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Hi folks!

We are thinking of going to AC next April for around 7-9 days. I was looking at Banana Beach as it looks reasonable price-wise and also pretty nice. Any feedback on the accommodations and facilities? What oceanfront room is the best? What beach bars / restaurants.. ok mostly concerned with the beach bars... are nearby and recommended? How is the pool and beach? Can you bring out beers and hang by the pool? Any info appreciated !!

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Andrea


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I just came back from Banana Beach, best deal on the island. Mata Rocks next door is a hoot. If you see a black dog running down the beach named Wanker, that's my dog and please give him a piece of chicken. Go to El/La Margerita for dinner, great margeritas. Within walking distance. You will love it. Tell Tim (Manager there) I said hello and thanks again. People there are great and if you have an ocean front room you will be in heaven.

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When i was in AC there was no restrictions on open containers..we rode around everynight with a beer in the cart...never a problem...as long as you don't get so plowed you crash it won't be an issue.


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You won't be disappointed with Banana Beach. I was in an Oceanfront room (#16) May 2-7. The view is magnificent and mesmerizing. You'll have to force yourself to move off the balcony!

Unfortunately, we had to move to an Ocean View room (#26)for our last night (May 8th).

The only downside to the hotel is (1) the air conditioning units are very loud and located in the sleeping area, and (2) the shower in the oceanfront room was very low pressure and the shower floor was peeling.

There is a small, local store across the street which comes in very handy for bottled water, Coca Cola, rum, ice, Belikins.

They've built up a nice beach/lounging area, since the real beach area is lined with seaweed/sea grass. The pool is located in the courtyard area of the hotel. This courtyard contains a magnificent display of tropical plants and flowers. Large potted arrangements around the pool, and on all levels on the hotel.

The Belikin bottles were present both around the pool and on the beach area. Beach towels are furnished.

Figure a 30 minute beach walk to get to Fido's and the Island Ferry.

You may want to schedule your own trips/excursions. If you ask the front desk to make any arrangements for you, there is a 5% charge added onto your room.

You'll have a fantastic time on the island. Wishing I could go back!

C.C.

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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.


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