In lieu of a topical post, you get this.
Once upon a time, Mrs. Ricardipus and I went on a Caribbean vacation. This, of course, was before either of the Junior Ricardipi arrived. Nowadays - vacation? Um, no.
We went to Antigua, a lovely country that "has an economy based solely on tourism".
Warning bell: the functional translation of "has an economy based solely on tourism" is "everyone will try to sell you anything at all, all of the time, and bother you until you are parted with at least some of your money".
Worst things about Antigua:
1) Everyone trying to take your money. All the time.
2) Sunstroke (our fault).
3) Crap beach and silty water caused by construction of nearby resort annex.
4) Missing our friends, who'd been in the same resort the week before, without our knowledge. Their postcard was waiting for us when we got back.
5) Frightening, enormous spiders in holes near the beach.
6) Finding out later that they were actually crabs, making us look (and feel) like idiotic tourists.
7) Extortionate and inefficient cab drivers, and active discouragement from taking the local bus service, which we found out later was apparently both cheap and convenient.
8) British West Indies Airlines - second-hand Air Canada planes, insecticide spray (on the way south - what, they think Canadian mosquitoes are going to invade the Caribbean?), "hint-o-fishstick" (southbound) and "particularly nasty omelette" (northbound) for dinner. And the broken seat that wouldn't stay vertical.
9) Aggressive "red caps" at the airport, ready to move your bags the 10 yards or so from the curb to the check-in desk. And take your money.
10) "Eastern Caribbean Dollars", i.e. monopoly money that cannot be used outside the Caribbean and can only be exchanged for U.S. dollars at exorbitant rates.
11) Cancelled glass-bottom boat/snorkeling and sunset catamaran cruises.
12) Mesh around the trunks of the palm trees to stop the rats from climbing them and subsequently falling to their deaths on the pathways through the resort.
Gosh, sounds bad doesn't it? Stay tuned for the plus side.