Guests worried about crime in Jamaica
Posted 20 January 2009 - 04:22 PM
I am strongly considering Jamaica for my DW. I have mentioned my choice to various friends and family and the response has been all over the place. Some are happy for an excuse to get away to somewhere warm during the winter regardless of the location and others are making comments about the crime, and turning their noses up.
Have you experienced anything like this in your planning and how did you deal with it?
Posted 20 January 2009 - 04:37 PM
When one mentioned that she was afraid of something happening to her in JA I told her that the reality is that some crime is everywhere & that she watched too much TV & JA wasn't any more threatening than anything that could happen to her at home or in her own neighborhood.
I told the "nay-sayers" that this was our decision, it was a done deal & they could either come & celebrate with us or they could stay home.
Well ofcourse they shut up after that & I didn't hear anymore about it.
The good thing was that our parents, as well as other family & friends who travel alot were not concerned at all about anything bad happening to them in JA and thankfully we had no bad incidences while we were there.
If it helps, maybe you should show them some positive JA wedding reviews from BDW brides or visit other travel sites that also have good reviews.
Either way, if you have your mind made up about JA & its really what you & your FI want, then go with it. People will complain no matter what location you chose and since you can't make everyone happy, just concentrate on making yourself happy.
Sorry if I sound too harsh, but thats just my 2 cents! LOL!
Posted 20 January 2009 - 04:44 PM
I had a group of 30 guests and no one had any problems with anything being stolen from the resort.
I would tell people to use common sense. If you don't participate in activites that will invite crime, then you will be fine. I wouldn't walk down a dark alley at 3 am in NYC or even in my hometown. I wouldn't hop in the back of some guy's car just because he said it was a cab.
I think you will also find that the resorts are very secure and there really isn't a need to go off property.
Posted 20 January 2009 - 08:20 PM
I would stay away from Kingston in the evenings - not so much that your in danger but there is always the danger of cross fire if there is something going on in the streets. I'll tell you, I went to Spanish Town where my husband grew up and literally I was the only white person there. And Spanish Town is big for Jamaica. No one looked at me any different though, I was travelling with family. Needless to say, as Erin states above, don't make senseless choices and if they are not comfortable, then don't leave the coziness of your resort.
Posted 20 January 2009 - 10:20 PM
Posted 21 January 2009 - 03:23 AM
Posted 21 January 2009 - 04:04 AM
all in all, I would love to go back again and would recommend jamaica to my friends or family..
Posted 21 January 2009 - 10:59 AM
Personally I am not concerned about crime in or feeling unsafe in Jamaica. I am of the opinion that when travelling to use the same common sense you use at home.
I am more concerned about the response to give to my guests (some immediate family) when they voice their concern. Especially when the: "you get from the airport into a secure airport transfer to a very large compound of which you never have to leave if you don't want to and then take a secure airport transfer takes you back to the airport and you go home" reponse doesn't work.
Posted 21 January 2009 - 11:12 AM
Honestly, I don't care either way if they come. If they're too afraid of crime, stay home so that I'm not spending my vacation dealing with freak-outs every time some Jamaican comes up to offer to braid hair or something.
Posted 21 January 2009 - 11:42 AM
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