Local traditions and culture in Caribbean and Central America

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  • Traveling with a minor

    by omnimex Written Mar 23, 2008

    What passport do u hold, at any country to get in or out you need the other parent's signed agreement notarized, before you decide to travel with a minor.

    This is an international law, to prevent and making sure you have the rigth authority to travel with that person and make sure is not taken illigal.

    Regards,

    Eduardo

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    A Royal Send-Off

    by VeronicaG Updated Jun 30, 2007

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    As tourists straggled to the ship in two's and threes due to the roadwork outside of Montego Bay, students in flashy white uniforms played STAR SPANGLED BANNER and other favorites as we strode up the gangplank into the belly of our floating hotel.

    The music was a surprise and a welcomed event--seeing the bandmembers strut and shimmy added a little lift to our departure.

    From our balcony, we said 'goodbye' to the lush green hills and vibrantly colored city. It was onto our next destination...

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    Jamaica tidbits

    by VeronicaG Updated Jun 26, 2007

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    Jamaica is derived from the Arawak Indian name "Xayamaca", meaning land of rivers and springs.

    Although Jamaicans speak a combination of words derived from English, their language is a mixture of Spanish, African, Arawak, East Indian and other languages commonly referred to as 'patois'.

    As one of our Jamaican guides informed us, you'll do fine on the island if you learn these two phrases: 'yeah mon' AND 'no problem'.

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    Can you feel it calling?

    by tpangelinan Written Apr 25, 2005

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    You can almost hear the beach calling you, the beautiful blue water, the grass umbrellas. OH CABANA BOY ANOTHER DRINK PLEASE! OH now I want to go back! There is nothing like baking in the sun down by the equator with a drink in hand, now is there?

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    Steel bands

    by nandywell Updated Mar 7, 2005

    Steel bands played to welcome your arrival off the ship. It was lovely to hear them playing there traditional instruments, at each island that we docked at. Also notice they are sat in the shade out of the hot sunshine!!

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    Tipping is something that you...

    by Basmom Written Aug 26, 2002

    Tipping is something that you don't do at the resorts, except when you are leaving and you want to make sure that your bags are taken care of. Everyone is so friendly there, you just find yourself saying hello and carrying on a conversation with anyone who wants to stop and talk!

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  • Do NOT overtip or overpay!!...

    by marcopolo1 Written Aug 26, 2002

    Do NOT overtip or overpay!! It's unfortunate that the locals earn so very little but by giving them money in excess of the local norm they start expecting all foreigners to give them money and therefore does not build a good foundation that they must work for their living. Always be polite and formal. And most of all--slow down and be patient!

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  • Elsalvadorans think its...

    by Deeders36 Written Aug 25, 2002

    Elsalvadorans think its awesome when you try to speak your best Spangish (ha) Be prepared to get smirks and laughs. They are helpful in trying to communicate so don't worry. Most people speak some english. You will have no problem

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  • As mentioned before the resort...

    by mar112 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    As mentioned before the resort people were fairly nice & considerate. But when we venture out of the resort one day when we rented a Motocycle, we met some of the real locals & they were just great people. As long as you are considerate to them, they respect you back, as in any culture.

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  • the men ignore them if your...

    by ang8 Written Aug 25, 2002

    the men ignore them if your walking by yourself especially at night. Once in a place for a while you can make friends mas o menos. pero, Don't ever smoke with the guys down there. There are a lot of Drugs and the guys are almost always getting high.

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    in the caribbean it is common...

    by ausetkmt Written Aug 24, 2002

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    in the caribbean it is common for people to stop and chat to eachother when meeting on the street. If you are invited into visit with a family, remember to carry a gift of Fruit, or some freshly purchased Flowers or Veggies.

    When comming to Dinner it is assummed that the person comming is a guest due the finest of the household, and knowing that you will be treated well, when invited means that you should remember the kindness of your hosts.

    I have given gifts of Tia Maria, Wine, Rum, large baskets of Gynip, Pineapple, Bananas and even Freshly Caught Fish when coming in from a costal city to visit a friend Inland who may not get Fresh Fish Daily.

    Being a good guest, insures getting invited back, and don't forget to invite your hosts to visit you at your home. Don't be suprised when they do, Caribbean People travel a great deal, and love to 'Go A Foreign'.

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    the old town market and custom...

    by pollon Written Aug 25, 2002

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    the old town market and custom house has been turned into a museum of Belize and information office, in the 7th Ave...

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    In most central american...

    by carolineraat Written Aug 24, 2002

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    In most central american countries there is still a lot of poverty. This is never authentic, beautiful or picturesque...

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