Spanish town: safe?
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Apr 16, 2012 12:06 PM Last Post By: scottygeneral
Apr 8, 2012 7:17 AM
Apr 8, 2012 9:19 PM
Apr 9, 2012 7:01 AM
Apr 9, 2012 7:22 AM
Apr 9, 2012 7:39 AM
4Why do you want to go to Spanish Town ?
Nothing there really worth visiting.
As for "safety", it all depends on what areas you are in. I would strongly advise you to go with a Jamaican that knows the town. Definitely do not go on your own. There have recently been some serious gang related violence going on in some areas of Spanish Town.
ONE LOVE !!
Apr 9, 2012 9:55 AM
Apr 10, 2012 7:25 AM
6The Spanish Government pay for the restoration of some buildings in Spanish Town, at least that is what it looked like when I visited the place some years ago. I did visit graveyards looking for relatives there too.
If a foreigner wants to visit it, best to go with locals who know the place well.
Apr 10, 2012 11:33 AM
7Yes it is safe for a European traveller, no one is targeting Europeans in Spanish Town...the old city has it's fair share of history..so do your research and travel simply, without showing expensive gadgets and valuables.. probably best to get a taxi driver to show you around rather than walk around especially since most points of interest are spread out a bit...When your done go over to Hellshire Beach for some fried fish and festival...one love
Apr 10, 2012 5:17 PM
Apr 13, 2012 9:39 PM
9I never thought I would be discouraging anyone from visiting any part of Jamaica, but I live just outside of Spanish Town, and would urge extreme caution. Spanish Town is currently in the throes of gang feuds with violence prone to breaking out anytime and while foreigners aren't particularly targetted sometimes there are hairy situations during which no bystander is safe. Travel with a tour or with locals.
Apr 14, 2012 10:08 AM
So will be spending about a day and a night in Kingston and was wondering what sights i should visit and where the best nightlife is? Will definetley want to visit the Bob Marley museum.
Are there any other places like Spanish town that i should avoid?
Apr 15, 2012 8:06 AM
11There are some areas in Kingston that tourists show not venture into, and there are one are two areas that are under curfew right now. Agaain it would be much safer to hire a local taxi driver to take you are around, then to go off on your own.
I am sure "Scotty General" can give you more detailed advice on where to go and not go in Kingston.
ONE LOVE !!
Apr 16, 2012 12:06 PM
12There are very few places I would discourage you to go during the day, at night however you should use a taxi or car as is the norm for most Kingstonians. It's more about how you travel. Certainly don't wander around, know where you are going and use the normal principles any traveller in a new country should use.
Bob Marley Museum, Devon House, Port Royal and Lime Cay, Hellshire Beach, Emancipation Park and Hope Botanical Gardens are places you can consider. Downtown Kingston is full of life and is home to museums and historical sites. You can go to watch plays at the many theatres in the city. There are often events from street parties to live concerts as well as regular night club and weekly dancehall events. Weddy weddy Wednesday at Stone Love HQ is a popular dancehall event every Wednesday, it's common to see famous local and international recording artistes there. On Sunday there is a street party near downtown called Rae Town. This event has been held in the small working class community of rae Town on every Sunday for a couple of decades. It is probably the best opportunity to mingle with locals without any harassment and in a harmonious environment. The music is old school reggae, disco and soul music. Jamaican people love Celine Dion so you might hear a couple of her tunes..haha. You also have unusual Jamaican street food. Admission is free...just go to a local bar and order yourself a Red Stripe beer, chill and listen to music while young and old dance in the middle of the street.
There is much more to do around Kingston but that was just a sample, hope it was helpful..Bless!
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