My husband and I are traveling to Montego Bay the end of November thru the 1st week of December. We are staying at the Sandals resort. I have heard some bad news about Jamaica and just wanted to know if it is safe now.
Hi, there's a very high degree of crime in and around Kingston. It's not wise to walk around some of the popular tourist spots after dark, and definitely stay away from the poorer districts of the capital. The worst spots are named in this article.
Note that the resort areas of Montego Bay are excluded from the warnings. If you stick to the resorts (which have their own security) you should be fine. Don't go wandering down the beaches at night and remember if something feels dodgy, it probably is.
You can get some more safety tips here:
Phil at the safety hub about 5 years ago
I was in Montego Bay in April 2013. I would suggest being very careful we encountered people attacking others with Marchetti and boards and police with pulled guns and we were on a hotel see the surrounding Neighbourhood tour. We were also hassled on the beach outside hotel and were uncomfortable! I am a cautious experienced traveler who likes to see the locals, your safe at your resort and you'll have a good time but I will never go back, Jamaica is my last pick almost 5 years ago
We've been to Jamaica 3 times in the last 7 years and just returned from our last trip this past weekend. We've thoroughly enjoyed each of our Jamaica trips and enjoy going back each time. We've stayed in two different resorts in Montego Bay and another in Ocho Rios.
If you are only spending your time at the resort, you'll have no problem in terms of safety. The staff will be super friendly and you'll have some great food. If you decide to leave the resort and visit the markets and other parts of town, you should be smart about things, like you would be in any foreign country. There is a lot of bad stuff happening in Jamaica, like many other countries out there, but most of the people are good. Just be smart and watch what you're doing. Go on tours with reputable groups, don't flaunt money or objects around and if someone offers you something too good to be true, it probably is.
Enjoy! almost 5 years ago
This blog makes Jamaica seem like a terrible place.
To all those who wish to visit, you can and should.
If you do not have a trusted person who knows the area that you are touring do not go.
Stay in your hotel and signup for tours that they provide to local attractions daily.
These tours are safe to go on and organised.
Whenever you travel to a foreign country there is always the possibility of danger and dangerous persons lurking.
Just be wise and seek advice from the hotel's OFFICE, they are aware of all the occurrences. almost 5 years agoAnswered by Jamaican via WorldNomads.com
When I visited Jamaica, the smaller (less-touristed) towns seemed to be very safe, and much more friendly than popular spots like Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Even at night, I walked the streets by myself with no fear. The highlight of my trip, in fact, was Port Maria, where I spent a lot of time getting to meet the locals.
I stayed only at local inns and hotels, saving a lot of money. At one, I met a British lady who, though divorced from a Jamaican man, said that Jamaica is the warmest and friendliest place she's ever been -- and told stories about how people had helped her. almost 3 years agoAnswered by Robert via WorldNomads.com
Seriously? This question was asked and answered 2 years ago! Except for Robert who posted 25 days ago, but he is the only one. This doesnt exactly fit my description of "trending". almost 3 years agoAnswered by Christine via WorldNomads.com
I have been to Jamaica and will never go back. There are too many other islands in the region to visit that are safer. The island is beautiful, but the crime & corruption far outweigh
the safety. I was tasseled, spit on.......dumped by my cab driver and it got on fro there!
Its not a safe island at all...period. The only tourist that might like it is someone that has never been to the Caribbean.......but..........I assure you, they would never go back. almost 2 years agoAnswered by flipflopper via WorldNomads.com