August 26th, 2014 02:15 PM

Secrets of CSA

I love the thread Secrets of CN started by another member, but since we're heading to CSA for the first time at the end of April, I'm stealing the idea and asking for your secrets of CSA!

What are some neat, different things that you've done while at this resort? I realize that there is so much to do with excursions, food and resort activities but maybe there have been some "different" experiences or things that people have done that are outside the advertised activities? Special places on the property that are extra special ;) ?

Thanks for your input!! April 30th can't come soon enough!!!
August 27th, 2014 11:07 AM

Repeater dinner: yes or no?

We are returning to Couples for the 3rd time. Our visits are Not frequent enough to really know anyone there. Of course by the end of each trip we have befriended guests and employees but each visit we kinda start from scratch.
Is it worth it to go to the repeaters dinner if we don't know anyone? I have read posts about it being a very long dinner and people skipping it for that reason... But other posts say that it's not to be missed. To go or not to go...
We only have 6 nights so I am leaning toward no...

With the same regard, should we do a trade with CN for a day? I have a feeling sand gravity will prevent us from leaving CSA.
I sound so lazy!
August 26th, 2014 01:04 PM

The "I wish I would have thought of that" thread

Have you been to Couples in the past and seen something that someone else had brought with them and thought "I wish I would have thought of that"? For example, we throw in a dozen or so of the Crystal Light type drink pouches that are made to mix with a bottle of water for those times when you're not ready for alcohol and soda just doesn't sound good. We always have people tell us they wish they would have thought of that. Any other ideas out there?
August 27th, 2014 11:17 AM

Favorite drinks?

Funny thing, get to the bar on the beach and start to blank out (too soon??) about what drinks to try. So many choices.

What are some of your favorites to recommend for cool beach drinking?
August 26th, 2014 11:39 AM

CSA Palapa hoarding!

Being an early riser I was always surprised to find all of the palapa's already reserved. Figuring it was always the early bird that catches the worm, I congratulated those who were up before 6am daily on their vacation.

Two nights ago after Showtime at the Palms my wife an I decided to take a late night beach stroll. We were surprised to find that all but one of the palapas already had the requisite reservation items of towels and bad magazines in place. Have we been naive for more than a decade? Is the new technique to place items on the chairs as soon as watersports has done their "straightening up" run just before sunset?

Perhaps management should go the S route and auction palapas reservations off to the highest bidder via eBay to offset some of the planned rate increases?
August 26th, 2014 10:53 PM

Newbie needing some direction which RESORT?

Hello all,
I may have posted this 2x accidentally. Please delete if I did.
Anyway, I am new here and my honeymoon is the week of November 17th, I've just recently stumbled onto this magical resort called Couples, I'm in St. Louis and we hear a lot of "Secrets" where I'm from. So with that being said we have also never been to Jamaica at all and enjoy new places. So I'm debating which Couples place to stay at? We love a great beach and from some of the research on the knot.com website the girls on there have said the beaches at Negril and Swept Away are nicer? Has anyone found that to be true? We like to be social and meet people also. I don't know much about Jamaica either, which locations are better to stay in? Are they close to any city action or are they pretty much left to the resort alone? Does anyone have any booking tips either? So far I've found http://www.cheapcaribbean.com/ to have the best deals. Does anyone have a discount sites or did they prefer to use a travel agent? Travel tips are also welcomed.
I am so excited finally getting settled on an area, just need some help hammering down!! Thanks!!