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La Buena Vida Restaurant

Akumal Beach Road, Akumal, Mexico
+52 984 875 9061
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Ranked #3 of 33 restaurants in Akumal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $24
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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. And, we’re rated a Top 3 restaurant in Akumal on TripAdvisor!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.Just outside are two ‘miradors,’ or crow’s nests. These lookouts perch on the beach and have great panoramic views of the bay and sunsets. (Climb at your own risk!) All sorts of interesting details like the miradors can be found throughout our La Buena Vida hangout.We accept Visa, Mastercard, Pesos, and US Dollars.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 recommended only for holidays and groups of ten or more.
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San Antonio, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Yes, this is a very cool spot, one not to be missed, for the views, the eclectic décor, and the one of a kind crows nest you can have a beer in. The food wasn't bad either, although I can only speak about the burgers, which were fine but not memorable. What got me was the fact that I never... More

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chi
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Really think this was the best and coolest spot for a drink and a bit to eat in Akumal. Lots of different options for sitting, and incredible views from every spot. The Salsa Roja was AMAZING. The Salsa Verde blew my head off.

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Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This place was recommended to us by a hotel staff member. It was easy to find based on her directions and was very busy. The food was so good and the beach atmosphere was incredible. A very fun place. Only four stars because I wasn't a fan of my cocktail. I loved the coconut cup though!

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Pueblo West, Colorado
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We were told to "go try it" and boy were we glad we did! Great staff, atmosphere and excellent food! Every time we go back we will be dining here! Tables are close together and at first I was a bit uncomfortable but it didn't matter. We saw many of the guests from the resort there and many were frequent... More

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Livermore, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We were in Akumal for 7 days and visited this restaurant 3 times. The ambiance is absolutely, wonderfully romantic. The Cheyanne Tacos are amazing. And the chicken tacos, delicious. They have a terrific happy hour and yummy pina coladas. Evening is the best time, as the breezes are refreshing and the sand, cool between your toes. My husband and I... More

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dedham, ma
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

A fun and funky spot. Would like to have eaten there more than once but my kids were not crazy about the food. Bring bug spray!

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Cuernavaca, Mexico
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

La buena vida is Akumal favorite watering stop. Right by the sea, walking on sand, swinging by the bar, looking out at the sea. Half moon bay, beautiful purple skies. If you are here for a drink ask to go up to the palm tree house. An expirience of its own.

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Swindon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

We returned to the buena vida in the past two weeks and for the third consecutive year of our vacation in Mexico and this is still the best bar we have ever been to. Feet in the sand, cold beer, excellent food and looking out over the Caribbean Sea what could be better. Staff were great never hassled us at... More

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Haslett, Michigan
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We ate at this restaurant twice during our stay in Akumal. The food was good both times. However, their prices are pretty high. We had a table outside by the beach the first time with a nice breeze and the service was fair. The second time was on a weekend evening and they were busy. We were initially shown a... More

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Plano, TX
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Six days in Akumal and this was the best food on our trip. Happy hour and cool evening breezes with a killer view of Half Moon Bay make this a popular place. Add on the Day of the Dead decor and the multi level ambience and you are sure to enjoy sundown and a great meal. Level 1 tables and... More

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