To the OP,
I never thought I'd find myself saying this, but here goes - I would rent a local phone just to be on the safe side. As others have said, you may not need it at all (and I honestly hope you don't) But Sharon Harris, QueenSXM, makes the whole process such an easy thing to do, that I just can't imagine being without one now and sadly, you just never know when the 'need' might occur. The price is minimal to begin with but if the occasion ever arose that you actually needed it, believe me, the phone would be priceless.
Georgia and Elaine,
No surprise to either of you, I'm sure, but we never bothered with a cell phone on the island and never really felt the need to over all our years of visiting.
People at home knew where we were and how to reach us if they needed to and the hotel phones were there in a true emergency so we just never saw the necessity for us.
A year or so ago our rental car was vandalized at the beach and we were unable to open the doors - any of them - because of the damage done. Would you believe, this was the first time I'd ever had a cell phone on the island?! What a lifesaver it might have been.
that is, we had it with us. Being the true and natural blonde I once was, I'd left it in the hotel suite - my reasonable thought process being what could I possibly need with a phone at the beach?
After a hot walk back to The Towers along the roadway with cars streaming at us in both directions, we called our rental company who immediately came and picked us up and took us back to the beach to check out the car.
After that experience I've decided even if I never use it, I do enjoy the security of having a cell phone and from that trip on, I actually do keep it WITH ME - even on the beach. Now that's not to say it will be turned on....
And Elaine, we don't usually make dinner reservations either.....so many options and who wants to be tied to a schedule on vacation? Life's too short and you really need to sieze the moment and enjoy each one of them and being tied to commitments and reservations sure does take some of the fun and spontaneity away. But there have been a few occasions - like Easter Sunday dinner for a family of eleven....
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 06/25/2010 07:56PM by pat.