It's been awhile since they disappeared from Sofia - the Bears that were forced to dance by gipsies on the central streets. There was Brigitte Bardot that was said being collecting them to put them in a bears refuge. Anyways - I saw they still torture them in Sunny Beach ,pulling them by the nose through the central alley.This is such crualty ! And no bear deserve this!!!!
Please if you meet them ,do not give them money - maybe they will decide to get a real job if the "bear business" doesn't pay so well.....
When entering the market in Sunny Beach from the main Road, on the right hand side is a foreign exchange kiosk. The rate advertised looks good but the rate that you end up with is a rip off! Go across the road towards the beach and there are several kiosks that are legit, also a bank on the left going towards St Vlas is secure and reliable.
Unique Suggestions: Ask what you .will get for the amount you want to change or get him to write it down first
Sunny Beach is a fantastic resort it has everything that enyone could need in a holiday stay the scenery, beaches, facilities and good eating and drinking but it is wise to take note of the following before you walk outside your resort.
While your quite safe in your resort area, that is in the built up areas where there is lots of people and as you'll see local police they keep a close eye on the street vendors and give you a scence of security while wandering around the resort.
But as we found out should you walk beyond the built up areas, say to explore another resort say you will be targeted by the local 'Gypsy' adults and children out begging and generaly making it impossible to walk by. The trick is to keep walking, don't stop to make conversation and don't give anything least of all money he may only be five or six but within seconds you will be serounded by others wanting whatever he/she had, they rarly take no for an answer.
The best advice is to take the local bus or taxi to the outlying resorts thus avoiding this problem.
This does not effect the resort and they are in the minority so don't be too affraid just wary, you will be given this information as you travel to your resort as we were so take notice.
Unique Suggestions: Be strong and don't try and communicate with the individuals as very often an argument will lead to others joining in and believe you me they are loud and threatning.
Fun Alternatives: Take the bus or a local taxi they are cheap and frequent.
You might get offered to exchange money on the streets by being offered a very high rate - do not do this - you won't even see how you'll get tricked. You usually receive paper instead of money bills.
Be careful if you are down at the beach at night. Have heard that prostitutes lure the men down to the beach at night where there are people ready and waiting to steal everything you have. Heard of one person who fell asleep on the beach while drunk and woke up next morning to find he had been robbed of his money and camera and even the trainers he had worn so just be careful.
Unique Suggestions: The beach is lovely but i would not recommend going on your own at night. We walked along the beach at night with the kids and another 3 adults and we were fine but like anywhere in the world just be careful
Before i went on my first trip to Bulgaria in July 2011 i read review about people begging and all sorts of traps. It did put me off. Now after being there take my advice. When you walked down sunny beach you will get stopped so many times by people who works in bars and restaurants and they will try and make you go and spend some money these people are fine but they are annoying! On our first night we got stopped by a man who apparently worked for a "charity" and they wont leave you until you give money. So when you are walking a long sunny beach and you come across a man/women who have blue plastic folder in their hands ignore them! They were two children aged 5 begging we just had to ignore them and so did other people. We found that they had different clothes on every day anyway so they couldn't have been homeless. One night we were walking past the casino and a man stopped my boyfriend and asked him to try a fruit which was a plum and we both tasted it and we asked how much it would be for a bag of fruit and he said 4lv and even used the figures to show so my boyfriend got his money out and had 50lv note and 20lv note. The man tried to take the 50lv but gave him the 20lv and there was my boyfriend waiting for his 16lv change and ask the man and he said something which we could not understand and he walked off!!
Unique Suggestions: Dont give money to anybody. If you get called over or someone comes to you say no thank you and carry on walking or just say no thank you. Ladys, dont take hangbags out carry money in your pocket.
You have to paid if you want a good place on the Beach.
You need to pay for the beach umbrella and beach chair umbrella
Unique Suggestions: Same price if you go just one hour or all day