La Perlita quickly became my favorite restaurant on Cozumel during my recent stay on the island. I ended up visiting with my honey for dinner twice and breakfast once. Firstly, it is not in the touristy downtown area, so it has a real local neighborhood vibe. I was able to walk from my hotel, but I imagine most people would need to taxi. The restaurant is open air with a lovely thatched roof. They have hand painted tables, chairs, and lanterns hanging from the ceiling. The restaurant doubles as a fish market during the day and they even have their own fishing boats to boot. The restaurant literally catches their own fish! La Perlita is about as fresh as you can get. I tried to order the octopus, but unfortunately they didn't catch any that day. Instead of keeping seafood frozen in the back, they only let you order what was in stock in the sea that morning. The waiters are delightful and kind. My favorite dish was the lion fish, grilled or breaded, it was delicious. Best of all the restaurant is authentic (I saw them making their own toritilla chips) and cheap! The guacamole was only 50 pesos. FIFTY PESOS. The tourist trap restaurants had guacamole three times that price!!
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