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“Best "Ahhhh" Visit”

Tropicante Ameri-Mex Grill
Ranked #1 of 79 Restaurants in Mahahual
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Mexican
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Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Mahahual’s premier ocean front dining experience. A unique cultural and culinary blend of the best of Mexico and the US. Our food, music and ambiance combine the tastes and flavors of both of these two wonderful countries. We are located on the Malecon right in the center of the downtown beachfront. We offer comfortable inside dining as well as tables in the sand, just a few steps from the beautiful clear Caribbean waters. Best food and conversation in town!
Reviewed March 25, 2013

We heard about the Tropicante while reading some posts on Ship Mate, a phone app for cruisers. Checked out the website, emailed the owner Steve, and had the time of our lives!! There was a large group of us, approx 20 of the 36 cruising together that visited the Tropicante. Steve and his staff were very hospitable, friendly, and made sure we were all having a great time. Steve even came out to sit and chat with us for quite some time. There is no charge to "get in", no deposit/fee for chairs, loungers, or tables. Just simply email Steve for reservations and let him know what you will need and when you will need it! He and his staff will work hard to make sure you have it! The food is awesome and very reasonably priced, the drinks were ice cold, tasted great and not watered down at all!! We got our own concierge who was more than happy to set us up with anything we wanted to do, from snorkeling, to diving, paddle boarding, This service is available for everyone, not just groups. OHHHH and those $25 an hour massages that quite a few of us took advantage of were sooooooooo wonderful!! The massages are done right there on the beach, just a few feet away from the tables, and the ladies are very sweet and have great hands! We never had to get up out of our chairs for anything, concierge/waiters checked on us often, brought drinks/food right to us where ever we were. "George" (real name Jorge-pronounced "horhay" but told us to call him George), our concierge even passed out a few shots of tequilla for us to taste (shhh, don't tell Steve lol) and even tho I am not a tequila fan, it was very smooth, didn't make me choke, and tasted very good. The passer by vendors were a lil too much, but as stated in other posts a simple and polite "no thank you" will send them on down the beach. They are just trying to make a living too and need to support their families. Inside the restaurant was nice and clean, no issues there at all! Follow Steve's easy instructions to get transportation there to his spot. It's not far from where the ships dock, can be seen from the pier if you know where to look, you can see ship from the beach where you sit as well of course. To find the $2 per person cabbies, you're gonna want to go thru the terminal and outside past the shops. Once outside, you'll want to look for a replica Mayan temple about the size of a small building, just past that is the cabbies that you will want to use to avoid pressure for other sales and higher prices. They will take you straight there, and not round about you to try to take you somewhere else that is higher priced and cost more in cab fees. This was by far our most favorite port out of the four and most favorite spot to go to. We strongly recommend visiting here. When one of my gf's and i first sat down in our loungers looking out at the water, within seconds she went, "ahhhh"... that quickly became our word for the day. Oh, and it wasn't crowded at all!! Plenty of beach and water space. Great spot for geocachers too... hint hint!! Make sure to talk to Steve and let him know you are one if you are!! Loved every second here, and I just can't say enough good things about it.

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Thank Joy234
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Tropicante was awesome! The owner Steve is from the US and was very nice. Our friends recommeded this and they were right!! The food was awesome & very reasonably priced. We had beach chairs waiting for us and the service was great! You can't beat the massages either. A must do!!!!

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Thank Stephanie N
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

This one was recommended by friends and we enjoyed the beach. The tables and chairs are really cheap material and not as clean as you wish and the bathrooms lack a lot of common sense quality...but we enjoyed the food, drinks and service.

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Reviewed March 18, 2013

We arranged a beach day in advance with Tropicante and loved it. Transportation from the ship was easy and inexpensive. One we arrived we were taken to a reserved spot on the beach with a table and chairs and loungers. There were plenty of palm trees providing shade and a nice stretch of beach to relax and explore. Our server was prompt with drinks and food. Their salsa is delicious- lots of lime and and went well with the fresh fried chips. The fish tacos were great. They were topped with avacado and a side of rice and beans. Our server arranged 30 minute massages on the beach for $15. We explored the beach and small community and had a great time. The locals would approch and ask you to shop in their store or look over thir goods but a simple "no, thank you" would be all they needed to move on. I certailny recommend booking a beach day with Tropicante direct if you are in town for a day on a cruise. No money down and it is so much cheaper than the cruis excursion rate. Our total for 10 people for drinks and food for 4 hours came to $90 before tip. Pretty good value! The cab ride each way is $2 per person and you are just minutes from the port.

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

This was recommended to us by a worker on our cruise. So happy she shared this with us. Very short & inexpensive taxi ride from the port. The food was incredible!!! The owner, Steve, is from the US. They have free wireless, tables & loungers right on the beautiful beach. I got a massage on the beach. He also has books to read. You can bring your book in & trade if you like! He also let us use his phone to call our kids back home. We stayed there for a few hours. You can walk up & down the walkway & see other shops & restaurants.
This is a must for you to visit. Small, quaint, beachside place.

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1  Thank Michellemit
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