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“Great food and excellent location...”

La Buena Vida Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 38 Restaurants in Akumal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $24
Cuisines: Mexican, American, Bar, Seafood, Central American
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Good for: Kids, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff
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.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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“Great food and excellent location...”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

Located right on half moon bay it is hard to imagine a better location. Menu had some interesting choices and everything we had was excellent. We understand that this can be a pretty happening place during busier times of year, but in October it was nice and quiet (but still provided great service).

Visited October 2012
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Akumal, Mexico
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“The. Perfect. Beach. Bar.”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

Sand floor. Full bar. Great food. Wonderful wait staff. Spectacular setting right on the beach. Beautiful view. What more could you want or need? How about SWINGS at the bar? Yep - La Buena Vida has swings at the bar - which only adds to the fun and frivolity of this local favorite in North Akumal. If that's not enough - there are two "crow's nests", palapa towers that you can crawl up a ladder and spend an afternoon sipping delightful beverages (beer is the easiest) that will be delivered to you in a bucket pulled up by a rope. Favorites on the menu include shrimp cocktail, avocados stuffed with shrimp, a botanero dish with grilled chicken, beef, beans, melted cheese and fresh salsa and guacamole, and my favorite, Tacos Cheyenne - grilled beef tacos served with habanero sauce. Lots of beer on tap, full wine list, every kind of mixed drink that you can think of - and some that you've never heard of - and the largest selection of tequilas in Akumal. The bartenders know their stuff and are friendly and professional - and make killer margaritas! Shoes and shirts are totally optional here and loud, rowdy, fun behavior is encouraged and even sometimes joined in on by the owner. La Buena Vida has become a cult favorite for their Halloween Party every year and people plan their yearly trek to Akumal around it! This is the only bar in Akumal that stays open til 11 so if you are looking for any kind of nightlife in Akumal - this is it. The moonrise from here is enchanting... and just sitting in a table on the edge of the sea will put you into a mesmerizing bliss - if the drinks haven't already. This is a must stop in Akumal and there is some really good snorkeling out in front on the reef... put it on your list and make an afternoon of it!

Visited September 2012
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Houston, TX
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“Dynamite spot!”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

When you're in Akumal or Tulum, this is a must go to restaurant/bar. Perfect location, excellent food, and great staff.

  • Visited November 2011
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46 reviews
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“Great hidden treasure”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Lovely find just up from Ya Ku lagoon in half moon bay akumal. Lovely atmosphere with great food right on the beach, you can laze about in hammocks or right on beach after eating, swim looking for turtles in crystal clear waters. This fab bar/restaurant has many skeleton style figures / hangings really cool to see , has wooden swings around the bar and many different levels of seating areas, even a small paddling pool for kids, a definate place to visit if in the area. Highly recommend .

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Norman, Oklahoma
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7 reviews
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“Favorite place”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

in Akumal. such a fun bar/restaurant. good food, perfect beach bar. great drinks. happy hour 4-7 daily. sit at the bar on the swings and have a great time!

Visited September 2012
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