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Restaurants, Regional Foods, Grocery Stores, Shopping, Laundry

You'll find a delightful variety of restaurants in Akumal and along the coast. Choose from upscale eateries offering international cuisine, casual beachfront palapa restaurants featuring fresh seafood or mom and pop loncherias offering economical local fare. Part of the adventure of travel is sampling the local dishes, so have fun. Check out the restaurants listed below plus grocery stores, medical services and more.

AKUMAL AREA RESTAURANTS

Turtle Bay Akumal MexicoTurtle Bay Bakery:
Located on the plaza across from Akumal Bay. Open daily for breakfast (7-12) and lunch (12-3); dinner is served Tues., Thurs., Fri and Sat. (6-9) in low season and Mon.-Sat. in high season. (984) 875-9138.

Turtle Bay makes excellent fresh baked goods daily-stop by early in the morning and buy some fresh hot-out-of-the-oven muffins or rolls to have with your morning coffee. MMM . . . MMM . . . GOOD!! The breakfast menu is varied and imaginative; try the fresh fruit plate or egg dishes. The restaurant also offers catering. Lunches are also very good with large portions. Delicious salads, sandwiches and wraps. The fish sandwich is really tasty. Try the smoothies, drinks rich in flavor blended with tropical juices. Dinners are dandy, too. Also . . . try their homemade ice cream.

Lol Ha Akumal MexicoLol Ha Restaurant
Located on Akumal Bay. Open all day, everyday: Breakfast 7:30-11; dinner 6:30-10 p.m.; snack bar 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Pizzeria 1-9 p.m. (984) 875-9014.

Lol Ha (means water lily) offers something for every palete . . . beef, chicken, fish, Mexican and Yucatecan specialties. The Caesar Salad and bananas flambe are prepared tableside. The owners have created a truly beautiful place to dine. There is a pizza restaurant attached to the main dining room and a palapa bar on the beach with great tacos, french fries and very cold cerveza among other lunch specialties. The main dining room is open for breakfast and dinner. The food is very good and the prices are moderate.

La Cueva Del Pescador Akumal MexicoLa Cueva Del Pescador:
Located on the plaza next to Turtle Bay. Open daily for lunch and dinner. (984) 875-9255; (984) 875-9205.

La Cueva del Pescador is billed as the restaurant owned and operated by local fishermen. Naturally, the specialties include fresh seafood (jumbo shrimp, Caribbean king crab, lobster and fish), as well as a selection of entrees "not from the sea." Motto of La Cueva is "Hook it and Cook it;" meaning that if you've been out fishing, you can bring your catch in and have it prepared to your specications.

A festive hangout for locals and gringos; happy hours get happier with each pitcher of Gonzalo's special margaritas.

La Buena Vida Akumal MexicoLa Buena Vida Restaurant:
Located on the beach on Half Moon Bay. Open daily from 10 a.m. on. Don't miss Happy Hour, 5-7 p.m.

Half Moon Bay's most popular hang out; complete with sandy floor and bar swings. Not only will you find a fun and fancy-free atmosphere, but delicious food as well. And greata views, to boot! Catch the sunset from the rooftop lounge, swim in the pool, slip into a hammock or kayak or snorkel in the bay. You can spend an entire day!

La Buena Vida offers wide varieties on their menu . . . beef, chicken, fish, pasta, salads and Mayan specialties. There are a number of dishes that are prepared tableside. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and  dinner. The breakfasts are especially wonderful. Prices are moderate. 

La Lunita Akumal MexicoLa Lunita:
Located in Hacienda de la Turtuga, North Akumal. Open evenings for dinner; closed Sundays.

La Lunita is very popular restaurant on Half Moon Bay located on the 1st floor of La Tortuga Condo building. Offers a variety of food including beef, fish, chicken along with house specialties and daily chef specialties. Favorites are coconut shrimp, special filet mignon in red wine sauce, corn mushroom empanadas, scallops or Mayan style pork baked in banana leaves in the ground. Choose romantic, candlelit dining with seating inside or on the sand under the stars. Prices are moderate to high.

Que Onda Akumal MexicoQue Onda Restaurant :
Located near the entrance to Yalku Lagoon.
Breakfast 8-10:30 a.m.; dinner 5-10 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.

Que Onda has a special ambiance in this open-air, lush garden setting. If you want a leisurely meal in beautiful surroundings and like fresh pasta and seafood, give this a try. The chef is willing to custom prepare pasta dishes to include ingredients of your choice. Everything is made in-house with the finest and most flavorful ingredients available. Prices are moderate. They sometimes offer homemade desserts.

Imeldas Restaurant Akumal Mexico

Imelda's Ecocina
Located in Akumal near the CEA Center.
Open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mon.-Sun.; Mayan Buffet at 7 p.m. on Friday

Delightfully charming under a courtyard palapa (thatched roof). Imelda offers traditional favorites such as fajitas, burritos, tacos and quesadillas, with daily specials. In addition, they also offer a Mayan buffet on Friday evenings; feast on a number of delicious Maya dishes and enjoy Mayan, mariachi, cumbia or salsa dances (make sure to stop in to make your reservation!).

Mango Cafe:
Located next to Buena Vida on Half Moon bay. Open daily for breakfast, 7 a.m. to 12 noon

Try their fresh juices and coffee, lattes and smoothies and chow down on nummy breakfast burritos, croissants, bagels, muffins, and more. Get your food items to go or eat on the beachfront dining area.

Loncheria Akumal MexicoLoncheria:
This no-frills eatery next to Super Chomak grocery store offers inexpensive, good homemade meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take out is available. Open daily, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Lucy's Kitchen Akumal MexicoLucy's Kitchen

Don't miss Lucy's Kitchen in Akumal for homemade ice cream, served 9:30 to 5 (pick up a quart to take home!). Lucy's Kitchen is in Plaza Ukana in Akumal Playa (opposite the palapa where you can buy crafts, fresh fruits and veggies in a Farmer's Market setting).

In addition to homemade ice cream, Lucy's serves shrimp tacos and empanadas.

Open 9 to 9 from Monday to Saturday.
Donations for animal rescue are accepted at Lucy's.

LUCY’S KITCHEN Plaza Ukana I, Akumal Playa, 984 127 6791

Tequilaville Restaurant Akumal MexicoTequilaville

Located in Akumal Pueblo (across the highway from Akumal beach). This restaurant/bar offers great food plus WiFi and free calls to the US and Canada. Folks that own this restaurant are very promotion minded so you'll often find specials on buckets of beer, live music or try their Texas Barbecues (1st and 3rd Sunday of the month). Sandwiches, salads, fresh fish, shrimp, fajitas, tacos, empanadas and quesadillas are just a few of the menu options; prices are very reasonable on this side of Akumal.

Open Tues.-Sun., 12 p.m.-11 p.m.; Mon. 4 p.m.-11 p.m. 984-108-5117. tequilavillerestaurant@gmail.com

Sopes Lady, Akumal MexicoThe Sopes Lady

Okay, that's not actually the name of the place and we don't know if has a name. We love this little place that is hidden away in Akumal Pueblo. If you can find Tequilaville (above), the sopes lady is just across and down the street (right next to "The Taco Lady"). Sopes are flat miniature tortillas, but a little thicker and topped with a thin layer of refried beans, your choice of meat fillings (BBQ, hamburger, chicken, etc.), then tomatoes, lettuce, onions, avocado slices and hot sauce (if desired).

Each sope costs about 85 cents; two or three are plenty for a meal. You can get them to go, or there is a small seating area around the corner. Open after 6 p.m. only, closed Sundays.

Gynn Ak restaurant Akumal MexicoGynn-Ak

Located near the Playa Caribe Condos, Gynn-Ak serves a variety of foods with some very creative flavors and menu items. How about lionfish (whole or in tacos or tamales)? Yes, lionfish. Owner of the restaurant, Gynna, spears the lionfish herself each day; it's really quite good. Or, if you want something a little more traditional, try the Thai fish tacos, tamarrind glazed shrimp, or a burger. You'll also find a number of other interesting options, like Thai-Mex ceviche and more. The ginger lemonade is very refreshing!

Open 12 noon to 8 p.m.; closed Thursdays


RESTAURANTS IN OTHER AREAS:
Up and down the coast are some great off-the-beaten track restaurants that have GREAT food:

 

    
Leo's Pizza Akumal Mexico

Leo's Pizza
Located in the village of Chemuyil (south of Akumal). Take 307 south until you see signs for Chemuyil; take a right and follow the road into this little berg. Leo's is a small eatery, usually busy because it's well known for its tasty pizzas, pastas and salads. Prices are reasonable. When you're done, take a stroll around this picturesque village; there are a couple of little tiendas and fruit stands if you need to stock up on any basics.

Open Monday-Saturday, 4 p.m. to 10:30.

Oscar and Lalo's restaurant Tankah, MexicoOscar y Lalo's
Located on the main highwway just across from the turn off to Soliman Bay; Ocar y Lalo's is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., 7 days a week.

The lush garden setting is delightful; it's worth a stop just to have a drink and enjoy the setting. While you're there, you might want to feast on fresh seafood (lobster, shirmp and fish) or chicken and Mexican specialties like tacos and fajitas.

Restaurant Tankah, MexicoCasa Cenote Restaurant:
Located on the beach on beautiful Tankah Bay. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

This definitely is off-the-beaten track, but you DO NOT want to miss it! Food is incredible, beach is fantastic . . . plus there's a cenote across the road where you can snorkel for hours in water that loops through the jungle. Bring your snorkel gear, or you can rent it at Casa Cenote (you can also arrange fishing boats, sailing and dive trips). Spend the day feasting on some mighty fine food, snorkel in the bay or in the cenote. Have a few cool beers and just play at the beach.Casa Cenote also offers a popular Texas BBQ every Sunday, featuring ribs, brisket or chicken.

Restaurant Tankah, MexicoBlue Sky
Another restaurant located on Tankah Bay just north of Casa Cenote. Open daily for breakfast and dinner

A fine addition to the shores of Tankah, Blue Sky serves authentic Italian dishes as well as international cuisine. Nice atmosphere, delicious food and soothing background music make it a great choice. They have brick oven pizza!


PUERTO AVENTURAS AREA RESTAURANTS:
Dining is particularly pleasant at the upscale sidewalk cafes along the marina.

Restaurant Puerto Aventuras, MexicoRichards: Been around for years. Offers good quality steaks, seafood and pizza, plus a salad bar. Located on the marina. (984) 873-5086

Cafe Ole: from Mexican to American with seafood and daily specials. Breakfasts are the thing here. Enjoy pleasant views of the marina while you have your morning coffee. (984) 873-5125. Open for breakfasts from 8 a.m.

Trebol Sports Bar & Marina Cafe: Sports bar inside and elegant outdoor dining at night. Great dinners, particularly the steaks. On the marina. (984) 873-5381

Italian Bakery: “Not just a bakery” A local favorite offering pizza in PA (eat-in or take-out) and other good, reasonably priced breakfasts amd dinners, daily specials and theme nights. (984) 873-5651. Open daily from 8 a.m.

Dos Chiles: Mexican food on the marina with good views of the performing dolphins.
(984) 873-5783

Sole Mio: Italy meets France in Mexico. Good Italian, pizza, seafood and some French dishes overseen by a French chef and manager.

Da Vinci: on the ocean in Omni hotel.

Restaurant Puerto Aventuras, MexicoTirami Su: Vast menu features fresh seafood, tasty pasta, succulent steaks and, for the kids, pizza, chicken fingers, burgers and small-portion pastas. Elegant dining (and extensive wine list) along the picuresque marina. Enjoy a romantic dinner for two or gather with your friends to celebrate a birthday, anniversar, wedding or just the end of the day. Tirami Su will also prepare your "catch of the day" in one of 10 different ways; you catch . . . they'll cook. And, don't miss their delectible desserts! (984) 873-5654. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Mediterraneo: Italian fare, on the marina. (984) 873-5418

Caribana: Offering the “comida corriente” or plate of the day, this is where many of the locals get a quick, very reasonably priced meal. It is good, try it! Open for lunch; closed Sundays.

Golden Dragon: Caribana by day becomes Golden Dragon in the evening with eat-in or take-out Asian selections.

Arigato: On the marina facing the dolphins. Serving Japanese sushi, crepes and salads. Fresh fish is purchased daily from Puerto Aventuras fishermen.

The Pub: On the marina, offering a wide selection of beers and good pub fare and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Good food, daily specials, and reasonable prices make this a local favorite. Thursday evening BBQ ribs are a popular choice. (984) 873-5130. Open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Manati Palapa: Located near the small fishing boats along the marina. This casual bar/restaurant serves icy cold beer and drinks and light snacks. Seating is under the shade of a palapa or in one of the swings at the bar. Check the grotto to see the manatees, stingrays and sea lions.

Gringo Dave's: On the far side of marina.   Tex-Mex grill and cantina; frequently has live entertainment.   (984) 873-5894

Taco Paco: Located adjacent to the Pemex gas station, this is a great little spot for fish and shrimp tacos. Very inexpensive! Made fresh while you wait.



Shopping, Laundry, Etc.:

Grocery store Puerto Aventuras, MexicoGrocery Stores:
You can buy just about anything you need at the local markets and supermarkets. One of the great benefits of staying in a private villa or condo is that you have more space, including a full kitchen or kitchenette. You can stock up on your favorite foods and beverages for snacks, lunches or complete dinners. If your property has a barbecue, you can throw some burgers, chicken or shrimp on the grill. You'll save money by having some meals at home, as well as enjoy the convenience of grabbing a quick snack or beverage out of your own fridge. We can also make arrangements in most properties for cook service. Here are some notes on grocery stores:

Playa del Carmen: Chedraui has an in-store bakery and deli, large selection of fruits and vegetables, fresh meat and seafood, dairy case, beer and liquor. Located along Highway 307 (if traveling south on 307, go east on Juarez, take the first right and Chedraui will be on your right). You'll also find a good selection at Sam's Club (south of Chedraui on the main highway). The newest and largest supermarkets are Walmart (30th Ave. and Calle 8) and Mega (on the highway).

If you would like your vacation villa pre-stocked with groceries and beverages, visit: Riviera Maya Groceries

Grocery store Akumal, MexicoAkumal: Super Chomak and El Pueblito Minisuper are located at the entry to Akumal. Super Chomak has an amazing selection for it's size, with many imported Americans items as well as fruits, cheese, some meats, veggies, soft drinks, beer and liquor. El Pueblito is across the street and sells grocery items as well as gifts. It's very convenient to have these two grocery stores in Akumal, but remember that you are paying for the convenience. If you are buying a bunch, you're better off shopping at the large grocery store in Playa del Carmen or Tulum and use these small stores to fill in as needed. Also in Akumal (on Half Moon Bay), are two small convenience stores that offer basic snack foods, sodas, and small selection of alcohol. You'll find several small stores with reasonable prices in the nearby villages of Pueblo Akumal and Chemuyil. Selection is limited but you'll find the basics plus beer and liquor.

Tulum has a brand new Chedraui on the beach road plus a good size supermarket called Super San Francisco on Highway 307.

Puerto Aventuras: There is now a new Super Chedraui just across from Puerto Aventuras as you are heading south (right hand side of the road). This is very convenient if you don't want to stop in Cancun or Playa del Carmen. In addition, there are a couple of small shops right in Puerto Aventuras that offer a VERY limited selection, at inflated prices.

Another alternative to restaurants and cooking your own meals is to have a cook come in and prepare a few meals during the week in your villa or condo. We can make arrangements for you at most properties.

Liquor:
Best selection of liquor (beer, wine, liquors) can be found in the larger supermarkets (Chedraui, Mega, San Francisco, Sam's Club, Walmart). You will also find a limited selection at the smaller grocery stores throughout the area.

Misc. Shopping
Up and down the coast, shopping opportunities are endless. Browse the small boutique shops for beachwear, swim suits, jewelry, artwork and souvenirs. There are also shops selling everything you can imagine; imported rugs, hand-tied hammocks, Mexican rugs and blankets, cigars, black coral, furniture and more. You can't possibly visit all of the shops along the Maya Riviera . . . but you can have fun trying! Here are a few shops right in Akumal:

Jewwlry store  Akumal, Mexico
Art Gallery Akumal, Mexico
Across from Buena Vida restaurant is a small shop selling an assortment of silver jewelry
Near the entrance to Akumal is an art gallery offering original paintings


Laundry services Akumal, MexicoLaundry:
There is a same-day laundry in Akumal (Mulgrew's Laundromat, across from Super Chomak); for same-day service, drop your laundry by 9 a.m. There is also a laundromat in Puerto Avenuras and Tulum.

Pharmacies/Physicians:
Major supermarkets have pharmacies. There is also a pharmacy in Akumal Pueblo (across the main highway from the entrance to the Akumal). The pharmacy is in the office of of Dr. Lizbeth Mendoza Morales (fluent in English). Open 7 days a week, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Pharmacy phone (984) 875-9334; doctor's office (984) 875-9372; cell 044 (984) 806-4072 and 044 (984) 108-0091. Another physician is Dr. Nestor Mendoza (fluent in English) with his office on the main square in Akumal; open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and he makes house calls as well. Office is (984) 875-9393, cell 044 (984) 806-4616.


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