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Old 01-04-2010, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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well, what do you mean by "US influences"? I can tell you that a lot of spots in the Caribbean aren't exactly flush w/ McDonald's and Walmarts. some spots are more developed than others, but that's not really a "US influence" just a typical technological advance. obviously, you may find some locals who've heard of the US and certain aspects of the US (ie, very basic politics or pop culture news), but these shouldn't stamp out whatever local experience you're hoping to find. there are quite a few tropical islands in both the Caribbean and the South Pacific that aren't really typical American vacation spots (ditto places in Central and S. America), but since you don't fly, you may be hard pressed to travel to these places
That is exactly what I was thinking. There are plenty of places in the Caribbean that are not just big resorts and casinos but they are impossible to get there unless you have a lot of money to charter a boat or fly.

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My husband is Canadian. I was hoping for something tropical. I'd like to eat some avocados and maybe a papaya or guava off the tree and wear some very minimal clothing. It's starting to look more and more like Mexico for me. Which is good, I like Mexico, but again, it is harder and harder to find some place there that is unsullied by the US influences. But at least, except perhaps for border towns, the crime and violence is not a huge concern. Maybe I need to start brushing up on my Espanole... Buenos Dias, gracias.

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I would not reccomend a border town. Why the crime is not a huge concern I am not sure but it should be. Northern Mexico is extremely dangerous place to be right now.

From what you want I would say Mexico will be a good place to go. Since you can drive there with no problem. Also Key West is just as tropical as Mexico. I think there are some ferries in Southeast Florida to the Bahamas search around maybe you can drive down there and head to the Bahamas.
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:10 AM
 
Location: Sound Beach
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We have a little girl from Haiti. We spent a month during her adoption process. It was a magical trip (from a parent perspective)...but a little difficult from a travel perspective. Her orphanage was in a very run down part of Port Au Price (Delmas) and was considered high-crime.

Haiti is definitely a Third world country...make no mistake about that. There is no middle class. 90%+ of the population is in poverty...and the others live like kings.

Would I recommend a trip? In a heartbeat.

Even though the area we were in was considered a high crime area, if you use common sense as you would in any rough neighborhood in the U.S., you'll likely be fine.

One very important thing to remember is that common luxuries we take completely for granted are usually not available. But you'll find it pretty easy to adapt. There is very often no running water. however...bottled water is everywhere. You get used to carting a little bottle with you to the bathroom to brush your teeth very quickly. Also...power generation is primative...and the power goes out regularly at night.

What you might look into is staying at a guest house where meals are served. We stayed at Wall's International Guest House and found it to be a god send in a country (and lifestyle) we really knew nothing about.

The local economy depends on tourism to a great extent. You'll find street vendors all over the place. Bartering is encouraged (to an extent)...they really want your purchase, and many times it makes a difference if they eat that day.

One thing we found very refreshing was the difference between Mon-Sat...and Sunday.

During the week...everyone was in a hustle to make ends meet. On Sunday...everywhere we went had a more relaxing look to it. If you do go...I highly recommend attending a church service.

Also...you said you do not fly? Personally I do not know of any other worthwhile way to get there. That may be a showstopper unless you can arrange a boat trip? If you do go...Toussaint airport is a frenzy in of itself!

Lots more to tell...if this becomes a reality for you...definitely PM me. It's an adventure for sure.
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Old 01-04-2010, 12:44 PM
 
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Haiti is one of the worst places I have ever had the displeasure of landing in. Check out the image of the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Sums it up pretty well.
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Haiti is one of the worst places I have ever had the displeasure of landing in. Check out the image of the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Sums it up pretty well.
not really...



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I won't sit here and even pretend Haiti doesn't have its issues, whether they be political, economic, or even environmental (deforestation is a major problem there, more so than in the DR) but it has a beauty that is greatly under appreciated (and thankfully in some spots like Bassin Bleu shown above, untainted)

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Old 01-06-2010, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Drive to Puerto Vallarta, leave your car and take a water taxi to Yelapa. It is as close to old coastal Mexico as you'll find. There is an ex-pat community there, but they are there b/c of how it is and don't seem too keen on westernizing it too much. They only got electricity in the last decade, in fact!
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Old 01-06-2010, 09:38 AM
 
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not really...









I won't sit here and even pretend Haiti doesn't have its issues, whether they be political, economic, or even environmental (deforestation is a major problem there, more so than in the DR) but it has a beauty that is greatly under appreciated (and thankfully in some spots like Bassin Bleu shown above, untainted)

I stand by my statement...one of the worst ever.
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Old 01-26-2010, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Everywhere you want to be
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I've been to Royal Caribbean's private beach in Haiti. The armed guards around the chain link fence around it was enough to make me not want to go back.
When did you go to Labadee?? I was on that cruise and DIDN't see any armed guards as you claimed.....

It was beautiful there...We had a wonderful time. We never once feared for our safety while on that trip.
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Old 01-27-2010, 07:27 AM
 
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When did you go to Labadee?? I was on that cruise and DIDN't see any armed guards as you claimed.....

It was beautiful there...We had a wonderful time. We never once feared for our safety while on that trip.
I think they do have armed guards along the fence, not noticable to the toursits...but, come on guys, if you were in Labadee you cannot really say you were in Haiti, at least not seriously.
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Old 01-27-2010, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Everywhere you want to be
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Yes I have heard that. But It is still part of Hispanola and it is still part of Haiti, but even the Haitians state what you are saying...
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