Jamaica Tourist Traps

  • "Taino maiden", Outameni
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  • At Outameni - note colourful dancer!
    At Outameni - note colourful dancer!
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  • BRAIDING.....worth it?
    BRAIDING.....worth it?
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Jamaica Tourist Traps

  • Prices

    More than anywhere else, in Jamaica it was hard to control the prices: It's clear the presence of a double economy, expensive for tourists, and... I don't know for locals. The double currency used (Jamaican and American dollars) don't help. Not interested in jewels, I couldn't find many interesting things to buy.

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  • Blue Diamond Plaza- wolf in sheeps...

    Like with other shops in Montego Bay, they see you coming from a mile away! As a somewhat seasoned traveller, i understand the need to barter since the asking price is almost always double what they will take. The blue diamond plaza, namely the liquor store and craft store (attached to each other) are similar. They mark their prices up...

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  • Exchange rate

    The exchange rate for US dollars is about 10% less at the Montego Bay airport than 5 minutes away in town in 2008. The rate at the Kingston airport was 7% less than in town in 2009.In June 2009 the rate was 86 Jamaican dollars for one USD. Since it is a rate and not a commission, change just enough to get into town or just use US dollars for the...

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  • Hair braiding ---beware!

    You can find locals willing to braid your hair in many caribbean destinations and Mexico. If this is your first visit to Jamaica you may feel the overwhelming urge to have your hair braided. Although this is a great way to keep super frizzy humidified hair at bay, beware of the charges. I made the mistake of negotiating my way down to $2 for hair...

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  • Watch out!

    Jamaica's citizenry are a friendly bunch but there are a few errant souls that will sell you swamp land if you let them. At the markets it is common to haggle with the vendors. I hate haggling but this is acceptable practice in many countries and Jamaica too. Shop around before buying because alot of the vendors sell the same items, just different...

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  • Resort Employees

    Couples Resort This is not so much a trap, we just bought Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee from one of its employee, because he was our favorite person working there, I even hooked him up and took pics with him because he was so down to earth and friendly, but come to find out, he pulled one over on us, my wife and I bought the coffee and got home and...

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  • Downtown Shopping

    I am not going to say anything bad about the great people of Jamaica, what I will say, is that in town everything I bought was cheaper back at the resort. I mean it, from the spices to the knick knacks you take back to your family and friends, were cheaper at the resort. I lost about $30.00 in town buying their same exact items for way more money....

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  • Outameni Experience

    One thing you have to accept if exploring Jamaica, it seems, is that tourist attractions are a bit too neatly packaged for some tastes. On the whole I was happy to live with this, but here at Outameni I felt the packaging went too far, and our visit here left a slightly sour taste in my mouth.We were the only two people on our tour of the...

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  • The whole island is a trap

    Reality dictates that two worlds can live side by side and from time to time collide. As soon as you step out of the secure environs of your all inclusive resort you must face the poverty that rides side saddle along with your NEED to buy cheap and worthless stuff that your just going to sell in a garage sale. I suggest, roll with it with a smile...

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  • Beware Doctor Feelgood

    Marijuana or "Ganja" is ever present in Jamaica. While it is everywhere it is still illegal and you can be given a citation or even be arrested for possesion. There are street peddlers everywhere and it seems that every cab driver or tour guide is also moonlighting as "Dr. Feelgood." Even if you dont want any you will still be offered until you...

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  • Ocho

    The local craft market in Ocho is a major tourist trap. These ppl will sell there mother to make a sale. If you don't mind being constantly asked to "come over here pretty lady" go. There are a lotta bargains to be had. Be sure to BARTER! the price is always lower at the next stall.

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  • it's not jamaican ganja you're smoking

    As all of U know,it's hard to have a walk on the marvellous beach of Negril without being proposed something to smoke what is to be understood as lots of Jamaicans live on tourism and sell all and nothing. But if U think U gonna smoke real jamaican one , U're wrong. Most of the ganja in Jamaica grows in the jamaican land but the seeds they're using...

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  • Legal drugs.....not really

    When arriving in Jamaica I was almost immediately approached and asked if I wanted to buy drugs. In Jamaica, the use, sale, and possession of drugs such as ganja (marijuana), cocaine, crack, ecstasy, heroin and any other controlled substance is ILLEGAL. Violators are subject to severe punishments – specifically arrest, fine and imprisonment. DO NOT...

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  • Taxi driver

    They ask to tourists always double or three times the real price. See pic for jamaican taxi driver...

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  • Watch out for Voodoo sales people on the...

    Wanting to talk with the locals is what I always do-but it is virtually impossible to do so since you get harassed pretty much everywhere you go on the beach.....We were told that a curse was put on us because we did'nt want to buy whatever this guy was selling.... this kind of freaked me out! Just keep walking say no thanks and don't make too...

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  • Dunns River Falls

    The Dunns River Falls is a lot of fun, HOWEVER, when your visit is over be sure to leave the Park through the entrance. DO NOT FOLLOW THE EXIT SIGNS. It takes you through an area where all the merchants harass you to buy JUNK. They are very forward and do not respect the words No Thank You. I even bought a $10 bag of Coffee from one merchant to be...

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  • Dunn's River Falls

    Although Dunn's River Falls may be one of the most beautiful spots in Jamaica, it suffers from over tourism. Many cruise passengers visit Dunn's on day trips from both Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, it may very well be the #1 day trip from the resorts so I imagine there is always a crowd.We visited Dunn's on our first trip to Jamaica in 2002 on an...

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  • Ocho Rios

    The ride from Kingston to "Ochi" through Fern Gully is well worth it, but the Ocho Rios Falls is kinda sketchy. It's a rock-laden waterfall in the woods that you can climb up and around. Gets very touristy in summer, filled with spring breakers also, and you can easily slip and fall on the rocks and you are far far away from any medical help. On...

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  • Dunn's River Falls

    These falls are one of the best known places in Jamaica (for good reason, they're beautiful)but because of that they are pretty much ALWAYS crowded. If you're seeing it, be prepared for the never ending streams of tourists. GO EARLY!

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  • Ocho Rios Shopping

    Unless you're into haggling the shopping can be tiring. Ubiquitous craft items include tropical clothing, wood carvings and straw baskets. I didn't find the vendors as troublesome as I had read. A smile and a friendly 'no thanks' was enough to keep them at bay. If you keep walking out of their territory they'll quickly leave you alone.For...

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  • Roadside Shops

    As you get on the shuttle from MoBay enroute to Ocho Rios, the driver will stop at a place on the side of the road where there are restrooms, food, and drink. What he doesn't tell you is that there are a few shops there. When the bus stops, the locals gather around the door of the bus just waiting for you to get off. As you exit the bus, one of...

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  • YS Falls

    Of all the places we visited in Jamaica, this was the only one which could be described as a 'Tourist Trap'.

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  • The Craft Market...it's all the same

    You are not really encouraged to go out and explore on your own, so there are organised excursions for everything, including shopping...this trip visits about 3 areas, one of them is the craft market but to be honest...it's hard to tell the difference. Everyone is selling t-shirts, simple beaded jewellery, woodwork and offering to braid your hair,...

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  • Raw Deals

    Jamaicans are all about making money - but who isn't? Make deals everywhere you go. If you don't think they gave you a good offer on ANYTHING, then tell them that you will go next door and see what they will give you, and watch them come WAY down on the price. Usually, if you name your price, they will be happy with it. Sometimes they throw in free...

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  • Craft markets..... more like crap...

    The local craft markets.All the booths carry almost the exact same crafts and goods.Since this is regulated by the government there are only so many things the vendors can sell. be ready to be hassled to "have a look in here miss" after you just saw the exact same stuff in the last booth.i wouldnt suggest going unless you know that you really want...

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  • Shop Haggling

    If you are with a tour guide, especially at Dunns River Falls, DO NOT go the way he tells you...it is a trap to send you back into a section of shops with very questionable people. If you want to get a couple of souveniers, it's OK to go, but if you don't feel safe or like haggling, do not go. Please, DO NOT GO ALONE! It's not as safe as you may...

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  • Super Yacht San San - Nothing Super...

    Don't be fooled - the staff is rude, the boat is old and falling apart - and the trip to the falls is at best "inconvenient" Don't go on this tour - take another route to the falls Take the cool-runnings boat or another party boat, or just take a cab

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  • Into the 'city'

    We thought we were going to be able to walk around where the locals shop but unforutnately they took us right to the tourist trap and we were bombarded with people asking us to buy stuff. It was stressful and we couldn't wait to leave! Take a limited amount of money. Learn how to say no and don't be pressured into buying something you don't...

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  • Dunn's River Falls

    Dunn's River Falls and craft market is a "must-see" stop on every cruise and package tour. The Falls are definitely worth a visit, but be prepared to be harassed (and ripped off) by aggressive vendors in the craft market. Y/S Falls near Black River (southwest coast) is much more tranquil and less touristy. If you do buy crafts in Jamaica, buy them...

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  • Jamaica at its best bus tour

    Avoid it.The snorkel part is 5 min from where they moor the boat. coral is dead. Dunns river is not that interesting. dolphincove is poorly run and laid out strangely.Tour bus guide will try to take you shoppinglate in the day (6PM) even tho the hotel says its a non shopping tour stay at your all inclusive

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  • There are 2 sides to Negril

    The resorts around Negril are beautiful, perfect places but outside of the compounds prepare yourselves for the real Jamaica.

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  • Montego Bay "Market"

    The market we stopped by seemed very colorful and fun when we first saw it. Once we got in and started looking around, the vendors were VERY pushy, even going as far as offering illegal substances for sale! If you didn't buy their "stuff" whether legal or illegal....they would get mad and act very ugly. Scary! Make sure you don't go alone, and...

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  • High pressure sales every where.

    Just as every 'perfect' place has a con hiding somewhere, so does Jamaica. Wide spread poverty on this island has driven folks to some amazing lengths. To all the salesmen with small gift shops on surf boards, we salute you. This takes balance, skill, I have never seen anything like it. But, hey, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do, so at least...

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  • Montigo Bay

    Montigo Bay is one of them.Under the current sitiuation the town has very little to offer. Privacy is scarce. At the time when we went there, only 3 day-time beaches were safe to go and they closed at 5 PM. Fences don't keep away local marauders/houlligans as they will approach you even in water, selling petty stuff or asking for money - not...

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  • Waiting for the Sunset

    First time of our visiting to Negril for seeing most beautiful Sunset, after2 hrs. of waiting we've seen this Sunset. So if you're coming to Negril just for watching the SUNSET you might be disappointed.

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  • Shops along Glouster Ave

    expensive and the stuff they sell (with the exception of anything that says Jamaica on it) can be bought anywhere (like home) for 100% less. You might find some great crafts and such, and memrobila like that is precious, but for the most part, big rip off Falmouth market, guys on the beach (haggle them down 30%)

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  • Montego Bay Craft Market

    If you want to be bugged, harrassed and feel guilty about not parting with your hard earned money (at crazy prices) then go here! Get in and get out. You can buy some unique things there, but your gonna pay! Go to the Wednesday market in Falmouth. This place is for locals, but it's cheaper and you can bargin, use this rule of thumb ...Bargin down...

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  • Street life

    When travelling around town there will be men who will try to sell you drugs and women. They were pretty agressive. It can become pretty annoying.

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  • Miss Brown's: what a...

    Miss Brown's: what a rip-off!!! The only fun we had was talking with this little guy and he seemed pretty bored with us.

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  • Dunn's River Falls - Tourist Trap or...

    I'm not sure whether to call this a 'tourist trap' or a 'must see activity' - it's really both! Dunn's River Falls - it's 3 km (2 mi) west of Ocho Rios and is Jamaica's best-known attraction. You might as well forget about trying to avoid the crowds here and just join the daisy chain clambering up the tiers of limestone that stairstep 180 m (600...

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  • Breezes Montego Bay. The place...

    Breezes Montego Bay. The place is overpriced and the accommodations would be beneath the standards of a Motel 6. Security is also completely lacking as the resort is open to the entire community in the evenings and people are allowed to roam around the premises without any security. Not a good idea for single women traveling alone, as my friend and...

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  • The Sandals resorts are nice,...

    The Sandals resorts are nice, but very much tourist inspired. The main theme always seems to be an American style party. If I were going back I would look for something off the main trail. There are lots of smaller hotels.

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  • Do not buy liquer from the...

    Do not buy liquer from the hotel shops. The duty free shops are much less expensive. On the other hand, we got a much better exchange rate at our hotel when we changed money than we got at the airport.

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  • In Ocho Rios, avoid the open...

    In Ocho Rios, avoid the open air marketplace next to the shops in proper buildings in town. The vendors in the open air booths are persistent beyond coersion to the point of physically pulling or herding you in by blocking your egress. Extremely pushy. I felt like a 'mark' the entire time. No 'Irie' vibe here!

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  • Look out for persons who come...

    Look out for persons who come up to you with stories. There are professional con-men, some try this line 'I remember you, don't you remember me?'. The result is they are looking for money, sympathy and your weakness. BEWARE!!!

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