Re: sun tropical apartments
Date: January 04, 2004 09:37PM
Just came back from ST after two weeks of sc, and we are looking to book the same again this year! Its a wonderfully new and clean holiday village and you could quite easily spend your entire time sitting by the pools. Good choice overall. As for your questions:
1) the in-house supermarket is pretty good for the essentials and quite reasonable. We came across three supermarkets in PB, one opposite the taxi rank and the others in the pedestrian areas. The two we particularly liked was Netto as they were very well stocked, and the other was Marcial (Spar).
2) PB on the whole is more expensive than other places on the island. This is evident from the classy 4-5* hotels and also the shops in town. There is less tat around say compared to Puerto del Carmen. As for places to eat in PB, I suggest
Tipico Espanol - opposite the children's playground next to taxi rank.
Terazza Casa Perdo (seafront, overlooking P. Blanca beach) - excellent grilled fish (catch of the day).
A little further, if you have a car, I can suggest:
Lani's, Puerto Calero (opposite marina, on the way to Arrecife) - fantastic roast lamb and suckling pig.
Tapas bar at Monumento Campensino (road to Teguise, north of San Bartolome).
Mar Azul, El Golfo (last restaurant but one on your right) - wonderful seafood especially grilled baby squid.
3) All the literature tell you ST is 700m from the beach (Playa Dorada). This is factually correct if you measure from the outer perimeter fence. It is more like 1km from the main and only entrance/exit. From Playa Dorada, there is a further 1km but there is a lovely seafront walk, or if you prefer, a walk on the "high street". ST has a shuttle service that runs every hour on the hour that takes you down to P. Dorada. Taxis on the way back is very convenient and cost 2.50 max.
4) I would definitely recommend hiring a car as prices there are one of the cheapest in Europe. A week hire cost around 120 and you get a Vauxhall Nova equivalent (www. Anthon.com). There is also a hire desk at the hotel (Auto Faber) and prices also seem reasonable. Purely on price, DO NOT rent from the reps.
There is plenty to see and explore. Fire mountain and the camel rides were great fun. The easiest way to get to Papagayo is by car but watch the insurance, as it does not cover off road driving. When we were there, almost all the cars parked at Papagayo were hire cars so there you go.
I hope you and your partner have a great time. If you need anymore details, just shout.