i would definitely recommend the 3rd floor suite...much more privacy and better view!
when we arrived, they had us in a 2nd floor suite in the middle...we spent the night there and asked to be moved to the 3rd floor if possible...
as luck would have it, someone was moving out of a corner suite that day...and the people who were supposed to arrive to claim it had not specified the 3rd floor...so they let us move in! the staff was so good to us!
we absolutely loved the 3rd floor south corner...lots of light in the suite from the south windows...and being up a bit higher made a huge difference. even the second floor felt less private...as there were always people hanging out just below the balcony...and the night security people til 6 a.m. i can't even imagine being on the 1st floor!
i thought we would regret having to walk up 3 flights several times a day...but even for 2 50 something smokers...it wasn't a problem...
the walk up thru the courtyard and view down to the pool is quite pretty...and we really loved the privacy...
there is no beach directly in front of BB...but just walk a few steps to the north and you can easily wade and float around in the sandy shallows in front of the property next door...or to the south in front of mata rocks. a few patches of sea grass...but nothing to spoil the swim. or you can go to the pier just to the north of BB...and go off the end there...walk out to a very cool sand bar...lots of people swimming out there each day. down a bit further, the locals take their kids to swim on a pretty nice beach too...mar del tumbo beach, i think it's called... one of the better beach areas on AC...you'll find it easy and inviting to get in the water anywhere along this stretch.
you don't go to AC for the fabulous beaches...we were suprised to meet people who were disappointed by the lack of great beach areas...guess they didn't know what to expect...should have done some homework. we aren't really "beach people"....so we knew we wouldn't mind...and they were still lovely to walk along anytime...night or day! picture postcard views!
my favourite snorkeling spot was tres cocos...shallow water...coral and fish in front of your nose...and a great variety to look at! alan loved mexico rocks...saw squid, rays, schools of blue tang and hundreds of other species. of course...shark ray alley...can't beat the experience...and hol chan and coral gardens were both very nice too. you must try to see both areas...snorkel trips to mexico rocks/tres cocos and shark ray/hol chan...at the very least!
also...don't miss a couple of times at ramon's pier...just walk on out and jump in...once you get into the water...head under the dock and palapa area...you will see WALLS of fish that will take your breath away! and often rays and the odd really spectacular fish...saw a huge black and yellow angel fish our last time there. it's quick, free and worth an hour several times during your visit!
i have so many things i want to share...if i keep answering posts...i may not even have to write a trip report!!