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hellshire_beach_jamaicaIs Portmore Jamaica Safe? | Hellshire Beach - Portmore, Jamaica

by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

Jamaica is known for its beautiful sandy beaches, delicious food and amazing culture. Most persons wanting to explore Jamaica stick to tourists friendly towns such as Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril as there are some areas in Jamaica that have been deemed as not safe and Portmore is one of them.


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Portmore is not your typical tourist destination. Rarely will you spot tourists walking around in the area, and therefore there are no significant attractions or resorts.

Certain areas within Portmore including Naggo Head, New Land, Old Braeton, and Waterford are listed at level 4 of the US travel advisory for Jamaica.

This in essence means it is the highest level of advice since there is a higher probability of life-threatening dangers. The U.S. government may only have a limited capacity to assist during a crisis. U.S. citizens are advised by the Department of State to stay away from the nation until it is safe to enter or to do so.

The Travel Advisory published by the Department of State offers further guidance for visitors to certain regions. Any country's conditions are subject to change at any time.

Why would tourists visit Portmore?

hellshire_beach_jamaica_ig_vintage_jamaicaFried Fish, Festival and Bammy at Hellshire

There is not much to do in Portmore, but many briefly visit the area to experience Hellshire Beach. A trip to Hellshire is essential if you want to spend the day by the sea and in the sun.

This well-known beach is well-liked by locals and returning visitors who take pleasure in the laid-back beach atmosphere and the mouthwatering treats the beachside merchants offer.

Make sure you purchase a few pounds of fish if you enjoy seafood. You can have it with some bammies or festivals and have it prepared whatever you wish (fried, steamed, or brown stewed).

Other things you might enjoy doing in Portmore include:

  1. Go Kart Racing - A brand-new and warmly welcomed go-karting facility opened in April 2018. Children and adults can race each other at Rocket Go-Karts in Congreve Park Portmore as they complete loops around the track. It's top-notch family entertainment, something the city has historically lacked. Since it began, thousands of people have come to the island from all over to take advantage of the opportunity. With more than 600 Google reviews and a star rating of 4.4 overall, you can predict the pleasure you'll have here.

  2. Buzzers Gaming Arcade - The top indoor gaming arcade in Portmore is this one. This one is appropriate for both children and adults. You can play console games that are more calming or play basketball hoops with your friends. You can also try your luck at a claw machine or jump on the game motorbike and race for first place. Many people enjoy playing laser tag at the arena. Each player in this game will be wearing an infrared-sensitive vest. The goal of the game is to score the most points by shooting your opponents.

  3. Virtual Reality - The world has truly been overtaken by virtual reality. You are placed in a virtual environment that is different from the real world during the VR experience. As a result of this technology's incorporation into video games, you can now ride roller coasters virtually at locations like the VRX Virtual Reality and eSports Center at the Sovereign Center in Portmore. You can use it in a wide variety of different situations.

Portmore is not an exceptionally safe city in general, however, there have been no reports of violence against tourists in the area. There aren’t many tourist attractions currently, but that is expected to expand over the coming years. Should you visit Portmore, here are airbnbs, guest houses and vacation rentals in the area.

You are not likely to run into criminal activity if you are visiting for work or pleasure in Portmore. In any event, you should constantly keep an eye on your possessions and your environment.

As a general rule of thumb, if you find yourself in Portmore, travel in groups and avoid being out alone at night.

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References & Sources For Is Portmore Jamaica Safe?

  1. (no date) U.S. Department of State. U.S. Department of State. Available at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/about-our-new-products.html (Accessed: November 29, 2022).
  2. (no date) U.S. Department of State. U.S. Department of State. Available at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/jamaica-travel-advisory.html (Accessed: November 29, 2022).
  3. Crime rates and safety index in Portmore Jamaica (no date) Crime index in Portmore Jamaica - Detailed Guide. Available at: https://www.costabroad.com/crime/portmore-jamaica (Accessed: November 29, 2022).
  4. Rainford, M. (2019) 5 things to do in Portmore, Jamaica - Portmore's attractions, Jamaica Hotel Review. Available at: https://jamaicahotelreview.com/things-to-do-in-portmore-jamaica/ (Accessed: November 29, 2022).

Is Portmore Jamaica Safe | Written: November 29, 2022

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