I noticed that before I became a Permanent Resident, when I used to first get there after having been in the north, they would attack me with a vengeance. This seems to be true of other newcomers, tourists. After a few weeks, they leave me alone completely, while attacking a newcomer standing next to me.
I have been told that getting a good tan seems to work, while others say it's the local diet?
I have heard the white-meat, no tan tourist story elsewhere in the tropics, I tend to believe that version? I spend a lot of time in the sun, fishing, works for me quite well?