Thanks for the plethora of info! I suspect Pedro1 is right - and we do plan to spend a lot of time chatting with locals in San Pedro. That's the main reason we decided against the rest of the trip, although expense was a consideration too. That's also why we're not pre-planning our stay too much, which is hard for us. We want to experience San Pedro and get a variety of views before making any decisions. And based on the discussions I've read on here, it seems like there's lots of opinions on things!
I really do appreciate the assortment of views expressed on this board, but thanks for the reassurance, indygal!