Beware of the Antiguan Vendors.....
My daughter and I decided to spend the day on the beach, so we found 2 chairs away from the crowds. We placed our towels and items on the chairs and went for a swim. While swimming I thought I heard someone talking and ask my daughter if "He" was talking to us. We didn't think so. We continued to swim. Finally he became so loud it was apparent he was definitly talking to us. I ask him what was his problem. He just kept on ranting and raving in anger. Everyone was wondering what the problem was. I explained I thought this was a public beach and that the chairs were for anyone staying at the Hotel to use. I moved our chairs and stuff. He continued to be loud and rambling. This was his spot he declared. My daughter then approached and ask what was his problem. She wasn't about to back down from his rudness. Security came and they couldn't get him to calm down either. Finally another vendor used his cell phone and called the Police. They came and the guy was still ranting and raving. Another older Antiguan woman had told me he was trouble for everybody. He had recently hit a man over the head for sitting under a tree. The man had to go to the hospital. She said no one ever does anything about him. It was then I decided we would do whatever we could to get this madman some help. We had to go to the police station to file a report. The wildman was arrested for the night. We then had to attend court the next day. When it was all over we were told they would have to have another court date Jan. 23 for more wittnesses to appear. He was released and back out on the beach the same afternoon.
If at a local club like...
If at a local club like ribbitz in St John or at Shirley Heights, be aware that some local guys consiter themselves sex gods and will try and score as many white girls as they can. Though this isn't the case with many Antiguans, you'll know who I'm talking about when he slides in to dance with any even loosely accompanied woman. The more you dance with him, the longer he will stay and more determined he will be to score.
Also, there are a lot of hard drugs kicking around in Antigua. A handful of local junkies (a very small proportion of the population) will hang around as close to tourist areas as the authorities will allow in order to beg from tourists to pay for their habits. Its best to look past and walk on, in my opinion they are slightly dangerous and can be a nuisance if you speak to them. Its best to just leave them alone, and they'll do the same to you if you aren't part of todays busload of suckers.
Do not under any circumstances...
Do not under any circumstances go snorkling unless it is a guided tour through your ship or some tourist agency on the island. Our group went to a beach were one of the locals took us into the open water. There were 5 of us and he had three lifevests. He let us out in rough seas to snorkle, some of us were washed up against the coral reefs cuts from these are very painful and took months to heal.
There are virtually *NO* road...
There are virtually *NO* road signs anywhere on Antigua. The roads are in terrible shape, but you can drive it with a car. The tap water is pretty salty, so you may want to purchase bottled water, but it's expensive. We didn't have any problem with the local islanders -- they were some of the nicest people we've ever encountered in the Carribean.
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