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Newbie- custom question about the island #239876
06/05/07 06:21 PM
06/05/07 06:21 PM
Joined: Jun 2007
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Tibbs Offline OP
Tibbs  Offline OP
Hey, I will be visitng sometime this summer and am curious about the local customs, specificaly do's dont's and any laws that might be different/good for visitors to know(other than the assumed ones such as dont steal and be curteous)

I would also like to know any that would be ascociated with fishing from the beaches, such as do you need a permit and are there any offlimit times or areas?

Thanks in advance for any information(or links to the information, i looked around but sometimes the right stuff isnt always easy to find)

I'm looking forward to visiting

Re: Newbie- custom question about the island [Re: Tibbs] #239882
06/05/07 07:25 PM
06/05/07 07:25 PM
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 2,208
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collyk Offline
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Well, I'm no expert but here are some of my own observations.

Don't wear shoes unless you have to.
Do talk to plenty of local people.
Don't believe much of what you hear.
Do travel as much around the island as possible.
Don't be frightened of eating at food vendors or hole in the walls.
Do try a whole range of different foods.
Don't run out of water.
Do snorkel off some of the docks.
Don't interfere with the wildlife or get involved in 'feeding the crocs'.
Do take a trip to the Zoo on the mainland.
Don't wear a watch.
Do expect nothing to be a rush.
Don't use an electric golf cart to venture up north.
Do pick up local kids hitching a lift.
Don't take discount deals for guides from hustlers on the beach.
Do visit Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley.
Don't be frightened of rays or nurse sharks.
Do visit some important community places like the library and Saga animal shelter.
Don't forget your sunscreen.
Do not dress up to go anywhere.
Don't wander around naked or in a thong - even speedos is pushing it.
Do tip for good service generously.
Don't buy any property on your first visit.
Do dream about living here one day.
Don't leave your brain at the border.
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Re: Newbie- custom question about the island [Re: collyk] #239885
06/05/07 07:29 PM
06/05/07 07:29 PM
Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 326
kris48 Offline
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Do say "good Morning" to everyone you meet on the beach in the morning.
Smile! Go slow! (yeah, even on Ambergris, not just Caye Caulker)

Re: Newbie- custom question about the island [Re: kris48] #240027
06/07/07 03:51 PM
06/07/07 03:51 PM
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ScubaLdy Offline
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When you meet someone you know by name you must call out their name. This is known as “shouting them out.”

When you meet someone you know but can’t remember their name you call out hello. If you do it at the last minute, and speed up, they think they just missed hearing their name.

When you meet someone you just barely know you nod your head. These people are known as a nodding acquaintance.

When you meet anyone else you smile.

AND – you always wave!


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Re: Newbie- custom question about the island [Re: ScubaLdy] #240077
06/08/07 10:34 AM
06/08/07 10:34 AM
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Posts: 3,484
San Pedro
Sir Isaac Newton Offline
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One custom you must not neglect is: buying me a drink or five when you meet me! Just plain rude not to.


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Re: Newbie- custom question about the island [Re: Sir Isaac Newton] #240187
06/08/07 08:11 PM
06/08/07 08:11 PM
Joined: Jan 2007
Posts: 128
California, United States
seaexplore Offline
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wish we would have met you when we were there- my guys would have bought you a dozen beers! LOL

do I have to get shots to go there? 8o)
Re: Newbie- custom question about the island [Re: Sir Isaac Newton] #240191
06/08/07 09:10 PM
06/08/07 09:10 PM
Joined: Apr 2007
Posts: 11
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jonjoslin Offline
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Originally Posted by Sir Isaac Newton
One custom you must not neglect is: buying me a drink or five when you meet me! Just plain rude not to.


Sir! I'd love to buy you a drink.. I'm down two weeks from today, aat the palms..

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