Some of you were interested in a report about Coconuts, so here it is. I just returned from my stay (December 8 to December 15) and in a word, it was "Fantastic"!
First, both David and Karina no longer work at Coconuts. The impression I got was that they are sorely missed by their fellow workers and repeat guests are very sad as well. The young ladies working at the front desk are not "well seasoned" but try very hard to be helpful and accommodating. I believe this is a delicate subject, so I will say no more.
There are 14 rooms - two have recently been created (a few months back?) From what used to be the office and breakfast area of the hotel. I stayed in one of the new rooms (room 5) which is small but perfect for one or perhaps two people. It has a larger shower , a small wooden table and 2 chairs. This room had remote control air conditioning and a good ceiling fan. Ice water in a thermos is put in your room every day and some how housekeeping know exactly when your out of your room to sneak in and clean. They have televisions available upon request for about $5 a day extra. The only thing really missing at Coconuts is a small refrigerator.
Breakfast consists of fresh cut up fruit (watermelon, pineapple, usually some other type of melon), 2 choices of fresh muffins and a wonderful bread that you can toast. Jam, butter are offered as well as 3 fruit juices (not fresh squeezed though) and coffee. It was wonderful to collect breakfast and sit out under the large fig tree watching the sun come up over the water. The hotel also offers you a $10 BZ lunch if you notify them around 9:00am in the morning. The lunch is what is prepared for the employees that day. I enjoyed a rice and beans and pork lunch that was wonderful. You really feel like family here.
The Bar: Margie and Ada are terrific ladies. I really enjoyed talking to them and they make very fine drinks at reasonable prices. Margie will gladly play a game of dominos with you but beware - she's really good. Ada will proudly show you pictures of her two daughters and they both play great island music at the bar.
Bicycles are available and are free. You must return them before 5:30pm and they provide you with a lock to make sure they don't get stolen. I'll warn you - if you ride for any length of time - put a towel on the seat! (My butt STILL hurts). Another warning - at this moment in time, the road is being dug up around Ramon's to install drainage pipes. It's a little tricky to maneuver around the workers with bikes, carts, cabs and trucks. This work should be completed soon. I am told that the road will be paved with bricks like it is around the Market. This will be great for drivers on the road but not so great for the ambiance of the island.
Large beach towels are available for your use - if you don't return them, there's a $20US charge. There are four wooden beach chairs with cushions and 3 strung hammocks for your lounging pleasure right in front of the bar.
The Barge: Well, I have to agree with everyone, the barge was a great source of entertainment. You really don't hear the noise after the first day. They average 1 to 2 barges a day. Workers feverishly unload with dozers and trucks and hall it away as fast as they can. Be sure to stop at the stop sign just south of Coconuts if you're headed that way - you may get run over by one of those trucks coming off the barge! Now the good news is, the last barge for the year will be here on December 27. New barges will come after the first of the year (I was told this by the workers themselves). The even better news is that the Barge unloading area will be moving to the lagoon side some time next year. They are building a new condo type hotel right next door to Coconuts and right in front of the barge area.
I hope you find this information helpful. My apologies for the epic writing - there was just too much to say about Coconuts!
Gela's AC Motto: "All Roads Used to Lead to BC's"