Here’s a Cancun dining recommendation for you, Captain’s Cove. Seasoned visitors know that there’s one place in the Hotel Zone that is a classic for fresh seafood and glorious sunsets: Captain’s Cove, waterfront dining at its best.
Book a table on the wooden deck overlooking Nichupte Lagoon and watch as the sun goes down in a blaze of gold, rose and orange and the first stars twinkle in the heavens. Sip a signature Captain’s Cove martini or a passion fruit mojito as you choose from the menu.
And what to choose is the question. Order fish, lobster, octopus and shrimp caught in local waters and shellfish brought from the Pacific, all supremely fresh and superbly flavored. For starters, you could try mixed seafood ceviche, shrimp and scallop aguachile or tuna carpaccio, shrimp tacos or seafood soup cooked to a traditional Holbox recipe.
For your main course, options include succulent Caribbean lobster and the catch of the day. Ask for your fish grilled or pan-fried and served with the sauce of your choice. Other tempting choices are shrimp cooked to a variety of delicious recipes, crab cakes, frutti di mare pasta, three-pepper tuna, grilled salmon and octopus pizza. The seafood platter for two is perfect for sharing if you want to try a bit of everything: lobster, fish, shrimp, calamari, mussels and scallops. And for meat lovers there are prime steaks and BBQ ribs.
Save space for dessert, the mango cheesecake is deliciously creamy or go for the crème caramel and double chocolate cake. Choose flambéed strawberries or end the evening with a flaming coffee and a glass of tequila or Xtabentun, the honey-aniseed liqueur from the Yucatan. Delicious food, a romantic setting, attentive service, this is Cancun dining at its finest.
Don’t miss Prime Rib night on Wednesday and Saturday Captain’s Cove and the popular Sunday brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Try the casual lunch menu special featuring favorites such as fish and chips, coconut shrimp and hamburgers served in a pretzel bun.
When you have finished your dinner, you might want to step next door to the bar for an after-dinner drink, music and even karaoke during the week. The bar hosts a Mexican Night on Monday and Caribbean Night on Wednesday, both with a buffet and dance show.
Captain’s Cove is located on the shores of the lagoon in the Hotel Zone, opposite Cancun Maya Museum. Open daily, 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.