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Women Travellers

Many Jamaican men display behavior and attitudes that might shock visiting women, often expressing disdain for the notion of female equality or women’s rights. Despite this, women play pivotal roles in Jamaican society.

If you’re single, it may be assumed you’re on the island seeking a ‘likkle love beneat’ de palms.’ Protests to the contrary will likely be met with wearying attempts to get you to change your mind. If you go along with the flirting, your innocent acceptance will be taken as a sign of acquiescence. Never beat about the bush out of fear of hurting the man’s feelings.

Rape is not uncommon in Jamaica and occasionally involves female tourists. Women traveling alone may reduce unwanted attention by dressing modestly when away from the beach. Women should avoid walking alone at night and otherwise traveling alone in remote areas.