(Closed) Has anyone been to Jamaica? Help put my mind at ease….

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 4
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Bumble bee

Will you be staying at a resort? or a hostel?

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Well, I have been to Jamaica, and not the pretty, tourist-y resort areas and it was fine. By that I mean the poorest of the poor, back country, mountain slums. And it was incredible. 

Avoid Kingston, it is where the drug trade and gang violence is BAD, but otherwise, the Jamaican people are incredibly nice and friendly. Negril is full of resorts and tourist stuff, they are used to all the random people there. Be careful about pick-pockets and leaving stuff around but that is true anywhere there are lots of people with a good amount of money on them (yay tourists!)  Be smart, don’t flash a lot money, don’t wear a lot of expensive looking jewlery out into the town, if your on a resort it won’t be am issue. Just follow general safe travel ideas and you will be fine. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We just went to Jamaica this past January for a ‘company trip’ (entire company goes, with a few people bringing spouses, and one company dinner during the weekend you are there).

Just stay on the resort if you are worried and you’ll be fine. Don’t carry around a lot of valuables, and if you do leave the resort, like others said, don’t flash money, watch your pockets, and keep track of whatever you have on you.

We had a blast when we went – and I’d love to go back (especially if it’s free again!). We definitely stayed on the resort though, mostly because we were only there for 4 days/3 nights, and I just wanted to relax in the pool and by the beach.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

@Cash000: we went in May, we stayed at couples swept away and when we left the resort we were escorted by the hotel.  Negril is nice though it isn’t too bad. The country is poor therefore, you will get poor people and it’s hard seeing all of the stray dogs and goats and what not, but that’s what you’re going to see when you visit a poor country.

We did walk around town with other people from the resort and we werent bothered too much just by local vendors that what to sell things.  I never once felt scared.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

we went to jamaica on our honeymoon – but to ocho rios, not negril

we didn’t face any issues, nor did i ever feel unsafe – BUT we also didn’t venture off by ourselves into areas we werent familiar with or without a guide or tour

if you’re at all uncomfortable, i would suggest just sticking with the tours and shuttles offered by your airline or resort, and you should be fine

honestly, im a worrier, and was not at all concerned throughout our entire vacation

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

@muckmoo1: THIS. Jamaica is super poor, the resorts are amazing, but the populatoin as a whole makes almost nothing in wages. Those who do, work at the resorts. And the drive to the resorts will be through the poor parts of town. When I was there, we visited Ocho Rios, and freely wandered in small groups of college kids and were fine. If you choose to wander without a guide though, ask someone where the “tourist” market is and where the local market is.

That is the one thing they stressed to us, I don’t know if you’re white, but we all were and being in the local market we would have stuck out as a target for pick-pockets. But we never didn’t feel safe in the town, go eat local food! It is amazing. They make these meat pies that are to die for. 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I have been multiple times and always felt more than safe. I have only stayed at resorts but have ventured out for site seeing trips. I will say that there is a lot of soliciting off resort, ie people aggresively trying to sell you trinkets but as long as you stand your ground, they will back off.

I love Jamaica – I’ve been to many islands in the Caribbean and I have always found the Jamaican people wonderful.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We went a few years ago, stayed in Montego Bay – we never felt unsafe, though we were advised to stay on the resort unless accompanied by an excursion rep.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I LOVE Jamaica. Hubby and I went last July to Ocho Rios when it was RIGHT in the middle of all the drug crime that was happening in Kingston. I was so worried that I called our travel agent to get her opinion and she said just go – you will love it.

I am SO glad we did! It was absolutely beautiful. The jamaican people are such happy going people and will bend over backwards to make your stay faboulous!

Now just keep in mind when you are traveling to your resort – you will pass thru the slums of town, which is very much poverty. Very sad. 🙁

You will also come back from there and be hearing “Ya Mon! No Problem!” in your sleep. LOL. 🙂

Have a blast! (this coming from a worrywart myself!) 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My fiance and I LOVE Jamaica.  We vacationed in Negril in 2007 and we loved it so much that now we are getting married there next month, Aug. 13th!!! 

We heard all the crime/drug rumors too but believe me, Negril is beautiful and we never had any problems.  We always left our belongings on our chairs and went for long walks on the beach – never had a problem and no one ever messed with our personal stuff.

I never felt unsafe once.  I hope this eases your mind.  You will love Negril!!! 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

went several years ago as a port stop on a cruise, the resort areas were beautiful, but we were being constantly harrassed by people to buy stuff when we went into town and they got in our faces and got mad when we told them no. Scared the living daylights out of me.

I would stay on the resort areas as much as you can and if you venture into town don’t wear flashy clothes or jewelry and BEWARE OF PICKPOCKETS. The country is beautiful, you just have to be a smart traveller.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We spent a week in Ocho Rios for our honeymoon.  We didn’t spend a LOT of time outside of the resort we stayed at, but we both felt safe the entire time we were there.  As others have said, avoid Kingston and be smart and you shouldn’t have any problems.

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