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safety issues in Ocho Rios

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safety issues in Ocho Rios

Travelling to Ocho Rios in April. We have heard that it is very unsafe. Any thoughts or comments.

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1. Re: safety issues in Ocho Rios

I would suggest you try the ochos rios forum

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2. Re: safety issues in Ocho Rios

Hello ashlinka,

Please tell us where you are staying so that I can make suggestions on all the wonderfull things to see and experience in that area.

Due to negative press reports in the past, many people are very skeptical about their safety in Jamaica. Like anywhere in the world, it is really a case of putting this question into perspective. Since this is such a small island, with few events of international importance, the local newspapers highlight incidents, many of which would not even be mentioned in the papers of major cities. Many of the incidents are internal family episodes and many more are between fractions in the inner city areas. Just as any other city in the world has its less reputable and dangerous areas, the cities and towns here have areas where we would not recommend you venture. This does not however imply that you cannot go to these cities and towns at all or that the whole island is crime ridden. As anywhere else in the world, if the visitor applies common sense and takes the same precautions as at home then he or she can enjoy a safe holiday and appreciate the warmth and friendliness of the people.

The white sand beaches are what bring tourists to our land.

But it is the lovely scenic mountains and warm hospitable people that bring them back again.

Have a nice time planning your trip.

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I think Ocho Rios is no more dangerous than many US or Canadian towns, but I would not suggest staying too late & then walking back to your hotel without a local escort. Most of the incidents that annoyed us would probably not have happened if we had been with a local or known exactly where we were going. I also remember someone telling me of a knife fight at a nightclub but I guess this happens elsewhere as well.

I see nothing wrong with hiring a local you feel you can trust to "look out for you" while there. He can also keep the hustlers at bay which, believe me, is worth paying for.

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JohnnyBGood...We are staying at the rui in Ocho Rios,please advise about sightseeing.Thanks

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Ashlinka, we just returned yesterday morning from the Riu Ocho Rios and you will live it. From the beach to the rooms to the staff, everything is absolutely beautiful. We went into Ocho Rios shopping at the Craft Market one day and we felt completely safe. We were not bothered by the local people there. Many police around and very friendly, we even had our pictures taken with them. I`m not sure which company our driver was with but his name was Bill and a very nice man. At night there were police on the beach and also the resorts security guards were there. If you do decide to go out shopping, we went shopping there on a Tuesday, there was one cruise ships in port and we got great deals in the craft market. The vendors said that it was a slow day and we really bargined with them. Have fun, enjoy the resort, go over to the suites pool and have Richard Sandler ( bartender) there make you a dirty bananna, awesome drink.

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Hi Ashlinka! My husband have been to Ocho Rios two years ago and are going to the new Riu in April. There were no safety issues for us. The Jamaicans are the friendliest people you will ever meet. Of course, you need to have common sense about the things you outside of the resort. But we didn't do anything different from what we do at home in New York which is not such a safe either. Don't worry about anything, just be aware of your surroundings. Enjoy!

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I am not usually scared and have traveled a lot around the Caribean and Central and South America, but I urge you to be cautious in Jamaica. I just came back from a five day trip around the island and it was a beautiful trip, we spent one night in Ocho Rios and had no problems, Port Antonio was fantastic and felt very safe, but we got held up at gunpoint in Mandeville in a small off the roadside bar, the gunman just wanted our cell phones. After taking everybody's phone ( not mine, it was in our car with all my money and documents ! )he just turned around and walked out. So, yes, we survived, but it was a very scary moment not to be taken lightly. Jamaica is a beautiful, but violent place, please don't forget that!

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This thread is from January, 2006.

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