Jamaica is one of the Caribbean’s most famous English-speaking islands and also one of the most alluring. This lively island has it all…gorgeous beaches, a rich history, friendly people, and a vibrant culture famous for its art and music. All these qualities make Jamaica an extremely popular island to visit.
No matter how captivating and beautiful Jamaica is, it’s important to stay safe there, just like anywhere in the world you visit. We’ve put together some helpful stay safe travel tips to keep in mind when visiting Jamaica.
Avoid hurricane season
There is a risk of hurricanes in Jamaica during September and October, so it’s probably not the best time of year to visit. Instead, visit in the popular dry season between December and mid-April. If you want to enjoy a price drop on hotels and activities, try visiting between April and July.
Take care of valuables
When we’re having a great time feeling relaxed and carefree on vacation, it’s sometimes easy to forget to take basic precautions. Leaving valuables unattended on the beach or in your car is never advisable anywhere, and Jamaica is certainly no exception to that rule
Be mindful of your surroundings
Although vacations are meant for exploring, always be mindful of your surroundings. Walking in remote areas in the main towns or on remote beaches is not advisable, no matter what time of day it is. Stick to busier or more popular areas, especially if you are traveling on your own and not in a group.
If there are places you’d like to visit but aren’t sure if they’re safe, check with your hotel reception or tour guide first.
Never walk anywhere alone at night
You should never walk anywhere alone at night. Taking a midnight stroll on a quiet, dark beach or in town may sound peaceful, but if you want to stay safe, always stick to daylight hours in more popular, tourist-friendly places.
Leave expensive jewelry at home
Be sure to leave expensive or valuable jewelry at home or safe in the hotel, especially if you’re going on any road trips or excursions. Losing a precious item would be upsetting; at worst, you could attract unwanted attention from would-be thieves.
Take care of your money
Take particular care when withdrawing money from ATMs and never walk around with large sums of money. Instead, take out smaller amounts and leave anything you don’t need in a locked, secure place in your hotel room.
Break your routine
Going to the same restaurant every day or sticking to a set daily routine can make you an easier target for thieves. Try changing your routine to avoid this.
Don’t resist robbery
Never resist in an attempted robbery. Do as you’re asked and cooperate fully. If you can, call 911 for assistance in an emergency.
As well as the usual advice like respecting the local culture, being aware of current events in the region, and ensuring your embassy knows where you’re staying, these tips should help you enjoy safe travel and a stress-free and relaxing time in Jamaica!