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Review by Jayasri2 years ago
Yes yes, Two Dollar Beach is actually five dollars. Are there beaches on Tutuila that are free? Sure. But the money is worth it for a clean beach and facilities and a friendly owner.
I came on a Sunday morning when I didn't have church plans in a village. I arrived around 1030 or 11am and I was the only one there for over an hour. I paid the chatty owner at the bar and she told me which fales at the beach had been reserved but that I was free to use any others. There is also covered seating at the bar area.
I arrived as the tide was coming in. I took advantage of being the only person around to take some photos. There is an offshore rock attached to the rest of the island by a spit of sand, and the sand area shrunk slightly as the day wore on and the tide rose. The shallow water is roped off for swimming, and the bottom is sandy, though there is coral outside the roped area. There are rocks to clamber around and explore, or you can just enjoy the sunshine and breeze. There's a grassy lawn for activities, too. It was never what I would consider crowded. Maybe 30 people, max. Of course, it was a Sunday in winter, but I never saw it very full on other days.
The owner was EXCEPTIONALLY friendly, much like anyone in American Samoa. She chatted with me for a while, and even sent her friends over to talk with me, too. (I was an anomaly, since I was the only person there by myself, and clearly a visitor.) She even made me lunch and invited me back the following Sunday - unfortunately, I had other plans and didn't make it back.
A lovely place and easy to recommend. Limited street parking just outside the wall. You can bring your own food, drinks, beach games, etc.
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Review by CarterCC2 years ago
Having heard a lot about Two Dollar Beach in our research and preparation for our visit to American Samoa through online blogs and the Lonely Planet travel book, I was excited to visit Two Dollar Beach on a Sunday afternoon. Perhaps my mistake was trying to check the place out on a Sunday? We easily found a parking spot right in front and ventured down to pay our $5. While I knew the beach was no longer $2, I was definitely expecting some friendlier service upon on entrance. Either way, we made our way to the bar and tried to order some Pina Colladas.
Upon ordering our drinks, we were informed the bar was out of pina collada mix but that they could get more. Since we had originally planned to hang out at the beach all day, we weren't in any sort of rush and said we would wait. About 15 minutes later, three drinks were delivered to our table near the water. However, the three of us quickly determined the drinks tasted more like rum mixed with margarita mix. We continued hanging out playing card games and feeling a bit out of place.
When we decided to go into the water, one of the locals (who, I must admit, seemed to be having a grand ol time partaking in karaoke) questioned why we would go in at that particular time due to the tide. We then began questioning ourselves and realized we didn't even want to order any more "pina colladas," and left soon thereafter in search of better drinks and better service. Perhaps we came on an off-day or the festivities hadn't started yet as there seemed to be a rather large barbeque in the works. We didn't stick around to find out and I probably would not revisit this establishment if I found myself back in Pago Pago.
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