I thought I had definitely settled on Rumors, but now I keep going back to thinking how nice it is to be right on the beach so revisiting our accomodation options for our week in West Bay in February.
Found some (almost too) cheap cabanas right on the beach at West Bay (hadn't looked at them previously because they are so poorly rated on TA). Fosters seems like it might have some fake reviews and Coconut Tree doesn't sound too good. Coconut Tree's Beachfront Cabins are only $85/night and Sky Cabana #3 is only $700 for the week (I think that would be our first choice there from the reviews).
We definitely don't need luxury (although the studio at Rumors looks very nice, new, clean and comfortable so that did draw me in), and the idea of something right on the beach with amazing views in our price range seems really nice. I'd say the most "rustic" place we've ever stayed was Hotel Brasilito in Costa Rica and we found it fine (mismatched bedding, suicide shower, ant trail up the wall, no A/C) because we had an amazing balcony with hammocks, tables, and the perfect view of the beach.
I'm just concerned that these places are actually gross and full of bugs, and also not sure if staying at that end of West Bay is a good idea (we'd probably be walking a lot to the South End, so want to make sure it's safe to go back and forth along the beach after dark, and also that our things are safe in the room if we left).
I've been trying to get on the Las Rocas website for a few days but it has not been cooperating. There don't seem to be too many beachfront options in the $100 or less range, but surprisingly there are a few... just don't want to regret our decision to go with one of them when we can stay in a very nice studio apartment, 3 minute walk from the beach with a nice pool shared only with 1 other unit... what to do what to do...Edited: 12:57 pm, July 11, 2013