BBQ at El Cid La Ceiba – Report

Ship off El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel, Cozumel

It was going to be a beautiful night. It’s not unusual for me to run into San Miguel, Cozumel’s quaint town, for a bite to eat and to explore, but they dropped off a flyer to my room about a poolside BBQ, tonight. I’d been diving, snorkeling, and writing all day, so I thought, why, not. Relax, mellow out, do some reading, shower, then head down to the BBQ.

I’ve been staying at the El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel about 2 ½ miles south of town and enjoying my stay. One thing I like to do when travelling is to try out as many of the local restaurants and eateries as I can. I love to find funky places with great food, unusual food, and friendly service, but tonight was different. Tonight I wanted to take it easy and went for staying close and trying out El Cid’s poolside BBQ.  I’m glad I did.

I wandered out to the pool area about 6:30 as they were finishing setting up. Salvador Meza, El Cid’s manager, was there making sure the final touches were complete. I was in no hurry, so I ordered a glass of chardonnay and sat down on the deck over the water.  A cruise ship was at the dock, all lit up, and it looked so pretty against the darkening sky that I idled away some time with my cell phone taking pictures.

The cooks and servers were finishing laying out the spread and started putting food on the grill. The chicken shish kebabs looked great, and the chorizo sausage smelled even better  – I do have a thing about good chorizo sausage. The salad spread and dressings all were appetizing, too.  I knew at a glance that one pass through the line was not going to do it for me. I want to sample a bit of everything!

So I tried a lot of different salads on my first pass – and sat on the deck over the water, sipped my wine. The breeze cooled the mid-70’s temperature just enough and I took my time grazing and enjoying the evening. Salvador stopped by with a long-time friend from Florida and introduced us, then sat and talked with us for a while. It was all very pleasant.

Then, it was time for the kebabs, chorizo, and a small piece of steak, plus some other goodies that I couldn’t pass up. In case you couldn’t tell, I do enjoy a great meal and will make the experience last. Two hours later at 8:30 in the evening, I finished desert with a strong black coffee kicker and sat there some more just enjoying the evening and the music.

The next time you’re in Cozumel, whether you’re staying at the El Cid La Ceiba, or not, Salvador says you’re always welcome to dine there at any time, or stop by for a day pass to use the beach area, mellow out, and enjoy the sun with a drink. They get a lot of cruise ship guests that take advantage of El Cid La Ceiba’s amenities and good service.

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