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When planning your vacation to the Caribbean, you have a wide choice between islands with idyllic beaches that all have their own appearance. Jamaica is one of the larger Caribbean islands, known for its many waterfalls, and has a very special history that goes back much further than Bob Marley and reggae culture. However, the documentary “Marley” does give an impressive picture of his life that is intertwined with music, his values, vision and spirituality. These roots of Bob Marley also attract a lot of tourists to Jamaica every year, but Jamaica is actually attractive to all types of travelers.

Jamaica has the chill vibes, it is ‘relaxed’ and the ‘no problem’ and ‘don’t worry’ appearance attracts not only modern hippies but all kinds of different people: young and old, rich and less rich, travelers who want to meet stressed or tourists who mainly want to party, people who are curious about the culture and Rastafarians, but also nature lovers can indulge themselves in Jamaica. Jamaica has beaches, waterfalls and rivers, the Blue Mountains near Kingston and many small unknown bays and caves. Despite all these nice things, many travelers still wonder if traveling in Jamaica is dangerous. High time to clarify that!

Jamaica dangerous? 9 do’s and don’ts
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Traveling to Jamaica, how dangerous is that really?
During the preparations for a trip to Jamaica, all kinds of questions arise, such as: Which vaccinations do I need? What about the mosquitoes, hurricanes, the heat or the rain? Can I travel with children? What exactly is there to do besides the all-inclusive resorts with their white sandy beaches and the well-known hotspots? And how safe or how dangerous is Jamaica actually?

We hear this last question very often and that is why we inform you from Jamaica itself with the most current situation. Many tips also apply to many countries, so even if you go to Barcelona, ​​New York, Thailand or another destination, it can help you. Read on and check if you are completely up-to-date!

9 do’s and don’ts for Jamaica
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1. Mijn en dein: Watch your things as you would in any other place
The Dutch are known for their nonchalance and laziness. They leave their phones on the patio table next to the cigarettes and bunch of keys. Phones are regularly stolen in this way and there is also a chance in Jamaica. Be careful with your belongings and don’t leave anything unattended. Even if you have been in the same place for 5 days and you have started to feel at home. Someone can always come along who is not so close to mine and heave. This also applies to taking a dip in the ocean and leaving your belongings unattended on the beach. But as these tips apply to Jamaica, this can just as easily be told about Barcelona, ​​Amsterdam, New York or Thailand.

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2. Do like the locals, take a taxi
Taxis are quite pricey in the Netherlands, but in the Caribbean it is quite cheap to take the (shared) taxi. So treat yourself now and then with the convenience of a taxi. This is especially recommended at night. For example, if you have to walk a long way after going out at night, then definitely take a taxi then you can be sure that you will be returned safely to your hotel or guesthouse. In principle it is always good to do what the locals do themselves and you will also see they use a lot of taxis. So keep your eyes and ears open and act like the locals.

A few Taxi tips
Do you decide to take a taxi? Then there are a number of tips that we would like to give you. For example, you have to take into account that taxi prices are often double at night compared to the daily price. There are also different types of taxis. The “red plate taxi” is the official private taxi with a fixed price. This is higher than the shared taxi. Check the price before you get in, sometimes a meter is used and other times not. The shared taxi usually leaves when it is full. A passenger car can easily accommodate 5-6 people, not including the driver. The taxi vans are also very crowded; where normally three people sit on a sofa, you will find that 4-5 also fits in Jamaica. It is nice and cheap and by clamping you can not collide. The price per ride is fixed in such a shared taxi, so don’t worry about paying more than a Jamaican. Only in the vicinity of the airport do you have a chance that people will try to earn more from you. That is why it is now again important to be well informed about the standard prices.

Responsible taxi drivers
If you have done a tour or taken a taxi the guide will wait o

f the taxi driver usually until you are all the way inside your hotel or guesthouse. People feel responsible for your safety. If you’re not sure they’ll be waiting, just check, especially if you haven’t booked and you’re just arriving.

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3. Love, sex or money?
Speaking of steps … If you want to go out alone, that’s fine. Certainly on the beach in Negril but also elsewhere in a club, although you don’t see the latter much. By the way, you will soon notice that you will not be alone for long. Jamaicans are often looking for companionship and “love”. That can be pure love or just sex or money. As long as you are aware of what you are doing, it doesn’t have to be a problem. The next comment is also not to stir or scare you, but picking someone up from a club can be a risk. It has happened that after the nightly romance you wake up alone in the early morning and your phone and money are gone. So try to be somewhat aware of this, but above all enjoy your holiday and the people you meet, because a holiday romance is often fun.

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Avoid wandering aimlessly in Kingston
Downtown Kingston is a large area with several ghettos strung together. So you have the Parade in the middle, the same place where the buses stop, the Harbor in the south and the National Heroes park in the north. The Parade, the market (west of the Parade with the main bus station behind it), the Museum for Arts and Trench Town where Bob Marley used to live and which now houses a small museum are places where you can walk around during the day. Just don’t wander aimlessly, because that usually attracts the wrong people. If you do not know the city and you do not feel completely at ease and you want to see Life Yard (a real vegetable-fruit-herb garden), for example, do not just bring a local friend or guide and let them know that you comes along.

As a tourist you do not suffer from gangs
In Jamaica you have gangs who occasionally have something to fight each other. As a tourist you generally do not suffer from this, you will only read it once in the newspaper. Make sure you are well informed about the place you want to visit and don’t just go for walks in neighborhoods where you have no business.


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