and you’ll want to check whether cable such as SKY Television is included. If so, see if a local restaurant offers take-out or head down to the convenience store, grab snacks and some beers and enjoy the game.
Check out our Loco Gringo blog for more tips about places to go, things to see, and great food to eat in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan. Need help making your vacation dreams come true? Contact Paulina, our concierge.