Puerto Vallarta boasts a stunning array of beachside dining spots. While tourists tend to gravitate towards the renowned ones like La Palapa, El Dorado, and Daiquiri Dick’s, there’s something truly delightful about the smaller, tucked-away gems. Canto del Mar is one of those hidden treasures, perfect for those seeking a laid-back and wallet-friendly lunch.
With options for both beachside and shaded seating under a tent, I usually opt for the latter, primarily to avoid the scorching sun and the persistent beach vendors. On this visit, we kicked off our meal with a generous serving of Guacamole ($130 pesos). Simple yet delightful, it’s a blend of ripe avocados and all the proper seasonings. Add a touch of salsa and a sprinkle of chopped onions to elevate it to a must-try.
Following this, we indulged in the Marlin ($60 pesos) and Ceviche ($40 pesos) Tostadas. Though you’re served just one tostada per choice, each comes laden with the day’s freshest catch.
Our recent visit brought a pleasant surprise; there’s been an evident shift in the kitchen. Our main courses arrived with the flair and finesse typical of a more high-end establishment. My partner’s Tentaculo de Pulpo ($310 pesos) featured succulent octopus tentacles, which were long and so very tender. I opted for the Filete de Pescado con Camarones ($310 pesos). The freshness of the Mahi Mahi fillets, nestled on a bed of crunchy vegetables and topped with succulent shrimp, was undeniable. And the creamy garlic butter sauce? Well, you know how much I love garlic – so I always ask for extra.
Canto del Mar is the kind of establishment where time seems to stand still, encouraging diners to savor a second Michelada or Long Island Iced Tea. The attentive wait staff is always around, yet they let you dictate the pace, even if you fancy lounging around for the entire afternoon. While several similar beachside eateries are dotted nearby, when an elderly gentleman holding a menu from Canto del Mar gestures you over, don’t think twice. Accept his invitation.
I give Canto del Mar:
Lázaro Cárdenas s/n, Zona Romántica, Emiliano Zapata, 48380
Open Daily: 12-9 PM
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