Friends have been coming to Barrier Island for at least 17 years. I can remember coming to visit and was most impressed with this one time premier resort. As the years have gone by, the place is crumbling. The location is beautiful. I put up with this resort just for the location. The pool has been horrible in the past but the new maintenance man, Bob, has whipped it into shape. I do not like the indoor pool, though he tells me it is looking great since he has worked on it. The rec center I never set foot in. It is old, the jazzuci looks like a breeding place for herpes and the workout room has had it. The trolly has not been in service for 2 years. I always stay in units close to the beach but people who stay at a distance have to pack their car and drive to the beach area. Deck is a nice size but cheap outdoor furniture that could cave in. Bathrooms are dark and dingy. Mold in tubs, old glass doors, water pooling in tub. I stay at two units so I can truthfully say this happens in both units. Bed linens and towels cheap and scratchy. Pillows flat. I always carry my own plus my own comforter. Hate to think what might be on it. Refrigerators do not cool adequately and are old. Dishwashers barely hanging in there. Appliances and utensils outdated. Old scratchy furniture in Living room.
The location is terrific, you can walk to the village of Duck. Sound across the street but who wants to go in there with the leeches, crabs, etc. Sunset Grill is overrated across the street.
Apparently new people have taken over and are opposed to cleaning up and remodeling the place. There will be a point in time where the beach will not be why people go to BIS. The cliental is not the same as 17 years ago. No surpise here. People on vacation are looking for more comforts if they can afford it.
The beach is rocky and has dropoffs. Not easy to get in and out. Lifeguards are a plus and they rent chairs and umbrellas.
I'm just glad I did not purchase one of the units to watch it go downhill and lose money on this investment.
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