I would like to hear from anyone who has stayed at the Malecon House or nearby and didn't rent a car. Did you simply walk and enjoy the area? Could you walk to a nice beach - such as Sun Bay Beach or Esperanza Beach? Were there enough restaurants in the area? Did you use the publicos at all? Lastly, is the "Green Store" (La Trenda Verde) nearby? One of the Bio Bay tour groups pick up clients there.
My husband and I will be staying for four days over Christmas. We mainly want to spend Christmas relaxing at a nice beach, take a Bio Bay Tour and enjoy the local culture. We would like to see the fort but that may not be an option without a car. I know that a car is recommended to explore the beaches but that is not a priority for us. One or two nice beaches will be fine for us.