Staying Safe in Jamaica
Do your research. It’s a popular misconception that drugs are legal in Jamaica. Not true. We might have the best marijuana in the world but don’t even think of taking any back with you. If you are caught, you will be arrested and thrown in jail and believe me, you don’t want to land in a Jamaican jail. Most, if not all, are overcrowded and were built for punishment, not comfort. Land in jail and you could wait many unpleasant months before you get your day in court.
Alert your country’s embassy or consulate where you’ll be staying and for how long.
Leave your itinerary, including flight number/s, and hotel name and phone number with at least one friend and family member.
Have copies of your passport and IDs in case either is lost or stolen.
Don’t take valuables, including expensive jewelry, on trips. Leave them in the hotel safe. Better yet, leave them at home.
Keep your eyes on your luggage at all times.
If you decide to venture off on your own, ask the concierge, or the staff if you’re staying in a villa, to recommend a taxi service and/or reputable driver.
If you’re staying in a private villa or someone’s home, ask whether there’s security on the premises.
Take only the cash you need for the day and don’t flash it around.
Leave expensive gadgets, like smart phones and iPads, at the hotel.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times. If something doesn’t feel right, make your way back to safety.
People here can be friendly but before you wander off to someplace unfamiliar with someone you’ve just met, tell a friend where you’re going, with whom and when you plan to return. And do it in the person’s presence. You’d be surprised how often visitors, especially young women, go off with guys they know little about. I met one last year. She left Negril and had traveled cross-country to Kingston with a guy she met on the beach. Luckily for her, he was on the up and up, but what if he wasn’t?
In Jamaica, as anywhere, beauty and danger live side by side. Exercise caution. Don’t abandon your commonsense because you’re on vacation. If you wouldn’t do something risky at home, chances are, you shouldn’t do it here.
Source: http://insidejourneys.com/is-jamaica-a- ... -to-visit/