Is Jamaica Worth Visiting?

Jamaica, a Caribbean island nation located south of Cuba and west of Hispaniola, is an enchanting blend of natural beauty, vibrant culture, and a rich, haunting history. Known for its lush topography of mountains, rainforests, and its spectacular coastlines lined with pristine beaches, Jamaica offers a plethora of breathtaking sceneries. It is globally recognized for being the birthplace of reggae music, and its capital, Kingston, houses the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to the famous singer. Jamaica's food scene is a gastronomic delight with its famous jerk chicken, flavorful seafood, and other mouthwatering local cuisines. Moreover, its year-round mild weather and warm, welcoming locals add to the island's overall charm, making it a popular destination in the West Indies.

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Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 11 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.2/5

Safety

3.1/5

Food

4.2/5

Budget-friendly

3.2/5
Cindy

Cindy (58)

Canada

Solo travel experience

On vacation on the south coast of Jamaica at a place called Treasure Beach. No all-inclusives, two small boutique hotels actually three. Now the rest of the accommodation is Villas where you can rent a room or rent the whole Villa. Treasure Beach is made up of five base each per wonderful swimming. Downtown Treasure Beach is Frenchman's bay. Quieter areas would be Calabash Bay and old wharf road. I have been going for 14 years now. I feel like a local. They treat me like a local and the best place is most of the restaurants etc. Are our own by locals or expats. Wonderful! Italian lady has a restaurant called mellow yellow. There's a wellness place with smoothies etc. Even a bakery now. Best thing is you can use local Jamaican money instead of having to convert and there's a bank machine there

Posted: December 30, 2023Experienced: April, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

I spent five days in Jamaica. It's an incredibly beautiful island. You have to be careful, but I didn't find it dangerous or difficult as a solo female traveller. I found everyone there to be nice and willing to help.

Posted: October 1, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

I just returned from Jamaica and I have to say that sexual harassment and other forms of harassment there are very intense. Especially for someone who went there alone and didn't stay at resorts or all-inclusive locations. It seems to be better at the resorts.

Posted: October 12, 2022
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 2/5
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Solo travel experience

I traveled to Jamaica (I spent a month travelling alone with a backpack around all these places) Cayman Islands, St Lucia, Barbados and Cuba. I never had any problems. I landed in Kingston at midnight and caught a bus with the locals to the city. A few suspicious characters were lurking around, but nothing worse than in London or Manchester, and most people just want to help tourists. You will attract some attention if you are a Western-looking woman traveling alone in Jamaica and St Lucia. Nevertheless, I can't say I was afraid.

Posted: May 31, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Local tips

If you're looking for less touristy things to do, you might consider staying at Treasure Beach in St Elizabeth or Port Antonio, or rent an Airbnb in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, or Trelawny. There's plenty to do in Jamaica - hiking, water activities, cultural experiences, and great food. People are friendly, but as with all major cities, there is crime and you need to be cautious. If you don't engage in any wrongdoing, you should be fine.

Posted: July 9, 2022
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Dee

Dee

About Me

Having recently moved to the island, I am happy to share my experiences and any travel information for Jamaica. Depending on schedule and destination, transportation can be arranged for local spots. Please feel free to reach out!

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Natalie-Anna

Natalie-Anna

About Me

Hello,I am Natalie-Anna Ridley. I am a jamaican, mother of two children, 14 and 21 in ages.A very hard worker and a people person love nature and a sabbath keeper.

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Natalie-Anna

Natalie-Anna

Jamaica

Can host for:

5 days

About me

Hello,I am Natalie-Anna Ridley. I am a jamaican, mother of two children, 14 and 21 in ages.A very hard worker and a people person love nature and a sabbath keeper.

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Nisha

Nisha

Jamaica

Can host for:

7 days

About me

I am passionate about travel and meeting new people with similar interests. I provide local travel guide services including transportation in my home country JM 🇯🇲🇯🇲

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Upcoming visitors to Jamaica

Noelle

Noelle

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Hi, I’m a travel agent who wants to get to know fun new places and meet new people!

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Salihah

Salihah

About Me

Hi I’m salihah all I dream is stepping on the soil of as many countries as i can. My beliefs in Jehovah are deep but currently don’t belong to a religion (still studying and searching) I’m more on the shy/quiet side but once I hear we have something in common i can’t stop talking!

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