I am in Santo Tomas at the moment and it seems quieter than last year. I am told that because of increases in IVA ( VAT) some prices have had to be increased which does not help trade, but all the bars and restaurants are open as usual. The Lord Nelson Hotel no longer seems to be running for the Italian market ( so there are less noisy pool games going on during the day :-0) and I was told by a local that he thought that Russian tourists are going to be using it instead but at the moment it seems pretty empty.
The two main beaches used by families (Platjas de Santo Tomas and Sant Adeodat) are both looking good this summer – heavy spring storms a few years ago washed a lot of sand out to sea and resulted in both beaches being much narrower than before for a couple of years and with more exposed rock ,but I am pleased to say that this season they are much more like their old selves. I have not yet been along to Binigaus beach but am assuming that it too has more sand this summer
This season there are two new mini markets in the resort in addition to the two existing supermarkets. One is located in the lower level of the Hamilton Court Apartments ( near the bar) and the other is in the shop beside the cashpoint machine midway along the resort which used to sell sportswear etc. I have not checked all the prices in these (and being smaller they have a smaller selection of goods), but their prices seem cheaper than the two larger shops (both owned by the same company ) in the resort which have always been quite expensive because of the lack of competition so it is worth shopping around this year for milk and other essentials.
For anyone enjoying watersports there is a small company offering kayaking etc. in the resort – it is called DMS Sports & Kayak and is located at the back of the shopping parade midway along the resort – they have very nice English speaking staff who can also help you book boat trips etc.
The Es Migjorn Tuesday evening street market and free bus service from Santo Tomas is due to run in July and August as usual.Edited: 1:41 pm, June 24, 2013