(Closed) I want to go the Carribeans but I’m terrified of REPTILES! Can you help me?!

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Florida Keys. You get the awesome sunshine, the crystal clear blue water, the white beaches, AND you don’t have the fuss/danger of leaving the country. There’s no iguanas there- the worst you could come across is a stray cat or chicken but even that is unlikely, especially on the beach. I would recommend spending half your time in Key West to party/shop/eat great dinners and then half your time in a quieter key such as Key Largo for straight beach chilling.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Also, from Key Largo you can snorkel on Pennekamp reef which is UNBELIEVABLY gorgeous- like one of those ‘underwater scene’ screensavers, no kidding.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We went to Antigua, and our resort had these awesome outdoor showers on your personal balcony (but no shower inside, that was the only one you had).  Although it was really sexy most of the time, it was a little less sexy when these little lizards (iguanas maybe? I don’t even know) would find the water attractive. If you are afraid of reptiles, I would definitely recommend making sure your hotel has indoor showers! 

I’m not sure about Florida not having any lizards, when I went to Orlando a few years back we saw them all over the resort property. I think it’s just something you are going to find anywhere that is warm and tropical.  Just remember that they are more afraid of you than you are of them! If you make plenty of noise while walking around (like, talking and don’t tiptoe), it will scare them off before they can get too close to you.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Oh yeah there are definitely regular small lizards in Florida. Lots of them, but they’re only a few inches long. I guess I didn’t really think of them because I honestly barely even notice them. They’re like squirrels- they just dash off. I was thinking more of big iguanas that actually run around and whip their tails around and can be intimidating. Not really any of those in Florida, but certain Caribbean islands are COVERED in them.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I live in Florida and HATE lizards. They are pretty much everywhere in Florida, but they are small, most are only a couple inches long. And they scatter when you are any where near them so really its not that bad. I still hate them and I am scared to death of them but they are bearable. I would not want to turn around and see a huge iguana out and about…YUCK! I have never been to the carribean so I can’t comment on that but I have been to the keys. It is very nice and has a lot you can do. There are chickens that wonder around and cats and the regular Florida lizards but I didnt think it was that bad. I have heard of there being iguanas in the Keys but I did not see any…and I can spot a lizard a mile away.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Caribbean islands are COVERED in them”

I would disagree with this – I have seen more reptiles in Florida than some caribbean islands / resorts I have been to (mind you they dont bother me either way). Perhaps you can look into going on a cruise ? then you would be able to sleep a little easier but still be able to stop and check out beaches. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

OP, I just went to the Florida Keys this past summer and saw LOTS of iguanas. We stayed in Big Pine Key and saw at least a dozen over the four days we were there. There were in the parking lot of our motel, crossing roads and in the trees right next to our room. Just mentioning this so that you know there definitely are iguanas in the Keys. 

However, I think if you stay in Key West (in the town) you are much less likely to see iguanas! I never saw any in the town of Key West! They tend to be in more remote areas (trees, etc.) than the streets. But they can honestly go anywhere. Sorry you have such a fear of them! They really won’t harm you and generally go the other way (scared of you), but I understand you not wanting to be around them if you have a genuine fear.

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@CanadianMermaid: I said that *certain* Caribbean islands are, which is true! I’ll concede that there might be some in the woodsier parts of the Keys though, but I’ve spent some serious time in the Keys and a lot of time on various Caribbean islands and all of my iguana encounters have been in the islands. OP- is there any kind of wildlife you aren’t afraid of? Because every beach on earth has some kind of critter running around, hehe.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

@Floridagirl2010: Don’t go to Big Pine Key. They are all over the place! Even at Bahia Honda State Park where we snorkeled daily. And in the WinnDixie parking lot we saw four at one time.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper

As someone who grew up with a big friendly iguana named Beau, this saddens me lol!

In Florida there were lizards all over the place. I loved it, but if you really can’t stand them I’d say you pretty much have to avoid any place tropical.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@KatyElle: I had a pet iguana too as a child! His name was “Little Man” because he had such a Napoleon complex and was such a jerk! He’d whip me with his tail when I tried to hold him- the only thing he’d do is sit on my head, and I was always afraid he’d poop there! Eventually he got out, escaped, and swam away (my house is on a bay). He must have gotten big because for years there were sightings of a lone, several-foot-long iquana in the mangroves near my house. So- OP, avoid Madeira Beach, or you might run into Little Man lol!

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

We went to Jamaica and only saw tiny little geckos on the trees and one giant turtle that rolled in on a wave late one night when we were walking along the beach.

Never saw a lizard, snake, alligator – anything like that. They did have some kitties that wondered around, but they were shy of people.

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