Paying it forward..

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, April 07, 2011, 19:14 (3946 days ago) @ Harry

Years ago while vacationing in the Eastern Beaches of Havana I saw a pair of plain clothed police stop a couple of Cubanos, ID'd them, them, then roust them them off the beach where they were not permitted to walk or potentially mingle with the foreigners. I thought to myself:

"Is is what they fought a people's revolution for?"

It disgusted me, along with the completely preferential treatment that we received as turistos and for our "hard currency," enjoying privileges that the locals could not.

That law has since changed and Cubans can now stay at any hotel and go to any beach. Only in Varadero (that I'm aware of) is there still a regulation against mingling between foreigners and nationals.

Meanwhile, here in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo locals are losing access to their beaches as some beaches become essentially privatized. In Zihuatanejo we've already lost land access to El Almacén, Contramar and pretty much Majahua, too. Many establishments at La Ropa have been harassing locals for years. Though they deny it, Casa Que Canta even went so far as to use explosives to blow up a natural pool at the north end of La Ropa and cement the sharp shards of rock along the rocky shore to keep folks from getting within sight of their guests, and they also removed a popular shade tree and planted several cacti in its place. But they are far from alone in their general discrimination towards locals, especially those of "lesser" economic means.

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