This condo and grounds were great. Safe, new, modern luxuries. Serious jaw dropping from the condo, three bedrooms, 4 baths. Great for our extended family (2 kids, 2 grandparents and us). The protected beach cove was great for kids. The broken glass in the sand- not so much (not from the condo, just what washes up). We went to another local beach and it was much worse, but there was a lot of garbage through out the island. The beach could use a bit more raking for rocks and glass. The condo was very nice, but there was no phone, and our cells only had wifi, so it was hard to get a hold of someone for pillow cases, blankets, towels...The maids came every 3 or 4 days depending on who you ask. They never fixed the DVD player that never worked, which wasn't the end of the world since they had multiple channels, but it would have nice for our kids. It didn't seem quite tailored to travelers. We didn't have pot holders, soaps, toilet paper, dish towels enough blankets for all the beds (things you don't really want to have to buy on vacation). We had to buy our own dish soap, washing soap (which we hope was the correct kind for the machines) didn't know how to use the Spanish controls. The one odd thing was the doors didn't offer privacy because of the wooden slats that wouldn't close. The property managers were nice and did set up and deliver a rental car. Which we suggest, taxi's are hard to find off the path and $$$. Expect $30-40 from the airport. There is a gate, and security guards at night. The grocery store was close, walking distance, but they aren't too friendly, maybe because we were interrupting their eating while working. We actually found that most everyone on the island was unfriendly in customer service from the restaurants to the airport ticket handlers and SLOOOOW. This island is still trying to draw in American tourist, but they have some learning to do. Still a great vacation, we scuba'd off the beach to wall dives (the whole island is), lots of life even in the rocks. The aquarium was close and great. And it's worth a trip up North to some of the pay to go beaches, very picturesque. The town had a lot to see and do and felt safe for the most part, we never ventured at night, and did have 1 creeper watch us leave a bank. Awesome warm water and weather. We hope to come back in a few years, and we will come back to the Strand!
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