All of us at Investment Properties Mexico would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have an amazing time celebrating and remembering everything (and everyone) you're thankful for this year.
The Riviera Maya is a fantastic place to spend any holiday, and we just know you're going to love it! Although we'll be busy feasting and counting our blessings too, we also wanted to take a moment and give you a short description of the best places to eat Thanksgiving dinner in Playa del Carmen, along with some background info to help you enjoy this special day!
Where to Eat Thanksgiving in Playa del Carmen
- Plank Gourmet Grill & Patio Bar offers a traditional Thanksgiving style holiday buffet and is located just around the street from Playa Palms Beach Hotel. Expect to enjoy mouthwatering turkey and sides like velvety pumpkin soup, potato soufflé and pumpkin pie for 700 pesos.
- La Casa del Agua is well-known for serving up the very best "casual fine dining" and Thanksgiving is no exception. The traditional turkey is served here with creative sides like pumpkin risotto and mashed sweet potatoes for 650 pesos.
- La Cocina is perfect for those who want to party after dinner! For a small extra fee you can enjoy the Jack Daniels open bar along with delicious turkey and an impressive number of side items, including salads, antipasti, cold cuts, soups and homemade bread for 790 pesos (450 additional pesos for the open bar).
- C-Grill is situated about two blocks from the Playa Palms Beach Hotel and serves up Thanksgiving dinner right on the beach! Here, you can enjoy a fantastic three-course menu with a complimentary welcome drink, followed by a sweet potato and cinnamon spiced soup, turkey with traditional stuffing and the best mashed potatoes, along with a variety of other sides and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert for 750 pesos.
- Carboncitos might not be super fancy, but it is definitely delicious! For Thanksgiving, this popular 5th Avenue eatery will be serving a rich cream soup, roasted stuffed turkey and dessert for 420 pesos and the location makes it easy to catch some football at a local sports bar after dinner!
- Café Olé a local and homey restaurant located right in the marina in the gated community of Puerto Aventuras offers a delicious traditional Thanksgiving dinner every year. Gaylita, the owner, cooks a special menu including a delicious turkey, pecan sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, sage stuffing, fresh green beans and of course the very special Gaylita's homemade desserts.
- La Zebra Tulum on the Tulum beach road offers a 5-Course Thanksgiving dinner including drink pairing with every course. Enjoy some sweet potatoes with nuts, ranch cheese and cranberry sauce paired with mezcal, castilla pumpkin cream with white truffle oil, piglet empanada and habanero with chimichurri, as the main course you can choose between a delicious traditional turkey, pork ham roast or free-range chicken braised in lemon, and for a great closing, you'll have a spongy pumpkin and nut pie paired with Damiana Liquor. The best part, you can have this lovely dinner surrounded by the relaxing sound of the ocean.
Since Thanksgiving isn’t a widespread holiday in Mexico, most everything will be open, so the possibilities are virtually endless. Although the name “Thanksgiving” brings to mind images of a purely American holiday, the concepts that are being celebrated are anything but foreign in the Mexican Caribbean.
Also, the Riviera Maya's large expat community and growing influx of tourists in places like downtown Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Puerto Aventuras means visitors from the U.S. who travel here during Thanksgiving definitely won’t be celebrating alone!
How do you like to spend the Thanksgiving holiday? Let us know in the comments!