I'm White, will I get shot in Jamaica?

by Sarah Smith


I am white, will I get shot in Jamaica?

ANSWER: by Wellesley January 6, 2011

Hi Sarah,

Very interesting, but a very welcome question.

The reality is that, like you, many potential other 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), 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 :-)!

Here too are a few real stories from visitors to the island.

By the way, I heard in the media a few days ago that we welcomed a record number of visitors (again) just during the Christmas holiday alone (Read More)!

My humble suggestion: get a trusted local or tour guide and explore the beauty and wonders of beautiful Jamaica.
Try it, you'll love it!
Stay in touch.

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May 04, 2017
I'm white, will I get shot in Jamaica
by: Marcia S.

Legitimate question. Thanks for answering in a friendly, truthful and positive way.

Nov 16, 2014
I'm White,will I get shot in Jamaica
by: Delores

Ignorance and rude is just the start.
There are more white people killing each other
In other countries including the U.S. than somebody
In jamaica killing a white person.

Jan 25, 2014
Stay on the resort, or keep your head up
by: Phil

To the previous respondant, it is your answer you gave to Sarah's question which shows your ignorance and lack of courtesy. In Dec-Jan there was 1 white Canadian woman murdered (albeit not with a bullet) and a Danish woman murdered. Thus it is your ignorance of a legitimate safety concern which I find rude. The question for a white woman, especially if she is not on a resort and travelling as a regular person in Jamaica (not everybody wants to stay in resorts), is legitimate, if poorly worded. Whereas it is true it is not a racially divided country, that has nothing to do the question. A white person is Jamaica off the resort stands out, and you can quote all the variety of Jamaicans there are, nothing will change that fact in the near future.

Do I think that being white one is a target, is what I believe Sarah's question is? No. Jamaicans are civilized, but there is always the criminal element, and there is poverty. Thus: beware of most who approach you, but usually the people you approach are good. (isn't that the same wherever you travel outside your own culture?) I travelled 7 times to JA, drive everywhere and stay in lil places, and will return, and the rule is: don't make yourself a target. Don't flash. Don't feel you have to friendly to everybody - you wouldn't back home. Don't get drunk in company you're not sure of. Enjoy yourself and keep your head up. It's a great country!

PS. How does such a laid-back country produce Bolt & Fraser? amazing! ;)

Jan 14, 2014
I am white, will I be shot in jamaica
by: Anonymous

When you ask the. Quesgion "I am white will I get shot in jamaica it is one of pure ignorance. There is nothing legitimate about this question. Jamaica is not, and I repeat,not a racialy divided country. We don't care about skin color. Our citizens are not all BLACK. We have jews, gentiles, palestinians, syrians, lebonese7n chinese and I can go on and on who walk hand in hand. Learn about ones culture before posting an ignorant question.

Apr 26, 2011
I was warmly welcomed in jamaica
by: SistrenJen

I just come back from a 2 week stasy in Jamaica, I actually stayed in the ghetto in spanish town with my fiancee who lives there, I am light skinned I dont like the word white or any other to describe a person it is insignificant, anyway I stayed with my fiancee for 2 weeks in which time we got married, I have never felt so welcome, everybody in the community greeted me and were very pleasant towards me, I felt warm and safe where I was staying, never saw or heard any violence, we went out shopping in Spanish town together in the markets and shops, I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was a great experience, I went to visit my sister in law in Jones town in Kingston, everyone wanted to look at me and ask questions about England and what I think of Jamaica, walking on into trench town was an experience too, spiritually, as I have always loved Bob Marley and always wanted to visit Jamaica and of course trench town where he lived for part of his life, well that meant a lot to me to be there and feel the vibes around me.

I will be going back to live there permanently one day, It felt like home there, beautiful country, beautiful people, best experience of my life so far especially marrying my King :)

Mar 12, 2011
One Love
by: realjamrock

Jamaica as one of the best record as tourist safe heaven among tourist destination. if you dont want to believe what I say go to your local travel agent and let them put you on to visitors who have come to Jamaica many times and keeps coming back.

www.iriedutchpot.com for the best in Jamaican products.

Feb 13, 2011
you only need a prayer and be careful as always
by: Anonymous

White people get shot in America and England not that much in Jamaica

Jan 06, 2011
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Comments from our Fans at www.facebook.com/myislandjamaica

Keith Redmon:

One can only guess this question was asked out of ignorance and stories trumped up by the media. Of course, there are places in Jamaica that you just don't go....just like there are places in The US you just don't go. My wife and I went o...ff the resort and into town...Ocho Rios. We went shopping and ate at a local restaurant.

We were the only "white people" in the restaurant. The locals paid no attention to us and we were perfectly at ease. I echo what Kim Alverez said and will add that Americans should take lessons from Jamaicans on how to treat people. Go to Jamaica because....."Once you go, you know."

Mignon Seratt:

Don't be worried about that. My husband and I have been all over Jamaica with our friend/driver! He has taken us places we had to keep the windows up! Don't let what you hear about going off the resorts scare you!

If you stay in the resort,... they get all your money! If you go out of the resort, you get to meet and see things you will not on the resort. We love the food on the sie of the roads! We love hanging with our new friends in the mountains!

We are not people who go for the resorts. We love hanging with the people and learning so much more no matter where we are! It is a great place to go! Just find someone you trust. I am so glad we did our first time there! Never would have known how nice Jamaica really is! Peace, Love, and Respect!

Margaret A E Kidd:

Try reading a little about the racial mixes that exist in our island Jamaica. Out of many , One people. If u truly have this awful phobia then maybe you should try vacationing in Norway. Jamaicans are not racist and skin colour is not really what we look for in people. We tend to judge you more by the actions you exhibit and the purity of your heart.We would not be one of the world's top tourist destinations if we were shooting "white" people.

Kim Austin Alvarez:

I go to JA to experience the people and the culture. I couldnt bare the thought of staying at a resort and having the 'locals pay no mind to me'. Whats the point in international travel if this is how u do it?

Anderia Rena Eze:

Sarah, it's a legitimate question and I completely understand your concern. Treat people as you wish to be treated. Take the normal safety precautions that you do in your home environment. Yes, do travel with a 'trusted' local and you will be just fine. You'll be better than fine, you won't want to leave Jamaica!

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