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Old 10-06-2014, 11:22 PM
 
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I actually love the beautiful weather and beach in Caribbean countries, such as Jamaica, Aruba, Antigua, etc, but I hate being mistaken as a local, especially while staying at very nice/exclusive resorts. I'm not sure if there is anything that I can do, to make it more apparent that I'm not a local, other than consistently wear very dressy clothes, but if I'm on vacation, I prefer to be comfortable. It just gets very frustrating being perceived as a local, when I'm not.

When the local men speak to me in their "native language," and I respond with a very American accent, they always seem perplexed. I can't say that I dress like the local women. For the most part, I typically wear sun dresses and nice sandals when I'm walking around.

Has anyone else experienced this, while visiting the Caribbean?
No. Not sure what you are talking about. Are you African American and being mistaken for a local? If so, and if not, why is this an issue? If people are speaking to you in their own dialect, then that's their dialect. When I used to travel to Europe regularly for some reason locals would take me as Spanish or French, rather than American. I don't know why, but it never bothered me.
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Old 10-07-2014, 12:28 AM
 
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For some reason in my life I cannot count the number of times I have been approached by French people who think I am French. At least a dozen times in my life. They always say that I look French. I am just a white girl born in the south. Dunno. If it bothers you that much go to Florida. I'd just ignore it personally, or spin it in your favor.
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Old 10-07-2014, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Bran's tree
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I love being mistaken for a local. I'm white, so that doesn't happen everywhere, but it does in Europe, Australia, and even a few South American countries like Argentina.
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Old 10-07-2014, 01:15 AM
 
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Reminds me a bit of my 2-wk stay in NYC. A lot of people there thought I was a local, although I dressed nothing like them. But all my life I've been told that I "sound" like a NY'r (it's actually a European accent I picked up from my parents). Other than that, I've no clue what it'd be.

It didn't bother me.

As for the OP, it could have been safer to be mistaken for a local.
Ummm...How do New York City residents dress? The reason I ask is that it is a very diverse city and you see all styles of clothing.

That said, when I visit NYC, tourists sometimes ask me for directions. I doubt that they ask me because of the way I'm dressed. Rather, it's because I appear to know where I'm going
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Old 10-07-2014, 01:58 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Better to be seen as a local than a (rich-) tourist
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Old 10-07-2014, 04:03 AM
 
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No. Not sure what you are talking about. Are you African American and being mistaken for a local? If so, and if not, why is this an issue? If people are speaking to you in their own dialect, then that's their dialect. When I used to travel to Europe regularly for some reason locals would take me as Spanish or French, rather than American. I don't know why, but it never bothered me.
Why are people of mixed/African descent labeled, "African American," and not simply American? My ancestry has roots which are grounded in America for over 400 years. Are you European American? Please do not refer to me as African American. Although I have visited nations in Africa, I can't say that I personally identify with the culture, customs or languages, since again, my family has been in the U.S. for over 400 years (probably far longer than your ancestry).

I also do not like the label "black." I have yet to meet anyone with black skin, so why classify me as such? I find it insulting to be quite honest, because if you look up the term "black" in the dictionary, it is a very negative and despicable word.

Lastly, I do not like being mistaken for an Aruban, or any other type of "local." I am told that it's due to my features and curly hair, but I personally find it insulting, since the locals are primarily the servers, and I do not project a low income vibe at all. My husband and I are upper middle class. Obviously, he doesn't have this problem because he is blonde/blue. Also, it never happens when I'm out with him, only during the early morning hours when I'm jogging on the beach, or walking throughout the resort w/out him.
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Old 10-07-2014, 04:04 AM
 
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I love being mistaken for a local. I'm white, so that doesn't happen everywhere, but it does in Europe, Australia, and even a few South American countries like Argentina.
I have yet to meet a person with "white skin." My husband is pretty pale, yet his skin is not "white."
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Old 10-07-2014, 04:06 AM
 
Location: The Milky Way Galaxy
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Better to be seen as a local than a (rich-) tourist


I'm the type of traveler that likes to blend in as best as possible with the locals. I'm really not sure what the big deal is about being mistaken for a local?
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Old 10-07-2014, 04:09 AM
 
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I'm the type of traveler that likes to blend in as best as possible with the locals. I'm really not sure what the big deal is about being mistaken for a local?
The locals are usually the "servers" and low income in the Caribbean.

I wouldn't mind being mistaken for a local, if the locals had a higher socioeconomic standing. When I visit Nova Scotia (for example), I wouldn't have any issues being viewed as a local Canadian.
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Old 10-07-2014, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Northern NJ
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I have yet to meet a person with "white skin." My husband is pretty pale, yet his skin is not "white."
I'm actually surprised you have a husband. Somebody voluntarily chose to put up with this nonsense on a permanent daily basis? I wonder what his problem is.
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