My husband and I spent a week at CSA for our honeymoon in July 2010. Every thing about the resort was perfect, and we booked again for this July. Everyone asks why we are not trying something new, but once you have been...you know. Our only complaint was the amount of people getting stung by jellyfish. We live near the South Carolina coast and understand this is part of the beach experience. However, even the staff was suprised at the amount of people getting stung. I was stung within 30 minutes of being in the ocean. I observed ten more people being stung that day. Is this the usual occurence at CSA, or was there maybe a tropical storm causing more jellyfish to come to shore? Any thoughts?
My wife and I have been to Swept Away 5 times. We have never experienced any jelly fish in the swimming area. We have run into them one day on a snorkeling trip, but that was only one day, and we went 5 times on that vacation. We do wear rash guards while snorkeling and that helped that one day. Like you said, might have been a storm or such.
tcberry, does it hurt being stung by a jellyfish??? Does it require medical attention? (Thankfully I have never experienced being stung). My wife and I are visiting CN for our first time in a couple weeks - I was a little nervous when we first read about having to be cautious of them.
I have heard that they are likely to sting your feet and that wearing water shoes will reduce the risk. Does anyone know if there is any truth to that?
I think it is really dependent on the weather, water temps, etc. We snorkle every day and only had one time in the past three years that I was stung by a jelly fish. It was in deeper waters and in rough seas. We have never had an issue off the beach.
By the way they are small and only bothered me for a short amount of time.
We were at CN last July and I got stung for the first time in my life. It was painful but no medical attention is needed. I put some ice on it. There must have been something going on in July to stir them up. I wouldn't worry about it.
Our first trip to CSA no Jellfish in June 2010. On our senond trip to CSA also in June 2011 after a tropical storm came by I was stung by a Jellyfish twice. It felt like I bit by an ant; wasnt sure what got me until I asked. It didnt really did hurt more of a burning itch that lasted about 30 minutes. Didn't keep me out of the water and wont keep out this year either.
I dont think water shoes would do you any good as they float. Woudn't worry I am thinking they ownly show up after a big storm washes them in.
We have been diving in the Negril area over 3 dozen times in 3 trips to CN, and the jellyfish are not that bad. For starters, most of them are really small, a couple inches across at most. We saw maybe a total of 2-3 in our first 2 trips combined ('07 & '10). On our last trip in Nov '11, we saw a ton of them out in the waters beyond the edge of the bays. They were within 8 ft of the surface. Only 2 of us, (in 16 dives of 8-16 divers per dive), got stung. This abundance was due to the fact that a storm had passed by in the weeks before we arrived and the currents were carrying them in from the north. One woman we were with was stung at the surface on the arm, waiting to get back on the boat. It left a very small rash, which she put vinegar on, and was fine within seconds. I was stung a few days later during a descent. It was irritating, but not painful at all. It was right below my wetsuit on my right thigh, so I pulled my wetsuit down over the sting, "went" in my suit, and that neutralized the sting instantly. I finished the dive with no problems and you couldn't even see the sting by the time we were back on the boat. Now, I am fully aware that this "treatment" is supposedly an urban myth, but it worked and I would totally do it again!
You may also see "Jamaican jellyfish" which are royal blue and primarily at the surface. These ones, however, do not sting and you can swim right through a school of them with no problems. On our first cat cruise from CN in 2007, when we got off the boat at Pirate's Cave, we jumped right into a school of thousands of them and we swam through em, around em, etc, with no issues.
There are large, painful, and sometimes deadly jellyfish in other parts of the Caribbean, but the waters of Bloody and Long Bays are not the habitat that these jellyfish exist in.
It only hurt for 30 minutes because the nurse took great care of me. They seem to be very small there. It just put a damper on getting in the water. I believe the week we were there brought with it an unusual number of stings.
I think jelly fish population has to do with the oxygen levels in water, amount of pollutants and iodine levels amongst a host of other variables.
We live on the Atlantic Ocean in Delaware and some times the population is overwhelming then nothing for weeks.
I can honestly say all of the times we have been to Jamaica I have not encountered a jellyfish. While in Akumal Mexico I did get stung by the larvae....OMG! it stung so bad when I got out of the water.
There haven't been any reports that I have heard of on any of the forums that I read.
We have been there the last 2 years at CN and had no problem with them. You can see them if you have a mask on, but they are so small. We are headed back to CN the end of June. We never wear water shoes. Don't worry, go and enjoy yourself and have fun.
We have been to CN 5 times and also stayed at a couple of resorts on the cliffs. We have experienced jellyfish in the water. If you snorkeling you can see them. We have experienced them brushing up against our skin and we get a little itchy for a few minutes but we have never been stung.
In all of our visits I know of one person actually being stung.
We have been when there are more in the water than others.
Hi Andy! I am from Georgia and was bitten by one once while on Tybee Island and YES it hurt! I was pregnant and I was stung on the top of my entire left foot. Hours after getting stung it still felt like I was getting stung every few minutes. Sorry I'm not exaggerating at all and definitely not trying to scare at all.....just being truthful. Will that exact thing happen to you if you or anyone else is stung?......I don't know. I can only speak on my experience. Anywho just be safe and enjoy your vacation and don't mind this GA chic lol!
Had experience with jellyfish in St Lucia two years ago. Sting feels like stinging nettles, hurt for an hour or so I seem to remember. If it is just a few lines of sting (from their trailing tentacles), then I had packed antihistamine cream and that helped. Thus, Benadryl would likely help too. For us, the rash was a few red lines/welts that did not spread/swell further/cause an allergic reaction beyond the sting. So no medical attention needed. HOWEVER if someone has an allergic reaction, difficulty breathing or swallowing, or if the sting gets worse (not better) with time, then absolutely see the resort Dr.. We encountered the jellyfish whilst swimming - water shoes would have made no difference, as jellyfish were floating near the surface (but hard to see when swimming). Note that in reading this board, plus loads of Trip Advisor reviews, jellyfish are very rarely mentioned so must be uncommon.