Cozumel has so much going on that it can be difficult to choose, especially when so many great new places are springing up. Yesterday I spent a day at one of those new hangouts, the Caribbean Sunset. A wonderful little restaurant and bar that is just north of el centro on Melgar. In fact, when looking for it, all you have to keep an eye out for is the first palapa on your left as you leave the downtown area behind. For convenience, there is a little turn around just past it. And, yes, it’s right on the ocean with all the beauty one would expect from the Caribbean. But, don’t just take my word for it, I’ll include some pics too.
The Caribbean Sunset has only been open for about five weeks now. With two floors, if you include the shaded, and sandy, beach area with tables and chairs, it’s a great place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Now, I’ve not had their dinner yet, but their breakfasts are great and reasonably priced, including a discount for the locals. Oh, and if you get breakfast, let me recommend the hash browns. Real potatoes with chunks of onion along with lots of spices that were the best I’ve had in a long time!
The owners, Stephane and Odessa, are a lovely young couple. You can see them in the pic on your right, and they are pulling out all the stops to make their location a “must see” place to go. There is yoga in the mornings at 7:30, (separated from the breakfast crowd by curtains that wave in the breeze) and on Wednesdays there is a recovery based meeting at 9:00 (which we have over breakfast) that is then paired with a special yoga class to help get rid of the “issues in our tissues.” I participate in that, and I’ve been amazed at how much stress my body will hold on to until it is released in that class.
But, yoga is not all, not by a long shot. Starting this Sunday, the 30th of March, there will be live music at 1:30, then again in the late afternoon, and then once again at night. In fact, they are planning to showcase live bands throughout the day Wednesday through Sunday! A great way to get to hear local musicians while dining casually looking out over the ocean. Not a bad combination, yes?
If snorkeling is your thing, they have that too. But, since I spent yesterday scouting it out, let me recommend you enter the water that reaches out directly in front of the staircase that leads up to the street. It is quite easy there, but it can get tricky elsewhere. Lots of little rocks and coral to check out once in the water though, which made the search worthwhile. Oh, and they have modern facilities too, which are roomy enough to change in and out of your bathing suit. And, while snorkeling, you just might find yourself alongside the young military guys who are getting accustomed to swimming in their fatigues. There is an army base quite close and you can either watch their drills from your table, early in the day, or do what I did and swim alongside. Let me tell you, I was so glad to have on just a bathing suit, they looked a little out of breath in their boots, fatigues, and hats, although I’m not all that sure why they had to have their hats too. Just a thought. Now, I’m not certain that they do that every day, but I have seen them the past two Wednesday mornings, so, if that’s something you’d enjoy checking out, that’s the day to do it.
But, for those of you who just want to relax, maybe play on your computer (they have free wi fi),watch the cruise ships come in, the pelicans feeding, or the occasional plane bringing in the next group of excited tourists, you can do all that too. If you come in the afternoon, or evening, they also have a fully stocked bar where you can sip a margarita, or two, while watching the sunset and listening to the band. Now, although I usually get those pics, I was already a bit tired after my morning yoga and early afternoon snorkeling, so I didn’t get those shots, but the location is just far enough from el centro that you can enjoy the sunset without staring at the ferry dock, or a bunch of tethered boats, which, to me, is always a plus. In other words, it’s a clear shot of the ocean all the way to Playa del Carmen, with maybe a yacht, or two, drifting by.
Yes, this expat would like to say, it was a great little place to spend my morning and I’m going to make a point of going back to check out the bands. It’s always nice to find a new favorite, especially when it comes with friendly people, good food, local music, and a spectacular view. With choices like this, Cozumel really is paradise, don’t you agree? Salud!
p.s. if you would like to know more such as: bands playing, dinner specials, or yoga times, just contact Stephane (for English) at 987 118 4100, or Odessa (for Spanish) at 987 126 0382……….and, I never receive compensation, nor do I write these at the request of friends, or businesses, I just like to share good experiences. Following those simple rules helps to keep me honest!