Braco resort Jamaica? Anyone out there stayed at Braco Resort in Jamaica ?? If so , just wondering if its possible to leave the resort for personal day trips ?? Are their taxis around ?
Well I can answer part of your questions. I have never stayed at Braco Resort. Had a look and notice Braco Beach Resort and Grand Lido Braco Resort and Braco Village Resort....not sure if these are all the same places, just different descriptions?? But..... I can comment on the second half.....'if its possible to leave the resort'.... YES. If this is the place, or if you are on the North Coast there are a few attractions you might like. Scratch that, no matter where you are on the island, there is always something to see and do. Be warned, some are very touristy, but you need to get out and about while in JA. This is the answer I have for the second part of your questions....YES IT IS SAFE TO LEAVE THE RESORT....you may be very well told by the resort staff that it isn't but this is not true. Yes there are parts of Jamaica that are not good, not nice, are violent and dangerous, but you are a tourist, there for fun and sun ....there is no need for you to be in those parts of the island that these things happen such as the Kingston garrisons or parts of Mobay. You will be in a place full of tourist and others like you who will be seeking some fun and something that is not on offer in their home country. Violence or 'bad' things are mostly and usually reserved for those that are there for unsavory pursuits...you will not, so you will be fine....it is just like our home countries/cities....parts that are okay and fine and safe...and others that we would not enter even during daylight...you will be no where near these parts. You will have a few options for getting out and about to explore. There will be tours on offer by your resort. This is why they don't want you to go outside their walls...you stay with them, then you spend your money with them. You can catch a ride with one of the tours they offer, will very in price as to what you do and where, and you will be part of a group tour all from your resort or similar resorts close by. If you want something more intimate, you can ask around the staff and see who they know, other options...now that would not be the front-end staff, they will always advocate the resort tours, but one of the bartenders that you might like or housekeeping, or grounds crew...all will know someone, somebody that has a private tour company and with that you can negotiate your own price and also what you do and see. As there will only be you and your traveling companions, it can be tailored made to you and your interests...but it will cost more then the group tour. The last option, especially for very local exploring would be to use the 'red plate' taxi system which is very cheap and easy enough but is used mainly by locals, not much by the regular tourist. Those tourists that have been going for years usually feel very comfortable using this system, others not so much. But, once you get to know a 'red plate' driver, you now have access to a local licensed private taxi. You can also ask around for recommendations from the locals working where you are staying, they will know a 'red plate' driver....one thing, be sure to barter...you won't be able to do that with restaurants/bars or at your resort, but with the outside vendors and drivers, you can and you just might have a much better time going with a local then a group of other tourists. This is the system, red plate taxis, widely used around the island, although there are some local bus routes in Kingston and Mobay, but I won't use them. I would strongly suggest that using the local system is left to the locals and using a private red plate is your best option, especially if you just want to explore at random...hire a driver. Be smart about going out. Don't over-indulge, don't flash the cash, keep the 'big up' talk down, leave the expensive jewelery at home, don't bring anyone back to your room, be vague about where you are staying with most casual meetings...and if you go out at night, arrange for a private driver to pick you up and drop you off and then pick you up again when you are done....he will make sure you are safe and get home after a night of drinking safe and sound.... It is very easy to become 'comfortable' in Jamaica and forget that it is a developing country with some very real problems affecting the locals. Most will want to be your friend, get to know you, want to help you have a good time, but of course, there is always that one person that will ruin it all by trying to take advantage. The locals are well aware that the whole country depends on your tourist dollar...try to spread it around if you can which means engaging with the locals, spending your money with the locals and not your resort, and ensure as much as you can that the local economy is supported by tourists going to the small locally owned shops, restaurants, bars, and other places.