(Closed) Jamaica’s current violence

posted 8 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I am from Jamaica and my father is a political official there. It is alarming what is happening in our country however Kingston and St Andrew which house the small town of Tivoli where the viloence is happening are not close to the Tourist areas. They are in entirely different parishes which is hours driving distance away. They are causing havoc in that area to protect that wanted criminal who lives there. The other areas are relatively safe. Where and when are you honeymooning?  Is it an all inclusive? The airport to the tourist areas is in Montego Bay. Travel is not advised right now, but If your honeymoon is not for a month or 2, I would wait and see what happens.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Edited out the wikitravel bulletin. It was old news you probably know anyway.

The tourist areas are supposedly untouched by the current violence.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I meant “old” as in it was from Tuesday. Sorry, should have been more clear about that. Negril is far from Kingston though!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Well Couples is a very nice resort, lots of great food and it is all inclusive with security guards  (a plus with all inclusives) and Negril is a 4 hour drive away from Kingston. Negril is safe however walking down the beach you will have some folks bother you to sell you various things a lot at high prices. Just remember if you don’t want to be bothered say these words. “Next Time Man!” They will leave you alone. lol I was just there 3 months and it is my favorite place in all of Jamaica. The locals know not to bother the tourists because it is the number one income maker for them and Jamaica. It is pockets in Kingston that are having problems. My family lives in Kingston, but my father says he only sees the violence on tv, so it is not eveywhere in Kingston. Just keep watching the news, but Negril is safe right now and usually is. Just please keep doing what you are doing by watching the news. Here is a link to the local newspaper which I have been following as well as keeping in contact with my family on BB messenger for updates.

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

no worries – its not near the touristy areas. its mostly in the slums and poorer areas. not to mention when they find the dude they are trying to extridite, it will probably go back down to pre-breakout levels anyway.

im not worried. we are honeymooning there in September. ive been to plenty of 3rd world countries and countries which arent as developed as the US, and have never felt unsafe as long as you use your head. And that goes for anywhere even in the US. ever gone to Hawaii? try venturing into waianae on oahu… not exactly the most safe place to be. just like going into any crappy part of a city or town.

use your head and be safe. they protect tourists in tourist places. they need the revenue!

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t think you should be concerned.  My fiance laughed when he heard about it because most americans live closer to major US cities that have violence, murder, etc and you don’t hear about people “heading for the hills”.  This is basically 4 hours from the resorts, and not the airport tourists flly into.  Plus if you really look into things, Kingston hasn’t ever been the safest city.  Go and have fun!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My husband and I were at Couples Swept Away in Negril when the violence started and we didn’t even know about it until we were on the place back home.  You should be fine.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

The part of Jamaica that is experiencing issues is over 3.5 hours away from Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios. We’ve had clients in Jamaica over the last few weeks, and they’ve had no issues.

The travel warning that is currently in effect for Jamaica is the same as the warning that’s in place for New York City due to the attempted bombing a few weeks ago.

Unless you’re traveling to Kingston you should be fine.

Have a great trip!!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Jamaica has never really been a “safe” country and it’s always been especially dangerous in Kingston. That being said, the same rules that have ALWAYS applied for travel in Jamaica still apply. 

1) make sure any “tours” or other non-resort things you do are proper companies not just joe schmo 

2) NEVER go anywhere alone, and the same is true for FH. Men should not walk around alone either.

3) Don’t even look at peddlers on the beaches.

4) Enjoy every moment of it.

Jamaica is an AMAZING and wonderful country. I spent some time doing mission work and living up in the mountains… the people are amazing and the culture is very rich. They’ve been through a lot and they are really working on building up tourism. Stick to the “tourist” area’s and stay together. Don’t worry, Kingston is not that close and you’ll be flying into MoBay.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are going to Ochos Rios in two weeks.  we have called the resort & sandals, and they say that everything is fine.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ll be going to Jamica in early July for our Honeymoon, and I was a little worried too, but a friend of mine that just got back assured me everything was o.k.  She did stress not to go ANYWHERE outside the resort without tour guides that your resort o.k.s.  Even if it is away from the violence, it’s a bad, bad idea to wonder around on your own.  But if you stay in your resort, you should have a wonderful time.  I hope I do too:)

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