We have read a number of reviews of people scared to get off the boat in Ocho Rios because of they did not feel safe due to the agressiveness of the locals. Our family of five, three boys aged 15, 12, 8, were really looking forward to a river tubing and Dunns River Falls combo tour in July, but now we are wondering how safe it is. Any comments or words of wisdom from those who have done either of these excursions lately?
P.S. We honeymooned for two weeks in Ocho Rios 20 years ago. The locals were more agressive than any other island we have visited, however, a quick "no thank you" and if we continued moving, it seemed to work for us at that time. We bartered like crazy in the straw market and got ridiculously low prices for all kinds of neat stuff (prices went down big time when the cruise ships were not in port), and we walked all over town. Do not remember feeling insecure. But things might have changed since we were there.