Antigua

Old Jan 13th 2021, 12:08 am
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Default Re: Antigua

Yes, uk_grenada. Agree on all your points.
I see your point that walled off expat subdivisions look like the owners living there are making a statement that a country is dangerous and they don't like unexpected visitors around.
However, gated communities are very common all over around the world; they mostly don't like occasional visitors just looking around.

Interesting about the wood. Thank you!

I think there is no wood left in Antigua any more for making furniture. Because of horrendous deforestation, they have water shortage problem. Very stupid what they did. Unsustainable.

Regarding "but most death is about the drug trade infighting", I wouldn't minimize it as a threat to your safety. Look at Puerto Rico, for example. It is a hub for transporting drugs. PR is at the top of a list for homicides and suicides (maybe not "suicides" but listed as such?) in the whole world. People don't trust the police and people are buying guns for self-protection. PR is flooded with legal and mostly illegal guns.

In a country with this situation, good people are leaving and a country gets poorer. The rest of the population gets desperate and some start attacking not only their own people, but also expats and tourists. This is a common pattern in the countries which are hubs for drugs trafficking.

You are correct about st lucia. They are killing their golden goose and a revenue from tourists and expats goes down as a result.

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Old Jan 13th 2021, 10:53 am
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I think Antigua was never a wet island, it doesnt have the geography for it, tall islands like st lucia and grenada make their own climates, and the internal high rainforests drive high rainfall and forestation = great agriculture = abundant good local cheapish food. Its a meaningful factor in choosing where to live.

Puerto Rico is america, so it has american problems. We have gun control, anyone of means and no criminal record can have a license and own one, but they arent common. Trinidad - despite its drug crime would actually be my second choice, for its low cost, good infrastructure and surprisingly good countryside, its a bit of a hidden gem, tourists go to tobago not trinidad so trinidad is actually nicer. While people there are very conscious of security, ive never seen or even heard about problems for my friends there.

Trinis weekend in tobago, the 3 hour trip costs 7us return on the ferry or 35us return to fly or take your car on the ferry.
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