Hey Compass! I too hadn't been to SP in a long while. Went in July 1994 and then in July 2004. WOW what a difference! You are going to be VERY surprised!!! There are actually vehicles on the island now - real taxi's (made of mini-vans) and front street, or whatever it was called, is gone. The size of the ferry has increased by quad. Simply amazing. Thankfully the people are still very nice - this is very attractive. OH, and there will be people and children wandering around selling things. Just say no, unless of course you are in the market. Absolutely everything has a new face except for the Pier Bar (chicken drop place) and the electric co building, if I am not mistaken, hasn't changed. The beach has receded quite a bit, as is to be expected I am sure and there are TONS of piers. I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on AC when you return. Please post them here...

I am so glad you are re-thinking the kayak idea.