I recently travelled to Santa Maria and stayed at the memories paraiso azul resort !!! The staff are amazing and the most friendly people I have ever met!!!. They would bend over backwards to do anything for you. The beach is BEAUTIFUL !!!!! :) There are tons of activities such as paddle boats and even lounging by the pool was terrific. There is a little market just a few minutes walk from the resort where locals have their homemade gifts..it was great !! I can't wait to go back again someday :)!!!! I recommend it to anyone !