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Re: beaches #31395
01/31/01 09:34 PM
01/31/01 09:34 PM
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 246
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Well, if you the energy, you could always ride your bike(rental, that is) down to the Lion's Park(if it still exists), and dive off the secluded pier(again, if...) into 8-10 feet of boat traffic, no people, to speak of, and the water and privacy is fantastic!

Re: beaches #31396
10/11/01 06:21 PM
10/11/01 06:21 PM
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 5,562
Birdland - 1 mile north
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We all tout what we love! I've stayed at Tradewind's twice, Rocks Inn (now Blue Tang) and Lily's. I've watched Fountain Blue being built and can hardly wait to see the inside and how much they sell for. All these are different and each suited to different needs..
There are tradeoffs for everything.
Tradwinds was very upscale with separate bedroom, kitchenette, dining and living area as well as porch and pool. This was very romantic.
I moved to Rock's when I stayed on alone and had a 2nd floor front jr. suite. Quiet, private and peaceful.
Lily's is sparse but clean. Advantage was group of single people and Lily's has two double beds to each room. Rooms are small; veranda right on the beach is great place to meet people. And best of all the charming young couple who run Lily's restaurant will serve your food right in front of your room.
Since Lily's is right down town and I am "early to bed, early to rise (ONLY when on vacation) I found it rather noisy.

IMHO you need to make yourself a list of expectations then do your research. What one person means by "beach" is not what another means. Having grown up in Oregon - yes Marty - with mile wide sand beaches if you could see anyone else you were invading their space. On the Mediterranean and NY beaches people line up like cars in a parking lot.
When you speak of swimming in the ocean do you mean playing in the waves or long distant swimming? There are no waves inside the reef. If you snorkel under the docks you can see all kinds of interesting stuff. You just have to not enter/exit in the boat lanes. Night diving under the docks is wonderful.
If swimming just means cooling off, then go to a place with a pool.
Then decide how much you want to pay per night. I tell my friends I can get you a place for $25 US or $125 US per night. Just know there is a BIG difference -- you get what you pay for.

Boy, did I get windy?

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Re: beaches #31397
10/12/01 06:16 PM
10/12/01 06:16 PM
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 66
Rochester, NY
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Scubaldy is right, snorkeling under the docks at night is amazing. I went under the dock at the Victoria House and I saw about 5 baby lobsters. And if I recomended a hotel, it would be either Ramon's or Banana Beach. Ramon's is a bit more upscale and it's in town, but I fell in love with the pool at Banana Beach. The hotel is built around the pool so it's like a little courtyard with a tunnel leading to a nice sandy beach.

Re: beaches #31398
10/13/01 01:15 PM
10/13/01 01:15 PM
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 106
St. Louis, MO, USA
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Can anyone tell me what the bathing suit/bikini dresscode is on the beaches? Top on or off? I don't want to offend anyone...Advice or experience needed.

Re: beaches #31399
10/13/01 02:01 PM
10/13/01 02:01 PM
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 1,080
Eugene, OR, USA
KC Offline
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Top (and bottom) on if you are in town. If you are remote, I suppose you can do as you wish. I don't suppose anyone would give you any grief if you took your top off to sunbathe, but you will probably "draw a crowd". <g>

Now if you are there when Pirate or Zeke are there... I think they would advise you that it is perfectly acceptable to take it off. LOL


"You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
Re: beaches #31400
10/13/01 03:16 PM
10/13/01 03:16 PM
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 680
Westminster, Colorado, USA
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I never wore a top the whole time I was there...topless is perfectly acceptable...please post your vacation pics! [Linked Image] AAAAARRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Re: beaches #31401
10/13/01 11:20 PM
10/13/01 11:20 PM
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 1,080
Eugene, OR, USA
KC Offline
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Pirate, you are a rascal!

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Re: beaches #31402
10/18/01 06:18 PM
10/18/01 06:18 PM
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 104
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I'd rate the Beach as "OK". For laying out, I'd do the Myan. The swimming at either is poor. The Sunbreeze has a nice pool.

If I had kids I'd do the Sunbreeze beacuse of the layout. Myan has better Ocean view from the rooms.

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