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Caribbean Gold
May 25, 2008 10:46PM
While on vacation in Barbados in the 80s, I discovered that Barbados Beaches belonged to the public. Being a metal detector hobbyist, I checked out their sandy beaches, before venturing in the water. Most all bathing and swimming beaches contained neat metal detector finds. Glenroy Hackett, who I met on the beach in Bathsheba, showed me many great places to detect & convinced me on my second trip to sell him my Garrett At-3 and we have been friends since. In the 90s Glenroy’s wife, Sylvia worked for Carib Air, a new airline. She managed to get me two free day passes to St Lucia & St Vincent. Carib Air used small jets & ferried people to the nearby islands. It was takeoff, a soda & landing. Someone later told me Carib Air went belly up, because the sea air killed the small jet engines. Sylvia & Carib Air allowed me the opportunity to visit and check out St Vincent & St Lucia. Because of an active volcano, St Vincent was a dump compared to St Lucia and I never detected St Vincent. I liked St Lucia and have visited there 10 times. From St Lucia I visited just about all of the Caribbean Islands and have enjoyed every minute of it. Once when flying to St Lucia, they served Coke in tiny cans. I kept mine. I wonder if the tiny Coke can is worth anything, Someday I will get a digital camera & show everyone at the NorthEast Metal Detecting Forum what it and my metal detection collection looks like.
NH Bob has given me permission to advertise my shop & it’s services on this Forum, because, at this time, Streeters is the forum's only sponsor. Anyone who buys a Minelab Underwater metal detector from my 35+ year old metal detecting & prospecting supply business, Streeter Electronics, Rte 101, in little Marlborough, NH are invited (provided they are non smokers) to go on one of my treasure hunting adventures to the Caribbean. I have visited and metal detected beaches in Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Island, Granada, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St Croix, St Thomas, St Kitts, Nevis, St Lucia, St Martin, Tobago, Turks & Caicos, Curacao and many more. When I stop arranging these trips. I believe my friend, Chris Valerio will take over for me.
To detect beaches, we generally ask permission, are polite, fill in any holes we make and try to remember to always put the found junk in trash barrels.
Years ago, I discovered sometimes people try to capitalize on others who lost items in the sea & tell us they lost it. We have been taken, and now try not to let it happen anymore. If someone should tell us about a lost jewelry item, we will look for them, provided they know lost spot & can describe lost item in detail. In Guadeloupe I found a lost diamond ear ring for a frantic young lady and a Platinum wedding band for an Indian lady. I never expected to find either. However, I tried.
Because we find many more valuables ( money and jewelry) in the water, we usually detect the calm waters at public & hotel sandy beaches. Sometimes hotels charge everyone a fee to use the beach. We pay & detect, knowing most TH'ers are cheap & will go to a free beach, rather then pay to hunt. We detect the clear shallows to shoulder deep. Some on the trips have tried scuba gear without much success.
To make the hobby easier for me, I wear a dive mask, waterless snorkel, & booties to protect my feet. I also bring some Vodka for jelly fish injuries & etc.
I've got a weeks treasure hunting vacation planned for Barbados for myself & son Scott. I am making this trip available to others. I believe this will be my last trip to Barbados. I want to again sample the great Fish dinners in Oistins and the sidewalk battered friend chicken & pork. I remember the little run down rum shacks where 4 sandwiches & soft drinks were under $5.00. I'm over 65 & single & usually everyone else is a male. If you want to come along and are not a Streeter MD customer, you may come with us, provided you make a $300 donation towards the trip’s expenses.We each pay our own airfare. Usually we share lodging & rental car expenses, home cooked meals and daily chores. There are usually always deals for Barbados and this time I hope to use that service. The rental car for Barbados could be $150 each
For a fact, Barbados is slowing down the water metal detecting hobby. The natives are getting to good and the tourist are complaining. Some beaches are now only open to metal detecting, after park hours, 5:pm to 9:am. Many know me in Barbados, I'm liked and respected. I do not make problems and I donate to Barbados charities. I know how the government works and I respect it.
From June 3rd to 12, 2008 I was lucky enough to go on a 10 day working vacation to my favorite French island. With me this time were humorist & friend Chris Valerio of Sequim, WA, the fleeting Don Foster of Claremont, NH, the best water detectorist I know, Billy Mitchell of Boylston, MA and U.S. Marshall to be David Hawkins of Carmel Ind. Before we returned home, one of our bungalows was broken into & over $3,500 in treasure hunting supplies, money, wallet, passport, CC cards & driver's license was stolen from one of us.
We all were able to return home with many dozens of lost or broken gold & silver jewelry items and an experience we will never forget..
Most Islands we visit & detect at, do not like take dirty looking money. To use the dirty & blackened coins we find in the sea, we must clean them in the sand or tumble clean at home & use, when we return. Usually I find too many too clean and take home about $100 to $200. When I return, this vacation is cheaper, because I already have enough for meals.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/18/2008 07:47AM by Sea Hunter.
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Re: Caribbean Gold
May 26, 2008 07:42PM
Bites Being ME.......smoking smiley .......Maybe I should go on the Patch......NAH!......smoking smiley the finger smiley spinning smiley sticking its tongue out .....Hey....I didn't allow the finger guy....they did......and I just had to use it to see if I get kicked off for finger offending anyone....Just testing the waters as they say.....grinning smiley
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Re: Caribbean Gold
May 26, 2008 07:50PM
Quit smoking and you can really test the water. And when you get back you can test the Gold.
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Re: Caribbean Gold
May 26, 2008 08:09PM
Bob, I could never afford it unless I struck it rich......BUT!....If Kirsten Gum was going I would quit quicker than a Nascar on Viagra....she hosts on the travel channel.....there is something about her that is very different this year.....I just can't put my finger on it though......confused smiley
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Re: Caribbean Gold
May 26, 2008 08:15PM
Lets move to the Lounge
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Re: Caribbean Gold
March 25, 2009 03:33PM
Hi George,

I'm a new member and found your post while researching laws about detecting in the Cayman Islands. In preparation for an upcoming trip, I was wondering if you had any insight into laws there that govern detecting in-water and/or on-land? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Doug
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