WATCH YOUR KIDS !!!
This happened at Christmas in the Dominican Republic, but can happen anywhere, that is why I am posting it in all my travel places.
This is something that makes me sick. This is not a place specific concern.
While at the pool I notice a little girl about 2 ? 3 yrs old. She had water wings on and was in water over 5 feet deep. There was absolutely nobody watching her. I stayed within a couple feet of her while with my son. After 30 minutes (I thought her parents would come back) I asked her if her mother was around. The girl said yes and quickly left to run to her mother. (I was a stranger so she ran away). I noticed who her parents were.
My dilemma was this; do I make an attempt to tune her parents into reality??? Or do I turn a blind eye and pray nothing happens ??? I know that if something happened to her, I would feel guilty.
I decided that I would keep an eye out for her. The next day, she was left alone in deep water for over 1 hour while her dad was at the other end of the pool reading a magazine. He looked for her every 20 ? 30 minutes. Her mother was sleeping on a pool chair the whole time.
The following day an announcements was made that parents must watch their kids and not leave them alone in the pool. Guess what??.
A friend of her family walked to the edge of the pool to check up on her?.it took 3 minutes for him to find her. When he did, he said to the father, ?oh she is with my son? (who was about 4 ? 5 years old). He went back to his chair and they ignored the kids for another hour.
PEOPLE WATCH YOUR KIDS?..AN ALL INCLUSIVE DOES NOT MEAN THEY WILL WATCH OUT FOR YOUR KID.
I took the opportunity to speak very loud to my wife (loud enough for the parents to hear).
I mentioned how parents that do not look after their kids in situations like that should have family services take their children away from them. That is neglect as far as I am concerned.Related to:
- Family Travel
Gros Ilet Street Party
Gross Ilet holds night time street parties.
These parties are NOT for the Faint Hearted!!
The village of Gross Ilet is a small imboverished neighbourhood, in the North of Saint Lucia close to Pigeon Point.
During the street parties the village bubbles with culture, music, with street vendors selling BBQ food. A crowd of people fill the streets that openly flow in and out of the Rum shops and bars. The music is pounding Soca, and Calypso tunes.
A friend decided to urinate in an alley in a back lane off the main road. He was confronted by a Rasta who asked him for Money. He replied that he had none. The Rasta man grabbed his pocket to find money, and then proceeded to pull out a Mini-Machette to cut off his pocket. Fortunately he managed to get away before anything was cutofff.
Words of advise:
=> For the Men - only use the toilet in the Bars, don't resort to going down a back lane.
=> If you travel here, do not wear any jewlery or anything that looks expensive. Dressing down is the key.
=> organise your transport to and from the party in advance - taxis are hard to come by later in the night.
=> Better to Travel in a large group.
I have been to the Gross Ilet Party several times without problems. The backpackers and adventure travellers should only consider this venue.Related to:
- Budget Travel
St. Lucia. Villa Robberies
Make sure that if you are staying in a private villa that it has an alarm or some type of security. If not lock your doors AT ALL TIMES!! A couple we were staying with did not lock their shutters and someone brought a ladder and climed onto their deck, opened the doors and stole all of the belongings they could grab without waking anyone! We were told by some locals that this is quite common in villas in St. Lucia.Related to:
- Luxury Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
The romance may sweep you away!
I don't know what it was... the warm breezes? The incredibly friendly locals? The honeymooners? The truly stunning sunsets? The excellent, all you can drink cocktails? We were compelled to go from being engaged to having our wedding here -- completely unprepared and unexpected. And utterly wonderful.
In order to get married on the island, you must have been there for at least 3 business days (M-F).
Beggers in Rodney Bay area
We came across perhaps 3-4 beggers or homeless folk around the Rodney Bay area.
None were threatening, although one very old lady approached us imitating a held out palm for money. We when said no, and we didn't carry cash, we got what we can only assume was a bit of verbal abuse in the French Patois language.
Another guy, Columbus was great, he hand makes bird feeders of ou coconuts which are beautiful - so we felt quite happy chatting with him and paying him for the feeder.
Are you supposed to drive on this?
The road from the town of Suffriere to the Anse Chastanet Resort is not a road. I have been on country roads, mountain roads, snow roads, etc. That is not a road. I don't know if anyone knows how to drive on rocks the size of a soccer ball. Our lives were in definite danger. I think that's the reason most people arrive by boat.Related to:
- Road Trip
Just say No
While Saint Lucia is a beautiful place and Crime is not really a problem if your careful, you do need to beaware of certin situations that can arise.
One is a trick that the locals use alot. Many times while walking around , especially if you have children, you may be approached by locals who will offer a gift to you or the children, many times these are hand made birds,crickets etc, from palm leaves, while they are nice if you accept them they will expect something in return..even though they say i have a gift for you...
If you don't want them around or to follow you just kindly say no....
It's best not even to touch it or look at it....
Most of all don't let these minor things stop you from going to and enjoying Heaven on Earth....
Remeber your sunblock
No matter wear you may go around the island. just remember that you are only 12 degrees off the equator..
When your on the beach make sure that you have lotion on if you are lite skinned or even if your not.It does not matter if the sun is behind some clouds either you willburn very quickly, I know...
Also there may be locals selling there ,as they call Miracle oil" ", They will have it in old bottles and tell you they make it them selves and it is the best tanning oil out there. Well it is coconut oil in it's purest form and it will not block out the sun... One guy even drank some and said it was good for the stomach..
There every where.....
This is more of a known fact i hope.. But for some it can create a problem, if you don't like insects etc..
I put this in here because i read a review on another site, not VT.. and the people hated the Rex Hotel. They said that there were bugs,etc in the room and outside the hall of the hotel.
Yes people there are bugs,insects and little lizards, some times they do get into the rooms, even at some of the nicer hotels, it was the same in Costa Rica....so if you don't like creapy crawly things don't go to any tropical island or even florida....
You never know what is for sale
Four girls from Toronto that we met told us this story.
They were in a shop in Castries. One of them seen a lady with a baby and commented "what a pretty girl". A man walked up to the lady, took the baby, chased the lady away and asked the girls if they wanted to buy the baby.
These same four girls were blocked in a store and hasseled into buying something.
I have been told that this is not a common occuranceRelated to:
- Budget Travel
Please Be Careful
Please be carefull and curtious when visiting St. Lucia in high season as it is also dry season! So be conciderate when you put out your cigarettes.
I have watch a few times Pigeon Island on fire. This is from tourists walking up to the fort enjoying the view and a cigarette, then throughing their butt over the edge and then the dry bush catches on fire.
Just think twice.....
If you are renting a car,...
If you are renting a car, please be very careful driving as the streets are narrow and wyndy with fast drivers. The main highway only has 2 lanes. There are roads that run along sides of steep cliffs and I have heard of people falling off these roads.
There are a lot of people in...
There are a lot of people in St Lucia who will try to sell you goods and services at the road side. They will all hassle you, but only a very few will be unpleasant as long as you are pleasant to them. Some will even offer a good and worthwhile service - we were 'adopted' by a local who we met everywhere we went. He always had some advice for us; sometimes he wanted a tip, sometimes not; we were happy and he was happy.
Bathing in sulfuric falls or pools....
is claimed to be helpful and thereaputic. It may be, but the bottom line is you will smell like ass for up to 7 days.
If you land on St. Lucia during one of the local holidays you will find very deserted streets. Most shops will be closed and tourist activities at a minimum.
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