The Story behind the Lol Ha Restaurant

Lol Ha has been around for quite a while, and it all began with Laura and Dave about 30 years ago. What is now the round palapa bar at the Lol Ha Beach Bar, was the entire restaurant that Laura and Dave took over to serve drinks on the beach. Their entire staff consisted of one bartender, and one young man for clean up and assistance. Laura was the cashier, and David did the buying in Cancun to make sure they were stocked up on supplies.

Over time, they expanded the palapa bar to include a snack bar with food as well. They taught their crew to make good hamburgers and fries, and their crew taught them to make good cochinita pibil, a classic Mayan dish.

As time went by, the snack bar grew in popularity but our small beach bar palapa still exists and serves as our bar today!

Along the way, Dave and Laura took over the restaurant next door and incorporated it into the operation. That is when the name Lol -Ha was given to all the foodservice areas.

Lol Ha means “flor de agua” in Maya. Water Flower. Hence the Lotus flower logo originally used.

Lol Ha started out as a semi-open air restaurant, but burned down due to fireworks on the beach. It was rebuilt into a more permanent structure as it looks now.

Today, the food ranges from beach friendly bar food that you can eat in your swimsuit with your toes in the sand, to seriously delicious unique dishes using local fresh ingredients in a more upscale setting.

The great thing about having good food on the beach is that there is no dress code in any of the dining areas!