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I'm White, will I get shot in Jamaica?
by Sarah Smith
Sarah didn't beat around the bush, the asked a question that I am getting the feeling is on the lips of many others, but hesitate to ask. It comes in many forms, but the question is really, 'Is Jamaica Dangerous For Tourists'?
Here is her question, with my response.
I am white, will I get shot in Jamaica?ANSWER: by Wellesley
Very interesting, but a very welcome question, thanks for asking.
The reality is that, like you, many potential visitors are worried about getting hurt based on the news reports they hear.
Unfortunately, we tend to hear all the bad news.
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) of the island.
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
over 4 million visitors per year my friend (most whites) - the overwhelming majority of who eventually falls in love with the island and keep returning!
In fact, we have been capturing real life experiences of visitors to Jamaica and the majority have reported nothing but amazement! it is nothing compared to the scare they get in other media. Here is a page with these Jamaica travel stories
, please take a quick look!
And may I also invite you to speak with my facebook fans
? Many of them are 'frequent flyers' to Jamaica!
My humble suggestions:
Try it, you'll love it!
- Have an open mind
- Observe the personal safety guidelines, like anywhere else you visit. The Jamaica travel guide has some great tips.
- Get a trusted local or tour guide, and explore the beauty, culture and wonders of beautiful Jamaica.
If you need a recommendation, please don't hesitate to reach out to me
As usual, I welcome your comments here
. Stay in touch
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Updated Sept 11 19
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A patriotic Jamaican who adore its culture, Wellesley has been using this medium to share what he calls 'the uniqueness of Jamaica with the world' since April 2007.
To date, he serves over 9,300 unique readers / viewers per day.
efforts have earned this site featured positions in local publications,
including the Jamaica Gleaner's Hospitality Jamaica, Carlong Publishers,
as well as recognition from numerous prestigious international agencies
and universities. Read more about him here.
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