The beer prices are too high, the food is unfortunately inconsistent, and the food prices are too high. The music (mostly reggae) is too loud and played all day and night it seems) (I wonder what people in town think about this as there are obviously no noise restrictions?) I It has a primo location and has many high reviews (there is one particular over the top praise review of Maxi's from two guys on YoTube whose sole job appears to be to review places in Costa Rica and I have to suspect they were "comped" their meal as they claimed this was one of the best meals they ever had in Costa Rica - I simply cannot believe that having eaten in many truly excellent Costa Rican restaurants and sodas). I just don't get all the hype about this place. You will note that the locals will stand outside when a football match is on - they can't afford the beer prices - or they will sit inside to watch and nurse one beer for a really, really long time. Manzanillo has a superb beach and a great wildlife refuge - the town itself could be so much more. You will also notice if in Manzanillo town on a weekend when numerous Costa Rican's come to the beach that very few, if any, frequent Maxi's or any of the local soda's or supermarkets. They bring in their own food and drinks.