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Lenor Coomber began Jaltemba Bay Rentals in the summer of 2004 and offers some advice in the following FAQ.
When is the best time to come?
From the middle of December to the 6th of January (Day of the Kings), the Christmas season, and again from the Sunday before Easter to the Sunday after Easter known as Semana Santa and Semana Pasqua are the two most expensive times of the year. We are very busy.
Middle season is often referred to when pricing the Mexican school vacation season. This runs for 6 weeks from July through the first half of August.
Weekends in the summer can also be fairly busy but not all weekends have higher prices, which are usually reserved for the long weekends called “puentes”
The puente schedule varies from year to year, however, if you come at an off time and stay for a week or longer which includes a puente, you may get a deal depending on the location.
The periods after the end of school vacation, from the middle of August through the first half of December, and then again from a week following Easter to mid-July, is the true low season and are our favorite times of the year.
Historically, the season from January 7th to one week before Easter in March or April has been called low season, however, since we have gotten so popular with the North Of The Border crowd, this is one of the busiest seasons now. The prices are still quite reasonable as they are based mainly on longer-term stays than those of the Mexican clientele who generally come for no longer than a week or a weekend.
A good rule of thumb is to book your rental first, book your flight next, make any necessary adjustments to your rental schedule, and pay your deposit last.
You will have the greatest possible choices if you are flexible.
What can I expect to find?
The term “Bungalow” refers to a unit with a kitchenette and beds, usually in one room, and a bathroom. In many cases the kitchenette and bedroom are separate and, in rare instances, there is also a living room.
The standard sleeping arrangement is two double beds called “matrimonials”. A few places have king sized beds or queen sized beds, but these are rare.
Beds are usually hard as this is the preference here. Bedding is supplied, but a large majority of bungalows have the bed bases made of cement with a mattress on top, so you may want to bring something with you to pad the mattress further if your rental has a cement bed platform and/or a hard mattress.
The kitchenettes usually have a gas stove top burner, no oven. Other kitchen items that you can expect to find are fridge, blender, and standard cooking and eating utensils.
Things that you may want to ask after are:
Coffee maker, toaster, dish towels, Internet access. There probably won’t be irons and ironing boards although a few places have them now. Hair driers are not to my knowledge included anywhere. Beach towels are not always standard. Only a few places have in room safes. Most will lock up your valuables in the office. Some places supply shared charcoal BBQ’s and some do not have the space to set these up safely so are not supplied. You can purchase a cheap one at the local store and set up on the beach if it is your only alternative.
Why am I not getting a quick response to my enqueries?
When making a booking, be patient. You may not hear back from your chosen location right away. You are best if you make several inquiries at once instead of pinning your hopes on one location. Often, a location may be waiting for a confirmation from another party, so will put off answering your request until they hear back from the other for confirmation, or not. Don’t be afraid of making several requests at the same place in sequence. You will get your best results if you are persistent.
And a couple of suggestions:
Although generally speaking, speaking generally isn’t always accurate, there are some reoccurring cultural differences:
Mexican culture doesn’t always require a response to a question unless there is an answer to it at the time.
If you do not complain about something that you are unhappy with, the assumption is that you are happy.
Mexican people are often very formal. It is considered the best of manners to ask after you and your family’s health at every meeting, to speak respectfully and graciously and to acknowledge all present. Sometimes, it can take a while to get around to the main subject. Be patient in all things and this will get you farther in the long run.