How it works:
- Version 1:
- A local claims that the place you are going is closed and then offers to bring you to places which they claim you cannot find from guide books.
- On the way, he will be joined by an accomplice and you will end up at a secluded bar.
- When you ask to be taken back, they will demand a fee for the “tour”. The fee can be as high as 4,000 Jamaican Dollars or 35$ – a week’s earning in Jamaica for a lousy 20s minute unsolicited tour!
- Version 2:
- You may encounter touts posing as official guides of the place of attraction. What ends up is usually a pricey tour that is really short with little shared.
- Version 3:
- Unofficial guides bring you somewhere else instead of your desired destination and then charge you a fee for it.
Places to beware:
- Negril: Peter Tosh Monument
- Nine Miles: Bob Marley’s Mausoleum
- Ocho Rios: Blue Hole
- Port Antonio: Rio Grande
What to do:
- Decline. If you want a tour, get a legitimate operator:
- Offline operators: ask – is the operator licensed? Is there a website, office and working phone number? Are there real online reviews? What does the price cover – is it too cheap?
- Online platforms: GetYourGuide (leading day tour platform globally) also has many popular tours (e.g. Horseback ride and swim, Dunn’s River Falls, Green Grotto Caves, etc).