|Negril is considered the most beautiful beach in
Jamaica. With white sands and an incredibly large wading shelf,
it is paradise for the sun worshipper. The sunsets are outstanding,
and the quiet chirp of tropical birds and insects makes for a very
Walking down the beach is another story though. With the Jamaican
hustlers patiently waiting, you can't walk down the beach without
at least twenty of them yelling any number of hustler clichés
like, "No cost to look" and my personal favorite, "Respek
Mon" which is a one way street for many of these pushers.
A view from the Beach House Villa on Negril Beach, Jamaica
A beach salesman approaching a tourist.
|Everyday you repeatedly hear "Whiteman!",
"Oscar!", and a number of other names that the Hustlers
or "Higglers" shout at you while you're walking
in public. When trying to purchase a meal, or even at the
supermarket, I had many Jamaicans that just went on strike
right in front of me because I was white. They would just
ignore you, and these are people working in public service.
Once, I had a manager of the local supermarket place a bag of food
right in the middle of my groceries during checkout. It was obviously
meant to intimidate me, but I just shrugged it off, moved his bag
out of my stuff, and continued like nothing happened.
If you're white you get the "Whiteman discount", which
means the street vendors quadruple the price if you're white, even
if you just saw them sell for a quarter of what the Jamaican in
front of you paid, you still get the "discount".
Many Jamaicans have always felt the same way.
Most Jamaicans don't try to exploit the foreigner, it the 1% that makes
the rest look ugly.
Everyone's equal, we shouldn't even mention race in laws or rules. Doing
so takes away a person's dignity and self respect. Treat everyone with
Equality, and things might start to become normal.
Sunset view from Negril Beach.
Some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world, sink nightly into the
ocean west of Negril, Jamaica.
Jamaica - Negril Beach
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