Scared by the news? Don't be, Jamaica is still a beautiful place to vacation
..... I thought it was time to visit this past spring!
I had been texting, calling and exchanging pics & video clipping for almost three years with a MoBay Jamaican lady I met OL at Caribbean Cupid ... until the news reports and my country's State Dept advised of a "state of emergency' with a police crackdown on criminal activity.
Things are obvious well under control where access is allowed.. Your Police Chief is right, the language and bad publicity needs to be TONED DOWN as it definately can drive tourists away.
(Tourism is BIG here too in Abe Lincolns hometown, about same population as MoBay).
I finally came last week! As I have never flown that was a thrill in itself ..... As for the visit itself I MUST SAY JAMAICA IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE with FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATING PEOPLE.
(those in your service industry set the example for all)
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE RELAX RESORT in Montego Bay, very reasonable, beautiful garden grounds, great view! I liked the Jamaican food at the open air cafe too.
As for the roads I must disagree with what i had read of them the NORTH COASTAL HIGHWAY is as safe, well designed and maintained as ANY SIMILAR ROAD IN THE US.. and FAR MORE SCENIC.
My lady friend took me to a guided cave tour about 90 minutes east and we stopped at a roadside exhibit of Jamaican history with local entrepreneurs peddling their wares and several acting as tour guides. I enjoyed trying a lot of Jamaican food too!
It was quite a trip and is already planning more between our countries.. I liked the chilli chicken with just the right "heat', I still like sweeter yellow bananas better though :-) .. More specifics later!
So don't let the news reports scare you away.. Jamaica is a BEAUTIFUL place to visit vacation and more.