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Newcaslt
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Beach boys

Could anyone who has been please advise if thee is a big problem with beach boys as some of the resorts say you can n ot even relax on the beaches as you are constantly getting bothered by beach boys.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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1. Re: Beach boys

Hey,

If you are wise enoough, you can enjoy your holiday..

Neither Beach Boys, nor anyone else can mess-up ur holidays.

However, there are some good beach boys who will give u the maximum satisfaction about your holiday...

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2. Re: Beach boys

At the hotel we stay at on the South Coast Southern Palms you are not bothered by the beach boys when lying on the sun beds. There are security guards there and they cannot cross the line.

If you do wish to go to the sea the beach boys will approach you but are normally only allowed to take it in turn and if you wish to speak to them then do, or just give a stern no and will see them later. Don't give your proper name as they have a record book of every guest.

If going a walk along the beach or road they will come after you but as we have been out so many times they know us well and know we have bought a lot so tend to leave us alone.

They know when the flights of new comers come in so you will probably be pestered for safari the first day but normally settles down.

These guys are just trying to make a living and even when we first went out we made friends' with them as they like to know information from the UK will always talk about football and sometimes give you a tip or two themselves.

The curio shops at the hotel are away to the side and the sellers stay in their bandas and will not bother you.

Some people just say they have booked safari from the Uk and will buy when leaving and the guys accept this.

There a few we know extremely well and help out when we can and are genuine and as there is a coral reef at the hotel we use a boatboy - a good friend as well to take us out to the reef for snorkelling.

It isn't a big problem and sometimes gets blown outof proportion. That is my own personal opinion.

Telford, Shropshire
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3. Re: Beach boys

I usually stay on the North side of Mombasa and I've never had too much trouble with them. Having said that, I'm always polite, explain that I've booked my safari and will come back at the end of my holiday to buy from the stalls - I always keep to this and often give them a few bits (socks, t-shirts etc).

Have a laugh with them, be polite and tell them you just want to relax and you shouldn't have any problems.

I've seen people lying on the beaches on towels, they get pestered for the first 20 mins or so but then they're left alone. It all depends on which hotel you're staying at really as **I believe** some of them have sunbeds on the beach.

Min x

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4. Re: Beach boys

Many of the hotels will not allow you to use the pool towels on the beach .

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5. Re: Beach boys

We often use the Neptune Hotel on Bamburi Beach and most boys recognise us and don`t pester.We take trout fly fishing rods up the beach to practice casting in different conditions and they are no problem and look out for us. As said above smile, be polite and firm and they leave you alone.

I was with a friend last year and he was distracted by someone pretending to want him to give some money to some unknown school - a common scam. The friend was not worldly wise and pulled out a 100/- or so to give to the lad.. A few yards up the beach my friend realised that he had been distracted and had most of his money stolen. Anyway the genuine beach boys heard of this, knew who had done it and action was taken to ensure that the thief did not return to the beach to steal from holidaymakers so just goes to show that most are good hearted..

Earlier this year we bumped into the friend again at the Neptune. The beachboys recognised him so we got them to buy some Tuskers locally and meet outside the hotel at tea time. They all came, had a beer or two and we all had a great time.

Please don`t be put off going on the beach and walking- just smile. We always say we have no money as all inclusive and thats fine. At end of trip we give a few clothes away to them and everyone`s happy.

Bob

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6. Re: Beach boys

I totally agree with you nakurukendal. Sorry about your friend's experience but we usually do what you do - meet up and give the guys a tusker or two at the bar across the road from us and many years' ago we were invited to a place goodness knows where that a camera crew were filming a local soap show. (like our Coination Street for example)

We bought the guys drinks and they were watching the show which was a comedy and which we did not understand the language but laughed our heads at the guys laughter - I was in stitches and thought this could only happen in Kenya.

Normally about a dozen of them go along the beach in the afternoon to a picnic area when it is my birthday and we give them some cash - the rest they pull together and tell us to come at a certain time.

They have the place all decorated (we already have had our lunch) take their local soup and ugali and all of them give me a card , a cake and flowers. We provide the beers and sodas and one of them brings along music and it is a good way of interacting with them.

As you say they are not all 'bad' in fact one lad does a lot of things for us. i.e. get a battery for a watch, mend a pair of shoes , mend a sun hat which I would have probably have given away - I did at the end of the holiday but they are so clever with their hands.

In reply to one poster's query most of the hotels on the South coast provide sun beds and towels on the beach and the pool areas , therefore guests can choose to sit at the beach which we prefer as there is a breeeze compared to the gardens and pool which gets roasting hot.

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7. Re: Beach boys

Beach boys are a pain in the *$$ and spoil the enjoyment of the beach for many tourists. For any newcomer to be surrounded by beach boys all thrusting keys rings, offering safaris, or being encouraged to "see my shop" is enough to get them running back to their sun bed never to go on the beach again.

If they stayed back and let the tourist come to them they would do more business. Why should you have to buy tat you don't want (and which you could buy cheaper and better quality from the co-operative), provide them with drinks, socks, t-shirts or anything else that they fancy from you just to be able to walk along the beach or go for a swim?

There, that's my rant!

Telford, Shropshire
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8. Re: Beach boys

And a good rant it was too. I agree with all of your points and in an ideal World they wouldn't hassle people but I do what I do for peace and quiet.

.......and if you knew what my husbands socks were like, you'd feel sorry for them................!!

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9. Re: Beach boys

I actually bought some land/sand on a part of the beach and bought the matuki, tables etc and built a rhonda for one of the guys just to give him and his family a living and stocked with curios which I listed to give to the buyer that comes (as I could not go as prices wouuld be higher for a mzungu) from Akamba where they do not sell tat!!!! I actually stocked the banda with £300 of stock many years' ago and still standing.

Although the shop is mine I don't take any profit and certainly the guys at our hotel sit in their shops and the tourists come to them. There is plenty of security at the hotel and I have never seen crowds of guys bothering a tourist.

At our hotel the safari sellers are only allowed in turn to approach a tourist and I have not seen tourists surrounded by hoardes of beach boys and I watch everything that goes on at the beach from the peace of my sun bed. If anyone is hassled the security immediately step in and get the seller away.

In fact there is a coconut seller - an old man who comes along with coconuts and has a bad leg and a twig for a stick and is genuine - my husband gives him 100 bob and eats some of the coconut but I don't because of my stomach. Also sells hats made of palms and many guests buy one from him and he has not a malicious bone in his body apart from his broken leg.

As I said before we have a rapport with the guys and some when on my own just walk along the beach with me as an escort and we have a general chat.

It is 'nice' to be 'nice'.

That is my rant!!!!!

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10. Re: Beach boys

I can understand how some people might find the beach boys a bit daunting but people have to make a living. We made a point of chatting to one of the beachboys on our first day and he made sure the rest left us in peace, other than introducing some of his friends purely to chat with no sales pitch. We didn't buy anything we didn't want and the quality of what we did buy was as good as we had seen elsewhere. Once the guys found out my husband is a Remedial Sports Massage Therapist he was presented with a few minor injuries to treat but everyone of them insisted he take a gift in payment. I think if you can find a beachboy you can bond with over football or something then it alleviates a lot of the problems and also gives you access to heaps of local knowledge which can really help enrich your holiday experience. The security guards at the hotel are worth a chat to as they will know which of the beachboys are best to deal with.

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