OMNI is Jamaican-born and has a fascination for cultural diversity, music and many other things.
When we speak of JA, we are talking about, Bob Marley, we are talking about white sand beaches, and good tasting food .Not to say that all of this is not true, and these are some things that both the visitors and the locals here alike marvel at, but besides from the stereotypical point of view on Jamaica and what you hear it is like, you might have an idea of what the island is like and you might have a few misconceptions about the place as well. Nevertheless always keep in mind that telling someone about something VS first-hand experience will yield two different results. However here are 5 REAL pros and cons about Jamaica that will really help reshape how you view the Island; starting with cons
The challenge of not being able to get your usual products and services
↓ Not everyone is going to find this one as a big deal but getting your favorite goods or specific supplies or whatever it is that you usually buy in your home country can be a challenge here in Jamaica for some as the local shopping system and your regular shopping system is a bit different. Jamaica is a 3rd world country and due to it's unstable economy, type of products, and the islands location and several other factors, some of type of goods and services available to you will seem slightly unusual or you’ll have to go way out of your way to get your hands on specifically what you want.
Jamaicans narrow points of view
↓ By now everyone in Jamaica already knows that if you are homosexual, atheist or anything of the sort, you’ll get x10 the ‘bad-eye’ and hostility than if you were in, let’s say North America where things like these are more accepted. It can get the extent where some people are straight up killed for this. Not by the government, but by the people themselves who most of them do not condone such behaviors even though the government is pushing to make it right for people of all social groups. However the people do not want this in the Jamaica is a Christian-dominant country where there are most churches per every square mile any where else in the world, So this kind of let’s say 'ungodliness' is better left under the covers or off of the island for your safety. This can be really offensive and upsetting to the set of people who fall under this criteria.
↓ Transportation on the island can be a problem for some as they don’t have as much transport systems when compared to some of its neighboring countries. In some cases in Jamaica, the transportation vehicle is jam pack with passengers, sometimes the vehicle is not 'straight' (in terms of papers) so the drivers have to dodge the cops. This is very different from your regular Uber driver and it is a is a real situation. if you are to come across any of these occurrences on the road as a visitor you’ll probably be concerned about your driver and your safety. *Keep in mind that this is usually in the busier parts of JA and in some places.*
The island's sanitation issue
↓ Jamaica’s problem with sanitation has been around for a time, due to the fact that its sanitation laws and penalties aren’t all that strict so people do tend to take advantage of this and so there can come times where there is just litter in excess. The smell, the look, much less being around garbage causes discomfort. Sure there are a few organizations striving to conquer this challenge like the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) who continuously gives updates to the citizens, guidelines, sometimes new implications, like reducing plastic usage and many more. However they struggle to meet their objectives because without the real effort from Jamaica’s people the chances of them achieving their goals, cleansing the land and most likely changing the future of Jamaica will just remain a warm desire.
The bad roads in Jamaica
↓ Jamaica has a lot of bad roads, in terms of pot holes in the road. For the low cars? You better get suspensions or take the toll. In every little neighborhood there are a set of bad roads here and there, this is usually a turn off for some people and it is unusual to foreigners and if you hit the wrong ones it can potentially lead to minor damage. There are more good roads than bad but coming from a place where there is little to none can push you out of your comfort zone.
There are no cameras watching you everywhere
↑ The cameras in Jamaica are all in the right places, meaning…You aren’t being watched everywhere you go. In some countries especially most place in the states, this is a big issue and resting on the fact of how the world is being run in these times, people are starting to feel deprived of their own privacy at times. "We are heading toward a total surveillance society in which your every move, your every transaction, is duly registered and recorded by some computer," says Jay Stanley, a privacy expert with the American Civil Liberties Union and we can all see this unfolding today. But in Jamaica you feel free and you don’t have that feeling of being watched all the time.
Jamaicans party hard!!!
↑ You party a lot? Then you should know that Jamaicans are always parting it off whether it’s just a district party or a large event, you can always find large masses gathered around some music, eating drinking, smoking and or just having a good time. Due to the pandemic though a lot of parties have been put on delay or significantly shortened. Most parties are at night, and there are variety different parties ranging from colored parties right back to water parties, and they are all a lot of fun if you have just the right people around you.
Jamaica is always getting better
↑ JA is a constantly developing country. Though considered is a 3rd world country it is still striving to improve on its current status in a strategic plan to change Jamaica by 2030.This plan is commonly known as vision 2030; agenda for planet, prosperity and peace. Vision 2030 Jamaica is the country’s first long-term national developments plan which aims at enabling Jamaica to achieve developed country status by 2030 with the vision statement: “Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business”. The efforts put out by the government to fulfill this is widely acknowledged by the general public and who is to say whether they are doing a good job is up to the people’s points of view which are all not the same . They are building up new roads, highways, business places etc. In certain parts of the country and the wide lands are now being occupied with infrastructure. Well on the other side it’s not surprising that the work force has gotten weaker in Jamaica due to the Covid-19 pandemic which has hinder the efforts towards the people’s vision. In the years to come leading up to that you will definitely see more and more changes taking place.
Jamaicans are super friendly
↑ Jamaicans are all usually very friendly to visitors. This is the innate response that the island’s people just get use to giving because Jamaica already has a good reputation with tourism and visitor satisfaction and accommodation that it has gain and maintained over the past 40 years or so.
The people of the island are not shy and they will go out of their way to help you out whatever it might be. You’d be surprised at some of the different races of people you might see living here and working here in Jamaica which as far as the country’s motto goes: “Out of many one people”, says it all.
Compiled with the number of people that visit Jamaica on a yearly bases and the diverse groups already living there it can be an amazing experience and unique interaction.
The Jamaican amenities
↑ Finally, one of the best reasons to visit Jamaica is for all the amenities and provisions that are available to you including the great food, the places you can go and the things you can do. Some of these include famous tourist attractions like Dunn’s river fall or taking a blue mountain hike or stopping at a jerk center. These are some of the things that keep tourists coming back year after year after year spending their time and money on the island which they most likely won’t regret.
Akilia Howell on December 30, 2020:
I love this, very educational