Had a blast spending some time off the grid at Gales Point - a former slave hideout and drug trafficking hotspot secluded from the outside world by the many lagoons and mangroves. The place saw a lot of violence, which gave the people living here quite a bad reputation throughout the country. While there are still people hiding here (from law enforcement or from gangs and cartels), most either endorse the lifestyle here or just have nowhere else to go.
Gales Point is totally off the grid. No law enforcement, no transportation, no cellular reception, no taxes, no tourists, no dollar. People here live “of the bush”, which means they harvest, fish or hunt. The properties they live on, they won by pulling tickets out of a hat... funny. It’s a quiet place where everyone knows everyone.
Some of the smuggling is still happening. When the weather conditions are at their worst, small boats filled up to the top with bags of snow make their way up north through these lagoons - every now and then throwing a bag over board to prevent the boats from sinking. As the goal is to arrive with as much weight as possible, the boats start off with more then they can handle. If you see an opportunity here, a word of caution: It would be unwise to attempt retrieving any of these bags. Some tried their luck, which would usually bring them to horrific ends.
Me and my buddies just went line fishing for snappers. The waters here boast all kind of sea life. Fishes, turtles, manatees, dolphins, sharks, lobsters and more.
Other than that, there is a strange spot the locals call the “boiling hole”. Basically an unremarkable, undistinguishable spot close to the shore in knee-deep water where the soil feels a bit more lose than usual. With some help you can push a person just straight through the ground. I let myself being pushed down up to my neck. The feet would feel warm gravel and water but no solid ground - just like a sinkhole, but under water. Nobody really knows what’s the deal about all that. Probably some thermal underground cavern pushing up warm sand and sea water. As we had fun with it, the hole definitely got bigger and bigger. It’s probably safe, but who knows.