We Reserved a spot with Steve from Tropicante. When I had reserved Tropicante Steve, the owner had emailed me specific instructions on how to get there. I was to bypass the shuttle buses and head to the taxi stand. He told me that the shuttle buses would not take me to his place but to some other resort where they would herd everyone off of the bus. For some reason which I can’t quite explain I boarded the shuttle bus not realizing that the taxi stand was still 2 blocks away. Well as Steve had told me we were brought to the beach area and herded off the bus and directed into a resort. We immediately started walking down the main street and eventually found a gentleman who directed us to Tropicante. I must say that every person we met in Costa Maya was extremely nice! The cost to reserve chairs, umbrellas and tables at Tropicante is free. They are counting on you eating, drinking and perhaps getting a massage in order for them to make their money. When we arrived we were greeted by a gentleman named Jorge. He immediately got our chairs umbrella and table set up for us and let us know what activities, food, drink etc. were available and to ask him for anything we need. He was non-intrusive and did not push anything on us. He would just check in from time to time to make sure we were enjoying our stay. Jorge was truly a rock star here. First I had Coffee then DW had a 60 minute massage right on the beach. Then in between swimming , we all were eating and drinking. We had nachos, fried burritos and for drinks I had several excellent Mexican beers, DW had a Pina Colada and a Margarita and DS had a couple of sodas. They did have buckets of beer 6 for $10 but I could not drink that much at 10:00 in the morning! Wanna guess what the entire day cost us? How about $70 TOTAL including the massage! Thank you Cruise Critic! During the day Steve the owner came by and spent quite a bit of time talking about Costa Maya and himself (He is originally from Texas I believe). He is very friendly and did an excellent job to insure that our stay in Costa Maya was a memorable one. DW was interested in looking at some silver so Steve sent her about 100 feet down the path from his restaurant to a local silversmith who handmade all of his jewelry. DW found an incredible bracelet that she fell in love with. It was .95 silver with Australian opals. I am not really into this type of thing but this was possibly the nicest piece of Jewelry I have ever seen. DW bargained the price down but guess what? DH did not bring his credit card with him!!!! From all the reviews I read I did not expect to find a nice piece of jewelry and so I only had brought enough cash to cover the day’s expenses and perhaps a few trinkets. Well that bracelet is still in Costa Maya as we speak and we look forward to going back there to get it in the future ? We then said our goodbyes and were each given a “lucky” seed which was put around our necks.