I decided before booking this trip that I would stay in a vacation rental instead of a hotel. I wanted to feel like I was staying in a home away from home. I travel a lot with my job and I stay in hotels on a semi-monthly basis. With hotels you never know what you are going to get until you arrive. Sometimes you get stuck in a small stuffy room, dirty room among other things. Don’t get me wrong, I almost always end up with a clean room without any problems…but I wasn’t taking any chances while on vacation…. in another country. I liked being able to see photos of the vacation home in advance to see what the living conditions would be, and took a chance in believing what I saw in the photos. Not to mention there aren’t any kitchens in most hotels! Having a kitchen when traveling internationally is a must! People may say that it doesn’t matter because you aren’t going to be spending that much time in your hotel because you’re on vacation and spending the majority of the time away. Personally, whether or not I stay 2 hours or 10 hours in a hotel room, or any accommodation, I have to be comfortable. If the bathroom is not clean and if I can’t go to bed without thinking about something crawling on me, I will not be comfortable lol. So I’m very picky with where I stay in my leisure. Some people can stay anywhere, and that’s okay. I’m just a weird clean freak when it comes to sleeping anywhere other than my house.
Now the biggest question became whether I should go for a condo or a house. I didn’t need anything big since it was just me and one other person. Since we were staying in a beach town I had to have views of the ocean. I’m a sucker for views, especially ocean views! I also wanted to be in walking distance to restaurants and shops. The vacation homes I liked the most on the Homeaway app were very nice but they were up in the middle of the jungle somewhere. Which would have been cool if it were a group of us, but to keep it simple and close to civilization I decided on a guard gated condo a block away from the beach. It was a great decision. It was safe, a 5 min walk to restaurants and shops, not to mention I had ocean views from both the living room and the master bedroom!
I woke up to this beautiful view
Just a little hint of a rainbow after a quick down pour
Beautiful view of the sunset over the water
View from the 8th floor of the condo
It was literally a 5 min walk to the beach!! So peaceful