When you book your trip to Jamaica, the odds are good that you’re headed for a spirited, but relaxing island vacation. By and large, the island nation is a tourist-friendly spot that’s eager to reward your time (and your coin). Of course, there are a couple of ways to get yourself into trouble in Jamaica if you fly toward the country with only a working knowledge of Bob Marley and the knowledge that the beaches are awesome. They are, but there’s much more to Jamaica than great music and gorgeous weather. If you want to make the most of your trip, then here are some tips to keep safe and have fun while visiting Jamaica.
1. Don’t Forget About the State Department
This is just good advice every time you visit a foreign country: find out what the State Department has to say about it. When it comes to Jamaica, your biggest concern is avoiding the country’s reputation for violent crime. You should know before you travel that both sexual assault and armed robbery are common throughout the nation, in some cases even inside gated resorts.