This is very old equipment. Sometimes the train doesn't run because it has broken down. Our table partners hadn't signed up for this expedition because they were afraid that the train wasn't running. It is a train which was converted from use hauling sugar cane to an attraction primarily for cruise ship passengers.
But it is a deservedly popular trip, so when they wanted to sign up, it was full and they couldn't get a space.
In addition to the engine itself being old, the whole track setup is subject to problems. Before we saw the train itself, there was a little car which went ahead of it it clear the track and activate the railroad gates (photo 3), and even then, sometimes the train had to slow or stop to chase cows off the track (photo 2).Related to:
Many people are poor so they are not afraid to come right up to you and ask for money. Or they will offer to wash your car for money, they use dirty water and don't finish the job. Don't give them money and don't feel bad.
Local Scams run rampant
The locals understand that tourism is a vital factor in the success of their country so they will do whatever it takes to make money from them. They will rub "aloe vera" on you on the beach before you're able to say no and they will charge you a lot for this, which they won't tell you until they are done putting it on your whole body. Also, they may sell CDs that they made for a lot of money, or ask for donations and cab drivers often charge you as much as they can, but it is highly recommended that you take the cabs as opposed to driving yourself, unless you're able to walk to the location, if it's safge, that is. Never walk anywhere alone or at night. While the tourist-y areas seem nice, if you happen to travel into the housing areas, not all of these people are friendly, especially since you're now in their neighberhood. Be careful not to take pictures of them also.Related to:
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Jellyfish and other stinging...
Jellyfish and other stinging oceanlife. Take a small container of meat tenderizer with you when you go to the beach. Don't put ice on stings, use heat if you can immerse the area in a warm bath. Put the tenderizer on the sting.
Also, some locals DO NOT like to have their pictures taken. A voodoo thing. Don't think you can still get away with it by 'sneaking' a pic. I thought I could and tried, the guy heard my shutter and raised a large knife in the air only to scare me out of spending anymore time watching the locals.
Make sure your sliding door is...
Make sure your sliding door is locked at night and when you're out at nigh,t go with friends and be aware of your surroundings like anywhere else. Oh, did I mention the little green monkeys overrunning the island? Actually they're not that small but they are a shade of green. Don't feed them and they won't come near you, especially on the beach.
Beware of cabs!! They will try...
Beware of cabs!! They will try to rip you off! It is not that they are expensive but also they will try to be with you as long as possible to charge you a lot!
I just wanted to go Downtown from the airport and, even though we did not want him to, he ended up taking us to get a driving license and rent a car. We had to pay around 50 bucks for those 45 minutes....
So be clear with them and just tell them to go if you dont wanna be ripped off.
Islanders in general pretty...
Islanders in general pretty friendly...but crime seems to be making its way there as well (but I haven't been there since 1994..could be different either way). A couple staying at our hotel left a wallet on the seat of their Jeep...THOUGHT they were in secluded area...not so. Secluded to YOU may NOT be...the locals obviously know the traps.
Check your shoes before putting them on, and check your bed before climbing in. A friend recently was "greeted" and bitten by a large spider. There are other creepy crawlies as well as a poisonous shrub that causes a very nasty rash if you brush up against it.
The Nevis1.com website has photos of the shrub.
The land crab is not dangerous, I just wanted to add his photo. I think he's cute. The lizards are shy and harmless but I don't have any photos of them.
Don't rent a scooter.
If you visit Saint Kitts you might be tempted to rent a scooter and buzz around the island. But I would highly advice against it. It is not the cost or any rip off, it is DANGEROUS! The roads are not all in great shape, in fact many are uneven and bumpy. The buses and taxis tend to drive like they are NASCAR drivers. You can see the island cheaply by taking the bus or taxi. It is much safer.
On the Island of Saint Kitts there are many fantastic beaches. But you should exercise caution if you are swimming on the Atlantic side. The currents are strong and in some spots it is dangerously strong. Don't go to the undeveloped beaches for swimming. Stay around the one with plenty of people in case of trouble. The snorkel trips are great because they take you to calm areas.
On the Gulf side are several beaches and some reefs. THE rocky shore along the south western side has some access to the water. But look out for fire coral and black urchins. They will both cause you a lot of pain.
But in the calm areas the water is clear, warm and wonderful!
Watch your head
Watch out for the monkeys in the trees. They won't hurt you but they may drop a mango on your head. They pick one and if they don't like the looks of it they throw it on the ground.Related to:
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