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#41005 - 06/19/01 05:33 PM First Impressions of a First-Timer
Gene Therapy Offline
Doing "musty" laundry as I write this, so my memory is pretty fresh....Customs at BZE was a breeze. Tropic Air to SP was fun. Stayed at about 1000 ft. for the 15 min. ride. I sat in the co-pilots chair & took pictures. Walked the 150 yards from the airstrip to Ramon's (could have had a ride, but declined). Changed into a swimsuit & t-shirt to walk around & get my bearings.

This island is not picturesque, but certainly not ugly (beats suburbia). I recommend checking it out on a bike. I found SP town to be kinda busy & noisy with people doing their regular activities...certainly not sleepy.

Snorkel trip to Shark-Sting Ray was amazing to see. Our guide was knowledgable, but was not "entertaining" like the guides on some of the other boats that were moored there. Some of those guys were having a blast. Wrestling with nurse sharks & wearing a sting ray for a hat is not something I have seen before.

I came here to go bone fishing...and it was world class. Very windy this trip & I'm not that accurate. Guide put me on a lot of fish...unfortunately he could not make them stay still when my errant casts sent them out like a nuclear bomb went off. Did manage to boat two & had several other hook-ups.

Absolutely no problem with mosquitos, sea lice, or Pica Pica. Saw lots of happy dogs & kids playing on the beach. Two entertaining "sneak attack" cats at Ramon's.

I walked back (beachside, not streetside) from Fidos & beyond several times pretty late at night. If you do this be careful...lots of construction materials and debris (like rebar)on the beach in some areas. I recommend a flashlight. I was "panhandled" once, but he was a nice-enough guy...no big deal. I saw him several more times...he just said hi & left me alone.

I did hear of one "incident". I met a girl who told me she was riding a bike (about 2 in the afternoon) 1/2 mile north of the cut, and a guy pulled her off her bike & tried to take her bag. She fought him off & was okay, but she had pretty good scrapes & cuts to show for it.

Food was very good...better than "island cuisine" at trendy places in the States and very inexpensive. People are friendly & helpful. Most speak better English than I do. All types of tourists...from people who were counting their every dime, to "money is no object" folks.

If this were my only vacation a year (that I worked hard to save for), I would probably go elsewhere. I'm fortunate enough to be flexible so I will definitley go back. It probably gets better with each trip....

Thanks AC

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#41006 - 06/19/01 11:20 PM Re: First Impressions of a First-Timer
Tinka Offline
Hi there!!

Great to hear that you liked our little island...Now I think you should be happy and grateful not to have one of the 'show' guides...wresteling nursesharks and wearing sting rays as hats...are NOT good!!

The first and biggest rules of being in the nature, on land or in water, is WATCH, DON'T TUCH....

you should never interfere or tuch anything while visiting in nature....if you are bringing any of the nature with you home ...make sure it is ON A PICTURE!! The nature is very delicate and tuching can in some cases kill what ever is tuched and in other cases cause great distress...

so be grateful that you had a guide that knew and respected that part of the nature...

We do hope to see you here soon again and are very happy to know that you liked our little corner of the world...

Tinka

[This message has been edited by Tinka (edited 06-19-2001).]

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