- 3 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Meat-stuffed empanadas, shrimp tacos and sweet Mexican pastries are on the menu for this 3-hour culinary tour of Cozumel. Located off the coast of Playa del Carmen, the island is actually closer to Cuba than it is the Mexican capital, giving its cuisine some Caribbean flair. Get a taste of it with the help of a savvy guide who leads you to five local hotspots for samples of classic Yucatecan food, cerveza and agua fresca. Round-trip transportation from downtown is included on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
- Choice of several departures throughout the day
- Free drinks included
- Fully narrated tour
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Perfect for all ages and skill level
- Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
- Food tastings at 5 locations
- Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
Returns to original departure point
Monday to Saturday
Cozumel, surrounded by the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, is as much influenced by the Mayan and Spanish roots of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula as it is the cultures and cuisine of the Caribbean. During this small-group food tour, indulge in the local fare of the island, where you’re always within arm’s reach of something tasty.
Meet your food-savvy guide downtown and board the minivan en route to small, off-the-beaten-path eateries and food stalls. Start with a favorite snack of Mexican empanadas before moving on to tacos stuffed with fish fresh from Cozumel’s shores. You can wash it down with a cold cerveza.
Visit an open-air market for an introduction to regional produce, spices and other ingredients used in Yucatecan cuisine. After witnessing the bustle of shoppers, your guide stops at a neighborhood family-run restaurant, called a cocina economica, for simple but delicious home-style fare.
Finally, top off your 5-hour food tour with tastes of various sweet pastries at a traditional Mexican bakery. Sip agua fresca —a nonalcoholic fresh fruit juice blended with sugar and water — or enjoy refreshing cola or lemonade. End with return transport downtown and take delight in just having taken a huge bite out of Cozumel.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Gluten-free option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
- Important: Please note tour departs at 11am Cozumel Local time
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
So much food, and so nice to escape the tourist strip and crowds. Everything was yummy, easy to get to the meeting point from a cruise ship, overall well worth it! Enjoyed the time with our guide, Jerry, too.
I really enjoyed the tour. It was a real way to experience Cozumel. Great variety of food. Very educational and belly bursting. Gerry was an excellent tour guide. Really happy i chose this tour.
We met our guide Gerry at the Mega grocery store. There were 3 in my group and a family of 4 was there also. We made several stops and tasted fresh, authentic regional food. Gerry was very entertaining and informative. One of our stops was at the market (Mercado) to see all the fresh ingredients they have to choose from. Our last stop was at a bakery for some sweets. Can't go wrong there! Our favorite food was the pork slow cooked in banana leaves. Would definitely recommend this tour, and I will go again next time I visit Cozumel.
We had a great experience. Gerry (Gerarrdo) was knowledgable and entertaining. The local tour is the way to go to really experience the culture. Loved it!
Without a doubt the best experience ever! Went to six different stops and enjoyed very local dishes at each. Transportation was an air conditioned car with wonderful driver, Fernando. But, the star of the tour was our guide, Jerry!! He encouraged us to try things, explaining everything as we went.It was just my daughter and myself and thanks to Jerry, we enjoyed the
Jerry was wonderful and knowledgeable. Great customer service and the food was great!
What a terrific experience!! We tried food that we would not have otherwise and saw a part of Cozumel that few people have the pleasure of seeing. Gerry is an amazing guide who is informative and loves his country and the food that is a part of his culture. Everyone should give this tour a try.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
Outstanding! We truly enjoyed this experience. It was a great opportunity to eat local . Our guide was terrific.
Highly recommend this tour.
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.
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.
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!
What a great tour and experience. My wife had concerns since it was not booked through the cruise ship, but it is so simple and easy in Cozumel to find the taxi area and there was a person and line of taxis waiting. 8 later and we were at La Mega. It was fun to walk around the grocery store for a few minutes and see the different products.
We were greeted promptly downstairs in front of Office Max by our driver and then moments later Gerry arrived to get us started. Gerry is warm and welcoming. He explained the trip and how he would be taking us to see the parts of Cozumel where the other tours just never go and that we would get to try what he has found that is truly authentic food.
We quickly excited the store and into our nice air conditioned bus. I was especially impressed with the flexibility of the tour. I personally am not a fan of mushrooms, and immediately Gerry was happy to explain that he would then be showing me a different choice Poblano pepper quesadillas YUM!. I hope to take it again some day because I am sure Gerry will have me try new items next time!
After delicious quesadillas we went on to marinated pork tacos. At each stop I will mention that Gerry shows you different drink options. This is not to be underestimated as a part of the process because you can try new beers, sodas, and a variety of different drinks. Not just horchata! But I can attest the horchata is bomb!
Next we went to the tortilla factory of sorts, a market,and even to a small shop. It is such an authentic vibe on this tour. You do not feel shuttled around as much as immersed. Gerry jokes about going into what the cruise ships might call the rough parts of Cozumel. Watch out for the cute kid in the minions shirt! He might just be dangerous! Of all the tours, everyone everywhere we went was so warm and welcoming.
Next, we stopped at a place to try some Key Lime Soup. It reminded us of Chicken Noodle Soup. It was good. Nothing that was shocking and would be my one suggestion to change if possible in the tour. It was good! Don't get me wrong. Just for us the other items were eye opening.
We ended the savory food portion by going to a place that specializes in fish dishes. We tried some Ceviche my only time being brave enough and wow it was good! and a whole fried fish. My wife and I were both amazed at how delicious the fish was given we NEVER would have ordered this outside of this tour. Well maybe now we will!
The final stop we went to a delicious Mexican Bakery Panaderia. The smell inside was heavenly. I almost asked them to leave me there. You can pick whichever item you want and both of the ones my wife and I purchased were amazing.
In addition to all listed, Gerry explained various Salsa's, explained to us the purpose of almost every item in a market, and in general gave history and information about the people and locale. He is an expert at what he does and makes the tour even more special.
A couple random points for those going. First, the driver was happy to either let us go from the end of the tour back at La Mega or for 8 take us right back to the port. Second, it was hot. The places do not use air conditioning like most are used to. Surprisingly it didn't really bother me as I enjoyed the experience and food, but dress light and plan accordingly. The air conditioned van was a savior in between trips. Next, the tour was small. I am not sure the size of yours but it likely will be a smaller group and this is amazing for the intimacy it provides. Way better than anything provided on the ship tours. Lastly, try everything! I even tried the fried fin! You will not regret this tour! Such a value for the food, drink, experience, and company!