The Bon Accord development backs onto the mangrove swamps surrounding the Bon Accord Lagoon. There are quite a few creeks and irrigation canals, plus a lot of swampy ground in the area. An increasing amount of the land is being reclaimed from the mangrove, which is, of course, of deep environmental concern. The good news is that the sewage works down there seem to be a popular habitat with birds, for some strange reason. This sort of terrain is ideally suited to mosquitoes.
It would be wrong, however, to say that the entire Bon Accord area suffers from a problem with mosquitoes. Bon Accord covers a large area and the more established and developed areas are quite some distance from the mangroves. On the other hand, some of the new properties under development (and proposed) are too close to wet areas for comfort and I would have severe reservations about staying in them.
We spent the best part of a week in Bon Accord, at Lippy Lodge, back in March this year. This villa is situated pretty much in the middle of the development. We had absolutely no problem with mosquitoes or other bugs. We didn’t even use our trusty electric bug deterrent at nights. It was admittedly the dry season, but we go to Tobago at the same time (give or take a week or two) every year and during our eight week review tours we obviously get a good idea of whether a particular property is above or below average on subjects like this. Lippy Lodge got a totally clean bill of health on that side.
Against that, we had dinner one evening at a villa about 400m away. That villa backs on to the mangroves. Our host had citronella candles and mosquito coils right around the outside patio, where we dined, but despite this, Jill got several nasty bites.
So, I can see where your fears are coming from. There’s no simple answer. I am sure it comes down to the specific location of the villa you are staying in. We’ve already committed ourselves to another Bon Accord review next year because we are confident that like Lippy Lodge, it is not one of the ‘problem’ villas. However, without question there are others that anyone sensitive to bugs should avoid.
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