A recent adventure: Hainan Island, China
The locals carry very large machetes... They wanted to sell me fresh coconut milk for 0.25USD. I had to back up to take the picture; they, machetes in hand, cluster very close to prospective customers. Sections of the beach are very commercialized in a Chinese sort of way. I didn't find the quiet unspoiled stretch until after I checked out of my resort. Feel free to email me for suggestions and tips.