Caribbean Tourism

Crime & Tourism

The impact of tourism on a population of around two and a half million is massive, both economically and socially. Bad publicity abroad or a natural disaster, such as Hurricane Gilbert, can have a devastating effect. The crime rate is high but most of the serious crime is around Kingston, principally in West Kingston. Many country districts and north coast resorts are fairly safe and in fact less dangerous than US tourist cities such as Miami, Orlando and Washington DC.


However, harassment of cruise ship passengers and other visitors by unsavoury vendors of drugs and services have contributed to the island’s poor image abroad. Partly because of crime, all-inclusive resorts have become particularly important in Jamaica. A large proportion of tourists never leave these hotels except on an organized tour or to return to the airport.


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Excursions

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