And I think that was the problem, we felt like prisoners - might as well have been guantanamo bay as montego bay. Of course, we were allowed out of the hotel but always with an underlying message of lurking danger which, if you have children with you, you take no chances. To join escorted tours and even to hire a taxi was priced astronomically high per person, so we elected to remain in our open prison. Thank goodness it was only for a week.
(Montego Bay : Bobby Bloom)
Tobago is a lovely island to explore and feel relaxed, by taxi or hire car. The main town, Scarborough, has a really good market for buying sensible souvenirs rather than tourist tat. What we really liked about Tobago was the way people treated us - normal! Not like we were tourists. Apart from our lilywhite skins, we blended right in.
Verdict: it's difficult to see the 'real' Jamaica - what we saw was very commercialised. Tobago possibly has pockets of commercialised tourism but we didn't encounter any and we loved it, both times.