Without doing any further research I will tell you what I believed to be true in Jamaica. I don't profess to be correct but this is what I have been led to believe via TV, reading articles etc....
1. Most of the resorts are on the west side of the island but the prevailing winds are from the East
2. Leaving the resort is dangerous without a guide
3. Cab drivers are not to be trusted, not only with valuables but your life if they think you are worth robbing they may also just kill you if it is easier.
4. Rape is a huge problem in Jamaica... I travel with my wife so that certainly bothers me.
5. Most good kiting spots require travel off the resorts....
You see the problem here?
P.S. whether or not they like gay people is not really a deciding factor in my choice of vacation spots, mind you if it was the other way around and you had to be gay to live there... I would probably not go....
1. Do a little more research and you will find most of our hotel rooms/tourism are on the North coast, North coast has all the best kiting conditions. Wind wise south is better , but not for hotels. Yes we get mostly easterly trade winds, but this wind travels down the coast. Like the past 2-3 months we get 18+ knots every day on north and south coasts.
2. Leaving a resort is not dangerous, use trusted taxi's that the hotels/resorts partner with.
3. Don't travel with things worth losing (rolex watch, engagement ring. etc.). It's very rare a visitor to Jamaica gets murdered. See stats compared to Dom Rep, I think on average 25 visitors to dom rep get murdered every year. I think Jamaica last year had 1 , which was a young person in a bar during a drive by.
4. Not sure on the stats for tourists. but i've rarely read any reports of such rapes on visitors. Like i've mentioned before, Jamaica can be an unsafe place. But there is a general understanding that Tourists keep this country going, somewhat, and they are treated as such.
5. again, nothing wrong with leaving resorts. most visitors will preach that that is when they actually have the most fun and meet the nicest people. no point visiting a country and not experiencing it's culture, you only get the manufactured pandering culture in the rerorts.
I met a Canadian couple recently who stayed at the Grand Bahia Precipe on the north coast, they left the hotel every chance they got to find the kite spots and had an amazing time. And personally if you're traveling and want to experience a country as well as it's kiting spots, I would stay in a cheaper small villa. Less fake. but after a long day's kiting it's always good to get back to your clean hotel room and inclusive daqeries