Ah, summer is here. Can’t you just hear the ocean waves already? If you’re already craving a Ceviche feast by the sea, fear not. Even though the beach is a year-round destination for Yucatecans (we breathe, eat, and sweat sand, basically), when summer comes around, vacation mode quickly takes over our systems. Luckily, for both locals and visitors alike, there’s no shortage of beach clubs and restaurants on the coast where you can spend an afternoon enjoying Yucatán’s perpetual summer.
If you’re looking for some family-friendly fun, Silcer is the place to go. There are many activities to take part in such as kayak, paddleboards, and dingy rentals. Enjoy their restaurant, kids and adult pools, Palapas, beach bar, and rooftop. Try the Pulpochuc or the shrimp burrito for a pick-me-up after frolicking in the water. Their restaurant specializes in fresh seafood (as they should) with a “Yucatecan homestyle touch.” Do you have kids you’re obliged to keep alive? They have a children’s menu to suit their needs!
Calle 21 #136, Progreso
Tel. 999 900 5989
FB: Silcer Club De Playa Malecón
This beach club in Chelem has a Palapa, beach area with lounge chairs and umbrellas, showers, bathrooms, kayak rentals, and a restaurant. It’s a family-friendly place where relaxation and fun times come together so that the whole family can unwind. Try their Pulpo Zarandeado or the fish filet after you’ve spent all morning working on your summer glow.
Calle 82, Chelem
Tel. 999 297 8749
FB: Restaurante Playa Bonita & Beach Club
A beach club located right on the Malecón Tradicional! It’s hip, the décor gives off Tulum and Mykonos vibes (dreamcatchers are present and in full force), and prices are very reasonable. It’s the ideal spot to go have a few drinks with friends with a killer sunset view on the beach. Lounge in their pool and order your drinks without ever leaving thanks to the swim-up bar. The Pescado Frito and Aguachiles are a must! There’s parking for boats available as well.
Calle 60 x 21, Progreso
Tel. 999 352 1596
FB: El Haguay
This beautiful Casona has had many owners throughout its history. Today, it’s an emblematic restaurant that makes sure you feel at home as soon as you walk in. Picture yourself making your way to Progreso and having a hearty breakfast (Chilaquiles for me, of course) on La Antigua’s terrace before walking down the Malecón and having a beach day. Make sure you try their Molcajete de Mariscos, it’s the house specialty. La Antigua has a pool, a relaxed ambiance, and affordable prices.
Calle 21 x 60 Col. Ismael García, Progreso
Tel. 969 103 6102
FB: La Antigua Progreso
Located right in the heart of Chicxulub Puerto, Vistamar is the perfect spot to go sip on a cold beer on a sunny summer day. Spend your afternoon under their Palapa or by the pool while munching on their exquisite Torre de Mariscos. Now that’s summer living at its peak!
Calle 17 #29 x 20 y 22, Chicxulub Puerto
FB: Vistamar beach club & restaurant
Want to spend a few nights at the beach as well? Kokomo is not just a beach club, It’s also a six-room boutique hotel. Wake up to the ocean breeze and have breakfast at its restaurant for the full vacation experience. Forget about city life for a weekend and enjoy their Paella and ocean vibes. Kokomo has individual memberships as well as packages for couples and families, which allows you to visit the club as much as you please during the year.
Carretera Chicxulub – Telchac Km 30
Tel. 999 268 4687
FB: Kokomo Club de Playa
Editorial por Greta Garrett
Writer, director, and excellent human sandbag. Self-proclaimed funny person, fully bilingual, and passionate storyteller.
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