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This small island lies on the world’s second largest coral reef
system, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, and is ringed by some
30 dive sites, mostly on the west coast. The exceptionally clear
warmwater permits even novice divers and snorkellers a glimpse
into the fascinating aquatic world here that is often known as an
underwater rainbow as it is so rich in marine life and colourful
corals. The island, some 80 by 24 kilometres, was the first point
where Europeans stepped on Mexican soil. It’s hard to get lost in
Cozumel, as there is just one road that runs around the coast.
And next door at the all-inclusive Grand Velas, food is placed first among its priorities.
Chef de Cuisine Nahum Velasco spent time in Spain and Denmark, learning the ways
of Noma, which is often named the world’s best restaurant, and bringing those influences
back here to the Yucatan. The resort’s Cocina de Autor is one of the most innovative
restaurants in Mexico, a test kitchen that serves up a 13-course tasting menu that
changes every few months, with the seasons. It’s high-class cuisine that makes the
most of Mexican flavours and ingredients.
Back on Fifth Avenue, we finish our night with a deceptively simple dessert: chocolate.
Cevutti explains that the Mayans valued this sweet treat for centuries before the Spanish
conquistadors brought it back to Europe. We pop into a spot called Ah Cacao Chocolate
Cafe, which serves up traditional Mayan, no-milk recipes made with water, cinnamon,
chili peppers, and sweetened with honey.
Sipping a Mayan hot chocolate, watching the heavy foot traffic on Fifth Avenue, the tang
of the ceviche and sopa still on the back of my tongue, I feel like I understand Mexico, its
history, and its vibrant day-to-day pastiche, just a little bit better.
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DIY Taco Bar
at Grand Velas
Got the late-night munchies?
Velas Resorts is in Riviera Nayarit, Riviera Maya and
Puerto Vallarta has the solution: a 24-hour in-suite
taco bar. When you order the taco bar, you’ll get
roasted pineapple, Poblano peppers with corn, and
traditional Cochinita Pibil, fried Baja fish, octopus,
and Chorizo with potatoes, and, of course, hot sauces
and guacamole – all in your suite!