Most enjoyable travel experience.

Last post I wrote about being a traveler instead of a tourist, and I was asked what my most enjoyable experience was.  I would have to say that so far the beach I described in the last post is it.  It was such a wonderful day, and it was not planned at all.  I really felt like I got a completely different look at Cozumel than the average visitor.  Another time we were visiting Cozumel, we rented scooters with some friends and drove ourselves everywhere we wanted to go, which included the beach and shopping.  If you do this, I recommend getting the full-coverage insurance.  That was quite the adventure. 

Once, when we stopped in Grand Cayman on a cruise, we just got off at the pier and asked if there was a catamaran our group of friends could rent for the day.  A very nice, young woman said she had just the man we needed to talk to and drove us out to the marina outside of town.  There we met our captain, who sailed us out to swim with the stingrays.  It was a beautiful day on a great catamaran and our group of six had it all to ourselves with very personal attention from the captain and his first mate.

Some tips to remember:

  • Always stay in groups.  There truly is safety in numbers.
  • Don’t stray away from resort or pier areas without a guide.
  • Establish plans and payment upfront.
  • If going with a guide, ask for credentials.
  • Before leaving home, determine if there are any alerts or warnings for the destination you are traveling to.
  • Don’t carry large amounts of money or valuables, and leave your jewelry in your room or back on the ship.
  • Use common sense.

When hailing a taxi, it is better to do this from your hotel or a taxi station.  Prices are usually posted for various locations and number of people, so before ever getting into the cab establish the fare.  This is especially important in Mexico.  If you want to feel like you know what you’re doing, ask the driver, “Quantro?”  Don’t forget to roll your R. 😉  This means “How much?’ in Spanish.  Of course, they pretty much all speak English,  but it is fun, and it gives them something to talk about to their family when they go home at night. 

In Jamaica, you want to make sure to establish the fare and acquire your taxi safely as well.  Taxis here generally don’t look much different than an average private car, but taxis should have a red license plate where white plates are private cars.  Yellow plates are government plates like police or ambulances.   Jamaica has a lot of wonderful places to see and great things to do.  It is a beautiful island full of open-hearted people.  If you have the right guide, your stay in Jamaica can leave you with wonderful memories. 

A great place to find out about these places and to find the right guide or tour for you is http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=5.  This is a great website full of all kinds of traveler information.  Hope you take some of my advice and make some great memories of your own.

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