That's always how the bad review starts, isn't it? If you're on this message board then you're much like me in that you research your vacation spots. Peppered amongst the great reviews are a few from those that seem to have completely opposite experiences and they always cast a shadow of doubt on our minds. One might wonder if it's a plant from another resort or something like that. Unfortunately, I had the displeasure of meeting someone at a recent trip to CSA who was just the kind of person who might write one of these bad reviews. It amazed me to hear what this woman had to say and honestly made me sad for her that she was in the middle of paradise and was still so unhappy. This was our second trip to CSA and won't be our last so rest-assured that we think it's wonderful! There are some people, however, who will always find something to complain about and if you're one of those people, then maybe CSA isn't for you.
So... here's a summary of the complaints she shared the day after her arrival.
For future reference, you probably shouldn't come to Jamaica or CSA if you...
Don't like driving through towns with "poor people who live in shacks."
Don't like to see goats roaming on the side of the road.
Don't like rough, bumpy roads.
Think you might have been duped by the photos on the website.
Are terrified of lizards.
Are terrified of birds.
Can't stand the sight of an ant in your room.
Think your room must be ready no matter what time you arrive.
Think your room should be brand new and perfect.
Like to travel with your own cleaning products.
Don't like the heat.
Don't like to walk.
Don't like sand.
Don't like people who try to sell you things.
Don't like when people try to get too "gourmet" with food.
Don't like getting your hair wet.
Know you're never coming back after just one day.
Many Jamaicans are not wealthy people but every, single one we encountered was lovely. They don't live like us but they seem genuinely happy with their lives. I love the shuttle ride to the resort when I get to see some of the country. Plus, this is the tropics... you're going to see a couple bugs here and there! We're not talking about an infestation or swarms... just a couple ants or a mosquito once in a while. Plus, those lizards and birds eat those bugs so they are welcome! I've stayed in 5-star resorts and if you look close enough, you're going to find a little chip in a tile, crack in the wall, tear in a curtain. As long as the room is clean and comfy (which they are) I'm happy. The gourmet food is amazing and the vendors, the sand, the water, the heat is all what makes Jamaica so special.
I understand that it's not for everyone but I think you should know what you're getting into before you just go somewhere and then complain about it.