Is It Safe In Jamaica?
An Insider’s Guide On Safety Tips That Will Surprise You
Located south of Cuba in the western half of the Caribbean, Jamaica is the 3rd largest and most amazing island in the Caribbean. Regarded as the birthplace of Rastafarianism, Jamaica attracts a large number of tourists annually.
With its rich historical past and unique culture, Jamaica is considered a fun-filled beach holiday spot.
The island is for the most part mountainous. Despite its relatively small size, Jamaica is a place to enjoy several outdoor activities including scuba diving, jet-skiing, mountain biking, horseback rides, crocodile safaris, and much more.
Jamaica is not the crime-ridden, danger lurking around every corner of the island that it is so often painted to be. Visitors are often warned to not venture off the confines of their resort.
Not venturing out of the resort confined you will miss out on the chance to really see and experience the wonderful and diverse culture that thrives in Jamaica.
What about crime statistics? is it fact or fiction? “Actually, a little of both. Jamaica does have a problem with gang violence and turf wars that is confined generally to the Kingston area and will have no impact on the average tourist.
Reports of violence perpetrated against tourists are actually very low.
There are occasional crimes of “opportunity”, i.e. petty theft, pickpockets, and purse snatchings, but they are few in number and probably occur less frequently than the same things that happen back in the tourist’s homeland on a daily basis.”
Below are some tips to help you make well-informed decisions.
Visa and Travel Document
A valid passport is required for all passengers including infants and US Citizens. You’ll need to present your passport at the airline check-in counter to ensure you will be permitted to board a flight to Jamaica.
For additional information, we recommend contacting The Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-233-4582. US citizens or residents can also check with the Embassy of Jamaica: 1520 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036 | tel (202) 452-0660
Before hiring a taxi or going on a boat ride, it is very important to check if the person offering the service is duly registered with the appropriate authorities.
Driving in Jamaica can be very difficult due to the lack of signs, road conditions, and aggressive driving. It’s recommended to use a private driver or local transportation.
Don’t go off with “friendly” strangers
Don’t flaunt expensive Jewelry
Don’t wander around late at night on your own.
Don’t get drunk and stupid someone will take advantage of you.
Credit-card or Cash
It’s recommended that you carry enough cash with
US dollars are accepted island-wide. Exchange rates vary if you choose to purchase Jamaican dollars.
Most commercial establishments, including grocery and liquor stores, accept credit cards. For credit card purchases, you may be asked to show identification such as your driver’s license or passport.
Following these useful tips will enhance your safety while staying in Jamaica. Jamaica is a year-round destination and offers lots of interesting activities, and local foods for everyone.
If you are thinking of a place to visit in the Caribbean, consider visiting Jamaica. You will never get disappointed