Well I read that article from the travel writers and it just confirms what I thought about travel writing. It is just propaganda for the industry.
I was in Anse Mitan last week, it is a major tourist area in Martinique. All of the gas stations, supermarkets and government
offices were closed. Most of the restaurants were closed. Those that tried to stay open were raided by gangs who closed them down. Twice I was in a restarant when this happened. THere was no violence, but extreme intimidation caused compliance. One major hotel
was open but talking to locals they had about 3 days of food left and some things were coming off the menu. The grocery stores opened periodically, but the shelves were fairly empty. Could not get milk. Was told that the warehouse were enpty and food was rotting on ships in the harbour that could not be unloaded.
I yellowed flaged through Guadeloupe. First night just after we anchored a barricade was set up and a car was set on fire. Soon the lineup was over a mile long. Even an ambulance was held up for close to 10 minutes. They finally opened the blockade about 10:30.
At Deshais there were only a few small shops open. 1 restaurant opened for a couple of hours at lunch time. Nothing was open for dinner. Speaking to a local dive operator, he said he only had a few days fuel left and was not taking out small groups. Customs
was closed. The police station was closed. Garbage was in the steets piling up and some places starting to smell pretty bad.
Hopefully, the strike is over, but talking to a local, said that even the hotels that were open were at less the 1/3rd capacity.