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Monday, August 11, 2008

Caribbean dangers still slight

Telegraph: "But at the same time, it’s important to remember that very few of those involved holidaymakers. More than 22 million tourists and a further 20 million cruise ship passengers visit the Caribbean every year, almost all of them without incident. I have travelled extensively in the Caribbean, and while I haven’t always found it as friendly as it’s painted – service is often surly and I’ve yet to meet anyone remotely helpful at Antigua airport – I’ve never encountered any crime or felt threatened.

Granted, I’m careful where I go and what I do. It’s vital to understand that the Caribbean, for all its palm-fringed beaches and fabulous climate, has never been the earthly paradise that the all-inclusive, gated resorts have perhaps lulled us into thinking it is. Why would they be gated if not to keep guests safe?"