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“Great location and price!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Buena Vida Restaurant

La Buena Vida Restaurant
Akumal Beach Road, Akumal, Mexico
+52 984 875 9061
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Ranked #2 of 35 Restaurants in Akumal
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.
Reston, Virginia
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great location and price!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Great restaurant! Happy Hour prices terrific - 15 pesos for beer and 30 pesos for margaritas. Located right on the beach, great service and delicious, well priced food. Went there twice on this trip as we love the beach ar Akumal!

Visited August 2014
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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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“Amazing views and amazing food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

My husband and I walked approximately 2 miles from our resort to visit this restaurant based on a recommendation from a friend back home. We enjoyed the amazing view of the bay, cool ocean breeze and laid back atmosphere of the restaurant. We had the cevieche as an appetizer as well as Coconut shrimp and chicken quesadilla as main courses. The food was absolutely delicious and the prices seemed good (until we found out they do not accept all credit cards, and give the lowest exchange rate of any other place we visited.) My tip is to definitely visit this restaurant, enjoy the atmosphere but do it with pesos!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Orlando, Florida
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“Location and Atmosphere. Tree top tables”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I stumbled upon this place from a road trip heading south of Cancun. From the outside it looks interesting but take a seat in a swing at the bar overlooking the ocean or step just outside and climb up into the tree house tables. Once up there you can drop a bucket on a rope for more cold beers. Just a fun relaxing place to eat and drink. I have to say it was very original. I loved it here.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“What's not to like?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Really enjoyed our visit(s) to La Buena Vida and would not hesitate to return.
On both visits we ended up with ideal seating right by the wall/steps that lead down to the see.
Given the setting and the overall "idyll" of the place I didnt think the prices were too over the top. Portions were a good size and felt the service was leisurely rather than attentative, but we were happy to relax, take in the view and slowly work through our lunch & cocktails.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Convenient, but...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We ate at La Buena Vida after a day-long trip to Akumal, and we were grateful for a nearby spot to eat. The location, on the beach, is very attractive. The food and service were less than stellar, however. Not the worst meal I've ever had, but for the $$, definitely not a good value. Bland renderings of what could be good dishes, like octopus, and even guacamole.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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