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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmygdaughters View Post
    We did all inclusive in Cancun...Loved it, we're thinking about going back next year!
    We've been to Jamaica 4x, Dominican Republic & St Lucia. St Lucia was my favorite but also the most expensive. Jamaica is our go-to for the money. Southwest flies direct to Montego Bay from BWI and you can be there in 3 1/2 hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MR47930 View Post
    We've been to Jamaica 4x, Dominican Republic & St Lucia. St Lucia was my favorite but also the most expensive. Jamaica is our go-to for the money. Southwest flies direct to Montego Bay from BWI and you can be there in 3 1/2 hours.
    If you ever go to Cancun, I highly recommend the Riu Pennisula!!!!! We looked at St. Lucia, a little to expensive for us. We also want to go back to Aruba, stopped there during a cruise and fell in love with it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmygdaughters View Post
    I like to think that tourism helps these countries by creating jobs.
    My idea would be to overthrow their oppressive government and introduce them to the joys of capitalism and free market. Then they could have their own nice country instead of all the good stuff being reserved for tourists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vraiblonde View Post
    Oh, and another thing that annoys me:

    Americans, please do not go to impoverished third world countries and haggle with the locals to save a couple of bucks. If the lady says the ankle bracelet is $5, pay the five and shut up. Haggling with her might save you a whole whopping dollar, which is nothing to you but is a lot of money to her. Imagine if you were selling something you made to try and scrape together money to feed your family, and Bill Gates came along and demanded a discount. That's how you look to Bahamians, Jamaicans, Mexicans, and Cubans.
    In many open air markets that I've been to around the world, richer and poorer, haggling is expected..it's standard procedure. In some cases, you would be looked at like you have two heads if you decided not to haggle over a price. I've been to some higher-end craft and decorative item markets in China, for example, where they provide a nice private place to sit and a cup of tea in your hand before all parties proceed to haggle over the price of an item.

    Most amusing haggling exchange I can recall was with an old Korean woman in an open-air market in some remote Korean town. She had a full slab of good beer..don't recall what brand now. I wanted the whole thing. She couldn't wrap her head around that and my hand gestures were not getting my intent across at all. LOL..she finally caught on and after a few exchanges of counting fingers we arrived at a mutually agreed price and I walked off with my slab of beer on my shoulder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilligan View Post
    In many open air markets that I've been to around the world, richer and poorer, haggling is expected..it's standard procedure.
    I don't care, I'm still not doing it to people who live in poverty, and I think it makes those who do look like cheap bastages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vraiblonde View Post
    I don't care, I'm still not doing it to people who live in poverty, and I think it makes those who do look like cheap bastages.
    Then you yourself have poor exposure of different cultures, many cultures its a insult not to haggle with all venders and salemen.
    It's no different than the flea markets across America..
    Originally Posted by littlelady View Post
    I just reported you. You are one scary individual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by black dog View Post
    Then you yourself have poor exposure of different cultures, many cultures its a insult not to haggle with all venders and salemen.
    It's no different than the flea markets across America..
    True dat. Same way in Costa Rica in some places. It's also an insult to not accept an offer for something to drink. That country is something else - perhaps the best, most stable economy in CA, with five star malls surrounded with barbed wire fences, guard towers manned by the police with M-4's, checkpoints getting in and out of the parking lot, while just across the creek you see cardboard and corrugated steel shanties dug into the mountain side that tend to wash away during rainy season. Complete sections of towns and seaside resorts that have nothing but villages, I guess, that have home owners from one country living in their little enclaves.
    "In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress." John Adams

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    Quote Originally Posted by b23hqb View Post
    True dat. Same way in Costa Rica in some places. It's also an insult to not accept an offer for something to drink. That country is something else - perhaps the best, most stable economy in CA, with five star malls surrounded with barbed wire fences, guard towers manned by the police with M-4's, checkpoints getting in and out of the parking lot, while just across the creek you see cardboard and corrugated steel shanties dug into the mountain side that tend to wash away during rainy season. Complete sections of towns and seaside resorts that have nothing but villages, I guess, that have home owners from one country living in their little enclaves.
    Gotta love Costa Rica, awesome offshore fishing and great people.
    I have though about retiring there.
    Originally Posted by littlelady View Post
    I just reported you. You are one scary individual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by black dog View Post
    Then you yourself have poor exposure of different cultures, many cultures its a insult not to haggle with all venders and salemen.
    It's no different than the flea markets across America..
    Then they're just going to have to be insulted because I'm not going to haggle over $2 with someone who supports a family on less per day than what I spend on a margarita.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b23hqb View Post
    perhaps the best, most stable economy in CA, with five star malls surrounded with barbed wire fences, guard towers manned by the police with M-4's, checkpoints getting in and out of the parking lot
    Um....

    Thanks for the heads up. I'll be skipping Costa Rica, too.
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