We went to Costa Maya as a cruise stop and planned to go to Tropicante after reading all the rave reviews. At the port, find yourself a LOCAL cab outside the port. If you follow the signs for taxi, it will bring you to the cruise sponsored shuttles. Just keep walking past those, past the guard shack, and you will begin to see yellow cabs. It was only $2 per person to get to Mahahual. I had emailed Steve, the owner, a few weeks before to make sure that had we lounge chairs set aside. The staff set us up in our spot promptly and brought over menus. They asked if we wanted anything but didn't pressure us into getting something right away. We eventually had some burritos for lunch (which were awesome!) and of course a bucket of beer.The town itself was so nice! Shops, restaurants, and hotels all on a paved "boardwalk". Even the shop keepers didn't hassle you. Tropicante will always hold a special place in my heart since that is where I recently got engaged :) (on the little dock going into the water right on the beach). They even had a phone inside to make free calls to the US. The weather was crappy but it was perfect! Thanks for such an amazing proposal, Tropicante!!!
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