Chamico’s lobster shack has no sign, no menu, no crowds and no phone – and was easily our most memorable meal in Soliman Bay, 15 minutes outside of Tulum.
Somewhat of a local’s secret, this is a place you surely won’t find in any guidebooks. You might not find it at all, thanks to its hidden location at the dead-end of a bumpy unpaved road off the main highway.
The food is no-frills at this al fresco operation run on propane and batteries, just simple fresh fish prepared on an open fire. The setting is perfect — a few red plastic tables sit just 50 feet from the water, under a palm-fringed stretch of white sand.
Fabulous plates of fresh ceviche, fried whole fish, garlic shrimp tacos and lobster tails arrived one after another, as we found ourselves lost in our surroundings — playing with our son in the sand, taking turns swinging in the hammock and enjoying a few margaritas and ice-cold micheladas as the sun slowly dipped below the clouds, backed by a beautiful sea view.
It’s easy to lose track of time. We stayed until the navy blue sky made it tricky to find our way back to our hotel on the other end of the bay, guided only by the glow of my blackberry (refreshingly, the first time I used it all day.)
Head north from Tulum on Hwy 307
Turn right onto the unpaved road across from Oscar & Lalo’s
Drive until the end