Crime in Jamaica: What You Need to Know Before You Go

Jamaican culture is alive with music and an unmatched optimism. But it also has a dangerous side, where crime is a growing problem.

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Here are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you have a safe and memorable journey.

Types of Crime

Petty Theft in Jamaica

One of the biggest problems tourists face in Jamaica is petty theft. Thieves are on the lookout for jewelry, cash and valuable electronic items such as cameras, cell phones and iPods. Most resorts provide safes so you can store items of value in your room, which is obviously recommended. Better yet, leave the bling at home.

Keep in mind that while most thefts are non-violent in nature that could change quickly if you resist. If you do happen to be held up, by all means hand over whatever it is the thief wants and get away safely.

Deadly Crime and Assault in Jamaica

Jamaica has one of the highest per capita murder rates in the world. These dangerous and deadly crimes are not isolated to locals - several tourists have lost their lives there in recent years so you should be especially careful to avoid risky areas and use common sense when visiting.

Sexual assault against female travelers is also an issue, so women should avoid traveling alone and not drink to excess. Some of these reported assaults occurred within the confines of a resort, so women should be cautious at all times, regardless of where they are.

Gang Violence and Drug Exportation in Jamaica

There is an ongoing threat of gang violence, particularly in the Kingston area, however it rarely affects tourists. Drug exportation is far more dangerous, and remains a huge business in Jamaica. 

Criminals have been known to smuggle drugs anyway they can, including through the use of unsuspecting tourists, so be very careful to keep your bags and belongings with you at all times. If you are caught with narcotics on you, even if you claim innocence, you could face jail time.

Police in Jamaica

The government has stepped in to help enhance security and crack down on crime, assigning special police to patrol by foot and bicycle. Unfortunately, the police are still somewhat understaffed and there have been some reports of police corruption, so the impact they have on thwarting criminal activity is minimal. Also, keep in mind that since tourism drops off somewhat during the hurricane season (September to November), police often use this time to take vacations, so law enforcement may be especially understaffed during this time.

The best way to truly protect yourself is to use common sense, avoid dangerous areas and remain alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.

Places to Avoid

Some areas in Kingston and Montego Bay are considered a higher risk of crime and violence. These areas should be avoided, particularly when there is word of a possible protest as demonstrators often erect road blocks making travel in and out nearly impossible.

Areas to Avoid in Kingston

Cassava Piece, Tivoli Gardens, Trench Town, Arnett Gardens and Mountain View.

Areas to Avoid in Montego Bay

Norwood, Clavers Street, Hart Street, Rose Heights, Canterbury and Flankers.

Safety in Numbers After Dark

You're advised to stay away from the inner city areas of Kingston and New Kingston and avoid wandering around alone at night in Ochos Rios, Montego Bay and Negril. Any time you are out after dark you should do so only in the safety of numbers. Go with your gut - if you're heading into an area that you feel may be unsafe, avoid it. Better to be safe than sorry.

After reading all of this you may be concerned that Jamaica is too unsafe of a place to visit. On the contrary, Jamaica is a country too beautiful to be missed. From towering mountain ranges to generations-old plantations, cascading waterfalls and pristine beaches – not to mention some good ackee and saltfish! There are plenty of safe places to visit within the country and as long as you use your common sense and know what things to watch for and avoid, you will enjoy an amazing and unforgettable trip.

191 Comments

  • Paul said

    That is way too much work to put in to be safe when we are traveling to have fun. 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.

  • JJ said

    Hello Paul I'm a resident of Jamaica and it's not as bad as this article makes it seem. Yes we all have to use our common sense and be mindful of our surroundings and this is not just in Jamaica, it's anywhere in the world. Jamaica is a beautiful island that is filled with friendly natives. I would advice anyone to come here and experience my home island because I garantee that they are going to fall in love with it just as much as I am in love.

  • bob cox said

    The best way to stop the crime there is stay away . Then the money tourism won't generate will cause the Government there to set on crime like never before.

  • Bob said

    You are very ignorant I'm white an I go to JA every year by myself visiting people all over the island in bad places and good places I have never had a problem and I'm always wearing expensive clothes and watches and having my brand new iPhone with me at all times
    It's sad that white people like you are so afraid of having fun and intimidated by black people. You can be fine there as long as you have respect and not be an idiot!!!!!!!!!!!
    Gaza fi life!!!!!!

  • patrick said

    I agree with Paul, that is way too much work to feel safe when you travel to have fun and relax on a vacation. Definitely, count me out of all the waterfalls, towering maintains, and old plantations. I rather have fun in a much safer environment. The government of Jamaica need to address the crime issues there before trying to encourage people to risk their lives to visit Jamaica.

  • Printz said

    When you grow up in NYC and Miami you are used to being street smart. My cousin lives in Ocho Rios. I visit often. Yes there are things that you just dont do like drive or go out alone but Never a problem. Again depends how smart AND careful you are on a day to day basis not just when traveling but anywhere!

  • Jackson said

    Which is the safest place to live and visit in Jamaica. I have visited Kingston so long ago and would like to visit there one day. I would like to vacation to other parts of Jamaica as well, can anyone tell me. Please and Thank you

  • Lynn said

    I just returned last week from a 2 week stay in Negril, making it my 6th trip to Jamaica. It's a wonderful place with amazing people, food, music and beauty. I've NEVER had a problem. You have to use common sense just as you would any other place. People that think they're going to be robbed, violated and scared should stay away from Jamaica and definitely stay away from Chicago.

  • Elinor Scott said

    We have just returned from a resort near Ochos Rios. There were security guards following us round everywhere; we had to sign in and out of our hotel, and we heard that fellow tourists were being robbed when they went out at night. The government really needs to get a grip on crime.

  • Cheryi said

    I am considering applying for a job based in Kingston. 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). I have read the comments on this site, and the U.K. Gov site. It's a great job, however, I am left in confusion. Holidaying in Jamaica is one thing, my sister does it every year but remains in her resort. I have travelled and lived abroad in many countries, brought up NOT to be a Brit abroad but to respect the laws and cultures and the people of the country I am in. Can any one provide unbiased clear advice on what it is really like to live in Kingston please? Many thanks.

  • Ashton said

    Some of you are completely close minded and ignorant! You can believe everything you read online. Yes there is crime in Jamaica but just an FYI the usa has more crime!! St. Louis is the 15th most dangerous city in the world. Iv been to Jamaica 3 times and never once felt unsafe. I am a us citizen and a rape survivor which occurred in the usa. I have never felt threatened while visiting. I have gone clubbing with locals, ran around drunk, ride in several cabs and never once was in danger. Jamaica is beautiful! I would honestly buy a home there in a second. Just like anywhere bigger cities will have a few more unsafe nabiorhoods. There are places in my city I would not drive to especially at night. To be honest the locals in jamaica trear toy with so much respect because we are so important to them. Tourism is what holds the country together. So stop talking like Jamaica is a jungle full of wild animals. It is a beautiful country full of wonderful people.

  • KSpills said

    Make no mistake, Jamaica is NOT safe. I'm American and I live here (Negril). There are murders and robberies that are not reported and that you won't hear about on the news or read about in the papers. I know because a few have happened right on my street and there was never anything in the news about it.

    I was shocked when I saw the lengths that are gone through here to hide the crime that happens. You will never get a good account of just how bad crime is here because it's whitewashed and/or hushed up -- online and off; eg, don't believe boards like Negril.com and TripAdvisor, which deletes a lot of negative comments.

    A lot of stuff is covered up because tourism is the main industry, so the powers that be want to make it seem safe. It used to be, but no longer. And the police here are as crooked as they come, so don't expect much help from them. I would never advise my friends to come here if I wasn't here, especially women. There are just too many precautions you have to take to feel safe. It's not worth it, especially if you're on vacation and just want to have some fun.

    I had planned to stay for a few more years, but have decided to go back to the U.S. It's just getting too dangerous. Such a shame, because Jamaica truly is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

  • Dudus said

    Yeah look at JDF Military force which are very corrupted and criminals with military badge!

    In action these so call JDF high rank officials including their General inspector officer which is has been engaged in raping their female Soldiers including the lesbian soldiers and threatened if they speak up or they will get fired/killed!

    Jamaica????? Really????

    Out Of Control Country and Government

  • joy said

    I was really looking forward to taking my daughter to Jamaica some time next year. Reading all the mixed comments has made me step back a bit and wonder.
    Feeling a bit sad now,as i am getting on in age. It is one place in this world, that I would have loved to have seen and live the music i love from the very roots of its origin, . Wished I would have taken time out to do more travelling when I was younger.
    Do they have people who are honest and reliable who can actually be your tour guide?
    If anyone can help me with this question . I would be happy to hear from you

  • Traci said

    I'm so very confused. I've been to Jamaica. Kingston and Ocho Rios. My ex husband is from there. It was amazing. Paris was attacked by terrorists. Crime in the US happens all too often. I personally have friends in Ocho. Be smart and interview drivers beforehand. Speak to hotel managers. Don't stay in air bnbs. Ask questions. Be smart.

  • Nina said

    I've been to Jamaica several times. Even rented an apartment because resorts although nice can be very suffocating after a few days. I didn't have any problems there. What I encountered the most was people trying to sell me weed and sob stories followed by marriage proposals. I even ventured on to the Hip Strip after dark alone. (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. Which was incredibly nice. I learned to hop a regular taxi as I got tired of paying 40 USD to go places that were right down the road. The key to being safe in Ja is to establish relationships with some locals. There are a lot of kind and trustworthy people there that will have your back. Just like anywhere on earth, you have to be aware of your surroundings, use common sense and follow your gut. I love Jamaica. So much so, I am strongly considering retiring there. It is a beautiful country. If you're considering visiting the island consider what you read online but don't let fear make you remove this magical place from your bucket list. Everything bad that can happen to you there, can happen to you anywhere in the world. Just be smart, BE NICE and enjoy Ja!

  • Janice said

    I was in Negril June 2016 and had a wonderful time. I can't wait to return in October 2016 & April 2017. I had an excellent driver named Owen. He was trustworthy and I felt very safe with him. If you are looking for a great driver that will pick you up from the airport, get you around Jamaica on your visit and get you back to the airport call Owen @ 876-320-0634. Tell him Janice gave you the number

  • Monica said

    Jamaica is a beautiful place to go. I have been there several times, all over the island. Use common sense and treat people with respect and you will be just fine.

  • Jesse said

    For all the tourists saying how lovely Jamaica is, because you visit every year and never have a problem. The government are on the verge of putting Montego Bay under a state of emergency as of July 2016!!!!! The violence and murder rate is spiralling out of control there. Military and police are out patrolling the streets....this is not like crime in any other big city. Things are getting out of control and a lid is being kept on it to protect brand Jamaica.

    Yes crime happens in any city BUT there is no regard for human life here. As the Canadian tourist found out in Negril - he was robbed and murdered last month. Tourists are no longer off limits for these criminal gangs.

  • Janet said

    I was at Whitehouse , Jamaica last May for a week and really beautiful & more peacefully & no problem there. The workers up there are very friendly and help well. Thanks for great place :)

  • Paul said

    We were at Sandals in Ochos Rios for a son's destination wedding in May, 2016. I'd heard lots of stories, even a friend whose family had their condo broken into and were robbed at gunpoint back in the 90s. I'm a Captain by trade, ran corporate yachts for a Fortune 400 owner from Michigan. I stayed in Detroit, Chicago, Memphis, NY City, Atlantic City, Miami; all sorts of waterfront cities that some may consider risky. I've taken vessels through the Caribbean, and in the Yucatan in Mexico. In all my travels, the one place someone tried to break in to my vessel (that I interrupted) was in Toronto, Canada - considered a fairly enlightened and safe city. Point is you should always use Situational Awareness and try never to come off as the "Ugly American" (I've witnessed and been embarrassed by that). On the flight there I sat next to a Jamaican-American going for the weekend to visit family in Kingston. We had an honest talk, he said he drove trucks in New York, and there's places he knows to stay away from there and other cities, and there are places to stay away from in Jamaica (All covered in the excellent article above). Our group of 58 had a great experience in Jamaica. I did leave the resort a couple of times to go to a local market. One of my other sons did too, needing some cloths he forgot. He went into town in a cab, no issues. If you're worried, stay in a resort, use their tours. The Jamaican people there are some of the best service people I met anywhere.

  • Iman said

    Actually the poverty rate in Jamaica is only 16.5%, so it is not 'throughout most of the country'.

  • Donita said

    Just came from Jamaica staying at a resort in Negril and used a tour company there. We were safe the whole time and I had a wonderful experience there with no problems! Will be going back every year from now on because it was so beautiful and amazing!! Every place on earth is dangerous and have potential for people to target you in crime. You're really not safe anywhere these days so use good judgment and common sense IF you have it and you'll be fine!!

  • Rich Bolton said

    Tourist sliced with knife and robbed for 55usd in Treasure Beach the other night.

  • Daniel Gross said

    Jamaica was once a beautiful country.

  • Sarah Flint said

    The stories you hear about Jamaica are true. Be smart. Don't allow yourself to be a victim. If you love reggae, good food, and tropical climate, check it out you may find yourself returning for another visit.

  • Cathy said

    Any more information on the tourist robbed in Treasure Beach about 4 days ago it's July 24

  • Autumn said

    i am leaving Saturday for my 8th trip to Jamaica, I have been all over, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Negril. This is the first solo trip (swf mid 30s) and the first time NOT staying at a resort in Negril.. I met an amazing dive instructor when i was there last year and I am staying at his place in a gated community.
    Jamaica is a gorgeous country, the locals are great, helpful and friendly. Is there anywhere that is truly safe in the world right now? There are murders, rapists, thieves in every country on every continent in the world. Don't miss out on Jamaica just because some people have had a bad experience.
    I have never felt unsafe in Jamaica.

  • jesse said

    A report released by the United Nation's Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) lists Jamaica as having the sixth highest homicide rate in the world. It's not about having bad experiences as the poster above claims. Or scaremongering. It's just a fact - Jamaica is a dangerous country.

  • Facts said

    This is indeed true. I am a Jamaican citizen, i lived in the US for a few years then returned to Jamaica, and believe me it is the biggest regret of my life. I am constantly paranoid on a daily basis, i worry about my young kids, my husband, my family, and people in general. It is true, Jamaica is crime ridden and the real issue is the government and police who are excessively corruptted. The government's role here is to place heavy taxes on business personnel, they hide crimes, they could care less. Most crimes are not reported and there is almost never a break through, the criminals live in the ghettos and countryside and target individuals who are working, especially business people, they rob and kill these people who are trying to build the country and provide jobs for them. Meanwhile this is happening in this country, the government secure themselves in gated communities and never tries to combat this problem. Many times the government and the police are friends with some of these criminals too. Do not be fooled, yes Jamaica is beautiful but the corruption level of the leaders is the main problem here, and crime and violence is rampant these days. Many of the successful locals decide to migrate because of the corruption here. I would not encourage any one to come here for an extended stay, maybe a few days as a tourist and be extra safe. God blessings

  • Samara said

    I read the article and have read the comments . I am a white American female and I am planning to go to Jamaica very soon . I'd like to know how safe I will be there by myself as I do not intend to take anyone with me . Should I worry about going alone ? I have friends that went but they did not go alone and think I am crazy for going myself . Can I be safe in Jamaica ?

  • Leeann said

    Being a white female myself, no I would not go alone to Jamaica & neither should you. It is dangerous. I've been. I went about 7 yrs ago on a mission trip in downtown Kingston. We were locked in at night at a convent. The grounds were patrolled by guards and large dogs. I was scared the entire time. I wouldn't go alone.

  • Lori said

    I read all your comment, it all over the world, it not just Jamaica, don't think it just Jamaica is dangerous , I have friend live there, I will go visit there, that don't stop me, just be smart and be safe. The world are crazy and unsafe.

  • Paula said

    I have just booked and paid for a holiday in a large Hotel in Runaway Bay in Jamacia and after reading this webpage I'm starting to think I've made an extremely bad holiday location decision. I have been all over the world and I'm a sensible traveller but I do like to go out of my hotels and see the real world/ Jamaica. I don't want to spend over 10 hours on an airplane and spend a large amount of my hard earned money to just sit around all day in a hotel, no matter how luxurious it looks. My question is will I or will I not be safe to venture out of my hotel as I'm seriously thinking of asking my travel agent to change my holiday to another country. Your thoughts would be extremely welcome. Thank you.

  • Rob Graves said

    Some of the posts here border on the absurd. The original post was erring on the side of caution. That is their take on things and often it is better to give advice based on the least common denominator. Savvy travelers know that not all the advice given needs to be followed to the letter.

    Jamaica had over two million visitors to the island last year, thousands of them single female travelers, and the overwhelming majority had a great time with no incidents.

    I have been living in Negril for 25 years now, and am the owner of Negril.com. KSpills comments are somewhat flattering. I had no idea that Negril.com has total control of ALL the news sources, social media and what people post and share with the friends in this age of instant communication. WOW! Talk about power! But that is not the truth.

    The truth of the matter is that there IS very little crime against tourists in Jamaica. That is why when a newsworthy incident occurs, it is such a big deal. KSpills mentions murders and robberies happening on their street. What KSpills fails to realize is that not all robberies and murders are newsworthy.

    I know of "love triangles" or quadrangles that have resulted in someone being killed. On a busy news day, such as right now with the Olympic races happening, this type of crime simply is deemed not "news". But that does not prevent anyone from posting it on the Internet. TripAdvisor does have a policy that they do not allow posts about crime or non-family friendly posts, but Negril.com has no such policy. We welcome the truth. But we do have a policy of no postings of rumors or speculation as they provide no useful purpose at all.

    For those of us who have successfully made the transition to living in Jamaica, KSpills seems to have hit the thing we refer to as "island fever". It is essentially time for them to go. They have not made the transition successfully and wrongly place all the blame on Jamaica and Jamaicans.

    Leeann's seven year old experience of staying in downtown Kingston and being locked in a convent at night makes total sense. Downtown Kingston was a very dangerous area of Kingston seven years ago. That would be like staying in Fuller Park in Chicago today. Not the wisest thing to do.

    To be fair, I have had to remove two posts in the last two months on our Negril Message Board forum. That was because two posters were discussing guns and assault rifles and America's Second Amendment. These posts had nothing to do with Negril or Jamaica for that matter, which prompted their removal. But for KSpills to claim we delete a lot of negative comments is a figment of their imagination.

    Feel free to visit Negril.com anytime and you can find out information from those who have been to virtually every area of the island recently and can answer your questions directly.

  • Victor Narcosis said

    I'm about to take a trip to negril on the 10th of September. To be totally honest I'm not even worried about crime or murder, I'm from South Central, Los Angeles. I'm more worried about the weather, as I was told this is hurricane season and people from Los Angeles don't even use the word hurricane unless they're talking abouT six flags water park.

    I'd like to visit the ghettos and rural areas of Jamaica, not in a gotdamn hurricane. Whatever that is, hahaha.

    I'm also concerned with the quality of bud in Jamaica, as I am a spoiled California smoker and don't smoke bad grass.

    Anybody wanna give me a heads up on the weather and weed would be much appreciated lol.

  • Tammy said

    Victor, there is no need to worry just go have a great time the weather is hot and humid in Sept. that is the time I usually go, due to a surgery I went earlier this this year still had the best time ever. The people, food, entertainment, and the water and beaches are beautiful. Victor the grass is legal down there know.
    I go to Falmouth and I love every min. of it, wish I could stay there!!!!

    Ps. You need to Catamaran trip ITS WONDERFUL!!!!!!! then after snorkeling on the trip you go to Margaritaville in Negril. I never had any problems at all there, and I go every year.

  • clinton towery said

    I lived & worked in Montego Bay in 2007-08.....There is plenty of crime in Jamaica, and you don't have to go very far to find it. While only there a year, I was almost shot once, and had a knife pulled on me in coral gardens right beside the police station....Oh, and my car was stolen! But with that being said, I had loads of fun, and met some wonderful people!

  • Joe said

    Just stayed in Negril for a week this year. Loved it and was never in fear of anything. Common sense is the answer. There is crime everywhere in the world. Go. you'll love it!

  • Dave said

    just returned from a two week holiday in jamaica that took in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Falmouth, negril and Kingston, i have to say that i found the place and people totally friendly and safe just use your common sense when travelling in areas you dont know.

  • Sara smith said

    I am a 28 year old white female who has visited Jamaica twice in the past year. I never felt unsafe in any part of Jamaica. I've been to monte go bay, Ocho rios, port more, Kingston, new Kingston and even Spanish town. On both occasions I have been visiting my cousin and her husband who live in Jamaica. Visiting any foreign country is all about having common sense. Obviously you don't walk around an area you've never been to before alone. The locals are very welcoming and love talking to "foreigners." As long as you have a trustworthy local driver you will be good. They can tell & show you all the best spots in Jamaica. The only time I ever felt bothered is at hellshire beach where everyone is trying to sell something to you and it gets pretty annoying. New Kingston has a big city feel, with a lot of people there, and I wouldn't feel unsafe walking around by myself during the day there. Jamaica is a beautiful country with so many different things to do. Don't let the crime (which every country has) stop you from having a great time.

  • Darlene Allen said

    I go to Jamaica a few times a year with family and friends and alone since 1976, 1998-present. I feel like Jamaica is my second home. You must be careful as I am careful in Detroit. 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. The robber too the native cell phones, cash & car which had my stuff in it for the airport including my passport, which was a trip. I have always loved JA and have walked the beach alone all hours in Negril. I depend heavily on the locals and now follow their lead as I would expect them to follow mine in the US. I look forward to my next trip.

  • Joanne said

    I have booked to stay at a hotel in Negril which is still in its building stage. So no Trip Advisor reviews to read - which I usually do to get a rough idea of peoples experiences and thoughts. I have to admit, I am concerned now that we've made the wrong decision booking our 2 week trip to Jamaica.

    We've traveled to Mexico a.couple of times (no issues) and the Dominican Republic (again no issues) so I am feeling now a little apprehensive about the pending trip!

    How safe is Negril? We are a couple in our early 40's and I don't want t be confined to 2 weeks sitting around a pool! Should we consider changing our holiday?

  • laz Vegas said

    My friend Michelle went to Montego bay on Sept 16 by herself and reported dead yesterday ,

  • Lee said

    I have been traveling to Negril Westend for 7 years now going at least 3 times per year. I'm not saying bad thing can't happen but I've walked down west end road many times late at night by myself, with no issues. Reading all this is making me wonder was I just lucky or just some random acts of crime. I love Jamaica and will continue to do what I do.

  • Sharyn Z. said

    White female here, in tow with my Blue-Nose Pitbull. Ain't skird! :D
    Kingston....BRING IT!
    I would love to find my ex, Clive F. (Carl) Lambert.

  • JOHN said

    I am just a Jamaica enthusiast that came this thread as I was searching myself too - - -
    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 !

    1. use bookings.com / airbnb.com to find cheapest deals typically ( hostels , guest houses , etc )
    also reference online world nomads , lonely planet , etc
    2. DO NOT STAY in MoBay ( though Bethel Court Guest House there good for a night or two coming & going ) if you are paranoid .
    Montego Bay can be most dangerous ( as all of Ja can be ) part of Jamaica next to the slums of Kingston,
    it is NOT the prettiest part of JA anyway , quite urban actually .
    3. travel to Negril or over to Port Antonio for best experience
    4 . that romantic secluded cheap beach hut may have existed in Ja , but in 30 years of looking I have not found it !
    they did back prior to the 1980's or so - - - -
    5 . Best Bets !
    Firefly Cottages offers their "Secrets" tiny cabins for under a $100 a night a short walk from Negril Beach
    "Strawberry Fields Together" is a wonderful ex-hippy commune gone upscale , no longer cheap ( though u
    still might be able to pitch a tent for $10 a night ) but it is fantastic , very remote , wonderful hosts .-located on North Coast betwen Ochi Rios & Port Antonio
    near Ochi Rios - "Tina's Guest House" is CHEAP , can swim in ocean across the street & ITAL food is awesome , and host is a Reggae Artist !
    in Ochi Rios and old run down hotel called Ocean Sands ( $40 & up ) is a bargain if you don't mind that it old & dingy - on a tiny beach with great snorkeling & swimming ! owner & mgmt , staff are awesome ! great central location for sightseeing , can walk all around town from hotel . In Kingston the "Sunset Inn" is a bargain and is just by all the super expensive hotels & you can walk to Emancipation Park , etc.
    6. take "Knutsford Express" bus service to travel the island ( sorta like Greyhound or MegaBus ) - it's cheap and reliable with service to most all the island .
    Good luck & Safe Travels ! Avoid the tourist traps & see the REAL Jamaica ! and tell all that John from B'ham USA Say "Bless Up Jamaica " !! If you never been to Jamaica be ready for an onslaught of hagglers trying sell you anything & everything 24/7 as soon as you leave the airport door - be cool - be nice but give a firm polite NO Thank You 'Mon , no be an ugly American though & try support the locals by buy a lil something here & there ! :)
    Peace

  • Tash said

    I am planning on going November of this year. I cannot live in fear it only hinders me from doing what I love to do best, travelling. Here in the US there are killing everyday. I can walk out my door and get kill. Don't get me wrong, I will go or do I care to go in the areas that will risk my life just like I will not go in and area in the US where there are racial tension or the KKK where I can get lynched and kill. I travel all over the world and trust me there are always killing it's just hidden and never been told. My cousin who lived in a predominantly white state in the US always tell me on news white killing whites or robbing etc but of course yiu won't hear it world wide only locally. I am not afraid and I will enjoy myself and also be mindful as well.

  • Yoga nanda said

    Just heard a worker was mudered at Hedonism hotel in Negril. Last week muder on the Main Street in green island. Doesn't make sense to travel to a place on vacation that feels like you are in a city at home. No matter how beautiful

  • Mad Scientist said

    Went to Montego Bay Labor Day wkd (American holiday) and stayed and the Rui Palace resort. Had a good time. Went to local bars..margaritaville and pier 1. Had no issues. Even went to a concert. I found that shuttle service from the resort was quite expensive, but it was the thing that kept me safe. Was thinking about returning in a few months (booking Airbnb) but not sure how safe that is. Looking for feedback...

  • Samantha said

    I've been to Jamaica plenty of times we don't Evan stay at a resort anymore we rent a house! It's my favourite place... there is crime everywhere you go not just here! I walk around at night in Jamaica and the people are amazing! Don't listen to everything you hear!!

  • Peter said

    Hi all traveling people. I see many here say stay away. Few month ago me and my girlfriend spend a week there, we drove around the whole island, stopped for night at any nearby local type of motel or similar, eat local food with local people, used common sense of course. It is a beautiful island, but the advice to stay away sounds bad, then we should tell all to stay away from New York to. And last, I'm a white boy, so is my girlfriend.

  • SCD said

    We are going to Nigril 12/11-12/21...4days at the mirage resort ,6days at hedonism. Where are the best places to eat ,drink and have a good time around the mirage in the west end? Also is it safe to walk about day or night?

  • Bert said

    I been in Jamaica more than 65 times all around , Yes sometimes I have a problem

    but is secure if you don't show some jewels... Like everywhere .

    Nice people .

    B. labonte

    Montréal

  • Sandra said

    I just have to say, there are some great posts on this thread. I am a Jamaican-American living in the U.S. I have to agree that it is a hassle the measures that you have to take in order to stay safe. Jamaica now is not the Jamaica that I once knew. If it weren't for my loved ones still living there, I would never visit. The corruption needs to be removed from the top down. Then, and only then will there be any improvement crime levels. #BringBackSweetJamaica

  • marie said

    The first time I went to Jamaica was with my beautiful daughter after her high school graduation. We were on a tight budget. Stayed in a cheap place in Ocho Rios and walked a lot-even at night. We were hit on-asked for dates, offered pot and pressured to buy trinkets and give hand outs, but nothing worse than what we've experienced in downtown Los Angeles, or San Francisco. The second time we went there were three of us and we stayed at an all inclusive in Montego Bay. I will be going back again, as I fell in love with the country, and I will not do an all inclusive-I will travel around the country a whole lot more. As with anywhere-do not be stupid, and you will be just fine. As in any big city-do not be alone after dark and do not go into sketchy areas. I felt just as safe in all the various places in Jamaica as I have in any of the larger cities here in the states.

  • Joe said

    Where would be the best / safest area to buy a million+ USD property in Jamaica without having the locals bothering people with a little bit of money ?
    What's the Tryall Estate like ?

  • Commonsense said

    I have traveled all of the world and get up to no good everywhere I go. Jamaica is not and does not feel safe anywhere and you will often be intimidated and threatened. If you stay in the same place long enough for people to recognize you and even get to know you, you won't be harassed as much. I went to no strip clubs, got no hookers and didn't do any blow because just trying to have a beer was enough of a hassle. My things were stolen in hotel rooms and at the beach.

    There were many great people in Jamaica and genuine, lengthy and in-depth interactions are the norm. Women are treated like shit there but I don't remember meeting one that wasn't nice, witty and easy to talk to. It's a wonderful place with lots of energy and full of life. However, expect to have problems there. People that don't are either rich and can avoid the people, stay in resorts and interact mostly with hotel employees, or is there with a Jamaican and has a pass and will avoid much of the shadiness.

    Felt about as safe in the tourist parts of Jamaica as I did in Guatemala City or Tegucigalpa, but was on edge more in Kingston. Although I think Kingston is probably safer at night, you are rolling the dice every time you roam too far off the beaten path. Go to Jamaica and be forward, aggressive, truthful and respectful and you'll be fine. If you are a white woman you will be just fine. If you are a white male you will get a little taste or racism and it may do you good. Don't avoid Jamaica like you should avoid Tegucigalpa for example, but watch your ass the same.

  • Chrystina said

    I was born and raised in Jamaica, but I recently moved to North America. I now fear to visit Jamaica, my own birth country due to the recent high crime rates. Just last night one of my close family friend was approached by a robber in a very busy public area, he was stabbed twice after yelling "thief". He died an hour later in the hospital leaving behind his wife, 2 daughters and his elderly mother. There is no concern for lives in Jamaica anymore, people are going around killing senselessly and the Government has yet to find a way to get this under control. I especially warn you not to visit Jamaica in the Christmas time because it is one of the periods where people are trying to get money to buy fancy stuff for there families. Some of the few reasons why this is happening in Jamaica is because there is a high unemployment rate and people are becoming poverty stricken, people are either scamming or robbing to make ends meet. But don't get me wrong there are still honest hard working people that are trying to make a living to support their family. Jamaica is a beautiful country to visit but It is sad to say that it is not very safe in MOST areas.

  • Chip said

    I read this article and the comments with interest. I wonder how many people realize that their contents are represented to a large extent by the lyrics of Bob Marley et al. now approaching half a century ago. I know the patois can be difficult to understand, but I recommend listening to and reading these lyrics carefully. The essence of what is written on this web page is by no means new or recent--both in Jamaica and in the rest of the world. For the uninitiated, here's a starter list--organized by album and song--that this article and its responses made me think of:
    -Burnin': Duppy Conqueror, I Shot the Sheriff, Burnin' and Lootin
    -Rastaman Vibration: Positive Vibration, Johnny Was, Want More, Crazy Baldhead, Rat Race, War
    -Kaya: Running Away, Time Will Tell
    -Confrontation: Chant Down Babylon, Trench Town, I Know, Rastaman Live Up
    -Catch a Fire: Concrete Jungle, Slave Driver, No More Trouble
    -Uprising: Real Situation, Work, Forever Loving Jah

    This list is by no means complete. There are other songs and other artists. But it is a start. And remember: respect the devil, but fear and love God ("Jah") more! And to briefly quote something much older: "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4.

  • Booboo said

    Wow, this sounds quite interesting..... I have traveled to almost all Caribbean countries in the last 18 years except for Jamaica, Haiti/Dom Rep and Cuba.... I just booked a trip to an AI resort in MB from late Dec to early Jan and expect to have a great time as I always do when I travel. I don't normally do AI resorts but after a couple months of research, it seems appropriate for the first visit to Jamaica as I am bringing my gf that has limited travel experience. I would like to go venture off the resort a bit, Negril, etc and mingle with some locals as that is what travelling is truly about IMO... if anyone can suggest some cool areas to check out I would appreciate it.

    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.

  • Chip said

    I realized I missed a few key Marley albums:
    -Survival: So Much Trouble in the World, Top Rankin' (this one is immediately relevant), Babylon System, Ambush In The Night, Ride Natty Ride, Wake Up and Live
    -Natty Dread: Them Belly Full (But We Hungry), Lively Up Yourself, So Jah Seh
    -Exodus: Guiltiness, The Heathen, So Much Things To Say, Exodus

    You can start researching the lyrics here: http://www.azlyrics.com. Some are derived from famous speeches.

    As world events have unfolded since Marley's death, the support for these lyrics has grown substantially, causing these tunes to grow in relevance.

    BTW--these messages aren't perfect. Do a lot of cross-referencing and use (and pray for) discernment in interpreting them.

  • Bod said

    If you go "off reservation" in jamaica * don't * expect a warm carribean welcome - everywhere you go, expect to be hustled or simply glared at with hatred because of your skin colour and if you're the first and only whitie they ever seen. The only smiles are after your money ... really. The only genuine ones are the kids.

    I'm a single white female in my forties and it's hairy even with a guard/driver taking me everywhere..., even tourist places like Ochos Rios.

    Kingston is no place for a single female - Even nicer places.

    The country is very beautiful. It what spoils it is the people.

    Btw, I am not here as a sex tourist though I know many women my age are .., the prevalence of hiv on the island is kept hidden from The tourists - the Caribbean is second only to Africa for the prevalence of Aids.

  • Loren said

    At your own risk. Stay in the All Inclusive hotels and travel on the tour bus. The crime situation is bad and probably a design to make sure that only the Big Man makes the money. Mi no really see where the government a tackle crime - they seem to be protecting the criminals when they fire their guns but lock up the police when they must fire their guns - they count the criminals killed by the police but not the innocent people killed by the criminals. And every time the criminal kills he is bailed just to make other duppies.

  • karen wilson said

    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?

  • LAMBERT Shabalala said

    I think most countries have crime issues in USA like D.C. Subways you are likely to lose your iPhone from petty thieves and even your life altogether and yet we say USA is safe so let's not demonize Jamaica as we all know the truth.

  • Jack said

    I first went to Jamaica in 1969. I have seen the changes over the years, and they have not been good. I recently passed through Montego Bay. It was a slum. The local paper, The Gleamer, reported 269 murders inside the city by 1 December. The writer actually called for a communist state like Cuba saying they would be better off. No, Jamaica is not safe and I would not wonder around even in daytime. Yes, St. louis has a high crime rate, but I am not going there either. This beautiful island is no place to vacation as sit can cost you.

  • E said

    Husband and I love Jamaica - especially Negril. I had visited in 1991 and 2009 and decided to bring husband and now, We have been going yearly since 2013, twice in 2016. We stay on the West End as we find the accomodations more private and relaxing. We do venture out of the resort ever day! We know many people on the road now we can trust - drivers, bar and restaurant owners, folks from the neighborhood... and we have not had a single problem! U have to be safe like anywhere, and hope that you are not in the wrong place at the wrong time. But reading some of the reviews above make it sound like if u step foot into the country of Jamaica you're gonna die! Now, i can't speak of Kingston or MB - i haven't spent time in those places. But have been to Treasure Beach, Black river area, Negril, up in the mountains in an area called New Works with Jamaican friends as tour guides... And the country is beautiful. You must use good judgement. Leave valuables at home and only walk around with little or nothing on you, just in case. Try not to walk after dark althought we have many times and haven't had problems! But u never know. Someone is always gonna try and sell you something, that is a fact. Or get a dollar from u. Esp on the beach in Negril. That kind definitely be annoying at times esp during high season when the beach is packed. But u say No thank u, or, if u like u do buy something!! And don't say "Maybe later" unless u mean it cause u will be held to it!! We love staying on the cliffs (the resorts are gated and security Is tight and keep their eyes open for u). But like I said, we do go out too and have had no probs. I am from NY and have been mugged once - in a parking lot at a shopping mall back in the 80s- in my entire 40+ years of life. I have been in alllll sorts of crazy situations and neighborhoods. U gotta be smart wherever u go. So, please, visit Negril. Be safe. Swim. Eat great food. Listen to music. Support the arts. Make new friends. The people are lovely and MOST of them want to make u feel safe and welcome and return for another visit. They are proud of their country and want u to love it and return.

  • William Alexander said

    It seems RIDICULOUS to travel to Jamaica with the crime situation as it currently is when there are a multitude of destinations in the region that are safe, friendly and economical.

    I have lived and worked in several Caribbean countries and I have not once felt unsafe or unwelcome.

    Cayman Islands, BVI, Cuba, Belize, Costa Rica, etc. etc. are all better bets for a relaxing holiday.

    The Jamaican government will never crack down on crime significantly until the mighty tourist dollar dries up in response.

  • Maria said

    (Correction to the above comment!)
    Let these people keep bragging 'I have never had anything happen, don't listen To everything you read' cause it might just happen to you! I used to say the same until a knife man sliced a knife across my face all for the equivalent to £35! Police who tried to sexually Pursue me were corrupt and knew how to find the culprit cause of the 'find my iphone' police are terrible and half the time never solve crime! I'm a British born Jamaican citizen who used to visit three times a year with my children but believe you me I will NOT be going back anytime soon! I became to scared to do anything out there the crime is horrendous!

  • Jeffrey Plumpton said

    TOP 4 QUESTIONS TO TOURISTS IN JAMAICA:
    1. So, first time in Jamaica?
    2. So, where are you staying?
    3. So, how long are you staying/when do you go back?
    4. So, what do you have for me?

    My advice to you is this: Don't reveal where you stay or when you are leaving.

  • EK said

    my answer to number 1 is always:
    oh yes my dear its my first time - you can use every trick

  • Bex said

    I live in Jamaica with my daughter and my Jamaican husband. I am white as is my daughter and my husband is black. I honestly have had no issues since living here and are happy with our move. My child attends school here and is the only white child in the entire place. She absolutely loves her school and settled very well. We have been treated with respect and everyone is very friendly. Yes, in the beginning you may get hassle by people who want to sell you stuff but this lessens as they get to know you. I drive around by myself and I have to go out at night for church functions etc and have never been bothered by anyone. Yes, jamaica has crime and certainly there has been a rise recently but as others have said avoid certain places, be street smart and limit what information you tell people about yourself and your movements. I honestly don't think it is any worse than other areas of the world. I am originally from the uk just outside London. murders, assaults etc happen every single day in that city.

  • Steve said

    I have been to Jamaica 3 times. I can honestly say I love the place and the people. I have some very good friends over there.

    However I must say that the amount of crime that appears to be happening lately involving weapons will no doubt put a lot of tourist off visiting which will be the demise of the country.

    It is up to the local people who know the offenders to assist the police to bring them to justice, otherwise there will be no tourist visiting and the whole Country will be in turmoil with lack of jobs and mounting crime.

    I hope that never happens as I love the Country and have enjoyed myself every time I have been. I would hate to see it destroyed by these offenders.

  • anthony said

    Guys, nowhere is safe, you have recession all over the world! Some places within the country is safer than some just like your current homeland that has poverty areas or thieves...etc The country who is deemed the elephant in the room should take responsibility for these radical behavior. They should talk to governments to have a program set up to assist the people that are trying to survive or go beyond survival. After all it's the countries people that work hard to travel to other destinations to relieve stress and live a little from their every day life.

  • Steve Lang said

    Well im glad you people in Jamaica are sticking up for your country, im from the state of Michigan and I plan on moving to Jamaica in July with my girlfriend and yes down the road we are getting married and plan on buying a home there. Every sense my friends found out I was moving to Jamaica they have been calling me telling me how dangerous it is to go there.there saying it's not safe even at the airport, omg is it really safe any place you visit. Just use some common sense when your visiting places you never been before. Detroit metro airport, is it safe to go there even though Detroit was the world capital for murder and 5 million people lived there. I don't ever recall in my 62 yrs ever hear that some 1 got harmed in any way but I will say this use common sense. I hope you people from Jamaica keep speaking the truth how it really is in Jamaica and tell people that are reading what were posting is Jamaica is a great place to visit our live. You people from Jamaica a word of advice from me, people here in the states live in the fast lane and show you our any 1 else any respect. Have your eyes open at all times. Me im getting out of this rat race and moving to Jamaica.

  • Timothy D. Naegele said

    JSpills' comments 6 months ago may tell it all.

    I have been to Jamaica and loved the island and its wonderful people.

    I spent New Year's in Kingston, but stayed in our hotel because of advice about crime.

    I have dealt recently with a company in Montego Bay, and was surprised that its employees had not been to Port Antonio, which is one of the prettiest parts of the island.

    Tourists have so many great choices these days for "fun in the sun" (e.g., Hawaii, the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, elsewhere in the Caribbean) that Jamaica needs to root out crime.

    It affects the wonderful Jamaicans I have met, in the pocketbook!

  • Timothy D. Naegele said

    I meant to say KSpills.

  • Wayne said

    Wow.... It crazy how close minded some of you guys are. The first time I visited JA was 2003 and I've been there every year since that. My son is 7 years old and of all the places we've been he always ask to go to Jamaica. This is his 3rd visit and he cries everytime we leave there to come back to the us. I've visited Kingston, montego bay, Ocho Rios, Nigel and allot of other places and felt welcome everytime. It's has truly become one of my favorite places to visit. My family is actually looking at properties there because we spend too much at the resorts. The live music is unbelievable so is the food and the beaches. Overall it is a great place and I would honestly recommended it to everyone.
    For your first visit get an all-inclusive hotel and do the tour of the island with the hotel if you feel its not safe base on all these comments.
    My friends went last year and already asking me when I'm going back. It's truly a wonderful place and a place to visit

  • Gail Long said

    I live in the city in NY with the highest per capital murder rate ( and it's not NYC ). We have gorgeous areas, lots of culture and nightlife, first rate restaurants, beautiful parks , BUT we have several intensely violent sections scattered throughout our City, and I happen to work in them. I love our City and its people, but we have to be smart about where we are. That is true of most cities around the world. I don't think Jamaica is different to any great degree. Just be smart, be aware. We are looking forward to Jamaica later this month in fact.

  • karen said

    I have been travelling to Jamaica for over 30 years, at least once a year. We use our camera, cell phones, travel up into the mountains, go to amazing waterfalls, go swimming, scuba diving and have
    never had an issue. We don't wander around off the property late at night unless we are on an organized outting. But we do go to the shops off the resorts, wander down the beach in the day, talk to the locals. They are great people. There are nasty people in every country. We have also been to other islands in the Caribbean and the same things could happen there, but they don't usually. Don't put yourself in certain situations. We usually hire a local Jamaican guide to take us on our tours and continue to use them again and again on our repeat return trips. Jamaica is my favorite island in the Caribbean. We also love Tahiti and her islands, but that is too far to go too often.

  • Joe said

    Visited mobay in 2011. first day I was there i did not buy a random merchant's goods (not even sure if he was a merchant of hustler). He called me racist and a posse of roughnecks followed me, shouting 'racist!'. Pretty scary. I am far from racist and did not make any comments at all of that nature. I received the first death threat of my life that day. I was legit scared as i did not know if this nothing to lose looking fellow was actually serious about killing me. "i'm gonna kill ya dead!" were his exact words.

    Second day i was called a 'bati boy' when walking down the strip at night. I am not gay, but took this as a huge insult. If i talked back the guy and his crew looked like they would have brutally assaulted me. Not a great way to treat tourists that support your local economy. Everyone else tried to squeeze every last cent out of me and gave me horrible prices for things until i bartered.

    Never going back to this place. Too bad as the culture and food are amazing.

  • Booboo said

    Well I just got back from MoBay Jamaica and it was quite an interesting trip. On the resort was great, locals were amazing to deal with, took a day trip to Negril, locals were very pushy but nothing I could not handle politely. Went downtown Mobay for NYE celebrations and we requested our nice private driver that had been our guy since day one to take us to a "safe" ATM so we could get more cash since the bar would not allow plastic. He did not recommend that we go downtown but I was curious to what I would see. I will say this.... downtown Mobay was no joke, I was aggressively pursued by a couple men until our driver intervened with them. 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. I have street smarts and this was on par for some of the worst I have seen in my life. Went back to resort after a decent evening but I got to see both sides of Jamaica. On the shuttle ride to the airport from the resort we seen a dead body of a man with his brains blown out on the side of the A1 highway surrounded by cops but uncovered, not a great visual to remember Jamaica. I will go back but with more caution that ever. The people are great in Jamaica but like any city in the world, there is evil people everywhere.

  • J said

    I'd echo the comments of the above poster. I recently returned from Jamaica for a wedding that took place in October 2016. 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. I'd certainly advise any white person to stay on the grounds of the resort property, and do not go out after dark. The poverty I saw in Montego Bay and on the way to and from Negril was some of the worst I've seen anywhere in the world...many dishevelled locals living in corrugated metal huts, lots of abandoned buildings, animals being butchered along the side of the road, trash everywhere. You will be harassed for money everywhere you go, with the exception of the resort (I was, however, offered drugs twice by staff on the resort property). When locals stop to talk to you, it's pretty obvious they're working an angle to get into your wallet.

    In the end, we felt really guilty about staying in a gated resort with high walls and security guards when people outside were living in terrible poverty. It colored my entire experience as it wasn't Jamaica at all, it was 100% inauthentic. I hope for the best for Jamaica, but as for a vacation, there are many other islands in the Caribbean that are far nicer places to visit: Aruba, US/British Virgin Islands, Grand Cayman...

  • Zan said

    Jamaica as like anywhere .
    Peace, Love and Harmony
    With crime.

  • Jill said

    Thank you Rob Graves for your comments. You summed it up perfectly...and I found negril.com to be an excelllent resource. Also, where is this utopian country people are recommending travel to? Where no crime ever exists and one can walk freely anywhere, any time, without being mindful of potential crime, petty or otherwise? Please someone do tell...

  • Karem said

    A lot of skin bleaching going on in Jamaica.
    Shows the level of self worth that the people have.

  • zAN said

    Jamaica is a source and destination country for children and adults subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor; sex trafficking of children and adults occurs on the street, in night clubs, bars, massage parlors, and private homes; child sex tourism is a problem in resort areas; Jamaicans have been subjected to sexual exploitation or forced labor in the Caribbean, Canada, the US, and the UK, while foreigners have endured conditions of forced labor in Jamaica or aboard foreign-flagged fishing vessels operating in Jamaican waters; a high number of Jamaican children are reported missing.

  • Jason said

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-15506/British-tourist-shot-dead-Jamaica.html

  • Kim said

    If you don't think you'd feel safe in Jamaica, stay home or go somewhere else, simple as that !

  • Oshane said

    What great advice Kim. Thank you.
    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. Money talks on this island.
    Portmore a mek walk!

  • Richie said

    Pick up any local newspaper and you will get a real sense of things in Jamaica.

  • Jahile said

    Hello.
    If you go to the island, please do not smoke anything that is passed to you. Roll your own joints so you know what's in it. Laced joints are passed to tourists regularly. They will blame you for being stupid enough to trust them. Typical backwards country-jamaican logic.

  • Oniel said

    I must second the comments above. Crime and crime stories are covered up and swept under the rug. I know this because I have lived in Jamaica for 30 years.

    In fact, it seems that this very site deleted my comments warning tourists about the dangers they may face. SHAME ON YOU WORLDNOMADS.COM!

    What is your purpose for deleting my comments?

  • PHIL SYLVESTER said

    HELLO PHIL SYLVESTER - would you kindly explain why my posts warning tourists about the dangers of Jamaica were deleted?

    Is there a policy that you can point to? Or are you selectively censoring negative posts?

  • PhilSylvester said

    A number of site administrators have the authority to delete posts that are determined to be inappropriate. In addition to standard LAWS such as those relating to defamation, racial vilification, etc we also remove posts that are abusive, use bad language, are unauthorised promotions, just plain old spam or that we feel don't fit the standards of what's reasonable for the World Nomads community. There are also TERMS OF USE that you agreed to when you signed on as a member.

    I'll find out why yours was removed (I haven't read it), and give you some feedback.
    But I counsel against yelling "shame" at us and demanding I justify my actions - it doesn't make me want to love you.

  • Joel said

    My wife, mother and brother are going on a princess cruise in the western Caribbean. Our second stop is Jamaica and we have an island excursion setup from the ship to tour around for 4 hours. Are ship tour excursions generally safe. Is there anything I shouldn't bring with me? And if I buy something should I use cash or is credit safe?

  • PhilSylvester said

    Hi Oniel,
    turns out your comment was racist and vulgar, which we won't tolerate at World Nomads. The only policy I can point you to (as per your demand) is the universal policy of decency, respect and tolerance.
    Your post wasn't "censored for being negative", it was deleted because it was offensive.
    If you can't be decent and respectful in future, don't say anything. OK?

  • Dewey said

    My wife Beth and I went to Montego Bay April, 2015. We stayed at the Riu all- inclusive for 5 nights and had a very enjoyable experience, staff was friendly and treated us like gold. We did the Catamaran cruise/ snorkeling trip and chartered a very cool fishing boat with Captain Howard Martin. We caught about 15 Red Snapper and they cooked them up as soon as we docked - 1st mate Derek walked our catch immediately over to the Montego Bay Marina cafe. The cook beer battered ( Red Stripe ) the fish and included fresh dill. I'm 50 yrs old and told Beth that had to be one of the coolest and most exhilarating days of my life. The sunrise as we cruised out to go fishing and the deep blue water is something I hadn't seen before. The locals were very friendly and polite to us the entire week and my only regret was we couldn't stay longer. 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. I'm an Irish kid born suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pa. and here's my advice. To really see and get the real feel of a country you should travel outside the resort your staying at. Simply land a mature taxi driver in the beginning of your stay and use him anytime to leave the resort - he was a family man like me. Be confident ( not arrogant ) and respectful and in return you'll get to experience the amazing time I had. The next time I go I'm taking my son and daughter along with Beth so that my children can see Jamaica.

  • khadija said

    I am planning to visiting there pretty soon but after all of this I just don't know what to think anymore???? anything guys ??

  • Salvatore "JaCrispy" said

    Aye here's the thing about Jamaica: Common sense. To me, Jamaicas pretty safe. Kingston was fine and Ocho Rios was fine too. And this is coming from a guy who's been to Turkey, Syria, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Kenya, Namibia, and so on. I'm from Iceland which is above Ireland and it's literally the safest country in the world, with like 1 police kill ever. I've been all over Detroit, I go to the bad places to see what it's like.
    Jamaican people are their own type: Amazing nice, welcoming. Foods really amazing and the music is culturally rich and amazing. Don't regret not goIng to JA, it's culturally rich and you gotta go.

  • Chirs said

    Planning on booking a trip to Sandals South Coast. Looking for any information regarding safety in that general area. Also things to. We are going Nov.23rd-29th and so far have a group of 7. We would like to visit the Bio-luminescence Bay one night but unsure on the best mod of transportation to get from the resort to the bay (Thinking of maybe spending the majority of the day in that area). Does anyone have any good Forum boards that would have some good tips for First Time Jamaican traveler. I lived in Mexico City for 6 Months so I am no stranger to fishy areas and have good street smarts.

  • Daniel Bumbulsky said

    not nice management Riu montego tossed mom out for medical problem of incontinence

    dont go Riu Plaza

  • Aminata said

    I've been to Jamaica and it is one of the most beautiful countries I've visited and I will continue to do so . Don't believe the hype anywhere you go in this world you will in counter violence no where on earth is completely safe . Like the article mentioned use common sense don't be a fool .

  • Tim said

    I have always wanted to go to JA from a child and when I finally got the opportunity a few years ago to travel there with my late father I thoroughly loved it. Although we stayed with people we knew in Santa Cruz also Browns Town. I was a little apprehensive but had an awesome time. My father stayed out in friends houses but I went for walkies during the day but insured I was back by 6 when it became dark. We visited Church friends in St Mary. I journied from Browns Town to Kingston one morning with friends of my aunty. Great senic journey through Runner Way Bay- Flat Bridge- Fern Gully pass Spanish T and into Kingston. Oxtail and R & P for breakfast. Juicy Patties during day, sour sap. Memories were awesome I will be going back
    My daughter did an all inclusive last year in Mo Bay with family and going back this year.

    Just my experience.

  • kahlia said

    I think Jamaica is nice and beautiful country to visit I go to Jamaica a lot I wouldn't say Jamaica is the safety place to go but you need to be smart how u walk in Jamaica and the places where you go like come on now I know some people ant stupid to walk around in gully or somewhere lonely with a big iPhone its like your looking to get robbed or you just don't care. only thing am saying don't make the internet fool you go there for your self then you can judge because for me personal I think its a beautiful place to visit

  • September said

    So sad. Those who are dead now due to the violence there cannot write their comments here. I wonder what they'd have said. Mm.

  • Stacey Scarlett said

    So I am a tried and true Jamaican who believe wholeheartedly in the beauty of my culture. The love I have for Jamaica transcends into my everyday life, and its due to the fact that I grew up in a Jamaica that was not what it is today. I am sorry but there are several factors that affect crime in Jamaica and until its addressed this will never change. Jamaica has been on the radar for a long time, and it has nothing to do with the color of the its residents. At one time Jamaica was compared to Baghdad as far as blood shed and it was not an unfair comparison. Many foreigners love to travel to Jamaica because of its ideal vacationing experiences, but what they forget is that the country they are from deport criminals back to that small island in drones every years. Jamaica does not have the infrastructure to support these people who are often let out into the street. This is a problem that needs to be addressed as most of these so called criminals lived in foreign countries most of their lives. So the truth is that the social issues of the US and UK are the reason most of these people become criminalized, yet Jamaica takes the fall. Additionally, the government of Jamaica need to be way more strict on crime. The Jamaican government also need to ask for support from others in order to get this under control. 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. Tourism is rarely affected by crime in the country, things are in place to protect tourist including fear that if one messes with a citizen of the US or UK those countries will retaliate so most Jamaicans know not to go to those extent. 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. I don't care if another tourist go to Jamaica, but I do care that women and children are under constant threat in a country that use to protect and love them. I need this to stop and I need to government to make some serious decisions, before Jamaicans abroad have to make it for them!!!!!!!

  • Donna Smith said

    Thank you for these comments. I read them from beginning to end. I think I have a good idea. VERY HELPFUL! I know I would LOVE the Jamaican people, culture, food and music. NO DOUBT! But I will NOT be visiting! They need to get this UNDER CONTROL!!! Hope they do someday, so I can check it out. Lots of Love To All!

  • Craig said

    Stacey Scarlett, You are so right. For me it has always been about the people.

  • Daniel said

    Hello. I am a long time visitor to the island of over 30 years. Watch out for the crack-laced joints that you may be offered. Also, cannabis flowers can be soaked in in cocaine free base liquid, so beware of any brown buds offered to you. I learned my lesson the hard way.
    Good luck, and trust your gut.

  • Mindy said

    I am planning a trip to Negril in May. My 15 year old son is in a power wheelchair and we are planning on staying at Beaches in Negril. Will we be safe there with a child in a wheelchair?

    As for accessibility, does anyone out there have experience with Beaches in Negril?

  • Mindy said

    I am planning a trip to Negril in May. My 15 year old son is in a power wheelchair and we are planning on staying at Beaches in Negril. Will we be safe there with a child in a wheelchair?

    As for accessibility, does anyone out there have experience with Beaches in Negril?

  • Peter said

    HA! What do you mean by safe?

    Your son will almost for sure be offered drugs.

    Besides that I wouldn't worry about much else except for the petty theft.

  • Bernard said

    Spent some time in the rural country side and befriended an expatriate. He told me of unspeakable crimes committed against children there. Including the not uncommon practice of Jamaican fathers 'breaking-in' their daughters upon having their first menses.

    On the surface it is 'one love and respect' but remove the veil and you will discover the true nature of this sick culture. Sick and mentally ill.

    I cannot in good conscience encourage any person to support the Jamaican economy. Spend your money and time elsewhere.

  • Samantha R said

    A few years back my girlfriend and I were staying in Negril during spring break. During a night of dancing and drinking she did not feel well and our hotel 'guide' offered to walk her back to our room.
    To make a long story short, when she got to the room the staff member proceeded to get undressed and two additional local men appeared, ready for action. She crumpled onto the bed and exclaimed 'Great, now I'm going to get gang raped in Jamaica.' The staff member reacted saying 'no, no, no' and she came out of the experience unharmed.

    Jamaican men assume that foreign women are there for sex tourism. Thank GOD she spoke up.

  • Christine said

    Just got back last week from Montego Bay. Stayed at Secrets. Awesome resort, people friendly. Took a cab to Dunns River Falls and had a blast. Just travel with someone else and be smart - it is a beautiful island and the locals were very friendly.

  • Jenni said

    I'm from the UK, I go to Jamaica quite often, and have driven from Montego Bay to Ochio Rios just as the sun was coming up. Travelled in Kingston, St Elizabeth, Brown's Town, St Mary's, Negril - my least favourite place is Montego Bay - beautiful, just don't like the vibes.

  • Serena said

    Hello all, after reading these boatloads of comments, I can say it was REALLY helpful. I, my sister, and a few others are taking a trip to RIU Montego Bay and I have learned so much just from the comments. Thank you all so much. I was a bit skeptical and I still kind of am, but I'll never know what to TRULY expect unless I experience it for myself. I'll H just have to make sure I pray and use common sense during my visit. Thanks again

  • ty said

    it does not seem that bad as it sounds as long as your smart about stuff youll be fine

  • worried.com said

    Hi folks, after doing some research not sure about JA. Lots of negative comments and not just about food or beaches etc. Always thought I would of loved JA but after reading about murders rapes robbing people starting to think just to look closer to home scary stuff.

  • Ja Expat said

    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. The situation is MUCH WORSE than anything described here! When you visit Jamaica, you are in fact playing Russian roulette. For those of you familiar with that game, you know that only one chamber has a round (shot) in, so only 1 of the six players will be shot dead. That explains why those who say that Jamaica is "safe" have lived to say so.

    My advice - if you enjoy Russian roulette, then Jamaica is the place to live/visit.

    Cheers

  • Tamara said

    My husband and I plan on traveling to a Sandals in Montego Bay in a few months. I have read about several recent murders in MB and have researched about the crime. MY QUESTION IS: We don't plan on leaving the resort during our stay. Is it reasonable to think that we will be safe or not have issues as long as we are at the resort??

  • Rasta Faux said

    I first visited Negril for a week with the hubs in late December 2015. I had a different experience from anything I'm reading here. We're black Americans with dreads/locs/dreadlocks; mine in the middle of my back and his passed his butt. It was Bless, "Respeck" and EMPRESS! Getting smiles and real love from passersby. It was very unexpected but very nice. We went downtown, to restaurants and the beach, and I never felt unsafe because I think they thought we were Rastas. We're going again in July 2017 and we both cannot wait!

  • 19years in jamaica said

    I also live in jamaica. not just in negril all over. and travel all over alone i I've in nyc and know my self and how to step but there are some persons who will go beyond nature to try to fuck up ur life and et ito your life in jamaica u must avoid. most of them are selling something and want to engage you in business.. mostly pimps who want to get married immediately. since i married someone who was very abusive there and left it, m life rise up but i still have to worry about this person who also target native tourist for business encounters throb them.. i was not part of his actions and did not even live with him because of who and what he was.. in any case.. to avoid is persons who seem to want to engage in alderwomen, and depending on who or what you are.. the worst are in negril where i never as jamerican travel to negril but one time because i don't like tourist things. and now i know why but when i wen there in last few years i was a bigger person in life but i was also dealing with some complications as far as my social sea legs with persons trouble persons.. u need to get along with people and i was also with another pimp singer in kingstown who was draining my energy but did not ge to my bank account. this is part of the game in jamaica to engage women and nice them up to get into your bank account and life even marriage or kids.. and its all part of the game.. ok be care fun of who u chose in life who speaks kind and other.. the other issue is that negril was very cool with music and all and a lot of them pimps and jackals at burnout beach who are same party every night different place but artist come there and music and they are like all about money and tourist dollars whic is the ir lively hood to hustle tourist and but then are really indignant and racist abusive mean, and not nice if you do not grease the palm and if u don't consider it insultive to not fall for torurist tragic dollars.. one preosn who was freidns wiht my friends fro a studio was one of them. searching for that woman o may to pay his way in life, to hook up and u get like constant phone calls bout what he need money for 24 seeven m friends would also pulls this on jamaican men and americans to make a living call sky larking men.. and women to not have to work. if u sent them 200 dollars a month or something and they weil sound like your best friends to avoid this person, and keep to life.. most of the hustle is around selling weed and a drug store full of drugs to people. i recall in mobay that my friends sould like antying to trourist coming from airport even antidepressants whih made me sick. along with coconuts and anything else.. vitamins and u name it. fuckt up . but that is life .. ok the pimp who felt woman fall for his naturally curly hair or dread locks. my friends in Mobay where i was for years would speak of cotton tree and pimps and i did not know what it was about till i went to negril and felt that died out with the sixties or other but no go so. The whole place is about hook up with tourist and women and marry and con and lottery scammers on side who make money on scamming people. even showing u puppies and make u give them money to pet them, and say they are hungry when they look pretty fat to me.. and abuse you if u don't comply.. what was really cool was horses on beach that some of locals on negril boardies hate. but i lie horses and on beach.. what suck was the pimps and people who were like all of them have same rap its like disease and they feel they will hook on to any one white and demand after a small speech about they will invite you to their house , to buy them a beer, it made m freaked out as i need a lot of distance from people but not al times i can swing with program .. a lot of murder going win around the scamming which is rampant there, and money makes them like hungry sharks kill each other and also greedy murders taking place with locals. and testing.. the person who also bugged me with something else was the greed ridden pimp who hook up with woman sell drugs to people and llok fof rhat niavie and lonley woman who will pay for teir life and take them up . they feel like instant millionaires and tell people that you are poor and can't come to jamaica if you are poor. if u are all rich and not go along with them, will find ways to try to test you to make you poor rob you, even if they are drink with u and other. like set u up with sell pussy girl and rob laptop with girl and all share the profits. so don't trust no one u don't know that wen or ask for girl to hook up with and leave ur wallet lose unlness i t not matter and ur a rock star ... and have money like that.. ok the pimp who hook on to me demand drinks and i am a regular perosn who coud chose and i was friendly and kind to him and i was at place in life i was coming into my tlaent as aritst and have a wealthy life and can life of no money and rising up and this person feel he was some big shot rich man who has no skills no education no shoes no job and can't cut it at a job, and fail and get up like others. he need woman to send him money and if you do not play game , he insult you and tel you u can't come there. but is wanting someone to come down feel sorry for his poverty and give him 20 dollars and will make you sick homeless mentally disabled and curse your life for real that they also are deeply into getting into minds of others and feel they have ultimate power of supernatural to fuck you up and feel they are larger than life if someone give them money and then turn and scorn someone who they imagine is poor, but if they find out your are not poor will try to fuck u up any way so is the nature of this guy who feels he was charming with his hair, and looks but also very abusive to kick puppies demaind lar ge ammounts of money from me, all day night eat al my food and for me to build his house for him which is the game with al of them same way its a thing for life. come to my house stay there and buy cement for my floor.ok if he was a rich peronse like i was who as an artist could take earth and build a artistic and functional house without money , like that, id be impress but not for someone who sat and drain others bank account by sppilling words and waitnig or someone to come and feel soffy for them and find them while they take kindness of others as a fool and spit on people who they feel don't add up to give them money.. and will also make u sick mentally break down and try you. This person also wanted to get all of his bonzai shenzi e and ed freinids . the harassment if you let the to close will not end when u leave. they will hood on to your mind. this person also went around tried to get others to gang up on me to hate me, which did not work and then to find a man a large man in music to fuck with me and do his work, which lead to a tragic ending of a miracle life for me. to be kind to this person , and me not get out of it intimate lead to things to happen to me to end my mriacle life which was not based on money or dirty or filth .. or con women out of money with fake love and children marriages.. like that. so beware who is showing fake love in this kind of encounter and take it lightly but not. its call pre you , this perosn will pre you for what you have. including if they want to make you feel poor or lower ur self respect and not work, will find a way to udemine you. behiond the smiles.. .... i did not want this perosn in my ifebut i got cought in it and i was kind ot him but not to kind and he is a very violent and mean spirited greed ridden perosn who can't satand on his own and need a lot of friends to go to, he had t come to me, when he had issue and need money to get out of a jail thing and then turn and disrespet. i septn thousand of dollars in his life in food and clothes and other, and he could not give me a dollar if he did. he went into my house and tear it apart to pay him back for one dollar, which is fuct up. steal cellphones and laugh like a jackal picking up a rich man was not my life, and i have had rich men in my life famouse had to strulge but no need to do that life. this person ended up taking my life into a current hell and is married also to a naive canadian who he calls is a millionair who enables im beuase she needs a attention. if she removed all the money which she baits him with, would he love or live with her >NOOOO>> and beware to show money and buy love but most of them women love it like that. its not about their love its about loving their money until the fairytale ends .. he'd not love this women or care if she was not giving him money for kids and other he calls that kindness.. ok ltu and ricks cafe are the target for this kind of perosn looking for low key and working women who they might strike a conversation with and feel sorry for them. so beware if a guy with no shoes is in bar and want to sell u weed and want you as a life line , and take to his yard and cook for you. Ricks is where all of the sharks are to sell weed and hopeful to new tourist who buy it at higher prices.. the cliffs and water are very wondreful, and food . the problem with negril is y have to go to sav to buy fruit at lowe price because al if it is like selling shit at nyc prices to tourist.. one apple is like at a korean grocery.. i had a very happy life and fairytale and was not a poor person and did not give this perosn my soul and as result he made my life a living hell and i was a very blessed artitic risgin talent beware of people who study others lives for money , and games mind games and to know how to reverse ur progress make you sick and tell others to follow him. which is not a saint or jesus , is someone else in game.. negril is based around pimps and others who are out for tourist dollars. and its sick and shitty to give some of the kindness because was white people they know you are kind and stupid and can take you for this. And also that to be kind to someone who i sigonrant, or pretend or is for real can't make it and want others to expel kindness to them and turn and tell white people u are fuct up cause u don't have monty to give me, which is why donald trump is getting rid of this kind of asshole in society. sorry.. in america. he is also a terroist and beware of them target white people also for the good old revenge for slavery game and take ur life for that.. then again there are real people somewhere with both sides to them, just have to not enable the kind that are not .. being that i was truly blessed and kind and lived a very happy free talented life and a hard core nyc artist young and fun. and that this perosn lead to a hororr story of my life. 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. yea the reason that i went there was for music on beach and every night there is music and artist.. so keep focus ..

  • 19years in jamaica said

    I also live in jamaica. not just in negril all over. and travel all over alone i I've in nyc and know my self and how to step but there are some persons who will go beyond nature to try to fuck up ur life and et ito your life in jamaica u must avoid. most of them are selling something and want to engage you in business.. mostly pimps who want to get married immediately. since i married someone who was very abusive there and left it, m life rise up but i still have to worry about this person who also target native tourist for business encounters throb them.. i was not part of his actions and did not even live with him because of who and what he was.. in any case.. to avoid is persons who seem to want to engage in alderwomen, and depending on who or what you are.. the worst are in negril where i never as jamerican travel to negril but one time because i don't like tourist things. and now i know why but when i wen there in last few years i was a bigger person in life but i was also dealing with some complications as far as my social sea legs with persons trouble persons.. u need to get along with people and i was also with another pimp singer in kingstown who was draining my energy but did not ge to my bank account. this is part of the game in jamaica to engage women and nice them up to get into your bank account and life even marriage or kids.. and its all part of the game.. ok be care fun of who u chose in life who speaks kind and other.. the other issue is that negril was very cool with music and all and a lot of them pimps and jackals at burnout beach who are same party every night different place but artist come there and music and they are like all about money and tourist dollars whic is the ir lively hood to hustle tourist and but then are really indignant and racist abusive mean, and not nice if you do not grease the palm and if u don't consider it insultive to not fall for torurist tragic dollars.. one preosn who was freidns wiht my friends fro a studio was one of them. searching for that woman o may to pay his way in life, to hook up and u get like constant phone calls bout what he need money for 24 seeven m friends would also pulls this on jamaican men and americans to make a living call sky larking men.. and women to not have to work. if u sent them 200 dollars a month or something and they weil sound like your best friends to avoid this person, and keep to life.. most of the hustle is around selling weed and a drug store full of drugs to people. i recall in mobay that my friends sould like antying to trourist coming from airport even antidepressants whih made me sick. along with coconuts and anything else.. vitamins and u name it. fuckt up . but that is life .. ok the pimp who felt woman fall for his naturally curly hair or dread locks. my friends in Mobay where i was for years would speak of cotton tree and pimps and i did not know what it was about till i went to negril and felt that died out with the sixties or other but no go so. The whole place is about hook up with tourist and women and marry and con and lottery scammers on side who make money on scamming people. even showing u puppies and make u give them money to pet them, and say they are hungry when they look pretty fat to me.. and abuse you if u don't comply.. what was really cool was horses on beach that some of locals on negril boardies hate. but i lie horses and on beach.. what suck was the pimps and people who were like all of them have same rap its like disease and they feel they will hook on to any one white and demand after a small speech about they will invite you to their house , to buy them a beer, it made m freaked out as i need a lot of distance from people but not al times i can swing with program .. a lot of murder going win around the scamming which is rampant there, and money makes them like hungry sharks kill each other and also greedy murders taking place with locals. and testing.. the person who also bugged me with something else was the greed ridden pimp who hook up with woman sell drugs to people and llok fof rhat niavie and lonley woman who will pay for teir life and take them up . they feel like instant millionaires and tell people that you are poor and can't come to jamaica if you are poor. if u are all rich and not go along with them, will find ways to try to test you to make you poor rob you, even if they are drink with u and other. like set u up with sell pussy girl and rob laptop with girl and all share the profits. so don't trust no one u don't know that wen or ask for girl to hook up with and leave ur wallet lose unlness i t not matter and ur a rock star ... and have money like that.. ok the pimp who hook on to me demand drinks and i am a regular perosn who coud chose and i was friendly and kind to him and i was at place in life i was coming into my tlaent as aritst and have a wealthy life and can life of no money and rising up and this person feel he was some big shot rich man who has no skills no education no shoes no job and can't cut it at a job, and fail and get up like others. he need woman to send him money and if you do not play game , he insult you and tel you u can't come there. but is wanting someone to come down feel sorry for his poverty and give him 20 dollars and will make you sick homeless mentally disabled and curse your life for real that they also are deeply into getting into minds of others and feel they have ultimate power of supernatural to fuck you up and feel they are larger than life if someone give them money and then turn and scorn someone who they imagine is poor, but if they find out your are not poor will try to fuck u up any way so is the nature of this guy who feels he was charming with his hair, and looks but also very abusive to kick puppies demaind lar ge ammounts of money from me, all day night eat al my food and for me to build his house for him which is the game with al of them same way its a thing for life. come to my house stay there and buy cement for my floor.ok if he was a rich peronse like i was who as an artist could take earth and build a artistic and functional house without money , like that, id be impress but not for someone who sat and drain others bank account by sppilling words and waitnig or someone to come and feel soffy for them and find them while they take kindness of others as a fool and spit on people who they feel don't add up to give them money.. and will also make u sick mentally break down and try you. This person also wanted to get all of his bonzai shenzi e and ed freinids . the harassment if you let the to close will not end when u leave. they will hood on to your mind. this person also went around tried to get others to gang up on me to hate me, which did not work and then to find a man a large man in music to fuck with me and do his work, which lead to a tragic ending of a miracle life for me. to be kind to this person , and me not get out of it intimate lead to things to happen to me to end my mriacle life which was not based on money or dirty or filth .. or con women out of money with fake love and children marriages.. like that. so beware who is showing fake love in this kind of encounter and take it lightly but not. its call pre you , this perosn will pre you for what you have. including if they want to make you feel poor or lower ur self respect and not work, will find a way to udemine you. behiond the smiles.. .... i did not want this perosn in my ifebut i got cought in it and i was kind ot him but not to kind and he is a very violent and mean spirited greed ridden perosn who can't satand on his own and need a lot of friends to go to, he had t come to me, when he had issue and need money to get out of a jail thing and then turn and disrespet. i septn thousand of dollars in his life in food and clothes and other, and he could not give me a dollar if he did. he went into my house and tear it apart to pay him back for one dollar, which is fuct up. steal cellphones and laugh like a jackal picking up a rich man was not my life, and i have had rich men in my life famouse had to strulge but no need to do that life. this person ended up taking my life into a current hell and is married also to a naive canadian who he calls is a millionair who enables im beuase she needs a attention. if she removed all the money which she baits him with, would he love or live with her >NOOOO>> and beware to show money and buy love but most of them women love it like that. its not about their love its about loving their money until the fairytale ends .. he'd not love this women or care if she was not giving him money for kids and other he calls that kindness.. ok ltu and ricks cafe are the target for this kind of perosn looking for low key and working women who they might strike a conversation with and feel sorry for them. so beware if a guy with no shoes is in bar and want to sell u weed and want you as a life line , and take to his yard and cook for you. Ricks is where all of the sharks are to sell weed and hopeful to new tourist who buy it at higher prices.. the cliffs and water are very wondreful, and food . the problem with negril is y have to go to sav to buy fruit at lowe price because al if it is like selling shit at nyc prices to tourist.. one apple is like at a korean grocery.. i had a very happy life and fairytale and was not a poor person and did not give this perosn my soul and as result he made my life a living hell and i was a very blessed artitic risgin talent beware of people who study others lives for money , and games mind games and to know how to reverse ur progress make you sick and tell others to follow him. which is not a saint or jesus , is someone else in game.. negril is based around pimps and others who are out for tourist dollars. and its sick and shitty to give some of the kindness because was white people they know you are kind and stupid and can take you for this. And also that to be kind to someone who i sigonrant, or pretend or is for real can't make it and want others to expel kindness to them and turn and tell white people u are fuct up cause u don't have monty to give me, which is why donald trump is getting rid of this kind of asshole in society. sorry.. in america. he is also a terroist and beware of them target white people also for the good old revenge for slavery game and take ur life for that.. then again there are real people somewhere with both sides to them, just have to not enable the kind that are not .. being that i was truly blessed and kind and lived a very happy free talented life and a hard core nyc artist young and fun. and that this perosn lead to a hororr story of my life. 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. yea the reason that i went there was for music on beach and every night there is music and artist.. so keep focus ..

  • 19 years in jamaica said

    Did i mention fact that this person said people turn into ghost in negril. or that he would make my child hood end. i can't have a minute of privacy mentally that this person got into my life fro 2000 miles away and a plot to make me sick old poor or mentally disabled.. and bring in friends. he also encourages those who commit murder to do their shit and by a woman not stand up to him and discipline him an d be blind to his behavior enables others like her to be murdered from her own country. stand up and discipline people is the correct program to stop crime and stop look attention from a man and show money also.. just tell them this is not intelligent behavior and other. a lot of women want attention and show off, and i had a very charmed life and this kid of person fuck it up and wanted persons to go in on it with him and can make life hell. and want someone to come to jamaica and say poor man in a poor house this is not a poor person in a poor house this is a guy who has full capacity to work a job and ur are his job.. and don't feel to deeply about the world or other but money. fact he kicked a puppy in pursuit to drain money from me and all animals means he has no respect and ur enable him, to be this person by feel sorry for him and not the persons who he target as poor and make poor and bring his life up to make others go down. This is not correct in society and although its part of most of world and worst in negril where they are like sharks feed off of a dead whale with ur money... or just live above the sshit but its the real on the street of negril.. the water is great ,. sharks in water boobie key is a destination , or interest don't miss and a blue hole in hills. bikes are cheap. don't pay to much for taxi.. and watch out who is ur friends for tourists. but then again a lot of this might come from i had a very happy charmed life in jamaica and some of my americans people in game night been jealous of that and are also same kind of persons. or family to come between m life and put negatives in it.

  • worried.com said

    Wow, I think I will give this place a miss. I always thought Jamaica would be dream holiday. How wrong could I be. I have never been an never will be after doing some research. Why go to some place for holiday and not be able to leave resort for fear of racial abuse or worse dread to think. And add to fact lacing good weed with crack/heroin to rob or rape targets. Could go on and on about other things on this island but would rather visit safe places where you can leave resorts when you please an feel 1000% safe. So rant over sorry to say I won't ever visit this place after researching one love ❤

  • Melanie said

    Jamaica is a beautiful wonderful country with amazing history music food views beaches I am from England my dad is Jamaican mum English i been coming Jamaica since I was 3 years old and have family in Montego bay also family in Falmouth stayed in both places from young. With family and in hotels. We always went out when we stayed at hotels this being me and my mum and dad to the rum bars shopping places we have also stayed ochio Rio's not once has anything happened and that's not because we were with family half the time we were out doing our own thing. Please don't listen to this silly review of Jamaica it's an amazing place. There is danger every were just use common sense and you will be fine. ✌ JA ✌

  • livyourlife said

    I am a 29 year old white female who has been to Jamaica, specifically Negril, 3 times in essentially the last 6 months. (Once i traveled completely alone & to Jamaican owned hotels - not resorts) There are tons of amazing people in Jamaica and I never once felt unsafe or fearful. I was also raised by a career police officer so I am generally skeptical and don't see the world through rose colored glasses.

    If you are a normal genuine human being who can connect with, and pick out, other normal genuine human beings - than you should have no problem. From cab drivers, to security guards, bartenders, business owners, and even the drug dealers and hustlers were open to making connections. Even when I didn't buy anything!! A simple smile, no thank you, or a hey what's your name? What do you do? And suddenly these horrid scary murderers become actual people! Get a grip - you risk your life everyday when you get in your car to drive to work. You have a much higher risk of dying on your morning commute than a visit to Jamaica - maybe you should quit your job then?
    ❤🇯🇲

  • e said

    Jamaica has the same problems that are everywhere else in the world but they just have them in much greater proportion. Jamaica has horrible roads, crazy traffic, and too many inconsiderate and dangerous drivers. They have obscene amounts of violent crime and all other types of crime. If Jamaica was in the USA it would be by far the most violent crime ridden place in America (much worse than Chicago). Police corruption is rampant, you could make the argument that the police are more dangerous than the criminals, In all seriousness Jamaica may actually be better off without a police force. Political corruption, where do I even start? Jamaican politics makes Trump look like a solid citizen. With few exceptions, Jamaica has become extremely polluted, people litter with complete disregard for their environment and openly burn trash, car emissions are unregulated...... I could easily go on and on with the problems that plague Jamaica but in fairness to Jamaica it really does have some beautiful areas to visit and enjoy, it has great foods to eat, great music to dance to and listen to and some really cool people mixed in among the shitheads I have described above. Despite all the problems Jamaica will still be great for some but because of the ills that plague it, it can also be unpleasant for others.

  • GAIL said

    Been planning and researching a Vaca in Jamaica for months now. After reading this, we are taking a cruse

  • Omar Zaki said

    Well I have to say, World nomads got it on point: Jamaica is safe! You just have to be aware of what you should and shouldn't be doing.
    I wrote a short article about my experience almost getting robbed, you can check it out here:https://medium.com/@Mrozaki/is-jamaica-safe-a95054ce48f0

  • Karen said

    As a family we was in Jamaica 2016 We stayed in an all inclusive in Montego Bay.
    We wanted to see Jamaica in the resort I could have been anywhere in the world a lovely beach, pool, sun.
    The resort wasn't enough it wasn't what we had gone for, so We hired a great local guy and did everything You are told not to do We went to Kingston in the slums and spoke to locals, Spanish town drank in a roadside bar with the locals.
    We even went a few times into Montego Bay eat in the cafes and drank in the bars.
    I loved Jamaica I never personally felt unsafe we where welcomed everywhere we went people thanked us for coming to Jamaica and welcomed us.
    I wouldn't have missed it for anything we can say we saw Jamaica and it was great. I can't understand these people who say they go to Jamaica every year and never leave the resort, why bother.
    Threat the Jamaican people with respect and you will get it back from them.
    I have travelled a lot to may lovely places but I left some of my heart in Jamaica and I have to go back one soon.


  • George said

    Stayed at one of these all inclusive resorts and while at the resort was safe no problems. Outside of the resort was not a good feeling especially when a roadblock was set up to block traffic in what appeared to be extortion attempts but the local driver took back roads to avoid this for us. However, the local police were corrupt and apparently collecting money from folks. As an adult, I would travel here but with kids, I would not do it again. I suggest going somewhere safer.

  • pete said

    Went to Jamaica and stayed at a resort near runaway bay a few years ago, beautiful beaches, very lush, green country. 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. What is not good is the fact that leaving the resort on your own is a not advisable, drug dealers seem to run this country, you will get approached by them wherever you go. If you don't buy their drugs, they will try to sell you crap of some kind, intimidation is used, they love to use the saying"don't disrespect me" to intimidate you into buying. Just stepping out from the resort or in Cho Rios, it was always the same, being white, the locals know you are a tourist and see you as easy prey and come running to scam or intimidate you or to peddle dugs. 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. He insisted we stay in the car for our own safety...that unfortunately is the story of Jamaica. So if you are going to stay on the resorts or go only on resort sponsored tours or if you are a drug user and are looking for a place where any type of drug is redally and easily available, then Jamaica is for you.

  • John Sargent said

    Jamaica sounds like an amazing travel destination to enjoy the richness and diversity of the Caribean island world- local foods, music, art, culture and nature. And thank you for the excellent article regarding safety. I picked up a cookbook today on local jamaican barbeque recipes and think its going to be start of a life long luv affair :).

  • Justin Napa said

    Why would you allow these scammers who leave emails for naïve people to contact them?? One does not have to be brain surgeon to see there are folks writing comments here who are trying to scam people with emails and dropping names, email addresses etc...Would never go back to Jamaica..I was there 20 plus yrs ago for a work seminar (Optometrist) and had a great time at a gated resort but left to go to a pro-golf tournament with colleagues and had a life changing experience....So B.S. to those who say one has to be respectful as I treat all people with kindness and respect...enough said.....That was 20 yrs ago and can only imagine thing are worse now....Justin Napa

  • Michelle said

    World Nomads is talking Fkery! My husband is white and he loves Jamaica.
    He respect the people and they totally respect him, he is from a very wealthy family but is not demonstrating how poor and insignificant those around him are.
    He went to the poorest areas had a drink with Mr. Nobody and not get robbed, nobody tried to sell him drugs, they actually offer him fruits from their gardens, they are very kind people.

    I think Justin‘s life changing experience was due to the fact that he did not know Jamaicans don't like Battyman.
    You create your own experience in any country, if you are on a budget don't go to the Ritz hotel and barter... Don't expect a 5 star experience if you are wearing thrift clothing and could hardly afford a VAYKAY. Be humble when you are a guest in another country and learn don't judge.

  • Mary said

    I suppose there is good and bad everywhere but it sounds like some of you have had very bad experiences in Jamaica. I cannot say the same. I have always found it to be a wonderful country full of warm people and beautiful landscapes.

    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. I am not flashy with cash, or phones or tablets etc.

    I have moved around Jamaica with ease untroubled. I am quite clearly a tourist but locals have always been helpful directing me on public buses etc.

    I have done the resort thing, but get bored when I am closed in for too long, so I have also hiked up to the blue mountains and spent time in the country areas and tramped around Kingston. A little bit of hustling for business happens in tourist areas (nowhere near as much as Vietnam) but it is friendly enough and people back off when you say you are not interested in buying their crafts/tours etc. I have never ever been offered drugs (can't say the same for Cambodia). Unfortunately I think lots of tourists go for weed, so it is unsurprising.

    All I can say is that I find Jamaica to be a beautiful country. Yes it has its issues and there is some poverty, but it is somewhere that should be on everyone's bucket list.

  • Rosemart said

    Jamacia is not a safe holiday destination. They rape and try to murder innocent travellers. They rob them and over chartering travellers. Not a safe destination to take young girls to, who do have never travelled before.
    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 . They do nothing to assist in completion of settlements if Probate if Wills or transfer if family Deeds. A bad Country to travel to or invest in, especially people who were first born in Jamacia but left to try to improve their lot in life. Then to return years after, buy property there, and to be defrauded and die before their time. And their Wills ignored, and family inheritance dwindled away by fraudsters, charlatans.

  • Rosemary said

    Will never recommend Jamacia as a holiday destination. Or a Country to buy property do not invest in property over there expecting to leave in Will to your children, they are cons and create all kinds of delays and expenses in their favour. No place for non wealthy people to invest their money, They drug and rape innocent tourists, they try to murder young females over there, dummies beware about travelling to that Country,

  • Rossmaryjennifer said

    They view British foreigners as their stupid cash cows. The only good thing over there is that the Sun shines often overcthere, weather-wise.

  • Jenniferrosemary said

    Does not seem that even the legal system over there can be trusted.

  • Jenniferrosemary said

    As was how Australia was first established by a criminal coloney, so is Jamacia being established that way by Criminal Colonialists.

  • Jenniferrosemary said

    Gang violence does affect tourists over there in Jamacia other than in Kingston. They work at their Airports outside them, and are outside their Airports, they are taxi drivers, they work in their banks and at the money exchange offices, and in their legal departments, and property offices, etc. there are gangs everywhere for there, drug rapists killers of tourists in Spanish Town Jamacia and Ochio Rhos and Kingston , there are every where , cons in Jamacia.

  • Jason said

    I may or may not come back to Jamaica, It's not one of those places you feel safe leaving the resort at night. I done it but I'm from Philadelphia and I've been in bad situations so I'm no stranger to danger. If you're going to go out, do so by taxi. Do not walk!! I walked one block before turning around. Not out of fear but out of pure disgust at the nagging and intimidation tactics used to get you to buy things. I'm 5'7 and 165 pounds but muscular, but by no means do I look as threatening as I can be. I literally got offered drugs 4 times. And one guy tried to scare me into buying junk from him. Let's just say it almost came to blows but he backed off when he realized I was ok with a fight lol. Oh and I'm black, o can only imagine how they view white people. If I could do it over I would come again, just plan everything ahead, don't walk anywhere, like I said I almost got into a fight in broad day. Then at night I almost had to fight again, I don't wanna make it sound like you have to fight if you leave, however I don't like disrespect and being short growing up has given me "napoleon syndrome" so the slightest disrespect and I'm ready to go. Huge ugly Jamaican men will try to intimidate with phrases like "so you're going to disrespect me" or follow you (uninvited) then say "you have to compliment me for this tour" by "tour" they mean pay them for following you. I'd say do it but be very careful. My INstagram is Kingjason129 if you wanna ask me questions.

  • Melinda said

    WE just got home from a cruise that stopped at Montego Bay. WE didn't pay for an expensive excursion from the Ship, but just caught a taxi to Doctors Cave Beach. He took us through town and pointed out different things. When we arrived at the beach, we were offered some weed. No problem, we just said No Thanks and went on to the beach. The taxi that we caught back to the ship, I inquired as to crime. The taxi driver said that there use to be lots of problems, but the police had about knocked that out. He did say, don't go into the mountains alone. Use common sense. I felt plenty safe during the day. I wouldn't wonder about at night. But, I wouldn't go into parts of Memphis, TN ever! Or downtown by myself at night either. There are one to multiple murders daily in Memphis.

  • Mr. MTA said

    I've been twice. The island is beautiful. The people can be friendly. But definitely experienced dirty looks, attitude, trying to over charge me. And don't forget the constant begging. IMO there are other tropical islands that you don't experience 1/2 of that. So I chose to spend my money there.

  • Lisa said

    Please be careful in Jamaica especially Kingston and surrounding areas. I am a Jamaican , and A friend of mine family members were robbed of all 8 piece of their luggage a few days ago there on their way from the airport. Jamaica is a dangerous place. One thing to keep in mind the police will do nothing, they are very incompetent. Most time they are in league with the criminals.

  • Denise said

    Before you go google the "jamaica observer' "jamaicagleaner" "the jamaica star" and read about crime there. I am a Jamaican and there are crime all over the world but, Jamaica is a dangerous place. The people are nice but there are too many murders and robbery which goes unsolve. Police officers are just like the thieves. They will set you up to robbed. take this from me as a Jamaican if you are a victim of crime all they will do is take a statement they will never investigate it. If you're driving from the airport with your luggage they will trail you and rob you.

  • Fred said

    I winter in St Elizabeth in Treasure Beach and have for 11 years. 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. They are not very interesting unless you like lots of tourist and the hustle of traffic, commercialism and petty crime. These area attracts criminals. I have robbed twice in New York but never ever had a problem in Jamaica. 99.9 % of Jamaicans are honest and helpful. Do not let the many negative comments color you option of Jamaica. This site attracts those who have had bad experiences in Jamaica. 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. My sense is many of the racist experiences are due to a fear of people of color. I believe that this may be a mutual response in a very limited of cases. My my experience that Jamaica try very hard not to judge a person by their completion. My advise is not stay in large resorts and stay in the the many smaller guest houses that dot the island. The large resorts only distort and exaggerate the division between "us" and "them". If you only want sun and a beach then stay at a large resort which is another form of a ghetto or stay in your own country. This site also only distort and exaggerate what Jamaica has to offer. As anAirbnb host, our visitors experience the real Jamaica and the money they spend stays in Jamaica.
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  • jamerican by nature said

    There are a lot of things go on and different places. negril is where the pimps go and travel to to sell sex and pick up rich or working class white women mostly or black and show off money to their friends toffee they are successful. like the mass warriors on africa pick up women on beach. och9rios is worse as far as people hawk tourist. and its pathetic use its like a lottery scam of every guy is out to get a woman to feel sorry for poverty and out on a face for them. 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. sells weed on streets and also drugs , and walk around like dead poor an think he is a rich someone although he can'thodl a job. beware of this. because this person and others brag about black magical powers to kill you and u can end up married to this person for a few years and u suddenly die and they get ur money .. and i am very sick as result of this person and his intents and I'm a super star as far as survival and been in jamaica 19 years.. also for fact if this person does have a grade against u for not given him all ur money and house and car. he will invite others to abuse you, and a gang of them . to play on your mind to make ur broken and poor. even when he found a fish for his hook and has kids with her. he won't let go of th3e fact he could not rbreak me down till he did. also others who will also play game because all they are about is money over love. its like all they can get from you is the game. the bigger the prizes the bigger the man feels. the other fact is that if they do this they also fear judgment and will then want to make ur broken sick and die more to avoid this and are have to go find others to help them in delusion when their life failed and u become the reason in their head. sick shit.
    There is like a pact of people who thrive off tourist of this manner. and largely go to beach parties for this reason and don't mind dressed down to make u feel sorry for them. cause if they work it takes them all day to make 2000 jamaican dollars and just one minute to find a sucker .. also they have said to me we don't even like poor people in negril.( white poor. and if u rich and this man grade you he will make u poor sick) one guy was very bad at game. had same rap and kind of hook on to me feeling i was not jamaica and demand drinks and other.. clothes and shoes and married in one day.?
    kind of a joke and u have to laugh at it. like they come to negril to find tourist for this reason.. dollars. so be kind of aware of this if u go there. and u have to have a strong set of borders. to deal with people.. and not both3er by them.. they waters is great , cliffs and music.. u need a sense of humor my own is worn down by this person who is a parasite and has destroy an amazing life.. that kind of person will text you and call u ten thousand times a day for money. he has every excuse in world for money i got tossed in jail my father died uncle died and need to feed my dog and buy food.. which has become boring to me I'm past years... and invit3e you into yard which in end will cost you more than ten star hotel .. so chose.. life... or or the if u like and go there like women do to buy sex from locals. eat it up... being kind to people is fine but they are not grateful . this makes them cocaine and money addicts who demand money and are not about the kindness of people but u are a source and th3ey then turn this kindness into a means to destroy others. Kill innocent people and demand next person to do for them what u have done and its not cool. thy are not kind for being kind , they are for profit bandeleros who judge innocent people on money, and also know what correct is its all a game to them, but when people are about target u for dollars and feel that kindness makes them the king and u must meet the others persons price. its a fact up thing. they don't take it as thank you its about more and more and more. there are not thanks.. and kids grow up that way to. there are a lot of different places in Jamaica to go to, and explore and Negril and moray and tourist towns are all about that but negril being so much as one road or so in out main drags , its hard toot be part of that. MObay and they come from ocherous to negril for said reason. some times i let some people stay in my room out of being cool and some of them are polite and bought me food , even hen i wanted to gee alone. so th3ey will tie to u for THAT. THE PERSON WHO TOOK THOUSAND OF DOLLARS IN FOOD AND STAY FROM ME WAS AN UNGRATEFUL MENTAL ILL ASSHOLE WHO NEESD TO BE SHOT DOWN, AND WANT TO KILL ME AND NEVER GAVE ME A DIME OR A DRINK FEELS HE IS NOW A MILIONAIR LIVING OFF A MIDDLE LWOER CLASS WHITE WOMAN CANADIAN DOLLAR. AND LOWERED ME TO A BAD PLACE IN LIFE USING OTHERS TO. COCAINE AND MONEY AND SEX AND NEGRIL IS FULL OF OUT OF CONTROL BANDITS...

  • Tim said

    We just back from Hell Day with the Jamacian Pirates!
    Luckily we all lived and only got scammed out of $100 , 2 new i-phones, $700 new a few months ago, a State ID & a Womens Blouse.
    We went to the Falls in Ocho Rio, they swarmed around us like flies helping our group of 9 walk thru the waters and taking pictures, they encouraged us to set our things down while they took our picture, in seconds those things were stolen.
    They used distraction & hard pressure sales technique to take our attention away. This group was very well rehearsed, we hot the police and no report was taken, a small explanation was accepted from us. It was all a blur. Will never go back without a Gun.

  • Darren said

    I take issue with Rob Graves' comments 9 months ago RE: KSpills' views on the dangers in Jamaica. He said, "what KSpills fails to realize is that not all robberies and murders are newsworthy." I ask you: how can a murder not be newsworthy? Even if it doesn't get front page news, at the very least, [IT IS STILL A TAKING OF SOMEONE'S LIFE]--how can that not be important? And even more so if it's covered up to prevent the real truth of corruption from getting out...? That person who was killed was someone's brother, sister, mom, dad, girlfriend or boyfriend...are you going to go and tell them that their relative's murder is not newsworthy? And what of the comment that Spills has just not made the 'transition to living in Jamaica'? I can understand visiting, but who would want to live in a foreign country when we live in the greatest country in the world, with the most freedoms and the highest standard of living--the USA?!

  • Darren said

    Thanks to the aforementioned Lisa, Denise, and others who have had the courage to share with us their personal stories from a Jamaican point of view, and for standing up for the truth when others just want to sugarcoat it.

  • History said

    You must look at the history of jamaica to get a sense of the pathology that exists.

    Jamaica is a real pirate country. Niggas be trippin, and they be flippin, and grippin, and slippin.

  • Don Smith said

    I love the comment from the guy who said, "that not all robberies and murders are newsworthy."

    That's pretty much the story you get from people who defend Jamaica's crime rate, by deflecting and denying it' exists. Crime is everywhere is false. WHat's even more false is using a lie to defend the crime in Jamaica that is out of control. Fist trip was 1962 as part of an olympic swim team. Even then visitors were kept from many areas due to crime. Roving bands of criminals engaged in machete murders. The police and most other authorities with badges have been corrupt, that means the engage in criminal activities, for a long as such agencies have existed on the island.

    Anyone who tells you the island is no more dangerous than Chicago is probably correct but people don't go to Chicago's worst sections for tourism. Last time I was there, pick pockets were out in force in the nicest parts of the downtown areas. But they were not murdering tourists.

    The crime is systematically covered up in Jamaica as it is in the Bahamas. Every time someone is robbed in Nassau the police tell victims it's never happened before.

    Bottom line is that if you go and you have not been a victim of crime, you're luck but the odds are against you staying that lucky. It's one of the most violent places on the planet. Intentionally putting yourself in harm's way is what the criminals are counting on. Feeling like you can go there and somehow avoid being victimized because you're too smart or savvy to be robbed or assaulted or worse, is what criminals count on.

    Most people who visit places like Nassau or Jamaica probably stay out of harm's way and think it's a good place to visit. They also don't go out much if at all. But seeing the sights is a big part of going so there are many other places one can take their tourist dollars without the threat you face in Jamaica. Why reward criminals and corrupt police as if there is no problem there. Take your money elsewhere and do you part to take a bite out of crime... or so they say. If more people keep going and spending tourists dollars, there is no incentive to remedy the crime rate or go after criminals and corrupt police.

  • Gerald Polk said

    As long as people ignore the crime rate which is significant'y higher than anything that is actually reported, nothing will improve.
    Criminals, and for that matter the Jamaican tourist industry, depend on risk takers who think they will be safe despite all the indications and warnings to the contrary.
    Acapulco, Mexico, Cape Town, South Africa and Kingston, Jamaica are the top three most dangerous tourist destinations in the world.
    Montego Bay and Spanish Town are slightly safer. Frequent instances of assault and robbery against tourists exist in all Jamaican tourist destinations. Kingston is the worst, with over 40 homicides per 100,000 people. Most victims are locals, however with such spectacularly high crime rates when it comes to being beaten up or robbed at gun/knife-point, tourists are commonly among the prey.
    Going to Jamaica is an absurdly risky, not to mention stupid, choice.

  • Dianna said

    I am a Jamaican. I did not visit my country for over 8 years.i recently went there with my family to a wedding and on leaving the Airport we stopped at a restaurant to grab something to eat and in less than 15 mins they broke in our van and stole all 8 pieces of luggage. It was all caught on camera and to this day the lazy, incompetent police officers have not analyzed the video to make an arrest. I cannot stress this anymore stay away from that Country. If you're robbed or your relatives are killed there will be no Justice. The police are lazy and do not investigate crime.

  • Captain Jack said

    yes the island has pirate descendants. these descendants have a survival instinct in the harsh environment. when you come to jamaica, bring some money to spend. and watch out for but pirates!

  • Michael Russell said

    Wow! Reading these comments I would not recognize Jamaica. I've been visiting Ja since the mid 70's and have visited at least 30 times over the years. I was there last year and have always had a great time! I will say that crime is much more prevalent now than years ago. I used to walk anywhere in Negril at any time of day or night when I was young but now security guards on beach tell me it is not safe to walk down the beach late at night alone. What a shame to see such a change!

  • instinct said

    Jamaica's economy is almost entirely dependent on tourism. The smartest people of the island value foreigners and are grateful for them. Yes, you should watch out for scorpions, crocodiles, mosquitoes, vultures, and pirates. They do not apologize for their behavior/actions. They are what they are.

  • sean said

    I was born in Kingston and left to live in the USA when I was very young. I visit Jamaica sometimes 12 times a year for business, visiting family, and vacations. I travel everywhere in Jamaica at all times of day and night and usually by myself(this includes sections of Western Kingston and Spanish Town). I have never had a problem. My wife who is hispanic and US born and my kids all US born have been everywhere on the island with me and have never had a problem. Yes the crime rate is high, but most victims of violent crimes in Jamaica are involved in crimes/gangs themselves. My family and I have been victimized by crime several times here in the USA and we have for the most part lived in very nice areas. Crime is every where.

  • Claire said

    Thanks for the info; there are simply too many other beautiful places to choose from for a family vacation. Why would we hassle with Jamaica and risk being robbed or worse?

  • Steve said

    Went to Jamaica last year as was my dream holiday stayed in run away bay was there for 3 weeks went to Kingston,orca rios & Spanish town never had any trouble there is more trouble where I come from in London and was only approached twice about buying bob and once was outside his house in 9 miles but all the people I met out there was polite and friendly and planning my next trip out there

  • MiliMak1 Jamaica Mi Love said

    Well...All I can say is I'm in love with Jamaica ❤ 💛 💚 Been there 10 times. I will be returning this year for my Birthday in December on a 2 week vacation...so looking forward to it. I'll be staying in Negril and a couple nights in Kingston. I just want to say the people are Amazing but of course there are some who try and scam you by overcharging you. I will say my boyfriend and I were robbed one night in Negril around 1:00 am in the West End but they only snatched his Gold Chain and left. They didn't bother to check what I had of value and proceeded to go on their way.

    The people can be pushy when they are trying to make money but you just need to kindly tell them you're not interested. I will not recommend any tourist be out alone in Negril after dark because we need to remember there are alot of people struggling in Jamaica and desperately seeking a way to get some cash. Stay around your resort if you want to be out at night where there is 24 hour security.

    Make friends in Jamaica people you can trust that can be your tour guide and take you around. The best way to see the Island is with a local. I feel like I'm harassed less when I'm with Jamaicans. I've been all around the island and I'm in love with their Jerk Chicken, fried fish, dumplings, and fresh Lobster with Garlic butter.

    Regardless of what you hear about Jamaica it needs to make it on your bucket list. Visit Dunns River Falls, MYSTIC MOUNTAIN, RICKS CAFE, DRAMATIC CLIFFS ON THE WEST END OF NEGRIL, SEVEN MILE BEACH NEGRIL, BLUE MOUNTAINS, BOB MARLEY MUESEUM, APPLETON RUM FACTORY, AND PORTLAND, JAMAICA.

    I will also say my favorite place to visit is Negril. I love it so much that nothing will ever stop me from going back. Even after the bad experiences I have had. It is very safe to party in Negril. They have parties going on every night. After all the parties are over its time to head back to the hotel you don't want to be out alone.

  • Mcgee said

    I am actually really sad to find out that Jamaica is doing so poorly when it comes to their economic state. Statistically if their is a bad economy with no jobs you will have high crime rates because it's our human nature to go into survival mode! I agree that their is crime all over but when you see more then half the reviews saying stay away it's dangerous and even the reviews about how much they love Jamaica have made warnings of the criminal activity and to stay on the resort to stay safe. My husband and I were just going to book our flights on the 1st to experience the culture and see the real Jamaica!
    Now, I feel that it's to risky! I have 4 kids at home that depend on me an no matter how much I want to see Jamaica and meet the people that are the true heart of Jamaica it is just to high of a risk and high crime rate as of this last year 2016 is not worth it to me. 2017 does not seem to have any better things to say. :(

  • Leroy said

    I have been visiting jamaica as an adult for the last 15 years with my family. Spent most of my time in ocho Rios, with most of that being in the town with the locals. You get a couple of guys wanting in from you, but with a little politness they walk away. I also spend a lot of time in highgate and port Maria st Mary, a lot will know that this is not a tourist location. In ochi and st Mary we feel safe, but as with every part of the world you need to be mindful that if you valuables somebody less fortunate than you may want to take them. I feel more vulnerable in my home city of Manchester England than I do in jamaica. The crime rate is high because of poverty, that said I have seen jamaica change so much over the years. Hard working locals having what we have (smart phones, Xbox, tablets, going to resturaunts etc..).
    In short visit jamaica, don't stay in your hotel all inclusive and support the local community, that community will then look after you.

  • Rose said

    I'm an American married to a Jamaican national for 10 years. We live in Montego Bay and have not had any problems, except for the time I left the weed whacker in the yard, and someone felt they needed it more than me. My husband and I have a bed and breakfast in the Ironshore/Coral Gardens area. In the evening, our guests walk to Scotchies for a jerk meal and haven't had any incidents. We coach them on not carrying large sums of money or walking with their iPhones, which is a hot item (we give them a local phone to use). I take them to the market and all over the city. We have taken local busses to Ochi, Negril and Sandy Bay and have not experienced any negative issues, we just had a great time. Crime, unfortunately, is all over the world. We have to always be aware of our surroundings and not be foolish. The same safety principles you practice at home should apply while on vacation. Because someone looks and acts friendly, doesn't mean they have your best interest at heart. Be vigilant and if your decide to visit this beautiful island, enjoy yourself and use the same common sense you use at home.

  • lapseat said

    perspectiv:potential grate quality of info in comments heer :)

  • joe trefethen said

    My Wife and I have been going to Jamaica for over 6 years now. We have been all over the island so far, Such as Negril, Montego Bay, Runaway Bay, Ocho Rios. We have never had any issue before. We actually feel safer in Jamaica than we do in Mexico. Its a great place to visit!!!!, you just have to remember you are a visitor just like in any other country. The biggest issue we have ever had was the people on the beaches asking if you want to buy some drugs, all you need to say is no thank you and most will leave you alone. Jamaica is still not as bad as in Mexico, Hawaii, Punta Cana, or Barbados in my opinion. If you are going for the first time I would recommend Negril or Ocho Rios areas and have a great vacation!!!.

  • Ann mills said

    I have just returned to Australia from Jamaica. I had no problems but did have my transfers all arranged. Negril Beach was full of hustlers but I travelled alone in my old clothes and no jewellery. It is about being aware of surroundings and not taking risks. As a single white female I had plenty of offers of sex but did not feel unsafe. The hotel staff were great and arranged drivers to get out in the countryside. I went to a wedding and found the people friendly. Yes I got hassled but no more so than places like Bali, Thailand, turkey, Brazil all considered dangerous. The only death I heard about was the shooting of an Australian woman by police in USA when I was there. We cannot live by fear but be sensible. God has created a beautiful world. Let's enjoy it

  • Jacky B said

    Hi we are a samesex couple with two adopted kids. Wondering if anyone can recommend an area or place in Jamaica that is safe and tolerant for a family like ours. We want to stay for 10 days.

  • Ehiva said

    Man just got back from Jamaica and I'll tell ya every friggin guy was ogling my wife and daughter. Sobs have no respect.
    Even the tour operator in uniform was being suggestive. Professionalism is lacking.

  • Richie Maple said

    Jamaica is the best! Music, food, sunshine, tropical waters. Although they need to find more food offerings instead of chicken and more chicken.

  • Germaine said

    This place is like anywhere else. Just don't trust no psycho looking dreadlocks or giddy laughing narcissist. Plenty amount of savages looking for the next sucker.
    First time in Jamaica? I'm too experienced to be taken for a ride.

  • I scream said

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for Jamaican ice cream! Really yummy ice cream in my opinion.
    Big up to all the ice cream sellers on their motorcycle with cooler full of delicious flavors like rum raisin, grapenut, rainbow and i cant remember them all but there are quite a few more great flavors!
    Mmm sweet cool and tasty!

  • iReallyLivedThere said

    The TRUTH:

    People only come to this website to let off steam from their "bad experiences" with Jamaica in this comment section(ie the loss of a loved one).. but the entire country is not to blame. 99%+ of tourists love their experience. It's our national product and it's GROWING.

    A tourist is almost like a GOD here. People will walk up to you asking to marry you.

    The "tourists" you hear things happening to (physically) were most-likely involved in something shady themselves but they won't tell you that. Divide the number of incidents involving tourists per year by 2,000,000 annual tourists and tell me the percentage...

    The actual figure is:
    99.99995% of Jamaica's crimes are Jamaican-On-Jamaican. Numbers don't lie.

    All Non-Black tourists are untouchable here. Black tourists get the same treatment depending on how "Real" they keep it with the common Jamaican. Our culture is hypercritical of the Black race, but if you keep it "real" you have absolutely nothing to worry about.

    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. Be a kind soul if you can, the people you're interacting with have been living in poverty... for life. Put yourself in their shoes.

    There are also commenters who hate the fact that a "Jamaica" even exists, so they fabricate negative stories as well. There are also the mentally ill, as some of the comments above have clearly pointed out to you. Erase them from your memory.

    Frankly, you want the best the Caribbean has to offer, right? So plan wisely, make friends, and don't flash your expensive items around or have them out for display. That will just make poor people feel bad about being poor. They know they can't harm you without being annihilated, but they won't be afraid to steal from you if they feel you're being boastful of your wealth. You're in a country that professes Equal Rights and Justice. Have some common sense, be respectful to everyone even if they are not with you initially, and you will see how quickly they change and act nicely to you too. Jamaica has some of the most caring and compassionate people in this world, that's why locals are welcoming of all races, creeds and cultures while many other countries are NOT. In my area of Jamaica... White foreigners who are not tourists anymore walk alone at night, with no security. Don't believe the hate, One Love!

  • Sonny Smith said

    I am a foreigner living in Jamaica. It is wrong to generalize the entire country or people.

    Poverty is rampant, hence the crime against tourists, and they will justify it because of: slavery. They want their reparations and they're going to take it from you if you don't keep a watchful eye!

    The statistics on crime are unreliable. Records are seldom kept.

    Numbers do lie and the police and politicians are corrupt.

  • Jafari Bent said

    Hold on just a minute.
    So the above commenter says white people are untouchable in Ja?

    Does anyone really believe that?
    How about the Canadian shot in his chest in negril left to die because two men on motorcycle try to rob his gf and he resisted.

    Try telling the poor fiance that her and her future husband were untouchable.

    He got touched. With a button. Touch a button nuh.

  • The real Mccoy said

    Too many niggas not enough prose. Too many rookies, not enough hoes. Still too many niggas, not enough white people!

  • Josh said

    A commenter said that white people walk at night alone with no security in his area of Jamaica.
    Why is that significant? Is it only in that area part of jamaica that people of lighter complexion can walk safely after sundown?

  • Sensible said

    C'mon people. Let's be real.
    There are 3 or 4 or 5 or more sides to the story.

    There is yin and yang that maketh the whole.

    You cannot have one without the other.
    One only can exist because the other exists.

  • Sheppard said

    The safest place in Jamaica is the community of Treasure Beach.
    Skip mobay.
    Check out negril.
    Stay in Treasure Beach.

    You're welcome.

  • Pride said

    Per the question regarding gay couples:
    Treasure Beach will tolerate you but you will not be celebrated.
    Keep it under the radar and I strongly advise do not show any public display of affection because niggas be trippin.

  • Crime and punishment said

    Mo money mo crime mo tourists simple as that.

  • Mike said

    Anyone who tries to convince you that you have nothing to worry about is either naive ignorant or disingenuous. One love!

  • Shawn O'Malley said

    I spent 5 nights in treasure beach which i was drawn to because of the so called eco tourism. I am still wondering where is the eco tourism that was heavily marketed.

    More like i could hear the echo: BS

  • Exactly said

    Jamaica fulla good Christian people.
    Is the bobo rastas causing all the bad mindedness. Who you is a warriors against who? You say you is a soldier. Fi Selassie army? What a bunch of idiotness man a worship a fake prophet. Mob mentality for the sufferers.

    Christ be the all mighty. Hallelujah.

  • Shanea said

    Came back from Jamaica and have to say locals were very friendly.
    Would you like some dick?

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