Have been to Silver Sands twice and plan on going back this Fall. Jacob Taylor Beach is always a highlight of our trip. Conveniently located right next door to Silver Sands made it possible to go several times during the week.
You can get some great items at a good price.They are not the mass produced carvings found at the big resorts. These are one-of-a-kind items. Each vendor has their own special talent. Not all are wood carvers (although they are our favorite). Some have hand made jewelry, used clothing, souvineers and some very nice sea shells at reasonable prices. On one visit, we requested a rooster and by the time we were ready to go home it was ready. You can get from very small to extremely intricate & pricy items.
Our teenaged grandsons liked watching the wood carvers. They enjoyed going back several times to make their choice on which items they wanted to take back. Each visit, they had to make sure stop by to see Walton.
The cook at our villa purchased a huge fresh Pink Snapper from one of the local fishermen for our dinner. Caught that morning right before she bought it. It was one of the best meals we had while there. You just can't get any better than that!
Since Leroy's has expanded, we have shyed away. Kind of miss the old place with it's Hemmingway feel and beach bar charm..... but I am sure there are those who prefer the larger establishment.
As with most places - show respect and yet be firm when bargaining. It is not a huge place but has enough variety. You don't feel that rush like at so many places. Not that, at tmes, you don't need to say "no thank you'... but they are not overly pushy. "Respect" is they key.
Even if you aren't staying AT Silver Sands, a visit to Jacob Taylor Beach is well worth your while.