NOOOO>> and beware to show money and buy love but most of them women love it like that. Typical backwards country-jamaican logic. Tell me about it on this page when you return. He went into town in a cab, no issues. It colored my entire experience as it wasn't Jamaica at all, it was 100% inauthentic. Listen I am from Jamaica and I listen local news in USA and other parts of the world and for the most part it is not good. Doesn't make sense to travel to a place on vacation that feels like you are in a city at home. When traveling with children supervise them. One of the key concerns travelers should have on the island is petty theft. The only genuine ones are the kids. The unemployment rate has dropped significantly. It's no secret that Jamaica is known for the widespread use of drugs, whether you call it cannabis, the ganjaor marijuana. Negril Beach was full of hustlers but I travelled alone in my old clothes and no jewellery. I walk around at night in Jamaica and the people are amazing! I am a Jamaican and there are crime all over the world but, Jamaica is a dangerous place. Crime, including violent crime, is a serious problem in Jamaica, particularly in Kingston and Montego Bay and other major tourist areas. Tell him Janice gave you the number. The primary criminal concern for tourists is becoming a victim of theft. I would hate to see it destroyed by these offenders. And for anyone saying "well, maybe one of his family members did something & this was retaliation" - that is not the point. I go where I can freely walk with my camera or phone or any valuables . 10. They need to get this UNDER CONTROL!!! Goldeneye beach, Blue mountains, Errol Flynn's place. Again depends how smart AND careful you are on a day to day basis not just when traveling but anywhere! Such a beautiful country, with generally fabulous people! Avoid deserted areas and beaches even in the daytime, and try not to walk at night or hitchhike. If you must walk somewhere, stick to main roads and more populated areas. The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) stated in a 2020 report that travelers should exercise increased caution and avoid visits to Spanish Town and parts of Kingston and Montego Bay, which are all known for violent crime. Just my experience. No security risk firm ranks Jamaica as violent a country as Haiti. You have to use common sense just as you would any other place. Keep an iron hand and everything is just talk. great central location for sightseeing , can walk all around town from hotel . My daughter did an all inclusive last year in Mo Bay with family and going back this year. It's one of the most violent places on the planet. id just keep far from negril if you don't like harassment or be a part of cutting your own throat.. or ignore them all say no to drugs and yes to live but do not drop ur guard relax.. anytying i miess. I have spent time in Kingston up town and down town, Ochios Rios, Mandeville all these palces offered differing experiences but I would only use on word to describe them, beathtaking ! 3. They are way beyond pushy so push back and you’ll be fine. I visited Brazil another country that is 'painted with crime brush', with some friends of mine, and I acted the same way I would when I am in Jamaica or the US and had the best vacation I ever had. Resort staff was great, food was excellent, small resort with maybe 70 guests, which was great because you knew almost everyone there by the 2nd day. I would not recommend this island for a holiday . And their Wills ignored, and family inheritance dwindled away by fraudsters, charlatans. Stayed in a cheap place in Ocho Rios and walked a lot-even at night. During the day walking to downtown Negril (apps 1/4 mile) to purchase grocery is a pleasurable sightseeing tour. Therefore, I would say to my fellow travelers, choose somewhere else where you can actually use your cellphones and cameras instead of lacking them in safe, also where you can enjoy yourselves without the fear of being mobbed and violated. We asked a local cab driver to show us the real Jamaica, he was a great guy, took us up into the hills and to a smaller town that had a local market which we wanted to check out. We didn't experience any crime or feel unsafe at any time. The government really needs to get a grip on crime. Jamaica has a vibrant nightlife, especially in major towns such as Kingston, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. It used to be, but no longer. 99.9 % of Jamaicans are honest and helpful. For those of you considering Jamaica for holiday, just be aware that you will be visiting a country that locals have described to me as being lawless, like the wild west. The knowledge of crime is ever present in my face. The primary criminal concern for tourists is becoming a … I am white as is my daughter and my husband is black. The people are lovely and MOST of them want to make u feel safe and welcome and return for another visit. People in Rio Nuevo set poison traps around their property. It's our national product and it's GROWING. Reading all this is making me wonder was I just lucky or just some random acts of crime. The local people are the KINDEST and most genuine I have ever met. ❤???????? Countries will soon start placing a travel ban on all young black males coming to this country. Use your commons sense and at the same time be open en curious. Jamaica is not in a condition to wait for things to come together it is a small island who is pretty much in crisis at this time. but i am not white or not naive and one guy did this to me i was involved with an wants to kill me as reseal tof not play game with him although i was kind to him. As a family we was in Jamaica 2016 We stayed in an all inclusive in Montego Bay. Tourism is what holds the country together. I am thinking that these big hotels only care about the tourist dollars and only want the tourist to spend on the hotel property. Mostly on resorts which are fine and safe. Anybody wanna give me a heads up on the weather and weed would be much appreciated lol. The people were nice and I was in a large group (family) there were a lot of people from the US there. I wouldn't go alone. The island has beautiful scenery but the the people of Jamaica are even more beautiful and are not as racist as I've witness in the USA. Even if you are with a tour guide or a so-call friend, he will let another Jamaican make money off you…do not expect that so-call friend to step in and say that you are being overcharged. most of them are selling something and want to engage you in business.. mostly pimps who want to get married immediately. I am from London, England and have travelled throughout the world, Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, Rwanda, across Europe and South America so I am sensible, particularly in developing countries. My friend Michelle went to Montego bay on Sept 16 by herself and reported dead yesterday . My husband and I have been travelling to Jamaica for 23 years and we love it, When people say they are scared to go there because of what they have heard it infuriates me.. Jamaican people are so wonderful and have always treated us well.. As we have been so many times and done all the tourist stuff twice over, the best times we have ever had is talking and listening to Jamaicans.. We want to give something back next year and are not sure what to do gifts for a childrens home or something for the kids of trivoli "not sure of spelling" or what they would like, any ideas? Do not buy property overcthere poorcpeople, to leave in Wills to family, the Lawyers are phoney, and hype up costs, and create delays for years, they give no information or advice, but keep on charging . But, be aware that walking around, especially alone, after dark is not recommended. This isn't about 'oh, most people have a fine experience', it is about the fact that a serious problem clearly exists that NEEDS fixing, but never will be UNLESS people start to boycott the Jamaican tourism industry. They are what they are. While out walking in Jamaica, look out for motorbike riders who can quickly snatch your handbag, phone or other valuables that are within reach. It’s better to use a chartered or registered taxi (indicated by a red license plate) instead of walking or using public transportation at night. Do not accept rides from unknown individuals, including operators of unmarked taxis, as this is often a pretext for attempted robbery and/or sexual assault. However, you will find beautiful island full of natural life, unique foods, animals, and culture unlike anywhere else. Avoid public buses. Going to a carryout on Norman Manley Blvd is no different than going to your nearest 7-11. Out of about 50 trips I have been robbed once because I didn't listen to the natives who told me to come off the Barbican streets at 2:00 am. a. It was a travel experience of a lifetime. It's family-friendly at the afternoon, but I hear it's party-like at night. (I'm bad a**) A taxi driver was a bit concerned about that so he hung around until I got done partying at Margaritaville and took me back to the hotel. Be smart. However, I am always being sensible about my activities. Education is great in Jamaica. Because I love to shop, eat, & also go out from time to time just to jam to some good music. My husband and I were just going to book our flights on the 1st to experience the culture and see the real Jamaica! Neither the hotel or the operator complete checks on the staff, they don’t look at their history. It's just a fact - Jamaica is a dangerous country. Be a kind soul if you can, the people you're interacting with have been living in poverty... for life. http://smartraveller.gov.au/countries/americas/caribbean/pages/jamaica.aspx#safety_and_security Rasta Prince is not good with email and so it is best to communicate by phone. Jamaican are very hard working people. Walk in groups. We stayed in an all-inclusive resort near Montego Bay, but took a few guided bus trips outside the resort to a few other places including Negril. It affects the wonderful Jamaicans I have met, in the pocketbook! This is his 3rd visit and he cries everytime we leave there to come back to the us. Then the money tourism won't generate will cause the Government there to set on crime like never before. The TRUTH: Until something like a miracle happens, I won't be going here. As an independent white female (with puppy dog) I have researched as much as I can in respect of my personal safety (amongst all the social and political aspects). It's not worth risking getting cut up or shot. I have to agree that it is a hassle the measures that you have to take in order to stay safe. Some areas of Jamaica, particularly cities such as Kingston, Montego Bay and Spanish Town, experience high levels of crime and violence. Jamaica now is not the Jamaica that I once knew. If you come here with a disrespectful "God Complex" you will be verbally humbled, no matter your race, or how much money you have... and if you decide to be a hardass and get physical with the locals, that's gonna be your problem. The island is awash with cocaine and spazzy kids with big guns. Remember that Jamaica is a Caribbean Island with only 3 million people (less than half the population of New York), and you won’t find a “Las Vegas” in Jamaica. Scotchies was my personal preference. Criminals knows you have to return to work and will not stay to have the police investigate a crime on you Can anybody tell me whether it is to drive a rental car in Jamaica? We're black Americans with dreads/locs/dreadlocks; mine in the middle of my back and his passed his butt. Gaza fi life!!!!!! I’ve been to Jamaica about 10 times. Be humble when you are a guest in another country and learn don't judge. Is Brazil Safe for Travelers in 2021? My INstagram is Kingjason129 if you wanna ask me questions. At one time (a long time ago), I would walk along Main Street at 3:00 a.m., alone, without any concern. They have obscene amounts of violent crime and all other types of crime. I'm also concerned with the quality of bud in Jamaica, as I am a spoiled California smoker and don't smoke bad grass. Keep in mind that you can still enjoy Jamaica as I am planning a trip this May 2019. as someone who has visited ALL of Jamaica many many times over last 30+ years a couple of friendly pointers - -- Jamaica is no more dangerous than Chicago , Detroit , Miami , etc in USA - if you are an idiot with zero street smarts you can get in trouble anywhere in this World ! I'd echo the comments of the above poster. You can feel free to check in at Rasta Prince Guest House at 40 & 42 Sommers Town Road near the Seven Day Adventist Church in the Town close to the Errol Flynn Marina. I lived in Mexico City for 6 Months so I am no stranger to fishy areas and have good street smarts. I know I would LOVE the Jamaican people, culture, food and music. It is safest to get cash from the ATM at your hotel. Ochi (Ocho Rios) was beautiful - Dunns River Falls is a must go to. Jamaica does not have the infrastructure to support these people who are often let out into the street. I'll be staying in Negril and a couple nights in Kingston. Sea Side Cottage APT 1 bd AC - beach-pool-cabana As stated by some writers above,The tourist industry benefits the Cruise lines and the hotel that are foreign owned. Don't be loud! People will walk up to you asking to marry you. As a seasoned 20+ year traveler in over 30 different countries I am very diligent about my safety, have street smarts and can tell when something is not right but I have came across some unwarranted sketchy situations in Mexico (this was by far the worst experience), Belize, Honduras, Venezuela and Columbia and it sounds to me like Jamaica is no different, you can be in a bad place at a bad time anywhere you go. I just return from a 8 - days vacation. 4. If you are trying to show the world the beauty of your country, chopping up children or any human for that matter is more of a deterrent than a welcome. I would not want to live there and yes you will have men that will ask you to marry them......I was asked several times. Every single couple we know has had problems visiting Jamaica . Yesterday we moved to Montego Bay and had a 10 min walk back to the hotel after an evening meal when a guy suddenly came up really close out from nowhere with a knife. On our last night we took a taxi with a British couple from the Riu to dinner at the Pelican restaurant then walked down the hill to the Pier 1 nightclub. My advice - if you enjoy Russian roulette, then Jamaica is the place to live/visit. And add to fact lacing good weed with crack/heroin to rob or rape targets. Wished I would have taken time out to do more travelling when I was younger. Now, i can't speak of Kingston or MB - i haven't spent time in those places. The thing is you really never understand how large US is until you travel to a smaller country like JA. Total of 5 Americans murdered in Jamaica last year. Poverty is rampant, hence the crime against tourists, and they will justify it because of: slavery. While it is unlikely you will be a victim of drug trafficking in Jamaica, it is important to be careful to keep an eye on your bags and belongings at all times. I need people to understand that this is not about tourism but about children being free to pursue their dreams and to do the basics such as go to school without the threat of endangerment. Our second stop is Jamaica and we have an island excursion setup from the ship to tour around for 4 hours. As a lawyer who has lived and worked in Jamaica for decades, I feel compelled (and ashamed) to tell readers that ALL the things that you have read in this thread about crime in Jamaica are UNTRUE. In Kingston, avoid Tivoli Gardens, Whitfield Town, Payne Land, West Kingston, Grant’s Pen, August Town, Denham Town, Hannah Town, Arnett Gardens, Olympic Gardens, Harbour View, Central Village, Spanish Town, Mountain View, Trench Town, Cassava Piece, Canterbury, Norwood and Rose Heights. Other travel vaccinations recommended for Jamaica by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include, Hepatitis A and B, typhoid and rabies. There are nasty people in every country. Do a lot of cross-referencing and use (and pray for) discernment in interpreting them. To be totally honest I'm not even worried about crime or murder, I'm from South Central, Los Angeles. For jerk, we went with the local suggestions to Scotchie's and the pork pit. The motive for most attacks on tourists is robbery. Outdoors. I seen people laying in the street, did not notice if they were alive or not, very dirty and appeared to be in complete poverty. We visit Kingston, a very beautiful city which is very sophisticated and the Blue Mountains but we do avoid Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. Skip mobay. It's sad that white people like you are so afraid of having fun and intimidated by black people. Rasta Prince has damaged his spine and so he is unable to walk around freely. they will hood on to your mind. I am a Jamaican-American living in the U.S. But yet some make billions thanks to all the naïve travelers. I met an amazing dive instructor when i was there last year and I am staying at his place in a gated community. Of course you will have the desperate criminals and will not hesitate to rob you however those are small isolated cases that occur in usual crime areas. Can I be safe in Jamaica ? Some areas of Jamaica, particularly cities such as Kingston, Montego Bay and Spanish Town, experience high levels of crime and violence. 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It's no secret that Jamaica is known for the widespread use of drugs, whether you call it cannabis, the ganjaor marijuana. Negril Beach was full of hustlers but I travelled alone in my old clothes and no jewellery. I walk around at night in Jamaica and the people are amazing! I am a Jamaican and there are crime all over the world but, Jamaica is a dangerous place. Crime, including violent crime, is a serious problem in Jamaica, particularly in Kingston and Montego Bay and other major tourist areas. Tell him Janice gave you the number. The primary criminal concern for tourists is becoming a victim of theft. I would hate to see it destroyed by these offenders. And for anyone saying "well, maybe one of his family members did something & this was retaliation" - that is not the point. I go where I can freely walk with my camera or phone or any valuables . 10. They need to get this UNDER CONTROL!!! Goldeneye beach, Blue mountains, Errol Flynn's place. Again depends how smart AND careful you are on a day to day basis not just when traveling but anywhere! Such a beautiful country, with generally fabulous people! Avoid deserted areas and beaches even in the daytime, and try not to walk at night or hitchhike. If you must walk somewhere, stick to main roads and more populated areas. The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) stated in a 2020 report that travelers should exercise increased caution and avoid visits to Spanish Town and parts of Kingston and Montego Bay, which are all known for violent crime. Just my experience. No security risk firm ranks Jamaica as violent a country as Haiti. You have to use common sense just as you would any other place. Keep an iron hand and everything is just talk. great central location for sightseeing , can walk all around town from hotel . My daughter did an all inclusive last year in Mo Bay with family and going back this year. It's one of the most violent places on the planet. id just keep far from negril if you don't like harassment or be a part of cutting your own throat.. or ignore them all say no to drugs and yes to live but do not drop ur guard relax.. anytying i miess. I have spent time in Kingston up town and down town, Ochios Rios, Mandeville all these palces offered differing experiences but I would only use on word to describe them, beathtaking ! 3. They are way beyond pushy so push back and you’ll be fine. I visited Brazil another country that is 'painted with crime brush', with some friends of mine, and I acted the same way I would when I am in Jamaica or the US and had the best vacation I ever had. Resort staff was great, food was excellent, small resort with maybe 70 guests, which was great because you knew almost everyone there by the 2nd day. I would not recommend this island for a holiday . And their Wills ignored, and family inheritance dwindled away by fraudsters, charlatans. Stayed in a cheap place in Ocho Rios and walked a lot-even at night. During the day walking to downtown Negril (apps 1/4 mile) to purchase grocery is a pleasurable sightseeing tour. Therefore, I would say to my fellow travelers, choose somewhere else where you can actually use your cellphones and cameras instead of lacking them in safe, also where you can enjoy yourselves without the fear of being mobbed and violated. We asked a local cab driver to show us the real Jamaica, he was a great guy, took us up into the hills and to a smaller town that had a local market which we wanted to check out. We didn't experience any crime or feel unsafe at any time. The government really needs to get a grip on crime. Jamaica has a vibrant nightlife, especially in major towns such as Kingston, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. It used to be, but no longer. 99.9 % of Jamaicans are honest and helpful. For those of you considering Jamaica for holiday, just be aware that you will be visiting a country that locals have described to me as being lawless, like the wild west. The knowledge of crime is ever present in my face. The primary criminal concern for tourists is becoming a … I am white as is my daughter and my husband is black. The people are lovely and MOST of them want to make u feel safe and welcome and return for another visit. People in Rio Nuevo set poison traps around their property. It's our national product and it's GROWING. Reading all this is making me wonder was I just lucky or just some random acts of crime. The local people are the KINDEST and most genuine I have ever met. ❤???????? Countries will soon start placing a travel ban on all young black males coming to this country. Use your commons sense and at the same time be open en curious. Jamaica is not in a condition to wait for things to come together it is a small island who is pretty much in crisis at this time. but i am not white or not naive and one guy did this to me i was involved with an wants to kill me as reseal tof not play game with him although i was kind to him. As a family we was in Jamaica 2016 We stayed in an all inclusive in Montego Bay. Tourism is what holds the country together. I am thinking that these big hotels only care about the tourist dollars and only want the tourist to spend on the hotel property. Mostly on resorts which are fine and safe. Anybody wanna give me a heads up on the weather and weed would be much appreciated lol. The people were nice and I was in a large group (family) there were a lot of people from the US there. I wouldn't go alone. The island has beautiful scenery but the the people of Jamaica are even more beautiful and are not as racist as I've witness in the USA. Even if you are with a tour guide or a so-call friend, he will let another Jamaican make money off you…do not expect that so-call friend to step in and say that you are being overcharged. most of them are selling something and want to engage you in business.. mostly pimps who want to get married immediately. I am from London, England and have travelled throughout the world, Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, Rwanda, across Europe and South America so I am sensible, particularly in developing countries. My friend Michelle went to Montego bay on Sept 16 by herself and reported dead yesterday . My husband and I have been travelling to Jamaica for 23 years and we love it, When people say they are scared to go there because of what they have heard it infuriates me.. Jamaican people are so wonderful and have always treated us well.. As we have been so many times and done all the tourist stuff twice over, the best times we have ever had is talking and listening to Jamaicans.. We want to give something back next year and are not sure what to do gifts for a childrens home or something for the kids of trivoli "not sure of spelling" or what they would like, any ideas? Do not buy property overcthere poorcpeople, to leave in Wills to family, the Lawyers are phoney, and hype up costs, and create delays for years, they give no information or advice, but keep on charging . But, be aware that walking around, especially alone, after dark is not recommended. This isn't about 'oh, most people have a fine experience', it is about the fact that a serious problem clearly exists that NEEDS fixing, but never will be UNLESS people start to boycott the Jamaican tourism industry. They are what they are. While out walking in Jamaica, look out for motorbike riders who can quickly snatch your handbag, phone or other valuables that are within reach. It’s better to use a chartered or registered taxi (indicated by a red license plate) instead of walking or using public transportation at night. Do not accept rides from unknown individuals, including operators of unmarked taxis, as this is often a pretext for attempted robbery and/or sexual assault. However, you will find beautiful island full of natural life, unique foods, animals, and culture unlike anywhere else. Avoid public buses. Going to a carryout on Norman Manley Blvd is no different than going to your nearest 7-11. Out of about 50 trips I have been robbed once because I didn't listen to the natives who told me to come off the Barbican streets at 2:00 am. a. It was a travel experience of a lifetime. It's family-friendly at the afternoon, but I hear it's party-like at night. (I'm bad a**) A taxi driver was a bit concerned about that so he hung around until I got done partying at Margaritaville and took me back to the hotel. Be smart. However, I am always being sensible about my activities. Education is great in Jamaica. Because I love to shop, eat, & also go out from time to time just to jam to some good music. My husband and I were just going to book our flights on the 1st to experience the culture and see the real Jamaica! Neither the hotel or the operator complete checks on the staff, they don’t look at their history. It's just a fact - Jamaica is a dangerous country. Be a kind soul if you can, the people you're interacting with have been living in poverty... for life. http://smartraveller.gov.au/countries/americas/caribbean/pages/jamaica.aspx#safety_and_security Rasta Prince is not good with email and so it is best to communicate by phone. Jamaican are very hard working people. Walk in groups. We stayed in an all-inclusive resort near Montego Bay, but took a few guided bus trips outside the resort to a few other places including Negril. It affects the wonderful Jamaicans I have met, in the pocketbook! This is his 3rd visit and he cries everytime we leave there to come back to the us. Then the money tourism won't generate will cause the Government there to set on crime like never before. The TRUTH: Until something like a miracle happens, I won't be going here. As an independent white female (with puppy dog) I have researched as much as I can in respect of my personal safety (amongst all the social and political aspects). It's not worth risking getting cut up or shot. I have to agree that it is a hassle the measures that you have to take in order to stay safe. Some areas of Jamaica, particularly cities such as Kingston, Montego Bay and Spanish Town, experience high levels of crime and violence. Jamaica now is not the Jamaica that I once knew. If you come here with a disrespectful "God Complex" you will be verbally humbled, no matter your race, or how much money you have... and if you decide to be a hardass and get physical with the locals, that's gonna be your problem. The island is awash with cocaine and spazzy kids with big guns. Remember that Jamaica is a Caribbean Island with only 3 million people (less than half the population of New York), and you won’t find a “Las Vegas” in Jamaica. Scotchies was my personal preference. Criminals knows you have to return to work and will not stay to have the police investigate a crime on you Can anybody tell me whether it is to drive a rental car in Jamaica? We're black Americans with dreads/locs/dreadlocks; mine in the middle of my back and his passed his butt. Gaza fi life!!!!!! I’ve been to Jamaica about 10 times. Be humble when you are a guest in another country and learn don't judge. Is Brazil Safe for Travelers in 2021? My INstagram is Kingjason129 if you wanna ask me questions. At one time (a long time ago), I would walk along Main Street at 3:00 a.m., alone, without any concern. They have obscene amounts of violent crime and all other types of crime. I'm also concerned with the quality of bud in Jamaica, as I am a spoiled California smoker and don't smoke bad grass. Keep in mind that you can still enjoy Jamaica as I am planning a trip this May 2019. as someone who has visited ALL of Jamaica many many times over last 30+ years a couple of friendly pointers - -- Jamaica is no more dangerous than Chicago , Detroit , Miami , etc in USA - if you are an idiot with zero street smarts you can get in trouble anywhere in this World ! I'd echo the comments of the above poster. You can feel free to check in at Rasta Prince Guest House at 40 & 42 Sommers Town Road near the Seven Day Adventist Church in the Town close to the Errol Flynn Marina. I lived in Mexico City for 6 Months so I am no stranger to fishy areas and have good street smarts. I know I would LOVE the Jamaican people, culture, food and music. It is safest to get cash from the ATM at your hotel. Ochi (Ocho Rios) was beautiful - Dunns River Falls is a must go to. Jamaica does not have the infrastructure to support these people who are often let out into the street. I'll be staying in Negril and a couple nights in Kingston. Sea Side Cottage APT 1 bd AC - beach-pool-cabana As stated by some writers above,The tourist industry benefits the Cruise lines and the hotel that are foreign owned. Don't be loud! People will walk up to you asking to marry you. As a seasoned 20+ year traveler in over 30 different countries I am very diligent about my safety, have street smarts and can tell when something is not right but I have came across some unwarranted sketchy situations in Mexico (this was by far the worst experience), Belize, Honduras, Venezuela and Columbia and it sounds to me like Jamaica is no different, you can be in a bad place at a bad time anywhere you go. I just return from a 8 - days vacation. 4. If you are trying to show the world the beauty of your country, chopping up children or any human for that matter is more of a deterrent than a welcome. I would not want to live there and yes you will have men that will ask you to marry them......I was asked several times. Every single couple we know has had problems visiting Jamaica . Yesterday we moved to Montego Bay and had a 10 min walk back to the hotel after an evening meal when a guy suddenly came up really close out from nowhere with a knife. On our last night we took a taxi with a British couple from the Riu to dinner at the Pelican restaurant then walked down the hill to the Pier 1 nightclub. My advice - if you enjoy Russian roulette, then Jamaica is the place to live/visit. And add to fact lacing good weed with crack/heroin to rob or rape targets. Wished I would have taken time out to do more travelling when I was younger. Now, i can't speak of Kingston or MB - i haven't spent time in those places. The thing is you really never understand how large US is until you travel to a smaller country like JA. Total of 5 Americans murdered in Jamaica last year. Poverty is rampant, hence the crime against tourists, and they will justify it because of: slavery. While it is unlikely you will be a victim of drug trafficking in Jamaica, it is important to be careful to keep an eye on your bags and belongings at all times. I need people to understand that this is not about tourism but about children being free to pursue their dreams and to do the basics such as go to school without the threat of endangerment. Our second stop is Jamaica and we have an island excursion setup from the ship to tour around for 4 hours. As a lawyer who has lived and worked in Jamaica for decades, I feel compelled (and ashamed) to tell readers that ALL the things that you have read in this thread about crime in Jamaica are UNTRUE. In Kingston, avoid Tivoli Gardens, Whitfield Town, Payne Land, West Kingston, Grant’s Pen, August Town, Denham Town, Hannah Town, Arnett Gardens, Olympic Gardens, Harbour View, Central Village, Spanish Town, Mountain View, Trench Town, Cassava Piece, Canterbury, Norwood and Rose Heights. Other travel vaccinations recommended for Jamaica by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include, Hepatitis A and B, typhoid and rabies. There are nasty people in every country. Do a lot of cross-referencing and use (and pray for) discernment in interpreting them. To be totally honest I'm not even worried about crime or murder, I'm from South Central, Los Angeles. For jerk, we went with the local suggestions to Scotchie's and the pork pit. The motive for most attacks on tourists is robbery. Outdoors. I seen people laying in the street, did not notice if they were alive or not, very dirty and appeared to be in complete poverty. We visit Kingston, a very beautiful city which is very sophisticated and the Blue Mountains but we do avoid Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. Skip mobay. It's sad that white people like you are so afraid of having fun and intimidated by black people. Rasta Prince has damaged his spine and so he is unable to walk around freely. they will hood on to your mind. I am a Jamaican-American living in the U.S. But yet some make billions thanks to all the naïve travelers. I met an amazing dive instructor when i was there last year and I am staying at his place in a gated community. Of course you will have the desperate criminals and will not hesitate to rob you however those are small isolated cases that occur in usual crime areas. Can I be safe in Jamaica ? Some areas of Jamaica, particularly cities such as Kingston, Montego Bay and Spanish Town, experience high levels of crime and violence. 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It's no secret that Jamaica is known for the widespread use of drugs, whether you call it cannabis, the ganjaor marijuana. Negril Beach was full of hustlers but I travelled alone in my old clothes and no jewellery. I walk around at night in Jamaica and the people are amazing! I am a Jamaican and there are crime all over the world but, Jamaica is a dangerous place. Crime, including violent crime, is a serious problem in Jamaica, particularly in Kingston and Montego Bay and other major tourist areas. Tell him Janice gave you the number. The primary criminal concern for tourists is becoming a victim of theft. I would hate to see it destroyed by these offenders. And for anyone saying "well, maybe one of his family members did something & this was retaliation" - that is not the point. I go where I can freely walk with my camera or phone or any valuables . 10. They need to get this UNDER CONTROL!!! Goldeneye beach, Blue mountains, Errol Flynn's place. Again depends how smart AND careful you are on a day to day basis not just when traveling but anywhere! Such a beautiful country, with generally fabulous people! Avoid deserted areas and beaches even in the daytime, and try not to walk at night or hitchhike. If you must walk somewhere, stick to main roads and more populated areas. The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) stated in a 2020 report that travelers should exercise increased caution and avoid visits to Spanish Town and parts of Kingston and Montego Bay, which are all known for violent crime. Just my experience. No security risk firm ranks Jamaica as violent a country as Haiti. You have to use common sense just as you would any other place. Keep an iron hand and everything is just talk. great central location for sightseeing , can walk all around town from hotel . My daughter did an all inclusive last year in Mo Bay with family and going back this year. It's one of the most violent places on the planet. id just keep far from negril if you don't like harassment or be a part of cutting your own throat.. or ignore them all say no to drugs and yes to live but do not drop ur guard relax.. anytying i miess. I have spent time in Kingston up town and down town, Ochios Rios, Mandeville all these palces offered differing experiences but I would only use on word to describe them, beathtaking ! 3. They are way beyond pushy so push back and you’ll be fine. I visited Brazil another country that is 'painted with crime brush', with some friends of mine, and I acted the same way I would when I am in Jamaica or the US and had the best vacation I ever had. Resort staff was great, food was excellent, small resort with maybe 70 guests, which was great because you knew almost everyone there by the 2nd day. I would not recommend this island for a holiday . And their Wills ignored, and family inheritance dwindled away by fraudsters, charlatans. Stayed in a cheap place in Ocho Rios and walked a lot-even at night. During the day walking to downtown Negril (apps 1/4 mile) to purchase grocery is a pleasurable sightseeing tour. Therefore, I would say to my fellow travelers, choose somewhere else where you can actually use your cellphones and cameras instead of lacking them in safe, also where you can enjoy yourselves without the fear of being mobbed and violated. We asked a local cab driver to show us the real Jamaica, he was a great guy, took us up into the hills and to a smaller town that had a local market which we wanted to check out. We didn't experience any crime or feel unsafe at any time. The government really needs to get a grip on crime. Jamaica has a vibrant nightlife, especially in major towns such as Kingston, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. It used to be, but no longer. 99.9 % of Jamaicans are honest and helpful. For those of you considering Jamaica for holiday, just be aware that you will be visiting a country that locals have described to me as being lawless, like the wild west. The knowledge of crime is ever present in my face. The primary criminal concern for tourists is becoming a … I am white as is my daughter and my husband is black. The people are lovely and MOST of them want to make u feel safe and welcome and return for another visit. People in Rio Nuevo set poison traps around their property. It's our national product and it's GROWING. Reading all this is making me wonder was I just lucky or just some random acts of crime. The local people are the KINDEST and most genuine I have ever met. ❤???????? Countries will soon start placing a travel ban on all young black males coming to this country. Use your commons sense and at the same time be open en curious. Jamaica is not in a condition to wait for things to come together it is a small island who is pretty much in crisis at this time. but i am not white or not naive and one guy did this to me i was involved with an wants to kill me as reseal tof not play game with him although i was kind to him. As a family we was in Jamaica 2016 We stayed in an all inclusive in Montego Bay. Tourism is what holds the country together. I am thinking that these big hotels only care about the tourist dollars and only want the tourist to spend on the hotel property. Mostly on resorts which are fine and safe. Anybody wanna give me a heads up on the weather and weed would be much appreciated lol. The people were nice and I was in a large group (family) there were a lot of people from the US there. I wouldn't go alone. The island has beautiful scenery but the the people of Jamaica are even more beautiful and are not as racist as I've witness in the USA. Even if you are with a tour guide or a so-call friend, he will let another Jamaican make money off you…do not expect that so-call friend to step in and say that you are being overcharged. most of them are selling something and want to engage you in business.. mostly pimps who want to get married immediately. I am from London, England and have travelled throughout the world, Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, Rwanda, across Europe and South America so I am sensible, particularly in developing countries. My friend Michelle went to Montego bay on Sept 16 by herself and reported dead yesterday . My husband and I have been travelling to Jamaica for 23 years and we love it, When people say they are scared to go there because of what they have heard it infuriates me.. Jamaican people are so wonderful and have always treated us well.. As we have been so many times and done all the tourist stuff twice over, the best times we have ever had is talking and listening to Jamaicans.. We want to give something back next year and are not sure what to do gifts for a childrens home or something for the kids of trivoli "not sure of spelling" or what they would like, any ideas? Do not buy property overcthere poorcpeople, to leave in Wills to family, the Lawyers are phoney, and hype up costs, and create delays for years, they give no information or advice, but keep on charging . But, be aware that walking around, especially alone, after dark is not recommended. This isn't about 'oh, most people have a fine experience', it is about the fact that a serious problem clearly exists that NEEDS fixing, but never will be UNLESS people start to boycott the Jamaican tourism industry. They are what they are. While out walking in Jamaica, look out for motorbike riders who can quickly snatch your handbag, phone or other valuables that are within reach. It’s better to use a chartered or registered taxi (indicated by a red license plate) instead of walking or using public transportation at night. Do not accept rides from unknown individuals, including operators of unmarked taxis, as this is often a pretext for attempted robbery and/or sexual assault. However, you will find beautiful island full of natural life, unique foods, animals, and culture unlike anywhere else. Avoid public buses. Going to a carryout on Norman Manley Blvd is no different than going to your nearest 7-11. Out of about 50 trips I have been robbed once because I didn't listen to the natives who told me to come off the Barbican streets at 2:00 am. a. It was a travel experience of a lifetime. It's family-friendly at the afternoon, but I hear it's party-like at night. (I'm bad a**) A taxi driver was a bit concerned about that so he hung around until I got done partying at Margaritaville and took me back to the hotel. Be smart. However, I am always being sensible about my activities. Education is great in Jamaica. Because I love to shop, eat, & also go out from time to time just to jam to some good music. My husband and I were just going to book our flights on the 1st to experience the culture and see the real Jamaica! Neither the hotel or the operator complete checks on the staff, they don’t look at their history. It's just a fact - Jamaica is a dangerous country. Be a kind soul if you can, the people you're interacting with have been living in poverty... for life. http://smartraveller.gov.au/countries/americas/caribbean/pages/jamaica.aspx#safety_and_security Rasta Prince is not good with email and so it is best to communicate by phone. Jamaican are very hard working people. Walk in groups. We stayed in an all-inclusive resort near Montego Bay, but took a few guided bus trips outside the resort to a few other places including Negril. It affects the wonderful Jamaicans I have met, in the pocketbook! This is his 3rd visit and he cries everytime we leave there to come back to the us. Then the money tourism won't generate will cause the Government there to set on crime like never before. The TRUTH: Until something like a miracle happens, I won't be going here. As an independent white female (with puppy dog) I have researched as much as I can in respect of my personal safety (amongst all the social and political aspects). It's not worth risking getting cut up or shot. I have to agree that it is a hassle the measures that you have to take in order to stay safe. Some areas of Jamaica, particularly cities such as Kingston, Montego Bay and Spanish Town, experience high levels of crime and violence. Jamaica now is not the Jamaica that I once knew. If you come here with a disrespectful "God Complex" you will be verbally humbled, no matter your race, or how much money you have... and if you decide to be a hardass and get physical with the locals, that's gonna be your problem. The island is awash with cocaine and spazzy kids with big guns. Remember that Jamaica is a Caribbean Island with only 3 million people (less than half the population of New York), and you won’t find a “Las Vegas” in Jamaica. Scotchies was my personal preference. Criminals knows you have to return to work and will not stay to have the police investigate a crime on you Can anybody tell me whether it is to drive a rental car in Jamaica? We're black Americans with dreads/locs/dreadlocks; mine in the middle of my back and his passed his butt. Gaza fi life!!!!!! I’ve been to Jamaica about 10 times. Be humble when you are a guest in another country and learn don't judge. Is Brazil Safe for Travelers in 2021? My INstagram is Kingjason129 if you wanna ask me questions. At one time (a long time ago), I would walk along Main Street at 3:00 a.m., alone, without any concern. They have obscene amounts of violent crime and all other types of crime. I'm also concerned with the quality of bud in Jamaica, as I am a spoiled California smoker and don't smoke bad grass. Keep in mind that you can still enjoy Jamaica as I am planning a trip this May 2019. as someone who has visited ALL of Jamaica many many times over last 30+ years a couple of friendly pointers - -- Jamaica is no more dangerous than Chicago , Detroit , Miami , etc in USA - if you are an idiot with zero street smarts you can get in trouble anywhere in this World ! I'd echo the comments of the above poster. You can feel free to check in at Rasta Prince Guest House at 40 & 42 Sommers Town Road near the Seven Day Adventist Church in the Town close to the Errol Flynn Marina. I lived in Mexico City for 6 Months so I am no stranger to fishy areas and have good street smarts. I know I would LOVE the Jamaican people, culture, food and music. It is safest to get cash from the ATM at your hotel. Ochi (Ocho Rios) was beautiful - Dunns River Falls is a must go to. Jamaica does not have the infrastructure to support these people who are often let out into the street. I'll be staying in Negril and a couple nights in Kingston. Sea Side Cottage APT 1 bd AC - beach-pool-cabana As stated by some writers above,The tourist industry benefits the Cruise lines and the hotel that are foreign owned. Don't be loud! People will walk up to you asking to marry you. As a seasoned 20+ year traveler in over 30 different countries I am very diligent about my safety, have street smarts and can tell when something is not right but I have came across some unwarranted sketchy situations in Mexico (this was by far the worst experience), Belize, Honduras, Venezuela and Columbia and it sounds to me like Jamaica is no different, you can be in a bad place at a bad time anywhere you go. I just return from a 8 - days vacation. 4. If you are trying to show the world the beauty of your country, chopping up children or any human for that matter is more of a deterrent than a welcome. I would not want to live there and yes you will have men that will ask you to marry them......I was asked several times. Every single couple we know has had problems visiting Jamaica . Yesterday we moved to Montego Bay and had a 10 min walk back to the hotel after an evening meal when a guy suddenly came up really close out from nowhere with a knife. On our last night we took a taxi with a British couple from the Riu to dinner at the Pelican restaurant then walked down the hill to the Pier 1 nightclub. My advice - if you enjoy Russian roulette, then Jamaica is the place to live/visit. And add to fact lacing good weed with crack/heroin to rob or rape targets. Wished I would have taken time out to do more travelling when I was younger. Now, i can't speak of Kingston or MB - i haven't spent time in those places. The thing is you really never understand how large US is until you travel to a smaller country like JA. Total of 5 Americans murdered in Jamaica last year. Poverty is rampant, hence the crime against tourists, and they will justify it because of: slavery. While it is unlikely you will be a victim of drug trafficking in Jamaica, it is important to be careful to keep an eye on your bags and belongings at all times. I need people to understand that this is not about tourism but about children being free to pursue their dreams and to do the basics such as go to school without the threat of endangerment. Our second stop is Jamaica and we have an island excursion setup from the ship to tour around for 4 hours. As a lawyer who has lived and worked in Jamaica for decades, I feel compelled (and ashamed) to tell readers that ALL the things that you have read in this thread about crime in Jamaica are UNTRUE. In Kingston, avoid Tivoli Gardens, Whitfield Town, Payne Land, West Kingston, Grant’s Pen, August Town, Denham Town, Hannah Town, Arnett Gardens, Olympic Gardens, Harbour View, Central Village, Spanish Town, Mountain View, Trench Town, Cassava Piece, Canterbury, Norwood and Rose Heights. Other travel vaccinations recommended for Jamaica by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include, Hepatitis A and B, typhoid and rabies. There are nasty people in every country. Do a lot of cross-referencing and use (and pray for) discernment in interpreting them. To be totally honest I'm not even worried about crime or murder, I'm from South Central, Los Angeles. For jerk, we went with the local suggestions to Scotchie's and the pork pit. The motive for most attacks on tourists is robbery. Outdoors. I seen people laying in the street, did not notice if they were alive or not, very dirty and appeared to be in complete poverty. We visit Kingston, a very beautiful city which is very sophisticated and the Blue Mountains but we do avoid Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. Skip mobay. It's sad that white people like you are so afraid of having fun and intimidated by black people. Rasta Prince has damaged his spine and so he is unable to walk around freely. they will hood on to your mind. I am a Jamaican-American living in the U.S. But yet some make billions thanks to all the naïve travelers. I met an amazing dive instructor when i was there last year and I am staying at his place in a gated community. Of course you will have the desperate criminals and will not hesitate to rob you however those are small isolated cases that occur in usual crime areas. Can I be safe in Jamaica ? Some areas of Jamaica, particularly cities such as Kingston, Montego Bay and Spanish Town, experience high levels of crime and violence. 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