What port have you felt the most uneasy??
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I've never been in a port that felt unsafe/uncomfortable. We've spent alot of time in central america away from the touristy areas in panama, guatemala, mexico where there is alot more danger so maybe our threshold is just higher than most. Jamaicans can be pushy, and you may be offered drugs but that's status quo for most places in the carribean. You have to remember that the 'built for gringo' cruise stops for the most part are very sheltered, so if you see anything different it can seem dangerous. As far as poverty goes, I don't really see who people get upset over that....I mean if just SEEING poor people ruins your day, I guess that's a YOU problem.I second this. It's probably because we have a similar background- as I have traveled independently throughout most of Latin America via local bus. Belize didn't phase me on our last trip. I'm actually planning a solo trip there this summer. I have however been mugged once in Atlanta and once in Europe- so I honestly feel safer outside the developed world.
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I'm booked on the Magic, which goes to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. I'm surprised that people find Jamaica to be so bad (I've never been there). What excursion do you recommend in Jamaica? When you say avoid Mexico, I assume you're not including Cozumel.
I'm pretty sure that person was were referrring to the Pacific coast areas as those are some of the towns that are getting hit with drug danger and violence (Acapulco, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta). Caribbean side of Mexico is not dangerous to tourists, in general.
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No problems with Belize! We love it! Ocho Rios would be the port I have to really on on my game. Very aggressive folks trying to sell you something and then when you politely decline, you get verbally assaulted (our experience!) For the most part, the tour operators and others we have met there are wonderful, it is just having to walk the gauntlet!EXACTLY my experience in Ocho Rios (Montego Bay wasn't so bad). . . the only time EVER I was fearful of the safety of my family (and I live in LA county). Police with automatic weapons everywhere. I couldn't get my son and wife back to the ship fast enough.
In Belize I walked all over OUTSIDE the gated area. Nice people . . . very run down city where the ship tendered. Prettiest building complete with beautiful white exterior and huge green grass lawn under the flag on a tall pole, at the end of a long street . . . The United States Embassy.
EDIT to point out Ocho Rios was many many years ago, a wife ago, actually.
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So I am curious now reading all of these posts. With Montego Bay, is unsafe/uncomfortable at the port? I had decided early on we probably wouldn't go "into" Jamaica. But should I be worried just at the port as well? I have 4 kiddos. Would hate to get caught up in drama.
There's nothing at the port. Just a small indoor shopping area where the check-in is. Mo Bay is the worst Caribbean port I have ever been to.
We try on our cruises to get away from the ship area as far as possible, some of the best times I have had was going inland in Ensenada and going to the oppsite side of Cozumel where the bigger waves crash and the beach is endless and rustic.
This being said, I have never done Jamaica, Ochos etc.. moatly 2 Western Caribs and Catalina, Ensenada, so pretty sheltered cruise life.
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