Whether you’ve come to Sian Ka’an with an excursion or are going on your own, Punta Allen is the place to have lunch as it is the only village in the Sian Ka’an biosphere. Tasting a good fresh fish is one of the best activities to do in Punta Allen.
Good restaurants in Punta Allen
Punta Allen is a very small village, you will not find many restaurants. A dozen of them are in the heart of the village. Some are independent and others are part of fishermen’s cooperatives: Fisherman or Los Gaytanes are some of them.
Fisherman lodge beach
The Fisherman restaurant is part of the cooperative we are working with on the “DELUXE” tour in Punta Allen. This is where our customers are eating after the 3.5 hour boat tour. Lunch included in the tour consists of a plate with fried fish, tortillas, pasta, and vegetables. On request, a vegetarian option is also available.
More than the good food served here, it’s also the atmosphere of the restaurant that made us choose it. It’s one of the best restaurants of the village, next to the beach with great amenities such as transats and beds on the beach under coconut trees.
Restaurant El Muelle Viejo
The El Muelle Viejo restaurant is a restaurant located in the center of the village and specialized in seafood. It welcomes groups and therefore offers a buffet formula, but we recommend the à la carte dishes such as Ceviche or the daily catch. There is nothing better than eating fresh fish in Punta Allen, we know where it comes from! The restaurant’s wall decoration is also worth a visit, so don’t hesitate to stop by while in Punta Allen.
Restaurant Los Gaytanes
This restaurant is also part of a cooperative (Los Gaytanes) and is located in the center of the village. The view on the beach is stunning and the specialty here too is fish and seafood. You will taste the catch of the day at this restaurant with a price according to the weight of the fish.
What to eat in Punta Allen?
It would be a shame to eat meat in Punta Allen! First, the cold chain isn’t respected and bringing it to Punta Allen involves pollution we could avoid. Quite the opposite for a good fresh fish: it supports local cooperatives. There is no possible doubt about its origin.
Tikin Xic Fish is a Mayan recipe of fresh fish cooked in banana leaves and served with many spices. The Yucatan tradition consists of coating the fish with spices and then wrapping it in banana leaves with pickled onions before cooking it.
Ceviche is a seafood dish with raw fish or shrimp as the main food. Then it’s cut in small pieces and marinated with lemon juice, onions, garlic and pepper. Ceviche is a typical dish of Latin America and South America. It is one of the main dishes of any good seafood restaurant and in Punta Allen you will taste it very fresh!