We were staying soooo close to the lighthouse and yet we couldn't go up on it and admire the beauty surrounding it. The first day we went, we found the main door to the lighthouse locked from the inside. A young man called out to us and told us that only few people are allowed at one time and that we would have to wait until the group came out. We waited for a good 15-20 minutes. During this time this young man and another older man, both very very doped, tried to hustle us into paying them to dive into the sea. At one point of time we felt unsafe and decided to leave.
We came back early next morning, only to be stopped by the younger male on the road with yells and anger. The lighthouse main gate was shut and there were several dogs by the gate. We weren't sure the barking dogs would bite or not. So we made our way back, diasppointed...again to be met by the same young man shouting at us as if we had robbed him. Thankfully we were on a rented bike and made our way out quickly.
It seemed to us that there was no safe and easy way to see the lighthouse unless we were either with a large group or we paid the two hustlers.
We were very sad that we couldn't go up the lighthouse and admire Negril's beauty. Sigh!
We also had two men following us around town the 3 days we were in Negril. These men met us anywhere we went, stopped us by the road, and almost pushed us to travel on our bikes to the mineral water spring and blue hole in the interior of Negril. Other locals advised against it, stating that this journey should not be done alone or on a bike. Clearly the two stalkers were hoping to hurt us or extract some money from us once we left the busy Negril streets.
Also, beware of drug enfrocement cops on the road checking for ganja and other drugs on you. Don't be fooled by the easygoing ganja sellers who may make ganja seem like a way of life in Jamaica. We were stopped by the DEA (gosh, he was ready for combat!) and he checked all our bags. We had nothing on us. This is just a friendly tip - keep the ganja off you! And we were glad to see that the cops were checking for drugs. Ganja is the smallest of problems in Jamaica. We heard that cocaine is widely sold and used...
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