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Before going on this trip, we were strongly adviced not to. By everyone, including a few people from travel agencies.
Their reasons for it basically were, that:
1. We are from
2. Due to the lack of information about the place people stereotype is as a horrible underdeveloped place filled with unbelievable ammounts of drugs and guns and such.
3. We are both female, so everyone was worried about our safety.
4. August is the down season because of supposed rainfalls.
Well, despite all the worries, everything turned out ok. Great, actually.
Ocho Rios is a tourist destination, everything was pretty modern and civilized, so I didnt really look at it as a "third world" kind of place (then again, I'm from
Local food is amazing and very cheap. There are also Indian and Chinese restaurants (we didnt go there so i cant say anything about the quality of food there) and burger chains, such as KFC and some local McDonals type of things.
We were among the only tourists there because it was out of season. Which, by the way, didn't really affect our vacation in a bad way: there was no heavy rainfall at all, only about 2 small showers in the whole 2 weeks that we stayed there. Most tourists were people of Jamaican decent who live in the
Everyone is very nice, people don't bother you unless you are interested in their services. Of course, a lot of shop keepers try to persuade you to take a look in their store, but they are not as determined and annoying as, for example, salesmen in
We didn't go to any tourist hot spots because we met some locals and saw basically all there was to see, only much cheaper. We didn't go to Dunn's
The most interesting part of the trip was the visit to a local "real" neighborhood - we went to visit our new friends' relatives. The neighborhood was once again described to us by hotel staff as very dangerous and supposedly if we were lucky to get out alive, we would still leave all our money and phones there. Again, that wasn't exactly the way it went. Entering the neighborhood, we saw a big sign that said that the place was protected by police (or security guards - i don't remember), which was a surprise. All the houses looked nice. Basically, there are yards surrounded by houses that are usually occupied by relatives. The people were very nice, they showed us around and askes us about our homes as well.
We didn't go to tourist-oriented clubs either, but we went to a few local clubs/bars. What was interesting there, is that even though there's music and everything, nobody "has" to dance and act like they are in a club - some people just sat there with their laptops, some just sat there ( probably cause many people were high lol). So everything is pretty mellow - not like back home, where if you are in a club, you are 'supposed to' get drunk, dance all night long, act insanely happy and afterwords hook up with a bunch of strangers. Here nobody really cared what anyone else was doing, which was nice for a change.
Anyway, I enjoyed my trip very much and might think about coming back one day