Not sure where to post this warning. Andrea can move it if necessary.
We had booked the Renaissance for our last 5 nights this trip but due to construction and reports of flies on the island decided to rent another week at Costa Linda instead. Found an available week on the CL owners forum web site and negotiated an acceptable price. The owner was super nice but didn't want to do pay pal because of past problems. Didn't want to do a personal check because of time constraints and suggested a wire transfer that should take a day or 2. Turns out the owner lives in Canada. I checked with my credit union and they do them so that is what we did. Credit union sent wire transfer on the 20th. Owner never received it. Kept checking each day. Found out on the 25th that the federal government had passed a new law last year that makes international wire transfers go through a federal bank to check first and can take up to 10 days. Yesterday the credit union called me and said the wire had been returned because the bank in Canada could not locate the beneficiary. This was her bank that sent it back and it had her account number, name and address on it. We are now going back to plan A and staying at the Ren the last 5 nights. The transaction cost me $45 at the CU and her bank charged another $25 for handling and took it out of my refund. I also found out that if the money had not been returned and had not gone to the person I sent it to, I had no recourse to get my money back. I wont be doing that again.