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people selling things on the beach

Toronto, Canada
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437 posts
14 reviews
people selling things on the beach

hi1

it seems that there is plenty people trying to sell things on the beach, can they be rude, or agressive?

thanks

purley
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2,260 posts
6 reviews
1. Re: people selling things on the beach

We have never found them to be rude or aggresive in fact the complete opposite after a polite no, they will leave you alone or as in our case have stayed and had a nice chat can be very informative and nice to talk to.

Lake District, UK
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851 posts
6 reviews
2. Re: people selling things on the beach

Remember that the beaches are public. The vendors have a right to be there. Be pleasant to them, but firm if you don't want anything, and you should have no problems.

UK/Antigua
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for St. John's, Antigua
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6,844 posts
103 reviews
3. Re: people selling things on the beach

Beach vendors are actually a fantastic part of the whole beach experience. Almost without exception, they're lovely, hard working, good people. Even if you don't want to buy anything, take a moment to chat - you'll find it a rewarding experience.

They also often have some great stuff to buy, especially kids tees and souvenirs - and will go out of their way to get you exactly what they want - even when it means a late night trip into town for them.

Peterborough, UK
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457 posts
30 reviews
4. Re: people selling things on the beach

We've just returned from Grand Pineapple Beach in Long Bay and the beach vendors were brilliant people. We got to know them all and they are really useful for giving advice about trips, culture, history etc. even if you don't actually buy anything from them. Joseph used to come and sit with us and chat every day for an hour or so and he had us laughing till we cried. We always used to talk to Marvin, Wesley, Pablo, Piper (the reflexology man who is amazing by all accounts) and the Aloe Vera man (can't remember his name). They were never rude or pushy, were always polite and left people alone if they wanted to be. We used them exclusively for the trips we went on and they were superb and all above board.

As Mizgeorge says, they are a fantastic part of the beach experience. Use them for all your trips and taxis and put some money back into the local community instead of lining the pockets of the millionaire hotel owners.

Edited: 03 November 2011, 14:19
Wirral UK
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1,241 posts
882 reviews
5. Re: people selling things on the beach

We prefer public beaches and find private beaches sterile in comparison. Vendors have to make a living and it is great to talk to them.

We've never found them rude on any Caribbean island. A simple "no thanks" is sufficient if you don't want anything, but try chatting to them - they are full of local information.

Welwyn Garden City...
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1,876 posts
250 reviews
6. Re: people selling things on the beach

I've found some islands have really pushy beach vendors and not only Caribbean beaches, but the people I met (as everyone has already said) would obviously love you to buy something, but are not pushy and are great fun to chat to. If you do say 'no thank you', that's enough and off they'll go - no problem.

Devizes, United...
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284 posts
24 reviews
7. Re: people selling things on the beach

They are miles nicer than the beach vendors in places like France. Not at all aggressive and they have some good gear as well!

Apex, North Carolina
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72 posts
2 reviews
8. Re: people selling things on the beach

We stayed last year at the Buccaneer Beach Club on Dickenson Bay. It was the mid-season (end of May) but there were a few beach vendors. We found them to be very nice - no one was rude or aggressive. As a matter of fact, most everyone on the island of Antigua was nice.

I wish I could say the same about our stay the year before in St. Lucia. Not all, but many of the beach vendors were rude and aggressive, muttering curses at us in their creole language if we refused to buy something.

Wirral UK
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1,241 posts
882 reviews
9. Re: people selling things on the beach

Just shows how people's experiences can vary. We found the beach sellers at Sandals Halcyon St Lucia to be very friendly. Also found those at Dickinson Bay, Antigua to be friendly and fun.

Guelph, Canada
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2,531 posts
17 reviews
10. Re: people selling things on the beach

There are many beaches in Antigua with no vendors at all, or at least none that we saw in 2 weeks!

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