We started our Cancun trip with a 6:40 a.m. flight from LAX (CA), layovered in Dallas then headed directly to Mexico.
The before-the-dawn traveling time is definitely worth every struggling on the bed, perhaps with the alarm clock also. We were able to land in Cancun around 3:30 p.m., which still left us plenty of time to take a 30 minutes transit to the Hotel Zone. There were no rush at all, we took time setting up our luggages, had a quick shower, and most importantly, enjoyed the blue ocean view before our first "elegant" dining experience in this tropical city.
There's one other flight which you leave few hours later during the day. In that case, you will arrive in Cancun around 11 p.m.. But who wants to sacrifice the entire afternoon by the beach just for that few additional hours of sleep?
I actually did some research about where to go for a nice dinner before the trip. Unfortunately, not much trust-worthy information was found. To be a wise tourist, the best way is to ask the locals. After weighing in some pros and cons, we got our choice for the night - Savio's Bistro by La Dolce Vita -
Great ambience, great outdoor seating area
Food is ok. Don't get me wrong, it's on the tasty side but just not jaw dropping good
As for our first night in Cancun, we can be careless about the flavor. What matters to us the most was finding a great spot where we can quietly have a sip or two tropical drinks and listen to the waves colliding on the rocks.
Prices are shown in Mexican pesos. $1 U.S. is about $12~$13 pesos as of the date of this blog post.
Here's what I'm talking about, great outdoor seating -
Picture above is for larger parties. However, if just for one or two people, you can sit somewhere even closer to the water. Just walk along the deck -
And here it is -
There were actually two solitary customers sitting at the tables behind us. Who said you can enjoy a nice meal at a great ambience restaurant all by yourself?
Ceviches with octopus, onion, cilantro, tomato, and chile habanero $140 pesos -
Sauteed cepes mushrooms Provencal style with garlic and tomato sauce $125 pesos -
Yummy. The waiter also brought us some flat bread, which tastes very good with this garlicky sauce.
Rigatoni Viva Mexico: Short pasta, chorizo, mushrooms and jalapeno chile. Main course size $190 pesos -
Fettuccine neptuno: Black pasta, shrimp and scallops in oyster sauce. Main source size $260 pesos -
Our bodies (especially tummies) and minds were deeply satisfied. What a way to start off a great vacation!
Savio's Bistro by La Dolce Via
Blvd. Kukulcan KM 15
Cancun Zona Hotelera, Quintana Roo
Phone Number: 885 01 61 or 885 0150
Dial 011 52 first if dialing from the U.S. or Canada
*There's is also another branch called La Dolce Vita Centro located in downtown Cancun. However, I do suggest going to this one in Hotel Zone not only just for the view, but also for safety reasons.
Other Cancun related posts:
Cancun Mercado 28 - Where's My Boba?
Cancun Dining - Crab House Cancun