The Best Margaritas to Try in Cancun

••• The Surfin Burrito

The margarita is one of the most popular cocktails on the planet, its perfection may just be in its simplicity. An authentic margarita (which actually means “daisy” in Spanish) only contains tequila, triple sec and lime juice. It is said that a Mexican bartender created the drink for an American B-movie actress. Of course, there are all kinds of variations on the classic margarita, like frozen margaritas or different flavors like mango and strawberry. Margaritas are an essential part of a Mexican vacation and are available in almost any restaurant in Cancun, but the versions served in the following restaurants and bars stand out from the crowd. Also part of a great Mexican vacation? Cancun's best taco joints and seafood restaurants.

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    ••• Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun

    La Joya is a gourmet Mexican restaurant located in the AAA Four Diamond resort, Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach. The ambiance is breathtaking, from the pink flowering trees and the stained glass windows to the live trio and mariachi music. Take it all in while sipping on their Cadillac margarita, made with 1800 Tequila and Grand Marnier. The restaurant is certainly serious about tequila — ask for a complimentary tasting to learn about Mexico's most famous spirit.

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    La Destileria is located in the Hotel Zone on Blvd. Kukulcan at km. 12.5. Serving authentic Mexican food with a twist, the restaurant includes a museum that houses over 100 kinds of tequila, many of which are not available in other countries. The restaurant features live mariachi music daily, and all different flavors of margaritas. Try the tamarind margarita, a local favorite. 

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    El Callejon (The Alley) is located, well, in an alley in downtown Cancun in Mercado 28 (Market 28). Owned by a Canadian couple, this in an inexpensive spot to have lunch or dinner and “the best margaritas in Cancun”, which are made with fresh juice and six shots of liquor. You’ll end up staying all afternoon and/or evening chatting with down-to-earth owners Jennifer and Will. And after all that tequila, you'll require some snacks. Expect burgers, nachos and even the Canadian favorite: poutine.

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    Casa Tequila is located in the heart of the Hotel Zone, close to the convention center. This Mexican restaurant offers a relaxing atmosphere, excellent service and jumbo margaritas in mango, strawberry, tamarind or guayaba (small sizes are available as well). Try the perfect traditional margarita or the frozen strawberry version, then sit on the patio, vibe to the live music and watch the world go by, Cancun style. 

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    ••• The Surfin Burrito

     Surfin Burrito is beloved by both locals and visitors alike. This funky “restaurant” (patrons share picnic-table-like outdoor seating) is located in the Hotel Zone on Blvd. Kukulcan at km. 12.5. They serve cheap, delicious food and liter drinks in Styrofoam cups with tops, including margaritas, which you can order to go! Best of all, Surfin Burrito is open 24 hours a day. And according to the restaurant's Facebook page, even Guy Fieri has been to the Surfin Burrito. When it comes to colorful frozen drinks, that endorsement might just be a good thing.