We travelled there by 1 of the first airplanes with tourists, the season had not started yet. We hardly saw the owners at all. The bar hasn't been open. Karpathos was still "sleeping". The first couple of days we had to look for places where we could eat, because everything was still closed. For us it was good, we really enjoyed the rest. Beautiful island, true Greece. One bad thing: in the same street, on the other side of the road, there's a house with 7 barking dogs. At night that's very bothersome and it was well hearable. Because the season had not started yet, the beaches had not been cleaned yet and they looked messy. The locals are very friendly. They are renovating many apartments, but they aren't ready yet. They expect that many more tourists willcome there the next couple of years. We had a wonderful vacation, but we've seen it all for now.