Mexico and Area
is one of the older communities on this coast where nothing but the
Mayan culture is really very old. Having grown from a little
known dive destination that was quite difficult to get to, into the
favored vacation destination of many that it is today, Akumal is still
comfortably casual and so are the restaurants and bars found here.
Let's face it, this is Mexico and the laid back easy way of life is
what attracts us all here in the first place. We have come to
appreciate that we don't have to make reservations or dress for dinner
even at the best restaurants in town. You will feel welcome
and comfortable whether you have just come form the beach or spent
the past hour preparing yourself for a romantic evening out.
Restaurants on Akumal Bay
Imeldas Ecocina: $ hidden back behind the OXXO convenience store in Plaza Ukana before the archway entrance to Akumal Bay. Trip Advisor reviews https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g499445-d1051322-Reviews-Imelda_s_Ecocina-Akumal_Yucatan_Peninsula.html La Eco Cocina although a little hard to find, is a great place to get a get a simple meal at a great price. Let Imelda treat you to her home made dishes from family recipes. Open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. On Monday's and Thursday's she does a special Yucatecan/Mayan dinner (by reservation only).
La Cueva del Pescador: $$ located just inside the archway and to your left. telephone 984 875-9002. Fresh fish and cold drinks are the order of the day. The owner Carlos Danu is a fisherman and can organize fishing charters and snorkeling trips. You catch it, bring it to the restaurant and they will prepare it for you.
Lol-Ha: $$-$$$ located in the center of the beach but getting there has become tricky. If walking access through the lobby of the Hotel Akumal Caribe located at the archway. If driving you need to turn right before Lonceria Akumalito and Super Chomak (across from the OXXO convenience). telephone 984 875-9012 OR 984 985-9013. Another favorite. website https://hotelakumalcaribe.com/en-gb/dining/ Lol-Ha which means 'water flower' in Mayan. Is really three restaurants all wrapped up in one. There is an enclosed main dining room with A/C. A pizza restaurant is attached to the side of this. Out on the beach is a wonderful open air bar with palapa roof that offers lunch and snacks. All are good. The dining room offers a wide selection and is an excellent choice for a slightly more formal evening out. Check to see because there is often entertainment. Credit cards are accepted. Reservations often required in the evening during high season.
Loncheria Akumalito: $ located before the arch beside Super Chomak grocery. Trip Advisor reviews https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g499445-d1051348-Reviews-Loncheria_Akumalito-Akumal_Yucatan_Peninsula.html A simple lunch counter with decent food at a good price. Open for breakfast and dinner.
Taverna Akumal: $$$ located just inside the archway, to your left and upstairs. telephone 984 875-9009 website http://lombardifamilyconcepts.com/restaurant/taverna-akumal/ The Lombardi family who has restaurants in Dallas, Houston, Austin and Laguna Beach and long time vacationers to Akumal, have opened an upscale yet with a Mexican casual flare, restaurant that specializes in northern Italy inspired dishes that concentrate on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Of course their signature risotto is featured alongside daily specials.
Turtle Bay Cafe & Bakery: $$ located just inside the archway and to your left. telephone 984 875-9138. Website http://turtlebaycafe.com/ This is one of the most popular eateries in Akumal. You will need to come early if you are going to beat the locals to the fresh baking. Excellent breakfasts, wonderful deli style lunches and delightful dinners. Free Wi-fi for guests.
Restaurants on Half Moon Bay
La Buena Vida Restaurant & Bar: $$ located on Half Moon Bay (through the arch, turn left and about a half mile) telephone 984 875-9061. website https://labuenavidarestaurant.com/ A popular watering hole on the ground floor and a good restaurant upstairs with a varied menu. Swing in here for a cool drink and to find out what is going on in the area.
La Lunita: $$-$$$ located past Buena Vida at the La Tortuga condos. telephone 984 875-9070. website ttp://www.lalunita-akumal.com/ Romantic hideaway with delicious Mexican, Maya and seafood dishes. The Chile Poblanos are delicious.
Que Onda: $$ located in the jungle near Yalku Lagoon. telephone 984 875-9101. This is a charming little Italian restaurant tucked into the jungle between Half Moon Bay and Yalku Lagoon.
Restaurants on Aventuras Akumal
Beached Bikini Bar & Grill: $-$$ located right on the beach on Aventuras Akumal Bay as part of the Villas de Rosa hotel. telephone 998 845-4528. website http://www.beachedbikini.com/ This small bar with swing seating around the bar and plastic tables on the sand. Serves up American and Mexican beach standards plus pizzas and a number of vegetarian options.
Restaurants on Jade Bay
Jungle Fish Beach Club: $$ located on Jade Bay. Telephone 984 127-8506. website https://junglefishbeachclu.wixsite.com/misitio Antonio, who worked for a number of years at La Lunita, has opened up this beachside club on quiet Jade Bay. This restaurant and bar has a pool and lounge area to chill out and enjoy your day. Serving American and Mexican breakfast from 10:00 - 12:00 then an afternoon menu that is heavily seafood based, (try the grilled garlic octopus) but also includes pastas, salads and a few select Mexican dishes. During the off season they close at 6:00 PM except Tuesdays and Saturdays when they close at 8:00 PM. This later closing hour will extend into the high season.
Restaurants on the jungle side of the Highway
Cosme's Taqueria: $ located on the north side of main street in the Poblado of Akumal (west side of highway). Telephone 984 142-7632. A real locals taqueria serving Mexican street food plus bar-b-qued chicken and pork. Not fancy but clean, tasty, very economical and friendly atmosphere.
El Arrecife Maya: $-$$ located in the town of Chemuyil which is just south of Akumal. Follow the entry road and you will see it on your left. Telephone 984256-4834. A locals spot for fresh seafood, arrechera steaks, hamburgers, etc. at prices lower than the tourist focused restaurants.
El Taco Maya: $ located in the Poblado of Akumal (west side of highway) in front of the police station beside the basketball court. Another inexpensive option for those who want to try local.
La Palapa: $$ located in the center of the town of Chemuyil which is just south of Akumal. Telephone 984 127-5582. This is a local favorite with Mexican and ex-pats who live in the area full time or as snowbirds. Mexican dishes and fresh seafood.
No Name Chicken: $ located in the center of the town of Chemuyil which is just south of Akumal. No name, no telephone, no address but business is good selling charcoal grilled chicken in the center of Chemuyil from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Located around the corner from Pizzeria Leo. Or just ask any local for directions.
Pizzeria Leo: $ located in the town of Chemuyil which is just south of Akumal. Telephone 984 875-4000. One of the best pizzas around and excellent lasagna. The surroundings have gone a little (very little) up market over the years and the gringos which used to be rare now can outnumber the locals, but the consistency of the food never falters. Open for dinner only.
Tequilaville Restaurant & Bar: $-$$ located on the north side of main street in the Poblado of Akumal (west side of highway). Telephone 984 875-9022. Website http://tequilavillerestaurant.yolasite.com/ "Great Food, Great Service, Great Prices, Great Friends" is what you will find at this popular restaurant a little off the beaten track. Stop by and meet friendly Canadian owners Ken & Mary Anderson and learn for yourself why this simple restaurant has been earning high marks on Trip Advisor.
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