Why it’s so dangerous: “Popular resorts are fairly safe but traveling beyond those borders will mean dealing with unwanted attention,” says Pond.
Indeed, the State Department warns that violent crime is a serious problem throughout Jamaica, particularly in Kingston and Montego Bay.
And even if you’re staying at a seemingly safe resort, beware: According to the State Department, “the U.S. Embassy received more than a dozen reports of sexual assaults against American visitors to Jamaica in a 12-month period.
Most of these took place at all-inclusive resorts; most were allegedly perpetrated by resort staff. ”
Trip.com’s advice for how to stay safe:
- The culture can be homophobic; if you’re traveling with your girlfriend, be very discreet.
- This is a great place for using a cross-body bag, but also not a destination where you have to be overly concerned about covering up.