Hello. We just spent 5 days on the island and had a wonderful time. We are already planning a winter trip back.
We rented a house ...Casa Amarilla http://casaamarillaislamujeres.com/ all the way on the southern tip of the island. The house is beautiful and everything about it including the staff were wonderful. We had two golf carts.,,there were six of us..so we had no problem getting around the place.
We ate almost all of our meals out, so we hit all the recommended spots for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I found everyone to be extremely nice where ever we went. I did not find the vendors to be "pushy", and I'm sorry others did. I did have a vendor on the main shopping area ask if I wanted to buy "smoke" which I took to mean pot. Very odd and kind of funny. We politely declined.
I personally would avoid the "snorkel park" whose name escapes me at the moment. This is the worst kind of tourist trap and I hate these kind of places. IMHO.
We went on a snorkel trip and whale shark trip with Sea Hawk dive shop who I would totally recommend. Super nice people and a super experience.
Two things I want to mention.
There are a LOT of dogs and cats wandering around which saddened us. Also, there is so much trash on the sides of the roads. Plastic cups, plastic bags and plastic containers. This is the worst possible thing to be let loose in the ocean, or really anywhere. I wish there was some sort of effort on the islands part to curb this or at least try and keep it in check. This no way impacted my experience its just an observation from a concerned environmentally aware person.
All in all a great trip.Edited: 29 July 2013, 14:47