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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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...
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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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Scenic view

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    Very good
  • 93
    Average
  • 34
    Poor
  • 32
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Awesome Experience!

For our only trip off the resort (RSY) this time around we headed into Akumal to La Buena Vida. Hands down best location of any restaurant I've ever been to. The food was great, definitely try the mango ginger chicken empanadas and the Akumal beer. After we ate we went to go check out the shops... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Black97Hoe
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Moriches, New York
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Moriches, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

For our only trip off the resort (RSY) this time around we headed into Akumal to La Buena Vida. Hands down best location of any restaurant I've ever been to. The food was great, definitely try the mango ginger chicken empanadas and the Akumal beer. After we ate we went to go check out the shops across the street and... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado, United States
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120 reviews 120 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

This place has never disappointed. We come here every year and the quality and service are always the same: Excellent. I always have the lime soup. It's my favorite along with: guacamole, mixed ceviche, any of the tacos, drunken pollo, to name just a few. Combined with the fresh lime margarita makes for a delightful meal. Make time to sit... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This is a beachy place with ocean views, swings, sandy floor (on main floor). Lots of choices. Food is good, not great. But go anyway for a place the whole family will enjoy.

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Stratford, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I had such a good review for this restaurant last time and was so looking forward to my dinner tonight. It just didn't happen this time. The best thing about the restaurant this time is it's location, it couldn't get much better. The food this time was mediocre, my fish (grouper) was very tasty the presentation was very poor and... More 

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Craftsbury Common, Vermont
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

An ample selection of Mexican dishes at reasonable prices. They also had standard US fare, but given the opportunity to eat Mexican, I don't bother with anything else.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

It truly was then eat of the five restaurants in town. Ate there 3 of the 6 days we were there. Great atmosphere and wiggling my toes in the sand wasn't bad either. Best were the ceviche selections. My favorite was the Passion Fruit with the spicy jalapeño. Service was very friendly and competent. I'll definitely go back.

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Townsend, TN
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We had dinner here and loved the casual, local feel of the atmosphere of the restaurant. There was a live Mexican band playing and enhanced the local feel of the place. The beach view is hard to beat. Our food was very good. Service was good, but a bit slow. They were very busy though.

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freeport NY
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200 reviews 200 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Though a five minute car drive from our hotel Hotel Akumal Caribe, we went multiple times for its very cool daytime vibes, excellent food and VERY laid back atmosphere. It is right on Half Moon Bay with excellent views! The food was all excellent and of good value. We enjoyed free use if the swimming pool and watched as some... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Good restaurant in Akumal and reasonable prices. It's 90% open air and is ocean front. Very cool treehouse style. Big complaint is that the mixed drinks were expensive and watered down. Stick to beer!

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Great place right next to where we stayed. Good food, drinks and service. Nice relaxing view of Half Moon Bay.

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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: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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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