Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean. Jamaica being famous for its laid back pace of living is the ideal holiday location

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Jamaica

Jamaica Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean. Jamaica being famous for its laid back pace of living is the ideal holiday location to relax and unwind. The rolling hills of Jamaica contrast with steep gullies and the towering Blue Mountains beg to be explored. Dunn's River Falls is also breathtaking - both the view and the climb! The island's strong musical culture is everywhere - Bob Marley's legend and music really does live on here - do visit Nine Mile - his birthplace. Montego Bay is the best resort to be in if you like it lively with bars pumping out reggae onto the streets. Negril is more laid-back, spread out along a beautiful 7-mile stretch of golden beach. Ocho Rios is a world-class destination. Larger than Negril, its duty-free shopping is very popular and it's well located to visit all the major attractions.

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Information on Climate / Weather

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average Temp (C)
30 30 30 31 31 32 32 32 32 31 31 31
Hours of Sunshine
8 9 9 9 8 8 9 8 8 7 8 8
Rainfall
(in mm)
23 15 23 31 102 89 89 91 99 180 74 36

Information on Driving

Traffic in Jamaica drives on the left. One third of the road network is tarred.

Information on Currency

The Jamaican dollar (J$) is divided into 100 cents. Coins range from 10 cents to J$5, banknotes from J$10 to 500. American currency is also widely accepted.

Information on Health

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risk vary worldwide. Please contact your general practioner or travel clinic for more information

Information on Time

GMT -5 (GMT -4 in summer)

Information on Tipping

Most Jamaican hotels and restaurants add a service charge of 10 %; otherwise 10-15 % is expected. Chambermaids, waiters, hotel bellboys and airport porters all expect tips. Taxi drivers receive 10 % of the fare.

Information on Water

Bottled mineral water is recommended.

Information on Transport

There is reliable bus service in Kingston and Montego Bay, less reliable for trans-island travel. Coach and minibus tours are bookable at most hotels. Not all taxis are metered, so it is best to check standard charges prior to the trip.

Information on Things to do

Appleton Estate Rum Tour - Appleton Estate Rum Tour gives the visitor an inside look at the rum making process. Visitors watch resident donkey demonstrate how juice was extracted from sugar cane in the 18th century. From there the tour takes visitors to the Distillery & Aging House where the different methods of distillation are shown. Visitors are then able to juice their own cane and sample white rum.

Bob Marley Mausoleum - Birthplace and final resting place of reggae legend, Robert "Bob" Marley. Visit the humble beginnings of this superstar in the hills of St. Ann. Chances are, you may meet Bob's mother Cedella Booker, or some of his old friends on your visit.

Rafting on the Martha Brae - Rafting on the Martha Brae is Jamaica's premier rafting attraction. A skilled raft captain on a 30ft. bamboo raft takes visitors on a romantic adventure into the scenic and tranquil beauty of the island. This unique experience encompassing over 3 miles of beautiful and picturesque river should not be missed by any visitor.

James Bond Beach - Located just 20 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Ocho Rios James Bond Beach is spectacular, beautiful beaches surrounded by crystal clear water on three sides and an amazing backdrop; the lush mountains of St. Mary reaching straight down to the sea. James Bond Beach is well known for the fabulous fresh fish and seafood served at the two story Moonraker "Jamaican" Bar & Grill. The fish is so fresh we let you pick which one you want to eat! If you are looking for a little excitement James Bond Beach also offers the ultimate.....Guided waverunner tours. The tours ride past the famous Golden Eye, where Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond novels then on to pass UB40's home and some of the most breathtaking views that can only be seen on a personal watercraft.

Y. S. Falls - YS Falls is a nature-based attraction nestled in the foothills of the cockpit country of St. Elizabeth. Enjoy an intimate experience with a spectacular 7-tiered waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation. A tractor drawn jitney takes you through a working thoroughbred horse and cattle farm to the hidden valley - home to the waterfalls. Indulge yourself in a "nature pool" fed by underground and aboveground springs.

Information on Banks

Open Monday to Thursday 9 a.m.–2 p.m.; Fridays 9 a.m.–noon and 2 or 2.30 p.m.–5 p.m.

Information on Electricity

110 V AC, 50 Hz with sockets for single-phase 2-pin plugs. Many hotels are also equipped with 220 V AC, 50 Hz and sockets for single-phase 3-pin plugs.

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