Beach is very fine white sand and the water crystal clear. The reef is ideal for diving and snorkeling. Safe location. Beach is kept spotless. There are lots of vendors on the beach especially when the cruise ships come in. Vendors selling cotton candy, T-shirts, cigars, sunglasses, ice cream, shells, watches, massage, hats, etc, generally do not pester you too much. A simple ‘no’ makes them go away.
Sand Flies are a big problem. Not everyone got bitten but those that did were bitten many times. Many sleepless nights were reported. Although not effective in all cases, take bug spray and medicines for relief of itchy welts.
Las Sirenas is small resort right on the beach that is steps away; rooms are not overly large but clean with modern facilities. Because it was small you get to know the staff and other guests that make for a friendly atmosphere.
Grounds are beautiful as is the swimming pool. Both are very well kept. Staff is excellent but there is a management issue – food and drink. Sonie Dionne, the HR Resorts rep, who is readily available to guests, can solve most problems but not the food ones.
Food is bland, lukewarm at best with little variety. No food or snacks are available outside the restaurant hours. No daily food menu is posted. You can go to Henry Morgan or Paradis where the food is at least warm but the number of guests each day is limited, the wines are better but the food is only slightly better. Drinks including beer are served in small 3-4 oz glasses and service on the beach is minimal. Smart guests, not me, brought a travel mug with them to fill with drinks so they didn’t have to go get refills as often. The dinner wine served only at dinner is dreadful, most paint thinners taste better.
All guests ate out either at lunch or dinner at nearby restaurants to get away from the monotony. These are a short distance along the beach and offer good daily specials at reasonable prices. All are right on the beach in great settings. Try Fosters on lobster night (Thursdays - 2 tails $12) or for burgers, Bites on the Beach for shrimp or Bananarama for pizza. Many have good local entertainment but everything on the beach shuts down around 10:00 pm. Watch for Paul the fire guy on the beach.