Along the beach in Negril, you'll be easily spotted, and waved over, or the salesmen will approach you with a very polished sales pitch. Crummy bracelets, all kinds of drugs ranging from the local ganga, to hash, brownies that they've 'cooked themselves' and finally 'blow'.
Unique Suggestions: These guys have an incredible memory for your face, so the common "We will be back later" is a foolish move. We did that on a recent trip, and one guy was on our case every time we hit the beach. They even offer what I call "Beach Credit" This is when you use the excuse of, "I'm in my bathing suit, I don't have any money on me".
Cutting them off right away, say you're not buying anything, but most important of all.... You show respect. Slip them a buck, say "One Love", (Jamaicans thing of Bob Marley as a GOD) They'll leave you be.
Fun Alternatives: Anything there is a tourist trap, or dangerous. Bargain your ass off at the Time Square Mall. You'll get tons of mileage.
Tourist Trap on 7-Mile Beach. Does Jimmy Buffet really need anymore money??
We went there during football season to catch a game, which was cool cuz they have a bunch of big screens. But after the game, during live music, they wanted $10 us for 1 Red Stripe!
Come on, you can walk 10 yards away to any other beach bar and pay $1-5 us.
Unique Suggestions: If you have to go there to watch a game, bring your wallet.
Fun Alternatives: There are many alternatives.
While enjoying the sunset, you will be enticed to jump form the cliff by local jumpers. Do not be fooled. the place is gorgeous and it is hard not to take advantage especially if you have a bit of a try it all attitude. Read my words think about it twice.
Unique Suggestions: If you have to go ,and i encourage you to have a drink there and enjoy the views of the dolphins in the sea, please be knowledgeable of the risks of jumping off this cliff. Visite this informational website: http://www.rickscafenegril.com. It is the story of several people whose life changed for good after jumping there. Don t be fooled, check out the site that could literally save your life.
Fun Alternatives: Don;t jump for fun jump becasue you ve done it many times before and you know that you could be considered a semi professional jumper all others keep out! it s that simple.
one of the things that has made negril famous among female american tourists is the "rent-a-rasta" trade. thousands of middle age women come to negril looking for a young good looking rastaman. these rastamen are gigolo. you see rastamen walking along the bay and hanging out in bars, restaurants and hotels looking for a lady who can buy them a beer or a meal. usually they stay with the same woman for several days. when she leaves, they look for a new one.
If you are a ltourist you are charged more. Have your guide purchase for you. Make sure you ask them if they can get you a better deal. This may help them get a better tip at the end of the tour "get it"! We can work it too!
Most places charge us tourist double, sometimes triple the price. Go figure! It's a little irritating to me. I would of bought more at some places but I was feeling really ripped off.
Unique Suggestions: Taxi's: This is another one. We figured it out. If you can gather another two couples. You can get a driver for a van or rent a car. This is cheaper than the tours most of the time. This way you can stop anywhere you want anytime you want. And most the time the driver knows places to stop for you. Check with his local knowledge first . He doesn't get paid till the trips over. Or ask your hotel to recommend a driver. Only use taxi's with red plates.
Fun Alternatives: Or you can use the tours recommended by your hotel.
to draw your attention local sellers will call "respect mon" and shake your fist. yes, jamaicans do not shake their hands, they join their fists instead. they also have a very peculiar slang. they do not say "hello" or "what's up", but "ya mon