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    My wife and I were talking last night about our upcoming vacation and SSB. We're not really sure whether we will be going au natural or just sucking it up and staying on the main beach. The ambiance has changed.

    My perception of how it was before the closing of the Grand Lido is adult couples spending time together and socializing with others Pretty calm and laid back. You could sit around the pool and read your book and have quiet conversation with others. We've been going to couples for years to enjoy our relationship and perhaps spend a bit of time socializing.

    Our last trip seemed like more of a spring break for older people atmosphere. Large groups partying hard and loud and owning the place. I even heard mention of how they "take over." A recent review talked about a group of 33 couples meeting at SSB. With the large groups voices go up (Just to be heard in the group) and the atmosphere is anything but reserved. It's not about couples or romance, it's about a big party. Really, SSB has become the naked version of CSS, but much more condensed.

    I'm not sure what the atmosphere will be like next year with the opening of the Royalton. Perhaps the reopening of the CO beach there will see the GL faithful return to Negril. Perhaps not.

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    This is disappointing to read, I really hope it's laid back when we go. We didn't choose to pick CSS and SSB for a party atmosphere.

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    you posted this on the FB page, I didn't reply there, but in 3 October trips, I haven't seen the animal house stuff you describe.

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    Couldn't agree more, we experienced the exact same behaviour from a very large group who used to frequent the GLN. They made it clear that they were there to "take over". Added to the list of poor behaviour was all day volleyball, and I mean all day, to the point that some older folks could not or would no go into the pool. It was certainly not the Couples vibe that Couples promotes.

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    I have to agree with you. In February of this year, it was very crowded.
    Seats were saved at dawn for groups that didn't show up until 11:00 AM.
    Overall louder and less romantic than I remember from last year.
    Couples is now more of an adults only resort than a Couples resort. The atmosphere has changed a lot in the 10 years we have been visiting. Very sad in my opinion and not how they market themselves.
    We are heading to Orient Beach next winter.

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    Since 2009 I've never seen a day at SSB or on TI where the atmosphere wasn't pretty lively. CN's AN beach, on the other hand, has always been much more subdued. Perhaps that would be more to your liking.

    Bruce and Kelli
    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    CN 2006, 2008; CTI 2009, 2010, 2011
    CSA 2014; JRB 2015; CSS 2017

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    2 times to CN, and everybody was cool at the AN Beach. We made friends with actually only fellow AN people while we were there. Good bunch over there it seems.

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    We went end of July last year and SSB was relaxing without crazy crowds (except during pool volleyball, which people got little crazy but the games always died before really finishing). Other than that, it was some socializing at the bar area in the pool, or laying around the pool reading or chatting. And on the beach area there was never any craziness. I wonder if it is seasonal thing. We are going back July again this year (near our anniversary). We should make some forum to chart the crazy periods vs not for each resort per month or something. lol
    Jason (mbjnt) and Heather (hetoepfer82)
    Sans Souci 2016, (July 2017)

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    Just got back after being there last week and it was nothing like you describe......Lots of folks there using both the beach and pool but everyone was friendly, respectful and sociable.....there were clearly groups that knew each other from prior years but certainly no "take over" or hard partying......I felt very comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeLisa View Post
    Just got back after being there last week and it was nothing like you describe......Lots of folks there using both the beach and pool but everyone was friendly, respectful and sociable.....there were clearly groups that knew each other from prior years but certainly no "take over" or hard partying......I felt very comfortable.
    This makes me very very happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbjnt View Post
    We went end of July last year and SSB was relaxing without crazy crowds (except during pool volleyball, which people got little crazy but the games always died before really finishing). Other than that, it was some socializing at the bar area in the pool, or laying around the pool reading or chatting. And on the beach area there was never any craziness. I wonder if it is seasonal thing. We are going back July again this year (near our anniversary). We should make some forum to chart the crazy periods vs not for each resort per month or something. lol
    Same here. We went 8/6- 8/13 last year, and SSB was completely relaxing. Very laid back. One volleyball game the entire week, and it was a hoot to watch! We are going again in August. Just our preference, but I don't think we would have as good or relaxing time if we would go during more crowded peak times.

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    OK...we booked the second week of June. I really hope that we have the quiet couples experience we enjoy so much.

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    We were at SSB in Late Nov 2015 and the beach was packed - no lounges available and the pool was filled. I figured 150+ guests. Hubby hated it - too many people for him so we will not return. Spend 2016 at CN AN area - it too was packed but as noted - a much more laid back crowd, probably because it lacks a pool. There was alot of construction noise but the AN folks seemed to ignore to get their last AN experience in before the family beach opened next door. I've heard from FB posters that there are kids on the beach but nobody in the AN area seems to care. It kills the vibe for me so we will wait for more feedback before booking CN again to experience the AN experience.
    ... it keepsh me shane

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    I heard the exact opposite. That families are afraid of the beach because of nude people, and it hasn't effected anything. I'm going to CN in June and I hope what I hear is true. Still can't believe those bozos built their adult area at the other end of the property.

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    Any new CN AN beach updates? Will be there 6/11-6/17.

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    I am curious about the opening of the family beach next door to the CN a/n beach. I started 2 threads on this topic but neither was published, no notification as to why they were not published just nothing.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Duderino View Post
    I heard the exact opposite. That families are afraid of the beach because of nude people, and it hasn't effected anything. I'm going to CN in June and I hope what I hear is true. Still can't believe those bozos built their adult area at the other end of the property.
    I know - nude people are so scary. We might blind you with the sun gleaming off our bare bums.

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    At CSS now and have spent the last three days as SSB. We can honestly say that things are a little busier than our last three trips there but the overall vibe is still laid back and relaxing. No not able change from our perspective. Looking forward to the rest of our week at SSB.

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    I saw this thread before coming to CSS for our first trip and was a little concerned. Now that I've been here, I can understand why this would be disappointing for people who enjoy SSB the way it is. Feeling that this space has been "taken over" by people who do not value the same vibe, must break some hearts. Based on my analysis--and I have a lot of degrees that give me the ability to do that professionally in other settings--I would say that the SSB vibe was quite safe during our visit. I'll elaborate more on other posts, there seems to be a culture that revolves around the exact 100 square meter space you're occupying on SSB. That starts at ground-zero (the water bar) and works itself WAY out to the boundary on the north side of the beach. I found it very interesting to see how different people or groups interacted or didn't interact with each other. There were folks who clearly came to CSS just for that time and were there every day, but wanted to be alone. Others came for that time and wanted to be very extroverted and engaged. Others were super private. However, during the week we were there, nobody imposed anything on anyone else in any way shape or form. It really is a remarkably well regulated environment. Could that social order collapse if some new party animals all came together and changed the culture? In a heartbeat. Is that likely to last for more than the short time those folks are there? I doubt it. Thus, I suspect, the message posters disappointed by the "take-over" situation were just unfortunate to hit the wrong moment. If those moments keep showing up, then it may take some significant social influence among others to get them to in check. But for here and now, things look exactly as "laid back" as other posters have described them when you pass the wooden gate at SSB.

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    We were there in April and it was the same as when we had been there before. Totally enjoyable with good people.

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    There definitely are groups that book with certain travel agents (at a discount) and make it an annual event, so it really all depends if you go at the same time as them. So, it does happen, and sometimes it's not pretty. It all depends on your timing. From what I've seen for potential upcoming group bookings (without knowing exactly how big they are or judging how their behavior is ), if you want to avoid them, don't book during these times: Nov. 1-12, Jan, 24-Feb 22, Mar 1-22, and April 26-May 7. Give or take a couple of days on each end.

    But, given the fact that at least one of these groups were refugees from another AN area that had previously closed, and now has recently re-opened, maybe they'll return there. But that's all I know.

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