The bottom line for us,after a month and a half, was that neither of us was ready to return home. We never felt better in our whole life--it was in the winter and the warm sun, walking, food, relaxation, and most of all living accomodations were perfect. One thing we were concerned with (and which you cannot check on the internet is the matter of cleanliness) When we first landed and took a ride to Banana Beach, we were shocked by the tons of debri all around the place created by the hurricane that settled over the area for a couple of days. But as soon as we entered the lobby, we were in heaven--you could eat off the floors of the room and the beach front was very well groomed. About the beach bar, Mata Rocks, is the place--it is within "stumbling distance" from the motel. There is no objection to drinking pool side, but we poured our drinks into paper containers and went to the pool--broken glass and pools do not mix. Besides the small grocery store in the rear, there are also two large super markets down town--keep one thing in mind--this is an island and everything has to be imported--sticker shock is common for people purchasing for the first time. There are so many terrific places to eat--from cheap to ultra expensive. For very good inexpensive meals, try Woody's--can walk there. For a real tropical morning breakfast, go next door to Tropica.
Keep one thing in mind concerning Banana Beach--you are dealing with a management and staff that are dedicated to giving you your money's worth. You will absolutely love your life there.