CANCUN, MEXICO: VEGAN & PESCATARIAN FOOD GUIDE

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If you've been following my journey on Instagram, you know that I became a pescatarian in December. 

To my surprise, the transition was extremely smooth. Now, don't get it twisted. I still crave buffalo wings and triple bacon cheeseburgers (because who doesn't like the taste of bacon); but I've managed to find several meat alternatives to  kill my chicken and pork cravings. At this point, the only concern I've had is how to maintain my seafood-veggie diet while traveling abroad.

It's a breeze to eat properly in the comfort of my own neighborhood, but dieting on vacation presents an entirely new challenge, because who really wants to eat kale chips and salads when you're relaxing at the beach? On top of that, most global cuisines include beef, pork and chicken; and there is a part of me that feels like I'll be doing a disservice to myself if I don't try the local dishes.  Hoooooooowever, at the exact same time, I don't want to cheat on my diet every time I country hop. This isn't a two week fast for me. I'm really trying to make a lifestyle change, and I think I should at least try to commit to it as long as I can. And if I'm being brutally honest, I also feel like I can't really complain because there are world travelers who are freakin' vegan. If a person who doesn't consume delicious, cheese pizza or butter drenched lobster can stick to his/her diet while they travel around the world, I can surely stick to mine.  So Mexico became my first test to determine if my marriage to this pesco-vegetarian diet would last or if I should just get back with my exes pork, chicken and beef. Luckily, my marriage is still intact.  

I've created a quick list of recommendations below to ensure that my future vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian followers don't cheat on their diets  when they visit Cancun this year. As you will see, Cancun has more to offer than just tacos and tequila. 

 

RESTAURANTS FOR VEGANS & VEGETARIANS

I'm not going to lie; I did NOT eat any vegan-friendly dishes in Mexico. Leading up to my trip, I ate like a rabbit so I could fit into my bikini. Once I stepped off the plane, my diet was thrown out the window.  Everyday I treated myself to (real) cheese pizza, fried fish, and lots of liquor (my stomach and I regretted this later).

Although I didn't eat at any vegan spots, I was sent a few suggestions. All of the restaurants featured below are highly recommended. However, if you happen to dine at any of these restaurants, and they're terrible, don't look at me. Blame the vegans. 

CARIBE VEGANO

  • Vegan
  • Price Range: $$
  • Address: Calle 127, Supmza. 526, 77535 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/caribevegano/
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Photo From Caribe Vegano Facebook Page

LEAF CANCUN

  • Organic Market & Vintage Bar
  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Address: Blvd. Luis Donaldo Colosio Plaza Cumbres Local 13, Cancún 77500, México.
  • Website: http://leafcancun.com/
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leafcancun/ 
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NATURA

  • Vegetarian & Pet-Friendly
  • Price: $$
  • Address: Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 9.5 Zona Hotelera, Cancún México
  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/HostelCancunNatura/photos/?ref=page_internal

 

COMBI VEGAN FOOD TRUCK

  • Vegan
  • Price Range: $$ 
  • Address: Combi is a mobile vegan food truck, that comes to different events and locations. Check out Facebook page for the latest updates. 
  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/combivegan/about/?ref=page_internal 
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Photo From Combi Vegan Facebook Page: Sausage Hotdog. Photo From Combi Vegan Facebook Page: Combi Favorite(s) Choripán, "Steak" and Destroyer taco. 

 

THE SURFIN BURRITO

  • Vegetarian (Street Food)
  • Price: $
  • Open 24-hours a day
  • Address: Kukulcan Blvd. Km 9.5 Cancún, Quintana Roo 77500
  • Website: https://www.instagram.com/thesurfinburrito/
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Photo from Surfin Burrito Facebook Page
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Photo From Surfin Burrito Instagram page

 

VEGAN PLANET

  • Vegan
  • Price Range: $$
  • Address: Andrés Quintana Roo Mz. 1, L. 4.4, SM 45, 77506 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico 
  • Website: https://www.veganplanetsuperfoods.com/menus 
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Photo From Yelp: Pizza Americana
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Photo From Yelp: Spicy Choritofu

 

      RESTAURANTS FOR PESCATARIANS (AND MEAT-LOVERS)

      The following restaurants are recommended by yours truly. They're a bit touristy, but I really didn't care at the time. Like I said before, I was eating like a little baby rabbit for several weeks. Anything that wasn't a kale wrap was completely fine by me. I would've been happy eating at fish sandwich from McDonald's if the food kept me satisfied. So if you happen to dine at any of these restaurants, and they're terrible, you should still blame the vegans. 

      JAX'S

      • Bar and Grill
      • Price Range: $$
      • Address: Av. Rueda Medina Mz 1 Lote 22, Centro, 77400 Isla Mujeres, Q.R., Mexico
      • Website: http://www.jaxsportfishing.com/bar.asp 
      Photo Taken By Me : One of my favorite meals in Cancun. Brittany and I decided to share a few plates. We had fish tacos, lobster tail and fried shrimp.    

      Photo Taken By Me: One of my favorite meals in Cancun. Brittany and I decided to share a few plates. We had fish tacos, lobster tail and fried shrimp. 

       

       

       

      A MAR ES

      • Seafood Restaurant 
      • Price Range: $$
      • Address: Calle Acanceh 24, 15, 77505 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
      • Website: https://www.facebook.com/AMarEsRestauranteCancun/
      Photo Taken By Me:  Lobster Burrito

      Photo Taken By Me: Lobster Burrito

      WAFFLE BOUTIQUE

      • Price Range: $$
      • Address: MZA 109, LTE 3 Blvd Cumbres, SM 310, Benito Juárez, 77504 Cancún, Q.R.
      • Website: http://waffleboutique.com/sucursales/cumbres-cancun/
      My photos look like crap, but the waffles were really good

      My photos look like crap, but the waffles were really good

      Forgot the name of the fries (I'm a horrible blogger), but it had cheese and gravy on it. 

      Forgot the name of the fries (I'm a horrible blogger), but it had cheese and gravy on it. 

      XCARAT ECO-ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK

      • Buffet
      • Price Range: Meal was free with admission. This restaurant is located inside Xcarat Park. We purchased a tour and one meal was included with the cost of the ticket. If you are not joining a tour group, visit the website for pricing.
      • Address: Carretera Chetúmal-Puerto Juárez Kilómetro 282, Solidaridad, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
      • Website: http://www.xcaret.com/ 
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      The margaritas were HUGE! Definitely got a buzz. 

      If you've eaten at any of these restaurants, let me know in the comments below what you thought. And if there was a restaurant I didn't include, please share!