I'm a white female dating guy from Jamaica, should I visit Jamaica?


QUESTION: Hi, i am a white female born and raised in the US. I am now dating a gentleman that was born and raised in Jamaica, he wants to take me back home with him but there has been some talk of racism back on the island.

I'm looking forward to going and would love to make this trip but nervous about what to expect.
Hope you can help with this!

ANSWER: by Wellesley November 22, 2011

Hello there!

Thanks for your question, my pleasure to try and help. I loooove these questions as I find that many have similar questions but sometimes are hesitant to ask.

I have gotten several of such questions though, and so I'll refer you to some great literature we have on this site ...read on.

I've addressed the racism issue, the 'migrating and living' issue, and the safety in Jamaica issues. Take a look at those.

Here are some excerpts:

"Truth be told, tourists in Jamaica are probably as safe here as anywhere else in the world. As I indicated in another response, most of the violence you hear about are gang-related and are centralized in the garrison (ghetto areas), which are only a small fraction of the country. Of course, visitors don't go there, nor do they have any reason to go to those places - there are a lot more exciting stuff to do and places to see in Jamaica!

There are lots of good reason why we get hundreds of thousands of visitors every single year my friend (most whites); the overwhelming majority of who eventually falls in love with the island and keep returning. Ask a few of my facebook fans :-)"

And another:

"Jamaica is not worst than anywhere else that is the picture that everyone tries to paint but it is not true. You just have to careful when you get there and just dont go out with people you dont know, dont flaunt like you are a foriegners, foriengner gets targeted wherever they go not just Jamaica.

You will be with family so there is nothing to worry about, just don't do anything out of the ordinary and you will fine. There is crimes happening everywhere in the world not just Jamaica.

Trust me you will have fun. If you are of the legal age make sure you go to New Kingston and check out the clubs Quad and Assylum, they are so much fun."

My final words?

Visit for a while if you can my friend, get to see, understand and appreciate the people and our culture. See the ups and the downs, the blessings and the challenges, and then make your own informed judgement.

Many persons, like you, are now living here happily. For example, here's Lady Roots. According to her, "I moved to St Elizabeth in 1997, became a Jamaican citizen in 2000. Have lived in St Bess ever since! Only Jah could make me leave."

Well there you go,

By the way, have you read any of the Jamaican travel stories? These are actual reports and review from visitors to the island. I would suggest you take a peek at some of the them too.

Her also are a few other pages that you might find useful my friend.
The Most Romantic Spots in Jamaica

Good Luck my friend.

See Also: The Jamaica Travel Guide.

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Feb 03, 2012
Jamaican and white woman
by: Anonymous

I am a white woman born and raised in the U.S. my husband is a born Jamaican. I've gone to Jamaica with him we stayed with his family in Manchester this is not a tourist area so there were no other whites but everyone was super nice and his family excepts me just as if I was their blood relative. You have nothing to worry about!

Jan 10, 2012
jamaica safety
by: Jan

As I stated before, I have never felt unsafe, nor have I ever had anything stolen. Most of my belongings are down there and have been there for 4 -6 months. Nothing ever missing. You need to use common sense when you go out. you can not just leave your bag laying around. I do not stay in the hotel zone. My fiance has a house in a small town where I go every where by myself. I walk 1 1/2 miles to the ocean and never feel unsafe. Just use your head, you wouldn't just leave your purse laying around while in america either would you. Just like America there are good and bad people, and good and bad places. Good luck and just be smart.

Jan 10, 2012
dont leave your belongs around
by: Anonymous

Be careful dont carry a lot of cash and keep your head on your body even jamaicans get robbed down there..

Jan 10, 2012
also dating someone from jamaica
by: Anonymous

Hi, I was also from dating somebody from Jamaica and went to jamaican and stayed at one of his family's homes down there.

One of my life long girlfriends also came with me.. The trip was great the people were wonderful and I had a great time. I was there around christmas time last year.

They had a huge party outside the house one night and my stuff and my best friends stuff were locked in a back bedroom.

The only people in the house was his Mother and sister me and my best friend Christina and him. My best friends entire wallet and money went missing also $700 of my own money and some clothes and shoes were stolen. I was really angry and so was my best friend my jamaican boyfriend said he had no clue what had happen or who stolen our money and slippers and said it had to be one of his sisters.. Atleast they were nice enuff to not touch our passports we left the familys home the next day and checked into a hotel. Im still shocked but from what are have heared is this is common around christmas time but I still am upset about the entire thing...What ever you do dont stay with family book at hotel room and leave your things in a safe where there safe also dont bring cash..travels checks are best.. When we were traveling on the road everybody was so nice but watch your back and take your purse with you even in the shower..lol....P.S, I dropped that loser long time (Miguel Ellis) from retreat..what a liar and a thief

Nov 23, 2011
Happiest Place on Earth
by: Jan

I too am a white female born and raised in the US. I met my fiance in Jamaica in February and have been back three times. I am generally the white person around. I walk everywhere by myself and do what I want. The people are so friendly and treat me like gold. We are currently getting property and going to build a new house. I have never felt uncomfortable or scared. I can't wait until the day I can be there permenantly. Go visit and decide for yourself, do not let the myths stop you. That is wha they are is myths. I is the greatest place on earth. Good Luck!!!

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