** Puts Flack Jacket On and firmly buttons it up**
LG is quiet. In relative terms it has been getting quieter progressively over the past few years, and especially so this year.
It has been debated many times here and elsewhere, but there are reasons.
I do not doubt for a moment that it appears busy around the harbour and the boats seem full, but please, the vast majority of customers on the boats are coached in from across the south, dropped at the top of the hill, and collected from there a few hours later. To claim that these are visitors who have made their own decisions to visit LG is, unfortunately, not the case. The "swarms" of people milling around the harbour and the bars there are doing so whilst they are waiting for their coach to take them back to their 4/5 star all inclusive hotel in Fanabe or wherever.
LG is no longer a tourist resort, it is a residential village which grew out of massive promotion in the 80's and 90's where it was an alternative to the Club 18-30 scene in Las Americas, but at the same time had a degree of night-life. The problem was that, understandably, a lot of people liked the area and decided to buy apartments, duplexes and houses. What they didn't realise though is how annoying the night-life can be when you live above it week after week, so progressively the "curfew" began to kick in.
That level of night-life will never return to the area, apart from anything else there are not enough visitors to sustain it, but even if there were, the residents would not tolerate it. The fuss and effort it takes to obtain permission for an outdoor event, and the complaints that flood in when such an event takes place has been well recorded on this board by the few that have tried recently.
Local prices are not that bad in comparison to the rest of the island, so that isn't the problem especially if you use the the local bars (Bar Central etc).
Boat trips are not that cheap, but generally good value.
The problem however is, if you have young children and teens, there is precious little for them to do other than catch the 1130pm 473 bus to Las Americas and the first one back the next morning, and not many parents will be too happy about that!
As a resort LG does not have much to offer over and above anywhere else, in fact in many aspects it has less. It is therefore perfect for the 50 or 60 year old visitors who want a quiet break, but pretty unsuitable for the 20, 30 and 40 something year olds who want something to do in the evening for themselves or their families.
Yes there is TJ's, yes there is Route 66, yes there is Highland Paddy, BUT visitors are here for 13 or 14 nights, and with many of the afore mentioned having the same acts 3, 4 or even 5 nights a week there is not much variety to chose from and they are all effectively locked up by 1155pm
It is, essentially a residential area which is lucky enough to have a harbour from where boat trips operate. The sad thing is that the best asset (the harbour) is privately owned and outside the control of the local authority and as a result is not the most pleasant place to visit unless you are there for a reason (boat trips, diving etc) (unless you are a real fan of inhaling carbon monoxide with your drink or meal).
My worry is the planned development of Fonsilia as a harbour. In the longer term I would place a few bob on most of the boat trips relocating there, and when they do, the true state of the village will be obvious for us all to see.
I know many have been pressing for improvements for years, and some saw Steve's election to the council as a huge move in the right direction. Sadly, in light of recent developments, I can't see that continuing much longer.
I'm sure there is a solution, but it will take a strong and universal effort by the local authority to kick it off and maintain momentum and one thing is for certain right now - it ain't gonna happen for a while yet - will it ever is the question?.