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La Buena Vida

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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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. Reservations Not Required! We accept Visa, Mastercard, Pesos, and US Dollars.
PRICE RANGE
$8 - $24
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Mexican, American, Bar, Seafood, Central American
FEATURES
Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront, Beach, Dog Friendly
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a lovely lunch here right on the water with a gorgeous view. The food was fresh and delicious, the service was terrific. My son enjoyed swimming in the pool while waiting for our food. Thank you Juan for a great lunch!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was our favorite restaurant in the area. We went for dinner almost every night. My wife love the drinks and I loved the all the Tacos. The kids Loved everything including the cold coconut water. Thank you Roger for the great service. Los vemos...la próxima amigos!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So happy we lucked out with two nights in a row of superb food (recommend the Ceviche Maya and Lime Soup). Victor served us both nights and we are going back tomorrow night for another taste and to sample the tequila flights. Definitely a highlight...from our trip to Akumal.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this great restaurant in Akumal multiple times during our stay! The location can’t be beat, the food was incredible. The Ceviche maya was delicious as was all our other food and drinks! Also, our waiter Victor was amazing, friendly and helpful! You will...not be disappointed if you visit this lovely spot!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I can’t put into words how wonderful this place is, beautiful view, hermit crabs, great 🥘 the lime soup was amazing! Often imitated never duplicated! Can’t wait to return!! Gracias 🥰

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bueno Vida en Akumal I luckily found myself and my youngest daughter way down south in the idyllic beach town of Akumal on this hot and sunny Domingo. After taking the obligatory journey through the always disappointing (didn’t used to be) and muy caliente Tulum...ruins, we left and made the right turn to have lunch at the lovely seaside of Akumal bay. Know I’m sure you long time expats and others might claim our lunch spot was a bit “tourista-y” but you can certainly do much worse than the iconic “La Buena Vida” restaurant on Beach Road, right after the turn. Situated directly on the water, with its own pool, swing set bar, cool gift shop and optional treehouse dining, the LBV has it all. There’s something really peaceful about taking that short drive on Beach Road in Aku, no loud music blasting, no crazy parking agents, not even one massage offered. The steady ocean breezes cooling me down was the first immediate thoughts of sitting at our waterside table. Add in the soothing sounds of the lightly breaking waves just below our table and I was certain Tulum’s scene had nothing on this place. Then, there was the service, drinks and food. All topnotch. The service was just perfect, not overbearing, not unresponsive. Simply attentive and helpful. Drink-wise, I went was the rarely ordered and often poorly made margarita de la casa. Wow, was righteous and more-severed in a rocks glass, as it should be. My companion, recently returned from her Italian Amalfi hipster trip, of course ordered the Med salad sans any queso and the tacos de pollo, plus green tea cause she’s, you know, got it all figured out! Just sayn. I went with the most manly and fatherly selection they offered, the Cheyenne Tacos. Even sounds tough, Cheyenne! It combined grilled marinated arrachera steak, cheese, onion and refried beans on something they called a “tortilla” with assorted salsas. Yum, yum. My jet-setting young off-spring commented that her order, besides being way too much food, was delicious as well. It’s a short drive south of PDC and always well worth it. And sometimes tourista is not necessarily a bad thing.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love this place. Great service, great food, great drinks. We stayed nearly a whole day and didn't have to spend a ton of money. Right on the beach, lots of seating, a great pool to enjoy, and great views of the ocean and the crashing...waves. Thank you, La Buena Vida, for a great day on our vacay!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 4, 2022

Happy this place was so close to our accommodation in Akumal. The food was great. The first night we went we sat at a table over the beach. We saw a giant sea turtle nesting! The food and drinks were great. The second night we...went we sat at the bar and were fortunate enough to meet Reyes, Fernando, and Primitivo. They helped make the experience. I ordered the surf and turf and was very satisfied. The steak and shrimp was perfectly cooked and seasoned with the perfect char from the grill. Great experience.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed July 3, 2022 via mobile

This spot has all the right ingredients for a beach bar; great views, sandy floor and good food and drink. Nice touch is it has a pool, which kept the kids entertained whilst we enjoyed happy hour. Half Moon Bay suffers much more with seaweed...than Akumal Bay so you’re unlikely to be taking a dip in the sea.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 26, 2022 via mobile

Great tuna steak with a great view and soothing breeze, the place is really a good place to enjoy a drink with Mexican cuisine, Alberto was a real good waiter, attentive and fun.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 24, 2022

We have been to Akumal many times, it is so nice to have a relaxing beach vacation on half moon bay. Buena Vida is a staple and the service is excellent! We love to see our friends Fernando, Reyes and Primitivo who are the best!...It is a special place with special people who never forget a face -even after years away. Thank you so much for making our vacation awesome again :)More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 19, 2022 via mobile

The food was delicious even the banana split was sooo good!! My husband and son Gad the fried fish!!! The fish was huge!!! The coconut shrimp were the best I’ve ever had!!! The fried chicken was surprisingly delicious too!!! We had cocktails during happy hour...while we waited for our table!! The best of our experience was our waiter Alberto!!!!! He was so nice and quick serving us!!! Always asking if we needed anything ask for him to serve you we are coming back for lunch this week againMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 16, 2022

If you are within 100 kilometers of La Buena Vida and have wheels or know how to catch a taxi or colectivo - cannot miss this place. It’s a world onto itself. LBV is both an adult and children’ s playground. Awesome bar comes with...swings for the adults, and delicious cocktails and camaraderie between locals, tourists and staff. The food here is great with something for everyone. Very fresh salads, ceviche, fish, tacos, pasta, really something for everyone. If I were Hemingway, not sure I could explain this paradise within paradise sufficiently. Thank you to the bartenders who keep us in stitches while serving with such efficiency and professionalism - Reyes, Fernando, Primitivo and Luis. We appreciate you and wish we could spend more time with you but that would just be toooo much fun 🤩More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 11, 2022

We really enjoyed this place and the location is ideal for the Caribbean. They have swinging bar seats and a perfect spot. A must to go to.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed June 10, 2022

I visited today with my wife and daughter on the recommendation from fellow hotel guests at ABBWR. We were not disappointed……. It is a reasonable walk out of the comfort of Akumal beach but well worth the effort. It is quirky and very original both...inside and out what with their bar swings, tree house dining and amazing views over the Caribbean Sea from the sand based dining area. We ordered the fish Tacos in Tempura, Chicken Quesadilla and the ultimate Coconut Shrimp which were all AMAZING. We had 3 cocktails to go with this and it came to just over £40 which in my eyes was WELL WORTH IT. it has such a friendly laid back atmosphere we could have spent hours there but sadly had to make our way back. That said I would highly recommend this place. Just turn right out of the turnstiles and follow the road past some amazing Villas and it is around 1km on your right opposite some small little shops. You won’t be disappointed 🍹👌More

Date of visit: June 2022
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I don’t recall seeing any dogs when we were there. Sorry that doesn’t answer your question
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La Buena Vida plans to re-open on November 15th!
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La Buena Vida is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 5