1) Type of Vehicles – Hiace 15 seater – Cars suitable for 2 – 4 people comfortable

2) Distance from Montego Bay to Negril –  ~1 hour 1/2

3) Will there be other passengers in the vehicle? No only you, your party and the driver

4) Security

Take licensed Jamaica Tourist Board transportation at all times, or Taxi with yellow sign and Red License Plate.

Do not walk alone while visiting the island, even during the day. Go out in groups with people that you know. Exercise extreme caution in all regions of the country after dark and avoid visiting beaches and isolated areas at night. If you are a victim of crime, do not resist, as this may provoke the use of violence.

Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum, or cigarettes from new acquaintances, as they may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.

Credit card/ATM card-skimming is a concern around the world, and travelers should keep their credit cards within sight while making transactions at stores and restaurants.

5) Crime

Crimes of opportunity, including petty theft, pickpocketing and bag -snatching are common in major tourist areas. Ensure that your personal belongings and travel documents are secure at all times. Do not carry large amounts of cash or show signs of affluence. Protect your cell phone, a popular item for theft. Be aware of your surroundings when withdrawing money from automated banking machines (ABMs). Remain vigilant at supermarkets and retail outlets, as credit card and ABM fraud is a risk in Jamaica. Jamaicans fight amongst themselves, don’t be concern regarding crime, it will not affect you unless you affect the crime.

6) Road travel

Drive on the left in Jamaica. Coastal roads are in fair condition, but driving in the interior is dangerous due to narrow, winding and badly maintained roads, which are also poorly lit at night. Weather conditions can damage or render some roads temporarily impassable. Stay on main roads as much as possible. Speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol are common, hence don’t try to out drive the locals.  Motorists should keep vehicle windows closed, doors locked and valuables hidden. Roadside assistance is available island wide.

7) Public transportation

Route taxi transportation is an experience and may not be safe due to high levels of crime and overcrowding.

Avoid taking unmarked taxis due to the risk of robbery and sexual assault. Use only taxis ordered from hotels and have JTB on the front window or  red “PP” licence plates. Since taxis are not metered, agree on the fare in advance.

8) Emergency services

Dial 119 to reach the police emergency center and, 110 to reach the fire department and ambulance services.

Police officers regularly patrol tourist areas and can offer assistance. Security personnel and front-desk hotel staff can also offer assistance in most emergencies.

9) Illegal drugs

Possession of illegal drugs (including marijuana in excess of two ounces, or 56 grams) is a severe offence and may lead to lengthy jail terms. Departing visitors are thoroughly screened for drug possession. Pack all luggage yourself and do not carry anything through customs for anyone else.

10) Money

The currency is the Jamaican dollar (JMD). Most of ATMs accept international debit cards displaying Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus or Plus logos. Credit cards are widely accepted. Remain vigilant when using your credit or bank cards in public places such as restaurants and retail venues.

11) LGBT travel

Certain cultures do not accept the legitimacy of non-heterosexual relationships. Homosexual activity is considered a criminal offence in many countries and Jamaicans are getting to be more acceptable within the last several years.

You should base your decision on whether or not to be openly gay while traveling abroad on your personal judgment and your knowledge of local laws and customs.

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