"Stayed at condo 5-5-15 to 5-19-15. Had a terrific time. Weather in the mid-80's. Condo has everything you need. Living room, full kitchen, utensils, bathroom, and balcony seating with table. TV (never watched), radio, Roku, and a DVD player. DVD player didn't work correctly and property manager Susan brought us a new one the next day. Thanks. Storage locker on balcony has things like two coolers, beach chairs, brooms, some floatation things for the pool, and other things I forget. Two BBQ's are out by the pool to use. We spent tons of time on the balcony. Great views of the interior grounds, pool area, and of course, the ocean so close.
We felt that the overall best thing was the location of the condo. Walk out of the complex up to the main drag street and catch the yellow school type buses (marked "Urbano" on the front) to anywhere in town. We paid 20 Pesos for two people each way. Mostly locals on those buses and I simply don't understand paying the higher price of taxis (maybe when the buses aren't running). Tell the driver where you basically want to go and you will get there. We actually spent more time walking all over town than we did with buses. Never saw or felt any dangerous conditions. The locals were very nice overall. The Mega store just a 5 minute walk is a HUGE plus. You can buy anything there you need (think a Costco or a Walmart). They have huge pastry, liquor, seafood, and meat sections among everything else. Even some restaurants right in the complex including a Starbucks. We went to the Mega very often.
We could see for miles up and down the beach and only ever saw two people out in the water during our two weeks. Apparently, the undertow is reported to be quite strong and potentially dangerous. Still great to see, sit near, and walk along.
The following are not criticisms, only suggestions to make things even better:
-Very little counter space in the bathroom. A small medicine cabinet or wall shelf would help.
-There is a hair dryer in the bathroom, but strangely no electrical outlet to use it. One could be installed.
-There is a overhead fan and wall A/C in the living room. Work great. Same in the bedroom. But the A/C unit in the bedroom basically just blows air. It really doesn't blow cold air. Suggest it be updated to a newer, quieter model.
-The phone book in the unit was from 2011. A new one is needed.
-Some kind of suction safety handhold could be installed in the shower.
We really had a great time. Hope to go back."
Date of Stay: May 2015
Review Submitted: May 26, 2015