You can get quite a mix of kids your children
may meet while cruising.
In port their may be close by camp grounds, hotels, other cruising kids and of course local kids right there ALL
just meters away on the beach.
We once had neighbor boat moored a few lines down manned by girls from a local correctional school
Called reform schools in the Mickey Rooney movies. To finally get placed in a correctional school
in Calif a kid has to be really deep into crime, usually violent crime.
The couple that owned the boat were lending a few kind days to the school to give the girls a break from their lock-up routine.
Gee, what could go wrong?
It wasn't going smoothly for the Captain
and his wife and they soon enough had enough and cast off for home early.
Purse snatches and other thefts on the beach, drug activity, underage drinking, the local kids may be in the middle of that we have found. Not painting with a broad brush, just stating our experiences.
On the other hand, my girls have met some fantastic people.
An owner of a beach store in Baja
two daughters made friends with my girls and they all spoke only spanish and even spent a night at their home. We knew about the owner through relatives and several previous trips and it was a green light all the way.
So we screen
everyone they are with, everything they do in port and it's served us well.