This was our last stop on our 2nd day trip in Jamaica. And honestly…it was a disappointing way to end our trip. For the longest time, I couldn’t decide whether or not I wanted to make this post, but in the end, I thought why not–if I take the time to inform you guys of all the places you should visit, I should also warn you guys about the places you should avoid. And I think this is one of them.
I found this whole place to have a very eerie vibe. It didn’t help that we were the only ones there. I think it was because the next batch of cruise ships had yet to arrive at the port. So because we were the only ones there, we were hounded by the vendors, and we weren’t able to browse in peace. The vendors here are friendly for the most part, don’t get me wrong, but they’re also extremely pushy. After browsing 4-5 different stalls, I started to realize that all the products are pretty much exactly the same. I had three different ladies approach me with the exact same bracelet, at the exact same rip-off price. I think their starting price was $15? And it was just a beaded bracelet! This place is totally a tourist trap. I guess I understand why they mark up prices so high–they rarely get any customers here, it seems!
Another thing I didn’t like was how as soon as they got the hint that you’re really not interested in buying anything, they turn rather cold. In the end, I just felt really uncomfortable. So based on my personal experience, I would recommend going to a legit souvenir shop if you want to buy gifts and what not, unless you’re really looking for that marketplace experience. And if you do visit this place, remember to bring cash!!