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Is Jamaica safe?

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Is Jamaica safe?

Hi. We are thinking of going to the Sunspree Holiday Inn in Montego Bay this New Years holiday. I do remember hearing reports on the media a while back that Jamaica had issues with violence. Is it a safe place to travel?

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1. Re: Is Jamaica safe?

Hi pammmy, the parts you've heard about are not near the Sunspree Holiday Inn. The majority of violent crimes are commited in Kingston/Spanishtown area and very rarely are commited on tourists. Kingston and Spanishtown are on the other side of the island. The main tourist area of Mo Bay is very safe. Downtown has its sections and I would advise you to not walk around downtown alone at night. Jamaica's people are very friendly, I think you should go and find out.

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2. Re: Is Jamaica safe?

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3. Re: Is Jamaica safe?

Still keep your wits about you and recognize your situation just as you should in unfamiliar surroundings in the Greeat White North. Try not to draw attention to your group. Don't flash money and if you are really concerned leave your expensive jewelry at home. Enjoy.

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4. Re: Is Jamaica safe?

Hey ohliz -the expert- if you're going to be condescending and insolent regarding a simple question don't bother answering it.

Thanks everyone else though.

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5. Re: Is Jamaica safe?

Hi Pammmy...

Type in the word 'safety' at the top of this thread in 'Jamaica forums' and you will find some terrific, honest responses.

We have been travelling to Negril for the last few years and have always felt very comfortable. Negril is less congested than Montego Bay, but as with anywhere, including home, you should always keep your wits about you!

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6. Re: Is Jamaica safe?

If you want the truth, read the Jamaican newspapers:

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/

or

http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com

And to answer your question, the answer is yes, Jamaica is having some serious issues with crime and violence all over the island.

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7. Re: Is Jamaica safe?

Apologies pammmy, I am a bit burnt out on this question I guess and as a result was a bit snarky, I should have refrained from answering, or said this:

It's as safe as any city in the US as long as you avoid a couple of areas nowhere near the Sunspree.

I do in fact take my children to Jamaica (every other trip since they were babies) and we travel all over with either a guide/driver or on our own in a rental car.

So far, so good...but I do use common sense, no getting drunk and wandering about at night alone, no major jewelry, lots of respect for folks i meet, avoid unlicensed taxis, avoid dark empty areas, etc.

Have a great time, a friend of mine took her two children to HI Sunspree and really loved it.

There are a lot of topics on the subject here if you search.

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8. Re: Is Jamaica safe?

Jamaica has it's issues but it's very rare that you will hear/read about crimes against tourist.

Right here in the UK in a very popular part of town in Birmingham a man was shot a few times yesterday. This is basically some where I have to pass all the time and it's not the first one.

Point is crime is every where, therefore use all safety precautions you would at home but with extra care and listen to all advive given here on the forums.

There is as stated above tons of threads on this subject.

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9. Re: Is Jamaica safe?

Thanks everyone for the advice and comments re:safety in Jamaica - you too ohliz :) Appreciate all of it and I suppose if we worried about everything, one wouldn't leave home!

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10. Re: Is Jamaica safe?

Pammy...let me put it this way...I feel safer in Jamaica than I would at the intersection of Jane & Finch in Toronto at any time of the day or night.

Unfortuately, violence is everywhere...with Trevor Berbicks death at the hands of his own relatives by machete just recently making the headlines around the world.

Others's have given you very good advice to use the search function when asking very basic questions...sometime's the "old hands" get annoyed with the newbies asking the same questions over & over again when a simple search could have provided the answer.

With the Mexican's goverment cover-up of the death of two Toronto residents in the Mayan Riveria, I have crossed Mexico off my list for a while.

From all I've heard, Holiday Inn Sunspree is a very good resort for parent's with small children.

Have fun, and enjoy!!!

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