In a review titled “Jamaica Farewell: Why I Cancelled My Jamaican Vacation & Why I Won’t Be Going Back Anytime Soon!!!” blogger, Billy Walker explains why he won’t be going back to Jamaica. He also discusses Trip Advisor’s censorship of negative comments on a destination. Below is an excerpt from the blog. We hope the people in the travel industry in Jamaica and the government is paying attention.
“What does get on my nerve is the straight up begging, and oftentimes in an agresive way. In my travels to Jamaica and Central America I’ve had people ask for money, however I have never had anyone demand money the way I have had so many agresively demand money from me in Jamaica.
One particular incident a guy told me to give him $5. When I politely told him no, he told me “would be a shame if you got stabbed”. Really, give me $5 or I’ll stab you?
On another occasion I thought I had made friends with a beach vendor who ran a small convenience store. He asked if I’d like to see where he lived which was attached to the place and right on the beach. I questioned whether it was a good idea, however I saw another American women back there talking with another guy so figured what the heck, it was only about 15 yards back off the beach. I walked back there and that’s when an agressive sales pitch to buy Marijuana started. When I declined multiple times he started getting aggressive with me and I was getting backed into a corner by him and another guy. I balled up my fists ready to fight my way out of there and wound up seeing a gap and just ran away. Even after these experiences I still went back to Jamaica another 4-5 times.”