For us, one of the big questions when driving to Rocky Point…what to eat? Should we eat out at our favorite haunts, or any of the new, or many excellent restaurants we’ve been meaning to try? Sometimes, we prefer to save money and/or calories (lol) and prepare our own meals. In the past, I’ve always enjoyed eating out and not cooking, mainly because, let’s face it, when you cook, you have to clean…and at the beach, after a hard day, well, beaching…bleh! However, life with a two-year-old has changed my perspective. Eating out just isn’t an option for the sake of everyone’s sanity…so with a few exceptions for our very favorite places, and date nights sans kids, we mostly cook in now.
If you’ve decided to cook your own meals, you can either grocery shop before your trip and bring all of your food, or shop when you get to town. We’ve done both depending on our mood – do we really want to pack everything in the car and then mess with unloading when we get here; or do we want to waste precious beach time grocery shopping? However, grocery shopping in Mexico can be a fun and adventurous part of your vacation, especially with kids, because there’s so much new to see and try.
For buying in bulk if you’re staying for a while (yay!) or for bigger groups, there’s Sam’s Club, right on the main road into town. Your US membership works and they take debit cards at the check out. You’ll find many familiar brands and many Mexican brands (in bulk). Sam’s also has a pharmacy, and they sell furniture and all of the extras just like in the states. They even have their signature café if you need a quick slice of pizza to go. Tip: you may want to have a Spanish dictionary handy and a way to convert metric system to the US Customary measurements. We had a fun time converting lbs to kg when buying diapers!
Super Ley is a large grocery store chain and has an excellent variety of everything you might need in one place. Super Ley is on Constitution Ave. They have an extensive beer, wine, and liquor selection. There’s a great variety of fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, milk, eggs, yogurt, and all kinds of snacks. We love Mexican snacks! I love Queso Ruffles and my girls (and Kyle) are crazy for Pineapple Choco Rolls. They have tons of baby food, formula, and diapers, if you’re traveling with a little one. It also has a deli area for take out and a bakery with pan dulce – muy delicioso! For those who like pleasing visual images, the products are displayed in a colorful and almost artistic fashion. I love taking pictures in the grocery store because everything looks like a Warhol dream.
For quick snacks, we stop at any of the OXXO’s. OXXO has great coffee in the morning too!
If you prefer to “shop local” instead of at chain stores, we recommend trying the smaller fruit and vegetable markets. Ask for directions to the Fruteria Sinaloa. You’ll find incredible fresh produce at crazy good prices. You’ll also find botanas (snacks) and other various products, but not as much variety, kind of like any of the smaller family owned corner stores in the US. And last, but definitely not least…there’s the Malecon, (fish market) for fresh shrimp and seafood – you can get asparagus there too when it’s in season. Click Here for our favorite recipe – and don’t forget to stop at any of the tortillarias around town, because no meal in RP is complete without fresh, homemade tortillas!
Just keep in mind when you’re shopping for fresh food, unfortunately you cannot bring any produce or meat products back with you across the US border. So plan accordingly, or find a family to donate your leftovers to on your way out of town. We also like to give our leftover fresh produce to the kids at the border.