Last year we were at another resort and were pestered constantly to buy "ganja" by the locals. A "no thank you" was enough to turn them away, but within 2 minutes another would approach.
Do you get approached by locals at CTI selling dope?
We've been to CTI 3 times (4th this January) and have never been approached by anyone for this purpose. We have smelled its aroma while there but have no clue where it came from. The resort has a private beach which is unaccessible from surrounding areas---i think it's one of those deals where if you want it you'll find it, but no one gets in your face. That's just our experience.
No CTI and CSS both have private cove beaches. That is actually the main reason we prefer the Ochi side of the island. We have not stayed at CN but have stayed next door and found there are significantly fewer vendors on Bloody Bay - all of them on boat or jetski as compared to CSA where they walk the beach on foot.
Actually, a local is often NEAR the beach. He sits on a surfboard just outside the swimming markers and sells para-sailing and jet ski rentals. He will NOT bother you and you must approach him if you want to chat.
One of the reasons we like to go to Negril is that the beach is public. We went to an S in Dunn's River years ago and it creeped us out the locals were not allowed on the beach. It just felt wrong. I love local color.
becandjas89 CSS is also a private cove beach. The main beach is wonderful because with the tree covered jetty on one side and the cliffs to the spa on the other side you only see ocean - not another resort in site so its like you are in your own private world. SSB has a river that opens up next to it - you will see local fisherman going out in the morning and coming in in the evening but they aren't selling anything just commuting to work.