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    fake camera's

    by keeperlit Written Jul 15, 2008

    please do not buy a camera from any of the indian shops as they will try to rip you of as they know you are only there for a couple of weeks,,, also do not take any scratch cards as this is a complete waste of time,,,just say no thank you
    but honestly i must say again do not buy any cameras from the indian traders unless you like throwing your hard earned money down the drain,,,
    also make sure you hire out a safe deposit box in your room for your property

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    by jarto Written Jul 1, 2005

    Several people of our group caught salmonella in Los Cristianos in January 2005. We really don't know where we got it from but it really spoiled the vacation for many of us. I got sick only during the returning flight but had to spend four days in a hospital in Finland to recover.

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    Fake "information people"

    by stfan Written Jan 6, 2005

    If you are walking out at night and you see someone wearing a yellow west that says "information" they are NOT there to help you to find your way. They work for restaurants and cluds and they are trying to get you into their clubs/restaurants. Just simple ignore them and dont go to their clubs!

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    Cover Up Or Burn Up

    by DUNK67 Written Sep 4, 2004

    It never ceases to amaze me the amount of people that refuse to put on suncream and opt for nothing or even baby oil or cooking oil in the naieve belief that it will help them tan quicker. It will not, it will only make you burn and then peel quicker.

    A high factor sunscreen is always a good idea, a healthy white skin is far more attractive than burnt, peeling red skin.

    When buying the sunscreen make sure that it doesn`t have water or agua as an ingredient, it evaporates in the heat and doesn`t help you at all.

    I would also recommend a hat, long sleeve shirt and sunglasses as well to help protect you from the suns harmful rays.

    Related to:
    • Beaches

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    Thiefs on the beaches!!!!

    by albleroy Written Nov 26, 2003

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    Attention on the beache, never let your personal effects alone. Very often thiefs are running on the beach looking for the good moment when you are swimming in the water. At such a moment you have to ask to friends, family or people next to you to keep an eye on your belongings.

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Birdwatching
    • Desert

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    Time sharing appartment selling

    by albleroy Written Nov 27, 2002

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    You will sertainly be attacked by people who will try to take you with them or to put you in a taxi to bring you to the selling office. They will present you lottery tickets, and be sure you are allways winning and you have to pick up your price in the office. There they will try to convince you to buy 1 or 2 week live long vacation etc.......... Don't beleave this, most of this company's does not excist, they are, on the paper, located on the Island Man or Write. But only paper companies. A lot of people are in justice with those (let say) companies.
    Make attention and does not sign papers.

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    If you are on a hike watch the...

    by beodde Written Sep 13, 2002

    If you are on a hike watch the weather. Especially of you are hiking at the Chumbres or in the caldera the weather can change pretty quick. In 2001 seveal hikers drowned when suddenly a huge wave came rolling down the Caldera.

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    A massive sandstorm blowing...

    by nulain Written Sep 8, 2002

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    A massive sandstorm blowing off the northwest African desert has blanketed hundreds of thousands of square miles of the eastern Atlantic Ocean with a dense cloud of Saharan sand. The massive nature of this particular storm was first seen in a SeaWiFS image on Saturday, 26 February 2000 when it reached over 1000 miles into the Atlantic. These storms and the rising warm air can lift dust 15,000 feet or so above the African deserts and then out across the Atlantic, many times reaching as far as the Caribbean where they often require the local weather services to issue air pollution alerts as was recently the case in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    More info at: SeaWiFS

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    Like all Canary islands, La...

    by AndreasK Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Like all Canary islands, La Palma is of volcanic origin. La Caldera de Taburiente is a gigantic crater with a rim of 28 kms and up to 770 metres high. In November 2001, exactly one year after my last visit, several tourists were trapped in this volcano and were killed during a rainstorm.

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    At the INTERIOR of the island...

    by spetterke Written Sep 7, 2002

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    At the INTERIOR of the island there is NO danger at all.But if you stay at the touristic places,like Maspalomas,you should be carefull at night. Criminals comming from Las Palmas,they commit burglary,through your windows,standing open for the heath at night.There are also many pickpockets on the street,and people who try to search contact with you,using an evasion.LOOK OUT!

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    On our last day at La Palma,...

    by Tamani Written Sep 7, 2002

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    On our last day at La Palma, we planned a day at the beach. Unfortunately it was storming and we were not even allowed to walk along the water...

    So, if you plan a relaxing beach holiday...go somewhere else.

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    Particularly in the busy...

    by dhod Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Particularly in the busy resorts like Playa de las Americas in tenerife- watch out for the African street vendors trying to sell 'real gold' amongst other things 'cheap'.

    Also, as with most popular European tourist traps watch out for the Timeshare touts. They now call them selves something else- they hand out free scratch-cards which claim you have won a gift, but you have to go to an afternoon presentation in a hotel to collect- you have been warned!!

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    This is a general warning but...

    by Georgie_B Written Aug 26, 2002

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    This is a general warning but covers all travel I think, INSURANCE I can't stress enough how important this is, I know sometimes we think its a waste of time and money but I can assure you its not. I fell ill with Pneumonia while in Tenerife (how I will never know, something to do with going from air con to heat I think) any way I was hospitalised and on a drip for three days in a private hospital in Playa de las Americas, I was really well looked after and fed and I only shared a room with two other people. On being discharged from the hospital they passed me all the details of my three day stay to me for my insurance, I would have had to fork out £900 GBP to pay for this treatment so I think £30 was worth it!

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    here are some useful numbers...

    by telebug Written Aug 26, 2002

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    here are some useful numbers you may but hopefully not need.
    medical advise:freephone 900 444 999.
    Hospital:928 86 20 00.
    Police station:Guardia civil 928 85 11 00.
    Ambulance:928 41 07 13.
    Fire service:928 53 20 92.
    Bus enquiries,Puerto del rosario:928 85 09 51.

    Tourist info.
    Airport:928 85 12 50.
    Corralejo:928 86 64 18.
    Morrow Jable:928 54 07 76.

    24 hour customer service helpline:971 90 01 00.

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    When exploring the rural part...

    by outrunner66 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    When exploring the rural part of the island by car, remember that the roads can be lets say dodgy in certain places. Lookout for budding local rally drivers speeding down the narrow roads without a care in the world.

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