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Cozumel Food Tour

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San Miguel de Cozumel, Mexico

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Pleasure your palate with meat-stuffed empanadas, succulent shrimp tacos, and sweet Mexican pastries on a culinary tour of Cozumel. Sample the exotic flavors of the idyllic island, noting the Mexican spice and Caribbean flair of the dishes due to Cozumel’s close proximity to Cuba. Immerse yourself in the culinary customs of the area as a knowledgeable guide takes you to five favorite local haunts to same fine Yucatan bites and beverages. Enjoy personalized attention and round-trip transportation on this intimate small group tour.
  • Guided tour of the best eats on Cozumel
  • Sample authentic dishes at five spots where the island locals dine
  • Savor empanadas, indulge in succulent tacos, and wash it all down with cold beer
  • Learn about Yucatecan cuisine and visit an open-air market
  • Feast on home-cooked food in a concina economica, a traditional family-run restaurant
  • Refresh with fresh fruit juice known as agua fresca, and satisfy your sweet tooth with Mexican pastries
  • Small-group tour, limited to 12, means easy access to the experienced local guide
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Food tastings at 5 locations
Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities

Departure Point

MEGA, Av. Rafael E. Melgar 799, Centro, 77600 San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico

Departure Time

11:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Greet your gastronomic guide in downtown Cozumel to commence your epicurean adventure. Relax during the comfortable minivan journey to a selection of authentic eateries and food stalls located off-the-beaten-track. Sample a classic Mexican empanada then savor the fresh flavor of a succulent shrimp filled taco, the fish in which was recently caught from the crystal clear water of Cozumel’s sea. Sip a refreshing cerveza as your guide explains how a combination of Caribbean and Yucatan culture influence Cozumel’s colorful cuisine. 

Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of an open-air market as you become acquainted with exotic spices, unfamiliar fruits, and mouthwatering meat. Feel the buzz and bustle before journeying to an intimate and ambient family-run restaurant (cocina economica) for a simple yet sublime taste of regional fare. 

Conclude your gastronomic adventure with a visit to a Mexican bakery. Awaken your senses to the rich aromas of freshly baked bread and sweet pastries, and sip refreshing aqua fresca (a non-alcoholic drink of water and sweet fruit syrup) before returning to your minivan. Digest the knowledge gained on your cultural tour of Cozumel’s cuisine during the return journey to downtown Cozumel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Cozumel Chef - Food Tours
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cozumel Chef

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

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What is the maximum group size during Cozumel Food Tour?
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This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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  • "Don't miss out on this great opportunity to see some of Cozumel away from the tourist areas." See review
  • "If you add up the value of the food alone, it is not worth the price." See review
  • "Take this tour if you are interested in trying the authentic food of the area." See review

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Best tour
Robert_G
, Mar 2020
Gerry very knowledgeable and polite. The AMAZING food, authentic culture experience, small group, are just a few great things about this tour.
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Cuisine exploration experience in Cozumel
bowenmorgan
, Feb 2020
Our family enjoys sampling local cuisine, and this was a great way to do it. Our guide was enthusiastic and friendly, and took us to restaurants we would never have found on our own, and allowed us to try foods that we wouldn't have thought to order. We really enjoyed this trip
icon Response from Host , Jun 2020
I like your review title! That's exactly what we aim to be a "cuisine exploration experience". Beautiful! Thank you so much for bringing your family on this fun food filled day in Cozumel! Glad that you found our guide to be entertaining and that you got a chance to try some foods you would never have thought to order! Come back soon!
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Not your typical tour option.
krobertgreene
, Jan 2020
Overall, a worthwhile tour. If you add up the value of the food alone, it is not worth the price. But if you consider that these are very much "off the beaten path" locations, the guided tour makes it worth the expense. A word of caution...if you are finicky about U.S. health standards, this is definitely not the tour for you; none of the locations would pass health inspections here in the States. At the first stop, for example, the beverages were served in "recycled" (used) water bottles. One nice aspect of the tour is that beverages (even beer) were included at all the stops except the final bakery. My biggest complaint is that the photo of the beautifully plated whole fish is NOT part of the tour! That photo alone is how I "sold" my wife on the idea, and yet it was never an option on the tour. If you've been to Cozumel many times (as we have), and are tired of the typical touristy options, this is an enjoyable, relaxing, and weatherproof alternative. No gimmicky sales pitches, no "made in China" souvenirs...just authentic, real food options. Not your typical tour, not for everyone...but if you book it with your eyes open, you'll probably enjoy it.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
I always appreciate reviews like this. Our intent for this tour is to get people out of their comfort zones and off-the-beaten path. It is clear we have done this. I however also caution readers with reviews like this as "US health standards" should not be the standard (I could site many health issues with the US's mass produced/ factory created food supply chain, but I digress). The recycled "bottles" do in fact go back to the water company on the island to be sanitized (just like the good ol' fashioned glass coke bottles you see everywhere in Mexico). That beautiful fish is included on the tour (just not on Monday's as this restaurant is closed, but we do substitute this spot with one of the BEST shrimp taco places in town). Thank you for the feedback, we certainly appreciate it. If you are looking for a REAL, authentic culinary experience of Mexico you have found it with us!
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Great Food Tour In Cozumel!
Hugh S
, Nov 2019
Had a really fun time on the tour. It started out rocky: out meeting place turned out to be in the middle of Cozumel's Independence Day Parade!!! We had to walk 3 blocks to get to the spot, and were wondering how we were going to connect with our guide. Turned out he was there waiting for us! He had to walk 3 blocks also! When we got the tour started it went great. We were taken to 5 different spots for really good local food, with explanations of each food as we ate. Out tour guide was very friendly and helpful and answered all our questions. Overall the tour was fantastic!! We will go again on our next cruise to Cozumel.
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Get a real taste of Cozumel!
Melanie S
, Oct 2019
If you want to get away from the touristy part of Cozumel, this is the tour for you! If you are tired of the same shops and tourist traps then this is the tour for you! If you are tired of the same tours and excursions that the cruise ships offer then this tour is for you. Our tour guide, Gerry, took us into central Cozumel, away from the tourist traps, and showed us the true lives of the people of Cozumel. We visited a local market where the families shop for the freshest produce, spices, meats, and fish, as well as hard goods like clothing and shoes. We ate at some wonderful local places that are attached to homes that have been in the same families for generations. We ate cactus (Nopales) and corn smut (huitlacoche) quesadillas, pork tacos, limon (lima) chicken soup, fresh fried snapper, ceviche, and drank horchata, hibiscus water, lime/cucumber water, ate fresh warm tortillas from the tortilla factory, and finished the tour at a bakery! None of this required much walking. We rode in an air conditioned taxi/van with a wonderful driver who parked right in front of each place we visited.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you for joining us! I am so glad you got a REAL taste of Cozumel. It was our pleasure feeding you and showing you the island. Hope to have you back soon!
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A Delicious Experience!
Laura P
, Jul 2019
This food tour was awesome! Our guide Gerardo was knowledgable, funny and helpful. We tried so many delicious foods that we we wouldn't have been able to find on our own as well as visiting a local market to learn more about the common produce of the area. The driver, David, was also very kind and a professional and safe driver. Take this tour if you are interested in trying the authentic food of the area. It's the best food tour we've taken!
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Unique excursion
Excursion38180532766
, Mar 2019
This was an enjoyable and interesting excursion for my wife and I. Gerry was informative and funny. Our tour group was eclectic and that made the tour even more interesting and enjoyable.
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Make sure you are hungry!
Kelly B
, Jan 2019
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.
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Loved it
soukimoo
, Dec 2018
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.
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Fun and Tasty
Betty S
, Nov 2018
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.
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