Just got back from AC, thanks to all for the fishing and dining advice, there are indeed many flats accessible from the beach going north, and the fishing article on this site might need to be edited on that point.
San Pedro was so much busier than I expected traffic-wise. But it still has a laid back feel when you're not dodging the traffic.
The real estate peddlers on the beach were the worst part. If their pushy schtick is successful, I'd be amazed. If there is a Chamber of Commerce, you've got a problem here.
The staff of the Sunbreeze was great, I liked the place. Might try Ramon's next time. The Blue Water Grill was excellent, as advertised. Very good food, excellent service.
Stayed 2 nights at Belize Legacy Resort, which gets rave reviews on Trip Adviser, and rightfully so. Pretty high end feel for being 7.2 miles north of SP. Very nice units, the staff (everyone)knows your name from the time you arrive, and they are very friendly and accomodating, punctual, professional.
AC works well from a visitors' perspective, timely (things run on time), professional, friendly, beautiful. Next trip I'll be taking a catamaran out from TMM charters and hiring a local captain for that, so I can spend a week or two checking out the reef and going south. This short trip was just to check it out, and I really liked it.
On the development aspects about which a lot is written here, saw all the new road/sidewalks paving going in on many streets, and I get the impression that infrastructure is being dealt with.
Pretty impressed with Banyan Bay/Grand Colony. Flying in and out I couldn't make out where this South Beach thing is going in, didn't see any clearing of mangroves to speak of. Ended up cancelling a showing at Las Terrazas since they didn't have pre-construction pricing figured out and there wasn't anything to see of phase 2.
My impression is that things are moving north pretty rapidly.
I'm going to take my time deciding where to buy. There seems to be a surge in both building and demand right now, at least to this first timer, and prices are much higher than I would have expected.
Bottom line, really liked AC. Been going to The Abacos for a long time, I'm ready for a change. I didn't even get a chance to see what really interests me, like the diving, fishing and sailing. So I've got a lot to look foward to.
I hope that someday we can put aside our fears and prejudices and just laugh at people.