There is always a lot of postings about tours and pay to enter beach clubs and the like. I would like to give some food for thought.
There are 17 miles of unbroken beach road on the East side of the island....I cannot understand why anyone would ever pay to go to ANY beach club, so they can be packed in with other people from their home country. On the West side there are many litte places to pull over and snorkel. There are no reefs left in the shallow water, but there are still a lot of fish. Why pay some guy to use a beach, that has nothing more to offer.
I cannot understand using any tour to travel around the island, when for the price of one passenger you can rent a car and see it on your own. The tours are only going to stop at places where they get kick backs and beautiful quiet stretches of beaches offer no kick backs.
I don't know why people drink at beach clubs, when for the price of 3 drinks you could buy a bottle of rum and some coke to mix it with or a case of beer, to throw in your rental car. It's ok to have a couple of drinks and drive around, as long as you are not bombed. Believe me we all do it and it's no big deal. You shouldn't drive drunk. A couple of Cuba Libre's is not being drunk.
The island is beautiful and easy to get around. The people are friendly and peaceful...they just don't speak the same language that you do. Why are people so afraid to go explore it for themselves. With so many secluded and beautiful beach locations why are people so obsessed with only going to beaches that over charge and are packed with other Americans.
Show some spirit. Get out there on your own. We are men and women not sheep to be herded. Nobody is going to harm you or grab your kids. I came here for about 15 years as avisitor before I moved here. I never ever entertained the idea of doing any of the above "tourist" things. Get a map, a car, something to drink and go explore. You don't need any help. Things are easy here. The only thing you need help with is fishing and diving, as you need aboat and crew for that.