Pick your bar carefully.
My ex-girlfriend and I were out strolling one night and felt like a drink, so we wandered into the first bar we came to which happened to be the one pictured. It was certainly clean and tidy enough inside with a pool table and the TV showing sport. We ordered a couple of beers and sat down, although I noticed that the barmaid looked at my ex in a slightly odd way, as did one or two of the customers.
A closer look round the bar showed that the clientele was entirely male. This is intself isn't unusual in some kafenion and bars in Cyprus, which is still a pretty male-dominated society. A further look round showed that there were four "barmaids", far in excess of what was required - even if the place had been full it wouldn't have taken four of them. None of them were Cypriot (or even Greek) and seemed more intent on flirting heavily with the customers and having drinks bought for them than serving. We soon came to the conclusion it was a "pickup" bar (the "pickups" being the staff), and this was later confirmed by a local friend who said they are springing up all over Cyprus, including Larnaca.
Whilst we didn't feel threatened at all, I can see how a single female, or even a group females, might feel uncomfortable if the staff perceived them as "competition". A good rule (although not applicable in this case) is that if the windows are frosted or blacked out, it's probably such a place. For information, this one is on Kodrigktonos Street.
The Weever's poisonous spines!
It is advisable to have plastic shoes on when you swim to avoid the danger of being bitten by a dragon-fish (drakena) in Greek.
I had heard of many cases in the past and I have known about these bites from youth. Recently a friend’s daughter was bitten by one and she spent a week in hospital under drip and antibiotics. The pain is unbearable.
It has turned out to be quite common in Cyprus and there should have been signs at the beaches however the Cyprus Tourism Organization does not seem to be bothered about this. It is not deadly but the pain you get from it (if you step on its fin, when the fish hides in sand in shallow water) is just incredible. My friend who urged me to write about it had seen her child screaming so much, with her foot still swollen 2 weeks after the incident which happened at Kourion beach.
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oh gosh, they have a terrible pavement !
You really have to look on the ground for every step you make, because their pavements and steps are mostly totally uneven and very dangerous. Nobody really cares a lot about that unfortunately, so look down on the ground , where-ever you go!
- Women's Travel
IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY ILLNESS WHILE IN LARNACA
There shouldn’t be any health issues to worry about during your visit to Larnaca. No vaccinations are required, and although samples of poultry in northern Cyprus tested positive for avian influenza in 2006, the risk to visitors is believed to be very low. The tap water is safe to drink, but it’s usually a better idea to drink bottled water or local microorganisms may upset your stomach. The food in Larnaca’s restaurants is up to international hygiene standards, but always be careful when ordering shellfish; if it is even slightly undercooked, you could be at risk of a serious stomach illness.
The Mediterranean sun in Larnaca is extremely strong, especially if you are coming from northern climes. Always wear sunblock when you venture out, especially if you head to the beach. Sunburn can quickly ruin your trip. Also, remember to drink plenty of water while you are out and about. It is easy to become dehydrated in the Mediterranean sun and this can lead to sunstroke.
If you experience any illness or injury during your visit, there are excellent medical facilities right in Larnaca. Many of the staff and doctors speak English and can assist you with any problems. Citizens of the EU should be covered by their own insurance plan and reciprocal health agreements, but visitors from other countries should take out travel insurance to cover any unexpected hospital costs. The price of travel insurance is very small when compared to a big medical bill.
Larnaca General Hospital:Archbishop Makarios III, Larnaca
In spite of being of an age where I should have more sense,and having lived in Africa for over 30 years, and despite the high factor sunscreen, I managed to get burnt.
We woke up the first morning to a haze. Once the sun got up we went to the beach and the pool. Knowing that I should take it easy, and seeing the children were OK, I sat under the umbrella on the sun bed. Unfortunately one shoulder must have been sticking out, and the result a bad burn that only began peeling 9 days later.
So take care, The sun in June in Cyprus is very hot.
- Family Travel
NO DANGER AT KOKOMO'S BAR LARNACA
Disagree with comments on Kokomo's bar in warnings or danger tips from 2003. We go to Cyprus every year, whether it be a group of girlies or my family holiday. We love KOKOMO's, it is upbeat inside or you can sit and chill outside watching the world go by. The owner Mario is a very friendly man and makes sure each and every visitor is ok. My family and I are going out for christmas this year and one of our first stops will be KOKOMO's.
if you are lonely female
When I was walking in the morning or any other time of the day on the street or beach, I was annoyed by man, even very old. They were just, like hunting lonely female, and I was just ignoring that, and trying to be calm. So good luck!
- Women's Travel
Larnaca Hotels In The Brochures
When selecting accomodation in Larnaca, be aware of the fact that only the MacKenzie Beach area and that around the promenade are centrally located. Many poperties are about 10km out of the centre. On the way to these you will pass some beautiful scenery of oil refineries and other heavy industry!
When taking a taxi from the airport always agree the price in advance.
There are boards at the airport giving prices for trips to various points on the island - but they do charge extra for luggage.
Another point to remember is that they only like driving you to one place - they don't like taking people to 2 different hotels in Ayia Napa - for example!
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