It is safe to travel to Jamaica? I heard it is a very violent and dangerous Island, I am planning to go to Treasure Island for a Literature Festival.
ANSWER: May-19-2009 by Wellesley Gayle
Thanks for asking.
I will answer with a quote from a answer to a similar question on Yahoo Answers.
"Jamaica is as safe as you make it.
Certain areas are safer then others. I would recommend not venturing to far off the beaten Path unless you are in a group.
I have been to Jamaica several times and will be there for New years eve this year as well. Jamaica is a blast and can be the best time of your life.
Just use common sense when out walking around. keep your eyes open."
Here is another response:
"There is no need to be scared of Jamaica, it is just like anywhere else.
These people are always making it more than it is. This whole thing is just being blown out of proportion.
Yeah there has been an increase in the crime rate in jamaica since lately but that is everywhere, even here in America.
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.
There is so much in Jamaica to do. Make sure to take a trip to Port Royal and go eat some steamed fish and Dunn Rivers falls to climb the rocks. Have fun on your trip. Enjoy my country."