Hi BA, I'm planning on making a trip down there with my partner around the end of June. Seeing that we're not at peak BA tourist season, we might be one of a few winter tourists.
With that being said, both my partner and I are the American version of street smart and I was wondering if American street smart is "enough" or if we have to be even more vigilant. I'm reading mixed reports about the "safety" of BA with some reports saying that it's one of the safest places in the Americas (period) to a rising crime epidemic, that it's no longer the same, and people who used to love BA saying they're never going back again.
We're both in DC right now and have been raised around different working class neighborhoods in the US (including Philly, Baltimore, Atlanta). Other than being verbally harassed by crazy people at the bus and my boyfriend's skateboard stolen from him by an adult when he was 14 we've both never had an incident. To sum it up, our limits on "sketchiness" is much different than an average American's.
We would REALLY like to visit Camalito but we don't have a guide. We're both young adults and I'm of regular build (5'6) asian whereas my partner is a 5'10 white male on the bigger side (most Americans wouldn't mess with him to say the least). Does the basis of not looking and sounding like we're from BA = target? Does wearing nicer clothes like The North Face elicit unwanted attention? Even though I have no problems visiting the rough parts of Baltimore (I worked behind the counter of a corner store smack dab in the hood) I know better than to wear brand spankin' new North Faces in the hood. Would that be the case in BA?
We're staying on the stretch of hotels by the obelisk and plan on doing touristy things at touristy places (like the San Telmo Market), so I don't know on the basis of shopping and dining in these areas will make us an easy target. I know thugs tend to choose the path of least resistance and choose more "vulnerable" targets, but if crime is as bad as some people make it out to be, I wouldn't take my chances.
LONG STORY SHORT: is BA = Jamaica "don't leave the resort" bad?