I loved it here and didn't want to leave. I swam in the most delicious clear blue water in the bay which was not deep (just over a metre) and enjoyed it immensely. There are some craft shops as you walk into the rather old resort area (which is shortly to be completely rebuilt and modernised according to a large poster displayed at the entrance). A folk dance show was offered but I declined preferring to enjoy the water. There are sun lounges under palm trees on white sand and there is serenity. There are also tables and chairs in which to sit in an open air covered area. No vendors on the beach. There is snorkelling equipment but unless you book a snorkelling tour they don't let you use it - we found out when the snorkelling gear was taken from us which was quite upsetting - the snorkelling gear was sitting under a palm tree and we thought it was for our use.
The other swimming area near the main shopping plaza looked nicer and was free as we paid US$56.25 for 2 adults off the Oceania cruise ship Riviera to take a van ride to Pirates Bay. After a cramped and very full ride in a mini van I would have gladly strolled over to the gorgeous free beach from the ship. Most people don't know free swimming is on offer until they get to the destination and they don't tell you on the cruise ships as they are trying to sell their optional tours. I was very annoyed about this lack of information from the cruise company.
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