Curt...you obviously don't remember that a while ago, we had this VERY SAME DISCUSSION, with people like Rick, snyper and cpeter1313 in the background, contributing their statements to the discussion at hand, while somebody that I will NEVER forget, someone that forewent the information that was routinely said about Jamaica, a poster by the name of StevenFL, had the same reservations, however, he went to Jamaica via cruise, and wound up having a pleasant time in Saint Ann, in Ocho Rios. I was quite sure that it was posters like yourself that said that Jamaica was so homophobic, that StevenFL would be crazy to step foot in Jamaica, while recommending other travel destinations, such as Mexico...ain't that right, Curteese?Wow, you're wound REALLY tight, aren't you?
I'm sure that there are delightful areas of Jamaica, but do some research on line also. Almost all of the 10 or so travel resources I just read over before responding to you agree with me. If a tourist stays in some small guarded area, he or she is safe. They advise women to NOT go alone, or if they do, to NOT wander alone unchaperoned. This is a fun care free vacation?
The best part of travel is to leave the hotel grounds. To be fair, you won't find me going to Mexico, anywhere in Mexico. Even the old popular resort of Acapulco is on trip watch advisories to avoid due to danger.
I spent most of my life in Los Angeles but you would never find me in some tougher parts of town. Never. However, I can walk without fear in most parts of LA.
I think you are taking it too personally and any criticisms of your home land are taken as insults to you personally. Try to not be so easily offended. You can shoot back at me how horrible Los Angles is and you won't find me pounding out passionate rebuts as you love to do. I don't care what you think of my home town. Go there or don't. It is of no interest or importance to me.
If you think that anyone can walk free and easy anywhere in Kingston or any other Jamaican town, let me know.
Now, you wouldn't recommend going to Mexico, Curt? Why is that? LOL! Just wondering why you would say that, Curteese?
I will agree with you about ONE thing, Curt, and that is that when it comes to going to any destination, whether it is Jamaica, your neighbourhood of Los Angeles (a place that my city would like to build a bullet train to [though again, the province that I live in is FULL of talk...LOL!]), or my crime riddled city of Edmonton, the BEST thing to do in any new destination is to have freedom to tour around the new location! I suppose it comes down to getting to know where it is that you are trying to vacation to, maybe seeing if you are able to make friends in that location, and seeing if they can bring you to various locations in that area, Curteese. So, if I wanted to come to YOUR neck of the woods, Curteese, I would first find out if there ARE woods in your neighbourhood, and after that, I would try to see if I could make your acquaintance, and see if you would be able to take me around to certain places in Los Angeles, like say Dodger Stadium for a baseball game (if that stadium is close to where you live, Curteese). Doesn't that sound fair to you, rather than saying that I heard that Los Angeles is a HORRIBLE place? YOU don't live in a particularly horrible place in Los Angeles, do you Curt? Or is your neck of the woods a HORRIBLE place for Jamaicans like myself to visit, Curteese, where my travel advisors would say that I should not go to Los Angeles, because I run the risk of being beaten up and killed by LGBT citizens, and likely removed from the face of the earth, without a trace?
I had the same conversation with a White friend of mine, of whom his father worked with the government, and his uncles are higher ups in the police department. They relayed to him stuff that they heard from non-credible media sources. I told him the truth. He had A BLAST in Jamaica.
I should be a travel agent!