Jamaica Warnings and Dangers

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Jamaica Warnings and Dangers

  • Restrictions at the Beach Clubs

    A wedding party stayed at an all-inclusive resort in Negril, while my wife and I stayed at a more conventional hotel on the Negril cliffs. We were 7 to 10 miles apart, and so taking the taxi became a bit of a hassle when we tried to visit. Worse though was the fact that the all-inclusive resort wouldn't permit us to join our friends and family...

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  • State Department Warnings are Nonsense

    Jamaican gangsters and guns do exist, but as far as we could tell, tourists were basically free from harm in public areas and around hotels. Security in Jamaica is serious, but still less serious than in many Latin American countries. Don't expect police to come running to help you out of a jam, since 911 probably doesn't work there, but police...

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  • Ocho rios safety

    I have traveled to Ocho Rios 20 times in the past 23 years. I have gone with just my husband and in groups of friends and family of 25. Of all the trips i have felt "unsafe" once. My g/f and I have been downtown at night alone and had no problems. I suggest one uses common sense. The Jamaican people as a whole want tourists. When my hubby and I (...

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  • sharp and slippery rocks - Mayfield...

    It is not like Dunns River or YS where you have a dry side to walk up and still see the falls. This is primarily an all wet tour. Be very careful and make sure you have firm footing when maneuvering. Pay attention to the guard. Bring your own watershoes because normally when you rent them at the place they may not have your size and be too...

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  • Beware of time dilation!

    Beware of time dilation - local habits and customs could cost you a whole evening but afford you a good nights sleep. For those that want it, and i'm thinking about one of Jamaicas most famous exports - not rum! the other one, then there is plenty of it. I was offered good size buds on a regular basis and it was highest grade - apparently. This is...

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  • Ochorios. uneasy feeling

    I like to get out of the tourist places when I travel so I decided to hire a taxi to go into the city of Ochorios, against the advice of almost everybody. I've been in plenty of sticky situations and this one made me feel the most uneasy out of my vacations. There were men in fatigues holding AK-47 standing on almost every street corner and my taxi...

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  • Crowded city-town streets.

    When you first arrive in a small town or a crowded Kingston street, it is important to take a little time just observing the scene. You will need to assess the people and activity. Most of the people you see will be perfectly harmless. Their friendliness will be honest and any interaction with them will be enriching to your travel experience. Even...

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  • Locals-drugs

    If you leave your hotel/resort be aware of the locals. They think nothing to approach you and try to sell you drugs. They are pushy but if you tell them no and continue to walk away generally they lay off.

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  • Please Do Not BackPack Travel in...

    It is not recommended to backpack through Jamaica. It is a most violent country and the only tourism is behind locked gates and secluded beaches with all inclusives. It is not recommended to take public transportation especially if you are foreign, and worse still if you are european or white. It has the highest murder rate of any country which is...

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  • jamaican culture

    Let me start of by saying this is just my personal opinion.I too went to Jamaica wanting to experience jamaican culture....I spendt 10 days traveling to 4 different cities in Jamaica. At the end of my trip my conclusion was that Jamaica is only good for people who want to go and just relax in a resort....and do nothing else. Everttime I went out to...

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  • Crime in jamaica

    yes Jamaica, Has crime, but every where in the world has it, too, the only difference is how much if is advertised, unlike some countries that cover dem up to make dem selves look good Jamaica doesn't.and even doe Jamaica crime rates are high the crime is concentrated in the ghetto areas, of the country and rare ventures out with out reason, crime...

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  • Never look a salesman in the eye!

    On the cruise ship, the cruise director told us to NOT make eye contact with the people standing outside the shops. He said each one would try to convince you to go to THEIR shop, and would follow you to make sure you did. He said it, but I didn't believe... Besides, I'm Southern - we make eye contact and talk to EVERYBODY! Well, it happened...

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  • Careful with taxis!

    This is extremely important: When looking for a taxi, be sure that it has red license plates. Only cars with these plates are licensed to take you places. Local people get into cars without these, but be sure to exercise caution as a tourist

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  • Not a big gay destination obviously

    Most GLBT travellers would feel uncomfortable in Jamaica. It tends to be a very conservative country and SS couples especially should be aware of stares and unkind comments they might receive there. Not to say that they can't have their views on morality, but it means we (the community) don't have to support them with our money. Although I enjoyed...

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  • Conch shells

    You’ll see conch shells like these for sale all over the island. I wondered if their sale was legitimate – apparently it is. But while not illegal, buying them is to be discouraged as demand now outstrips supply and conch are slowly disappearing from the waters around the island.Having said that, you’ll see it on the menu everywhere and no one...

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  • Hassle

    One thing that concerned me when planning our Jamaica trip were the reports I read about the degree of hassling other travellers had experienced here, but I have to say that for us at least it wasn’t anything like as bad as it’s reputed to be. Yes, you will be encouraged quite vigorously to buy crafts at the markets, by eager stall-holders all...

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  • Driving and roads

    You can hire a car in Jamaica but it’s not for the faint-hearted! Local drivers are very casual about safety matters – they drive very fast, very close to the car in front, often on the wrong side of the road (it should be the left as in England), overtake on blind corners and talk constantly on their mobile phones – often all at once! The...

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  • General Warning

    I live in Jamaica, and yes it can be dangerious especially for women alone, the men here believe they are gods gift, they have no respect for tourists, they se them as a comodity to usefor either sex, MONEY, visa e.t.c. They are rude ignorant and abusive,as far as drivin is concerned a lot of jamacians BUY their driving liecence, and have never...

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  • Drug salesmen

    The airports in Jamaica (at least in Montego Bay) have a number of local drug salesmen waiting for you right outside the doors of the airport terminal. regardless of whether or not you care to talk with them, it's best not to. Drug use (Ganja) is somewhat like Amsterdam, basically illegal but socially common.Avoid areas where some of the local...

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  • DO NOT WANDER OFF THE RESORT BY...

    Local people there are always on the look out for tourists and their dollar. Plus the men can be quite sexually aggresive toward women. Not physically but verbally expressing what they want...... If you encounter such men , just walk away saying "no thank you" Travel with a well known guide recommended from your your travel agent or hotel guest...

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  • ~ Ganja ~

    Everywhere you go in Jamaica you will be offered Ganja on the beach, whether it is bagged up or ready made in a spliff for you....they offer it to you anywhere. Please note that although almost some people in Jamaica smoke it, it is strictly illegal.I met afew people who wanted to sell this to me, a simple no thankyou is enough and they say "yeah...

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  • Taxis

    I live in Jamaica, and i would recommend that, if you must take a taxi, take the ones with the red plates. The other illegal taxis (called robo-taxis, or robot taxis) will get you to your destination, but you will probably have a less comfortable ride, and if, somehow, you get into an accident, "yuh corna dark", which really just means that you'll...

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  • "Free gifts"

    While walking the streets in Negril, Mo Bay etc you may be approached by a friendly guy or gal, telling you how lovely you look, and offering you something for nothing. An item of jewelery can be placed on you, and it can be very difficult to give it back. You will then be followed around until you give them a gift in return.

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  • Be prepared for Accidents and/or...

    Be prepared for Accidents and/or Emergencies on Holiday......It can happen to anyone of us and you should take all necessary precautions before travelling to an unfamiliar destination.There is a great website that is able to help you take preventative measures or to at least have as much necessary information to hand as possible, just in case the...

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  • Personal safety

    I often read about how dangerous it is to go to Jamaica, often coming from people who have never visited the country. Although Jamaica has it's problems with crime, the average tourist to Jamaica sees little else beyond the airport and the inside of their resort, which is most often either fenced off or patroled by security guards.We have traveled...

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  • driving

    Driving is on the left side. They are not finished building the highway in Jamaica there are parts that are smooth and there are parts that are terrible. I'm talking roads that are flooded, areas where rocks fell down off the mountain, areas where they put down the gravel but not the tar over it to smooth. The worst place to drive is between...

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  • slippery rocks- Dunns River

    Be careful in climbing up Dunns River Falls the rocks can get slippery. Also people have a tendency to loose things like keys and pocketbooks while climbing. There are lockers at the bottom of the falls. Bring a lock with you and put your stuff in there for safety or if you go by tour bus leave that on the bus. There is a dry side of the falls as...

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  • Watch out for men who want to shake your...

    We were told as soon as we arrived to Jamaica by the concierge not to shake hands with strangers and to just ignore them. At first it seemed strange but we soon learned that this was the best piece of advice! There are these overly friendly men approaching you everywhere where there are tourists. They come up to you with a big smile on their face,...

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  • Jamaica - Yuck

    Jamaica is an absolute hell hole. It is dangerous and not work the visit. We were on a recent visit there and didn't stay all inclusive. We travelled the country and Kingston was a nightmare - when you vist you'll be taking your life into your own hands. People are shady and so is the government - they are just trying to sugar-coat your impression...

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  • 'DUPPY' GHOSTS & EVIL SPIRITS

    Please heed the Duppy!If any of the locals warn you of areas that are haunted by the 'Duppy' (loal term for ghosts or evil spirits), please take their advise!Me being a sceptic, didn't take them seriously and went into an area of silk cotton trees...I didn't actually see or hear anything but felt an uncomfortable presense around me.I didn't stay...

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  • Off the beaten path!

    We decided to rent a car in Negril, so we could have a day out to see some sites and other parts of the island. We tried doing the tours at the resort, but they needed so many people to go, and we seemed to be the only ones who were interested, so this is how renting a car came about.We drove having a destination in hand, alligators boat ride in...

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  • What a mess...

    After 'Ivan' all the dangerous parts of the grounds and damaged villa's were off limits...but heres a few photo's...

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  • Just plain sketchy

    I felt that Jamaica might be the most shady place that I have been. We stayed in resorts in both Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, but when wandering around we were very wary. It just didnt feel right. Of course the touristy places were fine. We went to the Dunns river falls, up to the mountains to explore, into the jungle to fly on the zip lines, but...

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  • ~ Sea Urchins ~

    Beware of the Sea Urchins along the beach in Jamaica. I saw one of these strange looking things that look like a black ball with huge spikes on it and asked a local Jamaican what is was. These are called Sea Urchins and they sting and can be really painful if the spikes get stuck into your skin.I noticed them when i went snorkelling into the sea....

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  • Boat Safety

    The resort has a watersport section and we tried the water bikes. We paddled to the offshore island the resort has and on the way back we were struck in the rear by a powerboat operated by resort personnel that were moving items back and forth between the island and the resort. I was somewhat disappointed in the help we got. My wife's shoulder was...

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  • Hurricane Ivan...

    I had to go to Mo Bay to be 'Best Man' at my mates wedding in September 2004...hurricane season!The first day was fantastic...stayed at Half Moon Resort...top place! Gorgeous private beaches...every recreational facility you can think of...golf/horseriding/swimming with dolphins etc etc. But from then it got pretty bad!Next day onwards Ivan...

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  • Be careful where you hike

    Foreigners who are not accompanied by someone known to the people in the area are likely to be suspected of being drug enforcement officers. They are not welcome visitorsso be careful where you hike alone.

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  • Drug buyers/users beware

    Drugs are illegal in Jamaica...sometimes they tell you this, sometimes they don't. What many people don't know is that the US DEA works out of Jamaica very heavily. DEA agents disguised as locals bust folks day and night; while at the same time, locals act as informants to the agents. At many of the resorts, the staff will give you a briefing as to...

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  • hustlers / pimps

    There are a lot of them in Montego Bay outside of Breezes and there was more around in the daytime than at night. They are very agressive and dont take no for an answer. I do realize that these types of people are everywhere but they are downright ridiculous over here. Women beware and definitely do not come here alone.

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  • Don't go in Hurricane season!

    Jamaica can be hit by terrible Hurricanes in the July/October period...and they are not fun!AVOID!

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  • Being hustled downtown Mo Bay

    Looking for the local El Paso vinyl record shop to get some dancehall 45s... We stuck out like tourists in our beach casual wear. Everyone was a local going about their business staring at us for being too casual. A young man came up to us telling us he served us drinks and food at our hotel. He showed us where the store was, in a hidden upstairs...

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  • THE BIGGEST MISTAKE YOU CAN MAKE IN...

    I think that the biggest mistake you can make in Jamaica is to hide on the resort and be scared of the people that live there. I have been to Jamaica 11 times and every time I have left the resort to go to nightclubs, shopping, or just wondering around on the beautiful public beaches (alone OR with a friend... I am a 24yr old female and have never...

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  • How far is it?

    Be aware that some road signs in Jamaica are in miles. Some roadsigns are in kilometres. Unfortunately, I didn't see either that are in both. This can become a bit confusing if you are not aware of it. I'm not sure what the official standard is supposed to be, and nobody seemed able to tell me. Best stick to getting your distances from a map.

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  • Watch your speed.

    The police in Jamaica have recently taken delivery of a very nice present from the US government - a consignment of radar speed guns. Like anybody with a new toy, they are determined to play with them! There are speed traps all over the island, although maybe it's no bad thing given the standard of the driving (see seperate tip).The coast road into...

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  • Buddy, can you spare a dime?

    In a country with as much poverty as Jamaica, it is hardly surprising that there are beggars. Many of them have pitches at major road junctions, either in the roadway itself or on the pavement. There are some truly pitiful sights, including many amputees, and whether or not to donate is a matter for your own conscience. Personally, and this is the...

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