Posted November 22nd, 2004, 06:38 PM
As noted above, caution is warranted. But I think that if you stay on the ship you'll be missing one of the richest experiences a port of call can offer.
Jamaica is a beautiful island with a tropical rainforrest that's not to be missed.
If security is a concern I'd hire a driver for the day to take you on a tour of the island. There are a number of them available right there where your ship docks, ready to take you or you can pre-arrange with one you might find recommended here on the Jamaica board. We did this on our first visit
to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and it really gave us a good idea of what the island is all about.
The Jamaican people are a proud and warm people who are glad to see you. We've made friends there easily that when seen again years later welcome us like family. Yes, you'll be asked if you want to buy drugs, make no mistake about it. We just say "no thank you" and keep walking and have never had a problem. Like anyplace we might travel to that we are unfamiliar with we try to stay on the main streets and practice safe traveling procedures.