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CARNIVAL IN JAMAICA

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I got invited by the Jamaica Board of Tourism to experience Carnival in Jamaica. I have always wanted to go to Carnival in Brazil and Trinidad & Tabago, so was really excited to go to experience it for the first time.

I had been to Jamaica twice before, both when I was younger and with my family. I remember a few specific instances on both trips where I felt a little unsafe and uncomfortable, but totally went this time excited and with an open mind. I ended up having a great time, but there are some things you need to know about Jamaica before deciding to book a trip there.

I got so many messages and comments from people seeing my pictures and videos from Jamaica, telling me they want to go there because of my pictures and how I made it look. First of all, Jamaica is beautiful, so it’s not hard to take pretty pictures there. But, it is also my job to make places look way better than they actually are, or make a place look the best of its potential, and that is why I get paid to do what I do. There were a lot of things that went wrong on the trip, but we made the best of it and tried to capture the best content possible. Our phrase throughout the trip was JAMAICAN ME STRUGGLE because we had quite a few struggle moments lol.

Let me first rewind back to Carnival. I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to experience it there. I dressed up in costume and loved dancing to Soca, Dancehall and reggae on the streets with all the locals and tourists from around the world. I love dance, especially participating in the local dance culture in all the places I travel to. It was a lot of fun.

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On this trip I spent time in Kingston, Ocho Rios and Port Antonio. Carnival was in Kingston, and we spent a day there exploring the city. I wouldn’t say Kingston is the safest place in the world, so be careful and aware of your surroundings at all time. We visited the Bob Marley statue and museum and a couple of their signature landmarks like the Devon House and the emancipation statue. We also stopped by a famous Jamaican fast food place called “Mothers” for some authentic Jamaican beef patties, which were heaven! Also stopped by Gloria’s for lunch for some fresh seafood. 

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-Gloria’s in Kingston-

In Ocho Rios, we visited the main town to explore the streets and the Blue Hole and Dunns River Falls for some waterfall action.

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Lunch at Miss T’s for some oxtail and jerk chicken!

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We experienced a few minor set backs, so I decided to extend the trip for a few days to ensure we had enough time to capture the content we needed. We spent our extra days staying in a jungle treehouse in Port Antonio. In Port Antonio we visited the Blue Lagoon, and Boston Beach was beautiful.

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One thing you have to know when going to Jamaica is that it is not really safe to wonder too much outside of your resort on your own. The locals are pretty aggressive and pushy in trying to sell you stuff and get money. I also got all my cash stolen on the beach in Port Antonio, so just be mindful of your things. My friend got in a few confrontations with the locals because they were rude and a little too much in your face. Although we met a lot of nice and wonderful people there as well, I feel it’s important for me to be honest about my experience there, being it was my 3rd time visiting. That is why I started blogging in the first place- to be honest about my life experiences and share them with the world. But overall, I had a great time and a lot of laughs along the way even during those struggle moments. I think that is what makes a trip so memorable.

Stay tuned for the full video to see all the behind the scenes of what went down there. It explains it all!

 

 

 

7 Comments

  1. As a tourist, in ANY country, it is inevitable to stand out and to attract attention to yourself and just as in ANY country; there is the risk of being targeted because you are a tourist. It would be nice if you gave some more information and elaborated on some of the places you visited rather than just name the places with a string of pretty pictures. I believe there is more to travel than just pretty pictures. If you’re going to show the real Jamaica, highlight our culture the right way, focus on both the bad and the good!

  2. Riley says

    I truly wish you didn’t have those negative experiences which would have impacted how you view the island and your experience. The aggressive vendors are things they’ve been gradually dealing with but definitely not under control. The theft…. Well in my opinion that can happen anywhere especially if things are left unattended. It’s sad regardless. Could you go more in depth about carnival and accommodations ? Finally, Your pictures and beautiful and I hope your experience was overall positive.

  3. Kay says

    When do you intend to actually comment on the carnival experience, so far you’ve just repeated that Jamaica is dangerous which isn’t a really special thing since everywhere is like that, although I do understand your concerns for your own security but yeah.

    It’s weird that the JTB invited you to cover and enjoy carnival and carnival was barely the main point of the post…

  4. Derronie Green says

    I think every where in the world you go you have to be careful. Even in your own home.

  5. As a tourist, in ANY country, it is inevitable to stand out and to attract attention to yourself and just as in ANY country; there is the risk of being targeted because you are a tourist. It would be nice if you gave some more information and elaborated on some of the places you visited and your carnival experience, rather than just name the places with a string of pretty pictures.

    • Nicole Isaacs says

      Thanks for your feedback. I was waiting to go in depth of my experience when I release the full video, which explains a lot of what specifically happened. This was a general post about my experience w/ pictures to go along with it. I have traveled to hundreds of places in my life, it’s what I do for a living. I am well aware of the risks of being a tourist in anywhere I travel to, but Jamaica is different. I have been there 3 times and have experienced the same thing. It is my job as a travel writer to share my honest opinions of a certain place with my followers and viewers, that is why they come to my blog. If I said everything was pretty and perfect, that would be a lie and I wouldn’t want to read that from anyone. It’s boring and not truthful. I want people to trust what I say, because I tell the truth based on my personal experiences, so people can maybe learn from it or be aware of some things before they visit. I would love your feedback on my next Jamaica post 👌🏽

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