"Beach Touts..." The Gambia Tourist Trap Tip by mart_blade

The Gambia Tourist Traps: 22 reviews and 14 photos

Pretty much any beach along the commercialised hotel stretches on the coast are dotted with a mixture of beggars and locals with sales skills that would put most corporate high flyers to shame. Be warned, the hotel staff tend to employ local folk to patrol the borders to stop them hard selling you so if you must venture out of the confines then you're on your own, and they give you a really hard sell and pressure for money.

Unique Suggestions: If you're really not interested you can make it known but expect to make the point a few times first!

Fun Alternatives: Gambia is a wonderful country and very friendly, if you don't fancy spending all your time on the beach there are plenty of tours and excursions in the interior of the country, be sure to go in a group though; with people who know the local value of things or expect to pay sometimes 5 times over the odds!

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  • Written May 31, 2009
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