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By Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

Montego Bay Jamaica is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean. The city is famous for its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and rich culture. However, safety concerns have been raised over the years due to cases of crime in the area. This has led many visitors to wonder if Montego Bay Jamaica is safe to visit. Let’s delve deeper into the issue and provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.

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Firstly, it's worth noting that crime is a prevalent issue in Jamaica. However, this doesn't mean that all parts of the country are unsafe. The majority of crimes occur in areas that are outside tourist zones. In tourist areas like Montego Bay, the government and tourism industry have implemented measures to ensure visitors' safety. This includes increasing security presence and implementing strict laws on the sale and use of drugs, which is a leading cause of crime in the country.

Additionally, hotels and resorts in Montego Bay Jamaica have put in place security measures to protect guests. These measures include 24-hour security patrols, strict access control, and surveillance cameras. Furthermore, visitors are advised to exercise caution and avoid venturing into unfamiliar areas or walking alone at night.

It's also important to note that Montego Bay Jamaica has experienced a decline in crime rates in recent years. This is due to collaborative efforts between the government, police, tourism industry, and local communities to improve security in the area. However, it's still important to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to ensure your safety.

Is Montego Bay safe to walk around?

Yes, it is safe to walk around Montego Bay. However, this doesn't mean that you are immune from becoming a victim of petty crime, so always be aware of your surrounding. 

Tips for Travelling in Montego Bay

  1. Stay in Tourist areas- Keep to popular visitor destinations like Ocean Front, Freeport, and Ironshore. Even Hip Strip, where pickpocketing is more likely to occur, is comparatively very secure. The areas to avoid are Norwood, Flankers, Glendevon, Mount Salem, Barrett Town, and Rose Heights, though it's unlikely that you'd even wind up unintentionally visiting inner-city areas.

  2. Keep valuables to a minimum- Wearing expensive jewellery or accessories is not recommended. Carry only the amount of currency you anticipate needing for the day, and think about getting a money belt or concealed travel wallet.

  3. Don’t entertain hustlers- People may work very hard to sell you things on the street, sometimes just things like trinkets or t-shirts but occasionally narcotics as well. It's usually enough to say, "No, thanks," in a courteous but firm manner, then ignore them and leave.

  4. Join tours and excursions- It can be challenging to get from one attraction to another if you're travelling alone and don't have a vehicle. Excursions and tours are excellent methods to navigate the island safely and take in all of its attractions.

  5. Be careful of who you drive with- Hiring a cab from a reputable tour operator or a member of the JUTA (Jamaica Union of Travellers Association) is the absolute safest method to get around Montego Bay. Taxis are a superior option for public transportation than buses. Buses are frequently crowded, which encourages more minor crime. Make sure you take a taxi with a red licence plate whenever you take a taxi, some illegally operating taxis use the regular white licence plate. If you do choose to hire a vehicle, always leave it in a lot that has a parking attendant, inside a residential area, or some other location where you can see it from where you're going.

Montego Bay Jamaica is generally safe for tourists to visit. The city has a vibrant tourism industry, and authorities have taken measures to ensure visitors' safety. However, visitors must be cautious and avoid areas that are considered unsafe. By following simple precautions, you'll be able to enjoy your trip to Montego Bay Jamaica without any safety concerns.

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    S. (2022, August 29). Is Montego Bay Safe? What You Need to Know Before Traveling - Evitas Jamaica. Evitas Jamaica.

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