Join Date: Dec 2012
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Re: Sailing to me is Tourism!
Think the locals in the Caribbean still divide folks into locals, tourists, expats, and cruisers. Prices for just about everything vary by which group they consider you to be in as does your ability to bargain about price.
Have learned to wait behind a local and pay attention. Often results in significant savings when I get the same price as a local.
Have asked locals how they know a cruiser is a cruiser. They say it’s obvious we aren’t tourists by our dress (particularly what’s on our feet and hats), our demeanor, our tan, and our tendency to smooze with them or bargain.
So from what I can gather the locals don’t consider us tourists.
Know a fair number of non boat people who have a home in the Caribbean. They are there for pleasure. Most I know also divide their year between country of origin and their second house. Neither they themselves nor the locals consider them tourists. Only variance from boat people is the second property is a boat. Are boat people tourists?