The Freshest Catch of the Day is at La Cueva del Pescador

No matter what your ideal itinerary includes while visiting the Riviera Maya, I think everyone would agree a trip to the Caribbean would be incomplete without at least one meal of fresh seafood. And it doesn’t get any fresher than the seafood at La Cueva del Pescador (the fisherman’s cave) in Akumal. This modest palapa restaurant is owned and operated by a local fisherman, and he has the friendliest staff in town. La Cueva, as the locals call it, has been serving up delectable seafood for 10 years.I have enjoyed several meals and many good times over a pitcher of La Cueva’s savory, curiously strong, margaritas. Gonzalo, the bartender, has this recipe down to an art. While sipping on this refreshing nectar, my friends and I like to share an order of mixed ceviche and a shrimp avocado appetizer. Now, I have eaten ceviche all down the coast and none of it compares to the freshness of La Cueva’s ceviche. The shrimp avocado appetizer is only on the lunch menu, but simply ask the accommodating staff and they will serve it at dinner too.

If you decide to stay for dinner, because you need a meal to sober up after those margaritas or you are just tempted by the mouthwatering scents wafting from the tiny kitchen, I recommend the whole fresh fish (prepared to your liking) or the mini lobster platter. The fresh catch of the day, sometimes mahi mahi or dorado, is actually caught that day. Try it grilled in butter and garlic or fried. It is served with steamed vegetables and the restaurant’s very own unique sweet cole slaw. You can substitute traditional rice and beans as your sides, but I urge you to try the slaw. I do not usually order lobster because more often than not it is over cooked, however the mini langosta here come out succulent and juicy every time. I warn you, you will not want to share this dish with even your closest friend or loved one.

You may be inclined to skip the dessert because the restaurant only offers ice cream, but think again. This is not your bland variety vanilla or chocolate, it is more like an ambrosial sorbet made with fresh fruit served in the fruit’s shell. The pineapple flavored ice cream is heavenly, but the coconut with a shot of Kaluha is a sinful pleasure!

La Cueva del Pescador is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and is located in the center of town next to the bakery, so there is plenty of opportunity to include this restaurant into your schedule. The prices are reasonable. The staff can also arrange a fishing trip if you are so inclined.

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