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La Buena Vida Restaurant

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North Akumal Beach Road, Akumal, Mexico
+52 984 875 9061
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7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Description: On the beautiful beachfront of Half Moon Bay in North Akumal is a...
On the beautiful beachfront of Half Moon Bay in North Akumal is a one-of-a-kind restaurant and bar: La Buena Vida - The Good Life. La Buena Vida always has a festive atmosphere with great music, cold beer, scenic ocean views, and good fresh food. Meals are served on the beach under shady palapas with a casual atmosphere and an appetizing menu, ranging from fresh ceviche to tasty hamburgers. La Buena Vida is a popular restaurant venue for weddings. The rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, and reception can all be planned by the team at Akumal Weddings. Reservations Not Required! Reservations are accepted for groups of ten or more. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Pesos, and US Dollars.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Fun place...worth a stop

Stopped here on our way back to Cancun. Fun beach bar with really good service and mariachi band. I recommend their chicken ginger empanadas and Mayan kiss for a drink ;) ...their roasted tomato salsa was very tasty as well

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
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Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Scenic view
  • Romantic
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Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

We took a party of 20 here after our vow renewal. We had made a reservation, which they did not have. They immediately sat our party, but we were at separate tables and proceeded to be served at separate times throughout the lunch--one table had dessert before the other had their meals. We watched other tables--large parties--come and go before... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

Stopped here on our way back to Cancun. Fun beach bar with really good service and mariachi band. I recommend their chicken ginger empanadas and Mayan kiss for a drink ;) ...their roasted tomato salsa was very tasty as well

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

A great place after a magical day, swimming with turtles! Very relaxing and nice! Apply for happy hour wednesdays! ;)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We first discovered LBV about 15 years ago, and our kids have been eager to come back so they would be allowed up in the crow's nest (it's adults only). Well, they got to do it this time, but only drinks are permitted up there, no food. You have to climb up,a ladder and enter through a trapdoor hatch. The... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We had a great dinner! My tamarind margaritas were delicious. As a native Mexican who grew up on the pacific coast I have very particular taste In seafood dishes. My ceviche was flavorful and fresh. My kids (4.5 & 6) ordered the whole fried fish and the shrimp tacos both of which were great. The prices seemed fair to us... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We drove from Cancun and took easy ride one and half hour, went for lunch and were given a nice table under shade not far from the bar and having a fantastic view over the blue sea, that was fabulous and inmidiatly you fell distress We have Nachos to start with but the waiter forgot the Pico de gallo sauce,... More 

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Covington, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Excellent service, terrific view & ambiance. Overall I've been very disappointed in Akumal this trip. but La Buena Vida has held the line and still gives a taste of what Akumal once was. They actually have a happy hour and encourage you to sit and relax in their mellow beachfront tables, all of which provide a view and gentle breezes.... More 

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Vernal, Utah
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

My eighteen year old children couldn't even catch a buzz on the drinks served here. Great for breakfast, avoid it for lunch and dinner......good atmosphere, and the staff was helpful

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I always love coming to La Buena Vida because of the atmosphere. The place is really relaxing to have some drinks on the beach front. The mariachis are great entertainment and fun to listen too. The food is average and needs flavor but the service was great. All in all, if you want a nice atmosphere for drinks and your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The restaurant is on the beach and they have two tree houses that you can climb to see the beautiful view. Our waiter Pumba was friendly, helpful and funny. We came to dinner twice to observe the view, visit with Pumba and enjoy the live mariachi group. Thank you Pumba we will be back next time!!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: North Akumal Beach Road, Akumal, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Akumal
  • Phone Number: +52 984 875 9061

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 24

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Romantic

Description

On the beautiful beachfront of Half Moon Bay in North Akumal is a one-of-a-kind restaurant and bar: La Buena Vida - The Good Life. La Buena Vida always has a festive atmosphere with great music, cold beer, scenic ocean views, and good fresh food. Meals are served on the beach under shady palapas with a casual atmosphere and an appetizing menu, ranging from fresh ceviche to tasty hamburgers. La Buena Vida is a popular restaurant venue for weddings. The rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, and reception can all be planned by the team at Akumal Weddings. Reservations Not Required! Reservations are accepted for groups of ten or more. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Pesos, and US Dollars.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm

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