Sugar? Yes, please.
One of the hottest spots in Riviera Maya today is Akumal, thanks to its gorgeous beaches, laid-back Caribbean vibe and of course, it’s the number one spot to swim with sea turtles in their natural habitat. Over the years, the most well-traveled adventurers have chosen this small one-road beach town as their preferred destination over the more commercially mainstream venues along this coast. Life here is simple, the weather divine (even when it rains) and the food decadent. That’s right. Local restauranteurs in Akumal offer travelers a wide variety of gastronomic experiences, catering to even the most demanding sweet tooth. After all, one of the many pleasures of being on vacation is guilt-free treats, and Akumal restaurants know this.
Beachfront tacos at La Buena Vida on Half Moon Bay and margaritas at Lol Ha are always a delight, but Plaza Ukana is the place to be for the perfect sugar fix. Only a short walk from Akumal Bay, Plaza Ukana is right by the entrance arc and is home to the best sweets and treats in town Taverna, Lucy’s Homemade Ice Cream and Turtle Bay Cafe and Bakery. Should you be staying on Half Moon Bay or Yal Ku Lagoon, this sweet spot is just a 5-minute bike ride away.
Turtle Bay Cafe & Bakery and Lucy’s Homemade Ice Cream
Going to Akumal and not stopping by everyone’s favorite grub hub is like going to Paris and not visiting Champs Elysees. This delicious cafe is the best spot to eat and hang out after a day of snorkeling. What makes Turtle Bay Cafe so unique? Easy, any given day you’ll find both owners at the helm in this colorful palapa tucked away behind the stage where That’s right, for more than 15 Bart and Jen have been cooking up a storm earning them the number one spot as the local favorite for eats and treats and even drinks. Turtle Bay Cafe & Bakery’s recipes are full of love and all sorts of yummy goodness for your tummy. Their Lemon Ice Box pie and Apple cheesecake are exquisitely perfect recovery treat from a day of snorkeling and diving.
Lucy’s Homemade Ice Cream has received the accolade of World’s Best Ice Cream according to 7-year old Luca Vitalone from Breckenridge, Colorado. Among their traditional staples are Strawberry, Nutella, and Chocolate mint which combined with their original creations are sure to become a real highlight of your trip to paradise. Want a sugary treat that will blow your dessert game to a whole new level? Order any of these flavors over your favorite baked goods from Turtle Bay Bakery. Word of advice, if sticky buns are your favorite be sure to run in early in the am before these sell out.
Lucy’s Homemade Original Flavors
Taverna Pizzeria Rissoteria
Taverna has quickly become one of Akumal’s most popular restaurants’ thanks to its excellent quality and service. Plus, as of January 2018, you can enjoy your dessert al-fresco in their new extension next to the stage in Plaza Ukana. An Italian restaurant and pizzeria, the chef’s specialty here is none other than their tiramisu served with homemade biscotti. Be sure to ask your server kindly, and chef Leo may even drop an extra biscotti or two on your plate. Now for the more gourmand patrons, the espresso creme brulee and maracuya (passionfruit) chocolate mousse are an excellent choice.
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