It can seem as though months will go by without a drop. Everything turns brown, except for the gorgeous turquoise waters and the lush mangroves. Rain is so uncommon that when it does, all the children scamper out to play in it and facebook explodes with posts like, "wow, it's raining!" or "thank goodness for the rain!"
When it does rain though, plants and grasses suddenly turn green overnight and flowers blossom. So do bugs. Pesky little mosquitos and gnats seem to be reborn by the millions. Thankfully the bugs don't last too long and return to manageable numbers fairly quickly.
***Tip for anyone who may be coming here***
We deal with mosquitos and gnats ( no-see-ums). Standard bug sprays with deet works great for mosquitos, but not the no-see-ums. For those bad boys, and they are bad, I've found that the absolute best repellent is Avon's Skin-So-Soft. I buy large bottles each time I go back to the states and I try and share the wealth with newcomers to the island. Bugs seem to feast on "new blood" and while I know that sounds silly, it is the honest-to-goodness truth. Bring your Skin-So-Soft! I promise you will need it!