We took a boat from the dock at Labadee a short ride away from Royal Caribbean's exclusive island area to a beach and walked ashore. We were given rum punch and left to sit on the beach or use kayaks to explore, however they were on the beach and no one was manning them, so no one used them. Our group was split into two groups and led around the wooded area above the beach on a staged cultural tour of people selling ware of candy, wood carvings, paintings, and jewelry. On the last stop before returning to the beach for more hanging around time my fifteen year old son was taken for $20.00 for a plastic necklace that was placed around his neck by the vendor. I was trying to let him be independent and look, but I did not realize he was being pressured to buy and he naively gave over $20.00 of his own hard earned money for a necklace made from plastic beads. This was a lesson to us all, but not one I would have expected on a tour we paid to go on. Other tours we took while on this cruise, we were protected by our guides and given a heads up about vendor tactics.
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