Jamaica/Caribbean safety?

posted 2 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
598 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

wathenwedding17 : Fiance says he will only go to US islands, like the Bahamas or Hawaii

Does he ever plan to leave the US?

The idea that only American destinations are safe is quite small minded, hopefully you can convince him they are not less safe by default. 

Post # 3
132 posts
Blushing bee

I would say a trip to NOLA is significantly more dangerous than an all inclusive in Jamaica 

Post # 4
692 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Montego Bay, Jamaica

The resorts are safe! I’ve been to Montego Bay Jamaica. I would not suggest venturing too far into town or anywhere else unless attended by someone employed by the resort though. 

Post # 5
3737 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I visit New Orleans frequently, and I definitely feel more at risk there than I did when I visited all inclusives in Jamaica and Mexico. New Orleans has awful crime problems. If you plan to stay at the resorts the entire time there is absolutely no risk. We stayed at Couples Tower Isle and never for a second was I worried about something happening to me. The same goes for Mexico. There are criminals no matter where you go. You have to be vigilant and be aware of your surroundings regardless of where you are. 

Post # 7
203 posts
Helper bee

The Caribbean is generally safe, especially if you are staying at a resort. The areas where the resorts are tend to be upscale, well lit, have security, filled with Americans, etc. It’s just like going to any other unfamiliar place- be alert, don’t walk alone at night, etc. 

That said, Jamaica can be little more seedy than other islands. You may feel more comfortable in St. Lucia, St. Thomas, and Turks & Caicos. Turks & Caicos’s Grace Bay is so relaxing and incredible! 

You can’t let fear rob you of amazing life experiences.

Post # 8
1571 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

wathenwedding17 :  Darling Husband and I did our honeymoon in the Caribbean at an all inclusive resort and we felt completely safe the whole time, even the few times we did excusrsions that were ourside of the resort. We went to St. Lucia and the locals were all super friendly!

Post # 9
680 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I have been to Montego Bay and know a few couples who have been to Secrets Montego Bay a couple times. I loved Jamaica, and actually felt a lot safer there than some other popular all-inclusive destinations like Mexico, the Dominican Republic, etc. Really, though, you’re safe within these resorts and they generally look out for their guests. The people in Jamaica were super friendly and any trips outside the resort were screened beforehand and they didn’t really let any guests leave on “unauthorized” trips. This may make these places seem “seedy” but really, there’s all kinds of shady stuff that goes on in the US – you’re just more comfortable with it because it’s within your culture.

I agree with others that NOLA is just as (potentially) dangerous as anywhere else. I’m not sure how you can really break your husband of these close-minded thought patterns by only staying in the US. I’m sure he would love Jamaica. 

Post # 10
153 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

My husband and I went to Negril (the 7 mile beach stretch) two years ago and we felt totally safe. 🙂 There is a LOT of hustling, like we were literally approached by a new peddler every 10 steps along the more build-up stretches of beach, but it didn’t feel dodgy, just at times annoying!

Post # 12
533 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

… that’s a very small minded way to think about Jamaica/ the Caribben. Of course, my family is Jamaican and Nevisian so that is why that is easy for me to say. When I go to the Caribbean, the last place I’d stay is a resort as I love to actually immerse in the culture and feel like I am outside of the US. 

With stuff constantly happening all over the world (look at London, Manchester, and Paris!) I think it is lazy thinking when people talk about how “dangerous” majority black or non white countries are. The whole world is dangerous. 

Post # 13
2546 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

wathenwedding17 :  My brother in law went to either the couples or sandals resort in Jamaica for his honeymoon and they loved it! They said that they did not feel safe leaving the resort, but there was soo much to do inside the resort that they never even wanted or needed to leave…. Most all inclusive resorts are perfectly safe and have guards (some armed), some have large gated properties, it is a little crazy to say no to all the non-american caribbean islands just because of safety! He does realize that’s like 25 countries right? What are the odds that all 25 countries are 100% dangerous?! I agree with other posters about NOLA- it can be pretty seedy there and I’d be more worried hanging out at the bars there than at an all inclusive resort in the caribbean… 

Post # 14
3114 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

I am not afraid to go anywhere but if I had to choose I’d feel much safer in an All inclusive in Jamaica than I would wandering around New Orleans. I’ve been to Jamaica and it’s suggested not to go off the resort unless with a guide but I never have felt unsafe anywhere. The only place I would hesitate to visit is Mexico, just because of the recent killings of foreigners. 

Post # 15
3532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 29th, 2016

wathenwedding17 :  Hubby and I had an amazing time in Jamaica. We stayed at the Grand Palladium (all-inclusive) in Montego Bay. We didn’t really venture off on our own, but we did leave the resort for excursions. Not once did I feel unsafe. We also just got back from Bermuda. It’s technically not the Caribbean, and we ventured all around and felt incredibly safe… most amazing trip of my life, and no mosquitoes means no zika, unlike the Caribbean. Best of luck! I hope your hubby-to-be will open his mind a bit. 

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