How To Eat Like Royalty For Pennies In Mexico

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Well well, my friend… I gotta say,  it is pretty easy to eat like royalty for pennies in Mexico!

That is, if you are friendly… And you like to cook!

Eat Like Royalty For Pennies In Mexico – Get Friendly With The Locals!

Brian and I are big-time foodies! We also really love doing new things, so when we are in a new place we submerge ourselves in the culture.

I think it is so important to get friendly with the locals! I actually believe that is good for the soul because it breaks down barriers between cultures! It is also really fun to practice other languages.

So when it comes to food in different countries my number 1 tip, is to seek out places where the locals gather to eat! If it is busy, and thriving with locals, then that my friend equals a solid place to eat! It also means that the prices are likely better because it isn’t a tourist trap!

I think our favourite breakfast place in Puerto Vallarta was Fredy’s Toucan! That place is ALWAYS packed! Unfortunately, we didn’t get to meet Fredy or his toucan…

The best place for the health-conscious/gluten-free vegetarians like myself… I highly recommend Salud Super Food! Incredibly friendly staff and the food was off the charts delish! Plus… They use local ingredients! Love it!


Eat Like Royalty For Pennies In Puerto Vallarta Mexico – Even Fine Dining!

Eat Like Royalty For Pennies In Mexico While in Puerto Vallarta we indulged in some pretty incredible fine dining experiences!

The most we ever spent on dinner was $100 USD! We had some of the most incredible Mexican seafood dishes! Seriously unreal! From the presentation to the fusion of flavours, we were absolutely mind blown!

Let me just say… I love cooking SO much that it takes an awful lot to impress this gal! Plus I am gluten-free & vegetarian! So most menus, especially while traveling, don’t work for me.

We had our pick from the endless beachfront restaurants, where you can kick your shoes off and put your feet in the sand. Just be sure to keep an eye out for the busy places.

If I had to recommend one place that we enjoyed the most for fine dining… I would say La Palapa! Absolutely outstanding food and service!

The Best Option In My Humble Opinion… Cook For Yourself

This tip is near and dear to my heart!


Because I LOVE cooking and cooking with Brian… Well, I LOVE even more!

If you want to save your money for the important stuff… Like, seeing more places while in a specific area, staying in nicer places, or going on more adventures,  then cooking for yourself, is the best way to go!

While in Puerto Vallarta, we went to the grocery store a couple of times!

First of all… It is really fun to see all the different kinds of fruit and veggies we don’t have back home! Second… The prices are BANANAS! Literally you can buy a bunch of bananas for a few cents.

The wild thing is… If you like to cook, you really could eat like royalty for pennies in Mexico because the food is SO inexpensive!

We went on a grocery run for a few days, and once we converted the price… We realized we only spent $12 USD on a few bags of food! AND we weren’t stingy! We bought the best ingredients and didn’t bother looking at prices.

The ONLY thing I must warn you about… Is washing produce correctly!

This is where I toss in a little disclaimer… I am not a scientist/a doctor for that matter! I didn’t make this tip up, I found it on YouTube! In the video below I share with you a trick that worked very well for us, and our intestines while cooking for ourselves in Mexico! Up to this point in our travels, we are absolutely parasite free and haven’t had a bout of the scoots. (Just in case you were wondering. LOL)

Can I please get a “Hallelujah” !?!

In conclusion to the produce washing tip…

We passed the healthy digestion test! So far SOO Good! Our technique worked for us in many countries, but we caution you to use this tip at your own risk!

All in all, to eat like royalty for pennies in Puerto Vallarta Mexico, and honestly almost ALL of Mexico… You pretty much just need to be in the country, and food is cheap! Just be sure to keep an eye out for where the locals go and don’t be scared to cook for yourself. If you are smart about how you wash your produce, you shouldn’t run into any issues.

Great meals with the ones you love are the spice of life! Always remember to be present… Eat slowly… Enjoy conversation, and maybe even a couple of Mojitos.

Erin Nicole Bick

Until Next Time!
Adventure On… Adventure On!

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  1. Zach Loescher

    Love these tips! I always try to plan a meal or two a day to be cooked in the condo or cabin when I travel. Save so much money and can expand the budget for other fun things as well! Great nuggets!!

    • BE Adventure Partners

      Love your style Zach! A couple meals cooked on your own is a great way to be mindful of the type of food your eating, great way to save, and stay healthy!
      And your right about more fund for having fun! 🙂
      Thanks for reading!

  2. Gordon Attard

    Love the vinegar tip! You reminded me back when I was a professional chef over 5 years ago. Vinegar is a great ingredient indeed! Have fun in Mexico!

    • BE Adventure Partners

      Thanks Gordon! I used to be a chef for a few years as well. Vinegar has so many uses. We are SO happy this tip worked!

      No one wants to spend their vacation on the toilet! Wrong royal throne! Lol

  3. Sherri Brown

    Next time I visit Mexico I’ll try this eating like Royalty. Gotta enjoy life for this…thanks for sharing.

    • BE Adventure Partners

      Yay Sherri! You certainly can eat like royalty in Mexico! Just need to know a few slick tricks. 🙂

      Thanks for reading!

  4. Mama Bear

    Love it, looks like you are having an amazing time.

    • BE Adventure Partners

      Awww Mama!!! Thanks for reading our blog! Means a lot to me! 🙂 Lots of vids and pics to come!

      Love You!

  5. Dr. Lisa Thompson

    Great tips! Bookmarking this for future reference when I travel to Mexico!

    Dr. Lisa

    • BE Adventure Partners

      Awesome Dr. Lisa! Mexico sure is an amazing place! Food wise and culture wise! I highly recommend it 🙂

  6. Jelena Ostrovska

    Woah! I have never heard about that vinegar tip! Great idea – but yeah, use it at your own risk haha! Loooove Mexico and their food is AMAZING!

    • BE Adventure Partners

      We absolutely love Mexican food (although, Brian just calls this “food” LOL!). Thanks for reading, Jelena!


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