What a great way to sample authentic Mexican and Yucatecan cuisine!
You will enjoy the convenience of dining "at home" with a piping hot breakfast in the morning and homemade flavorful dishes for lunch or dinner. You choose the menu for the week from a wide assortment of selections including fresh seafood, chicken, pork and Mexican favorites such as fajitas, enchiladas, chile rellenos and more. If there are dietary restrictions, that is not a problem; the staff can accommodate food allergies, vegetarians, etc.
Each property has it's own approved staff or meal service provider with various options available. Prices vary depending on the services offered. Please check with us for details about the cook service available in the vacation villa or condo that you have reserved.
Please note that ONLY approved cook staff or meal service provider is allowed on the premises. For security purposes and owner's wishes, outside, unapproved or independent meal service providers are NOT allowed on the premises.
Cooks normally prepare 2 meals per day, including breakfast and your choice of lunch or evening meal for 5 to 6 days during the week.
Meal service rates vary slightly, depending on property you choose. Weekly rates start at approximately $200 per adult; $100 for children. This includes the cost of the food, preparation, service and clean up. The price does not include beverages or tip for the cook.
Lobster and shrimp are extra charge (depending on the market price)
Priority is given to guests who request meal service for the full week
(5 to 6 days of service)
Meal service for partial weeks is available in some properties; some properties have a minimum of 3 days that must be consecutive (no skipped days)
Please make arrangements for cook service far enough in advance to confirm availability of cook service.
Some meal service providers require full payment PRIOR to arrival. Others will accept a deposit prior to arrival with balance paid on arrival.
Payment for meal service can be made by personal check or credit card prior to arrival. Or, if due on arrival, payment can be paid in US cash or travelers checks (sorry, no credit cards or checks on the island).
If you wish to have the villa stocked with some basic grocery items or beverages, some properties offer a shopping service with a stocking fee of approximately 20%. Payment must be made in US cash.
If you have special dietary restrictions, or have a special event or celebration such as birthday or anniversary, please let us know in advance.
You can buy just about anything you need at the various supermarkets and stores in Cozumel. One of the great benefits of staying in a private villa or condo is that you have more space, including a full kitchen or kitchenette. You can stock up on your favorite foods and beverages for snacks, lunches or complete dinners. If your property has a barbecue, you can throw some burgers, chicken or shrimp on the grill. You'll save a few bucks by having some meals in your rental property, as well as enjoy the convenience of grabbing a quick snack or beverage out of your own frig. There are several large grocery stores on the island; here are some notes:
Mega: Cozumel's newest and largest grocery store is located on the oceanfront road between Calle 7 and 9. The grocery department offers a full line of foods including an instore bakery, deli, fresh fruits/vegetables, liquor, beer, meats, seafood. In addition, this is a department store with appliances, clothing, household goods, pharmacy, etc.
Chedraui: Located on the oceanfront road just south of Calle 11, across from Plaza Las Glorias Hotel. Plenty of parking. Instore bakery, deli, large selection of fresh fruits/vegetables, liquor/beer, and full line of groceries.
San Francisco: On 30th Ave. on the corner of Juarez. Full selection of fruits/vegetables, beer/liquor, and groceries plus instore deli and bakery.
Liquor Stores can sell beer/liquor until 9 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and before 2 on Sunday. There are numerous liquor stores throughout San Miquel, including a large drive up liquor store located next to the San Francisco store on 30th (just north of the store).
Small neighborhood tiendas (stores) are scattered throughout town and are convenient to many properties. Don't be afraid to go in and poke around, buy a couple of Cokes or a few basics. Some tiendas stock fruits and vegetables, some have beer/liquor.
Another alternative to restaurants and cooking yourself is to have a cook come in and prepare two meals a day in your villa or condo. We can make arrangements for you. Guests really like this option. Enjoy a piping hot breakfast when you arise, then go out and enjoy the day and return to savor tasty regional dishes prepared and served to you in the privacy of your vacation villa. Let the cook pamper with tasty treats during your stay!
If you wish to have your vacation villa or condo stocked with some basic grocery items or beverages upon arrival, please make your requests well in advance. A service fee of 20% is applied.
Carne Asada: Pork or beef, grilled over a charcoal fire
Chuleta Yucateca: Pork chop, marinated in red adobado then grilled and smothered wth sauteed onions
Churros: A donut type batter deep fried with a coating of sugar
Ceviche: Fish, shirmp or conch (prounced "konk") marinated in lemon and vinegar with onions, tomatoes and cilantro.
Flan: A popular custard dessert
Horchata: A sweet drink made of rice or barley, almonds, sugar, vanilla and water
Huachinango: Red snapper, usually served whole
Queso "Gallo":Holland cheese that has been imported to the Yucatan. Queso rellano (stuffed cheese) is made with ground beef, raisins, capers, smothered with Holland cheese and topped with a creamy white sauce
Tamalas: Chicken, wwrapped in a heavy dough and cooked in banana leaves
Ixnepech: A hot sauce made with spicy Habanero peppers, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, lime and vinegar. Means "dog's nose" in Mayan.
Jamaica: Promounced "ha-my-ka", this delicious drink is made from flowers.
Mero: Fresh grouper, usually served as a fillet
Mojo de Ajo: Fish, conch or shrimp, served in butter and garlic sauce
Mole: Chicken or turkey or enchiladas, baked in a thick, spicy brown sauce made of almonds, chocolate, chipotle peppers and peanut oil
Pibil: Chicken or pork baked in a tangy red sauce with orange juice and wrapped in banana leaves