I agree with other VTer's that this is a tourist trap, but it was certainly novel. This small town got its name because of the grey, clumpish bed of rocks formerly of limestone and dolomite which were eroded through millions of years into strange looking shapes.
The town attracts tourists to this area of Grand Cayman, called West Bay, to see this and to send cards postmarked from HELL. There are two small shops selling refreshments, jewelry, keychains, postcards, t-shirts and other souvenirs marked with the town's name.
picture #2 Entering HELL
picture 3 Post Office sign
I wonder what my daughter will think when she receives our grandson's card sent from this little village?
Spent way more on a manicure, on board, than I normally do. There was no water bowl to dip my hands in, my nails weren't cleaned and I had to remind the Manicurist to use a base coat. They looked fine when finished but for that amount of money I expected a bit more.
Unique Suggestions: Well, I saw a lot of hideous hairdos being created but I suppose these women liked what was being done to them. And, I'll bet they cost more than my nails did so maybe the manicure is the least you should do.
Fun Alternatives: Do your nails before and after the trip. Just say no to high lacquered hairdos!
There's every kind of cheesy, Prom-Night, Titanic Staircase, fake Beach Scene and "fun" background you could imagine for you to pose in front of, on a Fun ship.
Unique Suggestions: It's fun to pose for as many of these as you can. Our group consisted of 2 gay boys and 2 gals so most of the photographers had no clue how we should be coupled up and frankly, we enjoyed keeping them guessing!
But pssst! Even more fun than posing for the pictures is finding them in The Photo Gallery the next day!
Fun Alternatives: There is no alternative. You MUST pose for your album cover.
I only write this to save someone from getting in trouble in St. Lucia
We were going to take the local mini bus which are in the market area turn left going out of the port and it's on the left. We were lied to by more than one person about were the buses were and wanted us to take their expensive taxi ride. We ended up not getting into a mini bus it was jsut too dangerous.
we were walking back to the ship and seen a group of young girls with a young man with them form our ship and one of the locals were feeling up her arms.
as I passed them I said don't let him touch you that way and when I looked back to see if they moved away from him he was putting his hand up the front of her shirt!
Well I turned around and Ray seen me headed back there and Ray got it front of the BUM and he took off in a hurry and didn't wait for Ray to take his hands off her. This was so disrespectful to a woman. The young man that was with them didn't know how to treat a woman either.
SO a word if you have young girls going on a trip and even if they have a man accompanying them make sure they have respect for women, will take care of them.
I couldn't believe this man that was with them let this happen. This could have turned real bad fast!
They didn't speak english so I couldn't talk with the girls but they knew where we stood on touching from men.
None, that't the best part of Placencia. The place is so low key and the people so friendly, I never felt like we were being taken for a ride. I'm sure there are some in the other parts, where there are larger resorts, but Placencia was really tourist-trap free.
this is not a tourist trap but a curiosity towards tourists ;-)...: don't forget to greet back all people saying hallo to you on the street maybe because they are at least as curious about you as you of them or simply very friendly... a nice memory: the conductor of the bus saying 'hi Italia, how are you?' while passing through by bike and pointing his house to show it to Italia...
Like everywhere else St Lucia has its share of crime, you meet very nice people or the opposite. Dont pick up hitchhikers if you are driving around the island. You never know what you can come across especially if are a tourist. The people are friendly if you treat them with respect and understanding.
on most ships, when signing for a drink at the bar a 15 % gratuity has already been added to your bill. Most people throw the bar tender a few extra bucks not knowing.
- ships except for Disney Cruise Line charge for soda so it is best to buy a soda card on your embarkation day for the remainder of your cruise.
Unique Suggestions: Another biggie is in the port of Jamaica. When you get off the ship the locals bombard you with products to buy both duty free and those that can be smoked and they can be quite pushy. It is unfortunate b/c this gives jamaica a bad rep. and it really is a beautiful island.
Just be smart and know that it is ok to say no and walk away.
Fun Alternatives: Take a tour through the cruiseline that does not involve spending time in the city.
This is how these people make a living so they will be pushy but remember it is still your vacation!
As you can understand from my describtion, off my travel to El Salvador, I was lucky to know a good family and this is the keyword, when travel in El Salvador at the moment.
As you can see on picture, this is my 'family' in El Salvador.
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