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Ripoff in Mustique

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Ripoff in Mustique

they now charge 10 us dollars for setting foot on the island.We did find a nice resteraunt called The view. 15 ec for lunch beer was 6ec there is also a local bar next to basils any beer for 5 ec. same view as basils and not as stuffy..the cotton house beer is 7.50 us t Our last trip there.Not that they will miss us. lol

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1. Re: Ripoff in Mustique

I think you will see in some posts of mine from a year ago that the landing fee was supposed to be charged to all visitors to Mustique. For whatever reason, it appears that this is only now being implemented.

You say rip off, but please remember that Mustique is a private island owned by the homeowners. The Mustique Company provides all the services on the island from the dock you land on, the roads you walk on and disposes of the garbage visitors leave. There are real costs to your visit to Mustique; why should the homeowners of Mustique absorb them?

I find it interesting that no one on this board was up in arms when Moonhole decided to close to visitors sitting private ownership and privacy issues, but when Mustique attempts to recover some of the cost of visitors it is branded as a rip off.

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2. Re: Ripoff in Mustique

there were many posts about the Moonhole issues if you look back...though most of them were about Jim and Sheena and their problems...however that also is a private enclave...if you want in to look around you need to rent a villa there or be invited in by a homeowner...

keep in mind that Mustique is a private island run by a corporation and they want to keep it that way...they have every right to charge an admission or entrance fee if you want to go and visit...

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3. Re: Ripoff in Mustique

Moonhole has always been a private Nature Reserve for Homeowners and their guests/families and was never intended to be commercially advertised, or open to the public. We do not have a bar, restaurant or boutique to entice visitors.

Unfortunately, internet advertisements have led people to believe it is a destination for tourists & curiosity seekers.

Moonhole is a respite from automobiles, noise, invasive technology, TV, ringing telephones, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, etc.

For the most part, Homeowners represent Conservationists, Artists, Writers, an eminent Anthropologist & Architect, and are folks who value their privacy and the right to enjoy it without constant invasion by tourists.

Our preference for living among the wild things without the trappings of modern technology is part of the commitment to the Environment shared by most of us; and is indeed the very ethos of Moonhole.

"Moonhole Friends", the brainchild of the late Gladys Johnston, is a philanthropic fund established to provide financial assistance to various worthy causes on Bequia.

I remember the days when one could sail over to Mustique for a drink @ Basil's; but I also remember when Moonhole was accessible only by boat...

Times have changed, more folks traveling, and the internet provides many temptations...including the notion that anyone can arrive expecting a tour.

Private lands dedicated to Conservation and Creativity should be respected.

Edited: 04 March 2010, 14:45
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4. Re: Ripoff in Mustique

With all due respect, Slicricky; why would you think its a ripoff to pay a fee for landing on private property? MSQ007 has an excellent point: someone has to pay wages, garbage disposal, etc. to maintain the Island's pristine ecology and unique atmosphere.

Agree w/ Potomac1963 about how times have changed...Reef degradation, air and water pollution, speedboats, Cruise Ships and a larger traveling public have all contributed to ecological compromises for the sake of tourism.

Some people are making a profit by marketing certain destinations, regardless of harm to the very things that attract us all.

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MSQ007: if the island is privately owned, then why doesn't the Mustique Company simply ban visitors altogether? Its very clear that they are unwelcome - as they would understandably be on any private island.

Was it perhaps a condition of the sale of the island that access could not be denied?

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6. Re: Ripoff in Mustique

There were no conditions of the sale although the operation of the Mustique Company is controlled by an Act of Parliament and the Act requires anyone providing transportation services to Mustique to have a Commercial Licence issued by the Mustique Company for which there should be a fee. That has not yet been enforced but I believe are coming so that the Mustique Company can regulate people like Michael's tours, the Friendship Rose and Fantasea tours if they wish to bring people to Mustique.

Candidly I am in favour of closing the island as you suggest to non-homeowners, villa renters, hotel guests and those pay mooring fees. I would like to increase the mooring fees to reflect those in other locations say $500 per night but I maybe in the minority on that. The compromise that has been struck is the landing fee which can be increased when thought appropriate.

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7. Re: Ripoff in Mustique

If you want to go to Disneyland you pay. And when you are inside you pay through the nose. Mustique is just Disneyland in the Caribbean.

On one flight to and from Bequia we stopped to pick up people in Mustique. I have been looked at as if I was crap on someone's shoe before or since. That convinced me to not bother going to Mustique. That and having been escorted off the island way back in 1979 for some youthful indiscretion.

Slicricky, did you go over in your rubber dinghy?

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8. Re: Ripoff in Mustique

I'm not quite sure how $10 can be construed as a 'rip off''. $100 possibly..but $10???? By the sounds of it, even the most expensive beer at the Cotton House is still cheaper than beer at Moskito.

More importantly dwhopper I'm intrigued by your 'youthful indiscretion'. Do tell...or are you saving it for your autobiography like Basil himself? dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1211648/Hes-k…

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9. Re: Ripoff in Mustique

when you consider there were 10 of us on the boat the sum becomes $100.00. Is it now considered a ripoff? If i could have fit all 10 in my dinghy I would have taken it hopper.

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10. Re: Ripoff in Mustique

I understand the fee, but on the other hand, I thought all beaches in SVG are public. True?

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