Jamaica is poor. Outside of your resort, you are someone's livelihood. Be kind, but be prepared to be hard, too. You will be offered ganja, urged to come into shops, panhandled,
Except by tour bus, it is unwise to travel after dark along the north coast. One will be fine in the well-lit tourist areas (Ocho, resorts, attractions), but small bars, side streets and "deserted" beaches should be avoided at night.
My Husband and I have been to Jamaica 16 times both with our group that stays at an all inclusive hotel as well as with our children and rent a private villa.
This September we rented a private villa from a person we thought was a good friend of a friend.
The villa is right behind a nite club called the Kitty Kat Nite Club in Salem, Runaway Bay, Jamaica.
I am very sad to say that you must be very careful where you stay and who you think are your friends there.
We have been a very strong advocate of Jamaica for and getting people out of the all inclusive resorts to meet and experience the beautiful parts of Jamaica that you don’t normally see in Jamaica.
I have to be very careful what I report as this is all now in court but want to make sure that nobody experiences what we have gone through.
The owner of the Kitty Kat Nite Club owns the villa behind as well and while there we had an attempted robbery by a staff member of the club which resulted in a stabbing. After this we went through 4 days of the owner and her staff member and another individual trying to extort $85,000 JM from us and then when trying to leave locked us in and told us we had a $100,000 JM bill and that we needed to pay that first. I insisted we go to court to prove this was fraudulent and then we had aprox $3000.00 CND worth of stuff taken from us. After we left we received death threats and the party was found guilty in court.
We were held over, with multiple court cases, for a total of over 6 weeks and we still need to return next year.
Because of many court cases around this situation at this establishment, that is all I can say at this time .
We strongly encourage people to stay far from this place as they also have gun men, thieves and other criminals in the place so it is defiantly not safe.
The Kitty Kat Nite Club is right near the road that leads to Hedonism 3 on the North Coast of Jamaica.
It was true for us. If we could have found jobs and a way to stay, we would have. But that would have been hazardous for those waiting on our return. Be careful symptons include lingering by dive shop hoping (and hinting) about how many PADI instructors they really need (at least ONE more named Frank); stuffing beachfront jerk chicken in baggies so that you can enjoy the flavor and aroma all the way home; and hoping against all chance that the bus to take you back to the airport breaks down and none are available for at least another 24 hours!