Why I Didn’t Like St. Lucia

Why I Didn’t Like St. Lucia


EDITOR’S NOTE:
Below is an article pulled from the blog website, cyclingelmundo.com, owned by a couple who ride for charity and visited St. Lucia recently. The man wrote about his experience in St. Lucia which was totally negative. St. Lucia News Online’s reason for re-publishing this article is to sensitise the community about how important it is to treat our tourists with respect and make them feel comfortable. Also note that this article has already been circulated around the World Wide Wed – prior to it been published on SNO – because we picked it up via Google’s news feed. Please note that publishing this article on stlucianewsonline.com is not an endorsement of its content by the management and staff of St. Lucia News Online.

Why I Didn’t Like St. Lucia

Long time ago I learnt not to have high expectations before arriving to a place. And that was the case with St Lucia, even though the rest of the West Indies had surprised me a lot in a good way. This island was supposed to be the most beautiful one. They call themselves “the jewel of the Caribbean”. I think I could write a post about such an arrogance.

Here, the people remind me in every corner than the color of my skin is different. They like calling me “whittey”, “white boy” or “le blanc”. Quite loud, all out in the middle of the street. I wonder if they expect me to stop and initiate a conversation with them. Others come to me trying to be friendly and after 2 minutes they try to sell me something or ask me to “contribute” with their country. And others simply ask me for a few bucks straight away.

9 out of 10 people here are not interested in talking to me at all. All they want is to get money from the white boy. I don’t feel good here. It’s the first island in the Caribbean that I want to leave as soon as possible. The problem is that the feeling is quite contagious. After a couple of hours in the street it’s me who doesn’t want to talk to anybody. I become very anti-social. I’m not interested in the locals. They are only want to rip me off and yes, they are very racists.

I can’t really understand the situation. Why in Grenada or The Grenadines, where I was also the only white person, the people were extremely friendly and welcoming with me. And here in St Lucia they are always annoying me or even worse. I guess they are more tourists here and they normally rip them off. I am just another one. We are not people for them. We are ATMs.

Probably, that’s the answer to my question. The color of the skin doesn’t matter, it’s the money what does. Tell me what you have and I will treat you accordingly. I’m not a white for them, I am a rich. But what they don’t realize is that the money they pay for the beers they drink is my budget for 2 or 3 days, and then they come to me asking for money. That’s the main problem. The bloody money. Once we achieve to not let the money control us, we would be able to live fully. A life that is not defined by the past and without a mortage for our future. A really exciting day to day, where you wake up everyday happy for being alive. And it’s not that difficult. We only have to need less.

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  1. God bless St. Lucia, where local ppl do not make difference between race, origin and religion. It is like the bible says, everbody is welcome. Haleljuja Amen

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  2. I had a wonderful experience in St. Lucia. I am American, but I learned to speak the St. Lucian Kwéyòl language. Actually I have been living and working in Haiti for the past three years, and the Creole language spoken here is similar to the Kwéyòl in St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe, etc. Anyways, whenever I spoke Kwéyòl with Lucians they were always happy to see a "white person" who took the time to learn their language. I was invited into people's homes to have dinner in Canaries, Choiseul, and Soufrière. I also made friends who accompanied me hiking in the Edmund Forest Reserve.

    I have traveled extensively in the Caribbean, and my favorite people have been Dominicans (from Dominica), St. Lucians, and Haitians. You will get asked for money anywhere you travel where you are perceived (possibly rightly so) as coming from a more privileged or wealthy position than the average local resident. This is not unique to St. Lucia or the Caribbean. Showing your understanding and appreciation of the local culture goes a long way in making new friends, including in St. Lucia.

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  3. I live in Cardiff South Wales...United Kingdom..

    I wouldn't walk through parts of our capital city at night..i brought my kids up in Newport only twelve miles away..some of the roughest estates in the United kingdom..i have been around the world and whatever country I visit I read the crime reports just so I know what is happening on a local basis..

    Every Country on this planet is interesting with good people as well as bad..so don't expect to be loved buy everyone..and don't be niece.. everyone is dodgy..so once you understand that plan your day and don't put your self in harms way..in any country ? There is always someone that will take your money or possessions of you..

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  4. Thank you dear Candice for sharing your experience as of 2017. I am somewhat glad that people from neighboring countries feel the same way, which shows this is not only a "tourists vs. St Lucians" or "white vs black" thing.

    As a female white solo backpacker I had the worst experience in St Lucia in 2014 during my 10 day stay. I dress modestly, wear glasses. Not provoking in any sense. I stayed in an Air Bnb in Gros Islet so no rich cruiseship tourist attitude. I am a well travelled person, have friends over the world from all cultures and backgrounds.

    * Just as the guy writes, calls like "hello whitey" from like every garden, bar or beach I passed by.

    * Men approaching me and touching me saying "aww nice complexioooon" many times.

    * Teenage girls who passed by at the beach shouting and laughing "Ohh niiiiice red color!" in such a mean voice as I was a little sunburnt ... and I had never seen them or talked to them before. If this is not racist, what would!?

    * Constant rip-off on taxi rides (my AirBnb owner would tell me how much it should cost, so sometimes I just referred to him, if not they would have overcharged me 3x).

    * My purse and mobile got stolen in the crowd at Friday night street party.

    * A bar woman forced me to pay for her drink and as she seems really aggressive, although I was with a traveller friend, I had no other choice as to do so.

    * A street vendor to whose offer I replied "no thank you" yelled at me, "What's your problem?!! You must have problems bitch" really loud and still when I changed sides.

    * I took a minivan to Mimiku to see the botanical gardens. When I rang the stop, a little too late (as it is not visible from the street) and asked politely if I could get off, the driver got completely mad and shrieked at me "Get out of the car. Fast! You are too slow! When you come to my country, you have to be fast!"
    ...

    The whole atmosphere on this island is so aggressive and dangerous. I didn't know about it before going there. My nice encounters were mainly with warm-hearted women in their forties with whom I had some nice conversations about family and kids.

    I was so glad to be back to Martinique where the atmosphere is friendly, helpful and relaxed (people of all backgrounds alike). I hope that St Lucians will face the problems in their society ... as it is a wonderful place with lots of energy and potential.

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    • I'm sorry to read such horrible comments about my country. I am a st lucian ,I'm not happy the way they treated you in the norten part of the country (capital )
      It's the city next time try the southern part of the country which is a town call View_fort
      The people are more friendly
      I my self they shouldn't treat people how they wouldn't like to be treated
      I am a friendly person

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  5. I am in St. Lucia right now 07th Jan 2017. I am a caribbean girl from Trinidad and Tobago and I really feel the need to express that I am shocked at the way St. Lucians are. They are very unpleasant people even when you try to smile at them and be pleasant. Sometimes they even ignore you if you ask a question or act like you should not ask them. I was never approached for money I guess because I am black and do not look like a tourist but my boyfriend works here and he said they always want money from him. I heard this from a couple st. lucians as well that lucians always want money, but it is confirmed just by reading this post and my own boyfriend's experience (I thought he was exaggerating at first). I also noticed that they would treat locals or blacks different from whites. They seem more pleasant toward whites (i guess because they are trying to hit them up for money which i read in this post, and i totally believe this).

    It would however be a lie if I say that all of them are like this. I have had nice encounters with some, usually at the bars though. I get good service there and a lot of times the waiters are not St. Lucian.

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  6. My own experience: not all St Lucians are unfriendly, but i have met many more unfriendly people here than in St Vincent or Barbados, two other islands we recently spent time at. Many people in St Lucia, including park officials, are rude, disrespectful and treat you as a walking dollar sign. Not so on the neighbouring islands.

    A public service advisory: on the road south to Soufrière there is an advertisement and sign for a "parrot" rainforest trail that seems poorly maintained. DO NOT STOP THERE. We made the mistake of taking a look and were accosted by a rude Rasta with an aggressive and vicious pit bull. The Rasta then had the nerve to ask us for money even though he did not warn his dog off us.

    Again not all locals were like this and some were very nice to us, but unfortunately enough were not that I have no intention of ever setting foot here again. Why, when the neighbouring islands are just as beautiful and the people far more polite?

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  7. If y'all think its so racist, just stfu and dont go back out there . There's racist people everywhere.

    -St.Lucian ( that lives in the U.S. )

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    • Thank you for the advice but we have already made that decision after a terrible stop there on a cruise ship. If you are white they will just try to get your money from you while openly hating you all the while. This was the worst island I have been to yet. I would rather do Jamaica again than St. Lucia.

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    • The big difference it's that where u live there is a lot of white and black people here is dark skin alone that means that even if all around the world there is racist people that is true in this island any farigner will get more of that than any place

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  8. How hard it must have been for you to be treated as less than a person, and seen only for the economic gain you could provide! I'm sure black St. Lucians have neeeevvvver been treated that way. -_-

    Why should St. Lucians want to talk to you? Would you expect the same hospitality in New York or London?

    The Caribbean has been forced into an economy that relies primarily on tourism- that is to say, on selling the islands, their landscape, and their people as a 'paradise,' and there is no room for poverty, greed, frowns, or corruption in that paradise. Yet those things do exist in the Caribbean, even though you might not want to see them. What the tourist would rather see is a land of blissful smiling 'natives' who are there to serve and entertain you, with no other purpose or responsibility.

    If people are begging on the streets and they isolate you as a target because, as white, it is likely that you are more economically privileged, then that it symptomatic of a neo-colonial economic system. How can you expect them to know that you don't have 'much' money?

    Check your privilege man, have you been to India or parts of Mexico? Very similar situations occur for tourists. As white, you will be perceived as having money. You will be harassed. This is unfortunate and no, it is not pleasant, but it's probably a lot more pleasant than oh, I dunno, actually living in poverty (which you don't if you can afford to travel, no matter how tight your budget), or being at the bottom of an institutionally prejudiced socio-economic hierarchy (in which you are in fact at the top).

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    • So history dictates that you can treat people badly just because their ancestors were once treated badly? Mmm no, the past is the past and you should be judged on your present actions and character.

      The Caribbean was forced into nothing, it has the same chance to make do with the resources it has. Considering people from around the world flock here, then it seems St Lucia is at no disadvantage.

      Are you talking about the colonial system that brought more prosperity to the world than any other? Did the tribal systems of Africa benefit the people who were capture, sold, and brought to the island any less? Get over your stupid ant-western bigotry. It's outdated and ignorant.

      Check your own privilege and myopic world view. Having a certain skin tone does not make one privileged. What institutional system currently states whites are to receive benefits that others do not? Is there one in St Lucia? Because there isn't one in the US or Europe, aside from granting projects and admission based on minority status.

      It seems your whole critique is just more outdated marxist lies.

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