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By Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

Recently a travel advisory was released, warning Americans about the potential dangers of traveling to Jamaica.

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I must say, these advisories, while I get the necessities of them, always rub me the wrong way, as they leave out pertinent details such as the fact that crime and violence in Jamaica are usually amongst criminals themselves, so tourists and visitors have nothing to worry about (maybe petty theft at the most). Crime is highest in inner-city communities, far away from our tourist hubs.

With that being said, with the advisory out and Trelwany, whose capital is Falmouth, growing in popularity for tourists, it is no surprise that the question is being asked as to how safe is Falmouth Jamaica.

Falmouth has one of the most popular cruise ports on the island and is a popular stop for major cruise lines, including Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival. The small town has charming Georgian-style buildings, a gated port area, and promises of beachside horseback riding and reggae beats, making it an idyllic spot to vacation in Jamaica.

Let’s start with the port. The port in Falmouth is designed with tourists in mind. It's a gated area featuring shops, restaurants, and live music, all set against the backdrop of beautifully preserved Georgian architecture. Within this enclave, as a tourist, you can safely stroll, sample local cuisine, and purchase souvenirs without venturing into the town proper. For many visitors, this provides a comfortable, controlled environment to experience a slice of Jamaican life. You will be 1000% safe, I assure you!

Once you are out the gate things are going to change a little. Your primary concern will more than likely be our overzealous vendors. Our vendors are usually nice and friendly but they are also persistent and some may even say they are borderline aggressive in nature. Not being a part of the Jamaican culture and a newbie to the island I can get why this may be an uncomfortable experience.

Outside of that, you are only concerned maybe petty theft, or vendors or taxi drivers overcharging you.

Despite those possibilities of being in uncomfortable situations, I would still recommend any visitor to fully explore the town of Falmouth. And here are my two main reasons why.

  1. Cultural Immersion: Leaving the port area allows you to experience the authentic local culture, interact with locals, and support small businesses directly.
  2. Unique Experiences: From historical sites to vibrant street markets, Falmouth offers a glimpse into Jamaica's rich history and culture that the port area alone cannot provide. There is so much to do and leaving without this experience would be doing yourself a disservice. Not sure what to do in Falmouth? Check out this article for some inspiration. 

When it comes down to it, Falmouth is actually very safe. There is not much to be concerned about but here are a few general tips and tricks to stay safe while visiting.

  1. Be Prepared: Understand that vendors will approach you and plan how to respond politely but firmly.
  2. Travel in Groups: There is safety in numbers. Consider hiring a guide or joining a group tour to explore beyond the port.
  3. Stay in Public Areas: Stick to busy, well-lit streets and avoid isolated areas.
  4. Engage with Locals: Many locals are friendly and willing to share stories about their town. Engaging respectfully can enrich your experience.

So should you explore Falmouth or not? My answer is absolutely! It’s Safe!

If you prefer a controlled, hassle-free environment, staying within the port area or booking organized excursions is advisable. However, if you're willing to embrace a bit of uncertainty and engage directly with the local culture, venturing beyond the gates can offer a rewarding and authentic experience.

Ultimately, travel is a personal journey, and it is completely up to you to do your research and determine if Falmouth is safe enough. But I do hope that I have helped you make your decision much easier. And if you do decide to visit, book with us, for some amazing discounts. You can tell us about all the places you want to visit and arrange for us to take you there. Just click this link. Happy Travels!

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References & Sources For Is Falmouth Jamaica Safe?

  1. Jones, L. (2024, May 10). Is the Falmouth, Jamaica cruise port as terrible as people say? Explore. https://www.explore.com/1578564/is-popular-cruise-port-falmouth-jamaica-as-bad-people-make-out-be/
  2. Krause, R. (2022, January 4). Falmouth, Jamaica- Really That Bad? Travel? Yes Please! https://www.travelyesplease.com/travel-blog-falmouth-jamaica-really-that-bad/
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