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La Buena Vida Restaurant

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As featured in 3 Days in Akumal and 4 other guides
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Lote 35, Beach Road | North Akumal, Akumal 77710, Mexico
+52 984 875 9061
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Wabasha, Minnesota
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

we had to start with a cocktail than bacon wrapped shrimp. than we topped it of with great cheese cake. and a lot of laughter.love it there!!!

Thank Dean K
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed a tasty lunch here our first day exploring Akumal. We took the table right next to the beach and had fun climbing up into the treehouse. If we hadn't been staying at an all inclusive resort we probably would have eaten here every day.

Thank Rebecca T
Miami Beach, Florida
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

Stopped several times a La Buena Vida on our recent stay in Akumal beach. Love the evening atmosphere with the neat lighting,wind chimes and bar swings.

Thank RJKE_4
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016 via mobile

What an adorable spot for lunch or dinner!!! This place was so danged cute. The prices where reasonable considering the view, location and service!! I love the coconut shrimp and the local micro-brew beer on tap was so good!!! If your in this area then it is totally a great spot to stop!!

Thank msannapaige
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45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

Highly recommend for atmosphere. We also ate ceviche and guacamole and it was fine, but the chips are the thicker kind. We did a little tequila tasting and the reposado in the beautiful blue and white bottle was a winner, beating out the Don Julio anejo. But it still makes me a little queasy to think about it! This was... More 

Thank CelesteDenver
Akron, Ohio
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

We visited La Buena Vida several times during our February 2015 trip to Akumal. I absolutely loved the atmosphere. The tree houses are so cool. (I think its worth a visit just to see those). The food was good in my opinion. Not 5 star, but fine for beach food! I highly recommend a visit, I really enjoyed this place!... More 

1 Thank Melismass1
Nyack, New York
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

We have eaten here several times over the many years we have been going to Akumal. The food is alway good and fresh. I would have given it a 5 every other year, however, this year service was slow.

1 Thank John C
Cleveland, Ohio
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

So this is what would happen if Friday's opened in akumal and served food. The food is really not good. The view, the atmosphere is very nice. Maybe come here for a drink and go somewhere else to eat? I got fish tacos. They were almost inedible. My husband got chicken tacos, again not good. The salsa was like paste,... More 

3 Thank Runnermom552
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

Delicious food and great variety of drinks. Loved putting our toes in the sand! Wait staff were helpful and friendly.

1 Thank fortpierce1847
Hutchinson, Minnesota
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

We ordered an appetizer and two meals and all of it came out cold. The service was really bad. I hate to give bad reviews but this just was not a very good experience at all. It's a shame too because the location is so cool and the building with it's swings near the bar area and general ambiance is... More 

2 Thank martynelsonjr

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$24
Mexican, American, Bar, Seafood, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lote 35, Beach Road | North Akumal, Akumal 77710, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Akumal
  • Phone Number: +52 984 875 9061
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?