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Hi, we have been to Roatan and Montego Bay, we went zip wiring in Roatan with a guide which was great fun, she then took us to a lovely beach.There are a few craft type shops but nothing much as it is a poor country.We wanted some vanilla extract ( a lot cheaper than at home ) but our guide said it would be better for us to wait in the car and she went in to a supermarket to buy it for us, I must admit we would not have been very happy to wander far on our own.In Montego Bay, again we went with a guide, who did warn us that we may get approached and asked if we wanted drugs, luckily this did not happen. We went to Dunns River Falls and went down a local river on giant rubber rings, both of these we did with a guide and it was great and very well organised. There is a purpose built shopping area near to the port which you can easily walk to, there was also a local market a little further on, not sure what that was like.Perhaps we did not see the best bits of Jamaica but if it had not been for the things we did with our guide we would have been very disapointed, we are not in a hurry to return.
Cartagena yes no problems Visit old town and castle
Limon looked dodgy did the zip lineing through jungle Brilliant
Belize City no but lots of great organised trips
Roatan no problems Kids did swimming with dolphins loved it Hope it help.
Not been to Cartagena, but friends tell me you can only walk around in groups or with ship's tours, so no thankyou! Limon was safe, we did the Torgutero Canals, a good trip, without a problem. Montego Bay is another place where I would advise to do a ship's tour. We did the rafting on the Martha Brae River, very good.
Not sure about belize but the rest are easyto walk around and roatan is like paradis.
We went to Limon last year and found the town area very dodgy1 We didn't stay long I must say. The area around where the ship docks and the areas that the trips take you too are fine.
Mmm, a tricky one, this.
Check the Foreign Office website for up to date information.
On our cruise to this area, our call to Cartagena was cancelled by P & O for security seasons.
We did walk around Puerto Limon on our own, but this is not for the faint-hearted! I did feel a little nervous and we were constantly hassled by small boys on bicycles who wanted to be our guides. We headed for a famous hotel on a headland (sorry can't remember the name but it will be in all the guide books) where we had a good lunch. From the hotel's garden one can see fifty or so ships, all anchored off the bay, waiting their turn to go through the Panama canal.
There is also a 'tourist shopping area' actually in the port, but that will take you all of five minutes to see.
Some of our fellow passengers arranged their own guided tour to see the locks of the Panama canal, whilst a few others hopped on a local bus - but they really knew what they were doing!
Have you tried asking your question in 'virtual tourist'? This is a great site and if you post in the correct forum, a local will answer and give you up to date information.
I would walk around again, but would also remove all jewellrey and credit cards etc. This is a terribly poor country, and we westerners must look like multi-millionaires to these people.
Oh, one other thing, we sat for a rest on a bench in the strip of park-like land that runs through the middle of the main street, and several locals came to ask if we were OK, could they help, or to chat about where we were from. Not all of them wanted to sell us something - so we met some very kind people.
Have alook on O.V. website already booked ,action ashore that may hel.
Of these ports of call, we have only visited Belize. I do not recall any problems in wandering around the city, but would recommend a visit ot the Mayan ruins of Altun Ha, a fairly short coach ride from the port.
Not adviseable to wander around Roatan-there are hoards of street beggars, including young children. Beware of pickpockets. There isn't much to see-you are tendered ashore. Reputedly the worlds second largest coral reef (after The Great Barrier Reef. Organised diving/snorkelling trip advised. Belize City is not much better. There is a reasonable waterfront bar. We arrived on a Public Holiday. Every where was eerily quiet-we didn't feel too safe. Limon is OK if you stick to public areas-a great many people carry guns. Hire a taxi to the banana plantations-well worth a trip.Montego Bay is mostly tourist-you will get hassle from local street sellers.
Cartegena & Puerto Limon are industrial ports so you have to walk a bit to get anywhere. For Cartegena, place is very poor and people will see you as VERY rich so expect people to take an interest and try to sell you things, though not in a threatening way. Limon is small and once you're through the port area you can walk about. Just have your wits about you like everywhere else. Personally, I went on trips when I went with Celebrity and you got to see more and get further afield safely.
Enjoy. I did.