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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Delivery, 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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Great food right on the beach

You can't beat the view: right off the beach. The food is good, happy hour is fun and great, and the atmosphere is relaxing and fun!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Scenic view
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

You can't beat the view: right off the beach. The food is good, happy hour is fun and great, and the atmosphere is relaxing and fun!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We ate here several times during our stay in Akumal. You can't beat Happy Hour for food or drinks. Great atmosphere and beautiful location overlooking the bay. Dinners were delicious and the service was great.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We came here multiple times during our stay in Akumal this year. The food is good, the hot salsa is great, happy hour prices are awesome, the location is very convenient, the views are great, and the service is usually good as well. Unlike other restaurants in Akumal, the servers don't really seem overly interested. After a few trips to... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This restaurant has potential to be good, great location and atmosphere, but lacks consistency and the proper management to ever be better than average. The first time we went to Buena Vida, we had good service and good food(I had the signature Shrimp stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon with a special glazing sauce). The kids had good... More 

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Greenock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Enjoyed an excellent lunch at La Buena Vida, as part of great day out with our Driver Monica - she recommended the place and we were not disappointed. Loved the Coconut shrimp and the setting right on the beach could have sat there all day. Good service and good value.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I loved the Akumal craft beer! The food was good, not great but I loved the atmosphere. A few too many flies for my boys' liking but they're 5 and 7... I could recommend the shrimp dish.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I went here one afternoon several weeks ago to have a pina colada and get something to eat to take back to my condo. I ordered the Santa Fe Chicken Burrito. It was awesome! It could have fed two people. The waiter also brought chips and hot sauce. I sat out on the beach on a four top table and... More 

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Derby, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

La Buena Vida was the perfect way to end my week-long vacation on a high note. We got there around 11am, after getting through all of the touristy crap in Akumal Bay...and it was quiet, calm and beautiful. The restaurant overlooks Half Moon bay and you could just sit out and watch the water and the fantastic scenery. The kids... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is our second trip to Mexico and this is the best restaurant in Akumal! We made a special trip from Playa Del Carmen to eat at this great place! The setting is amazing right on the beach and the food is incredible! There are hammocks, chairs, and huge pillows to relax while waiting to eat. They even have a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Loved this restaurant, delicious food, huge portions. In a very pretty spot. Recommended to everyone.

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Additional Information about La Buena Vida Restaurant

Address: North Akumal Beach Road, Akumal, Mexico
Phone Number: +52 984 875 9061
Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Akumal
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
Average Prices: USD 6 - 24
Cuisine: Mexican

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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
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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