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Immerse yourself in the culture of Jamaica through music, art, dance, entertainment, and history, and you’ll understand the feeling of community. Come see just why reggae music moves the soul and discover the inspiration behind our artists famous works. Have lunch in a Maroon community or even hear the story of Rastafari at a riverside Rasta village. These are the experiences that transform your trip from a vacation to an unforgettable memory. 

Dig your toes into the softest white sand in Negril at the Seven Mile Beach, a gorgeous seven mile stretch of non-stop ocean views. A long shallow entry means you can wade out while still standing, ideal for the non-swimmer and your resident mermaid. For the vibes of the city life and the proximity to nearby shopping, Doctor's Cave Bathing Club is the place to be in Montego Bay. Named for the healing properties of the water, Doctor's Cave can be a sea of umbrellas on a hot summer's day. Get there early to pick your spot!

Information & Facts

Climate

Jamaica enjoys a hot and humid tropical climate all year round, which is exactly what you want for a relaxing vacation. Temperatures range from 19 degrees Celsius (66 Fahrenheit) to 32 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit). Even though Jamaica is known for it’s sunshine, there are two rainy seasons a year, from May to June, and September to November. Hurricanes may pass over the island during the months of June to November, so keep an eye on the news.

Communications

Jamaica is well connected to the rest of the world. Direct international telephone service operates in all areas, 24 hours a day, and telephone operators will gladly facilitate collect, third-party or credit card calls. E-mail and Internet access is available too, usually at hotels and parish libraries, but also at local Internet cafes. Three daily newspapers and five weekend newspapers will keep you in the know, while some hotels and gift shops receive the international editions.

Electricity

The electrical supply in Jamaica is 110 volts/50 cycles standard, and electrical appliances use plugs that are two-pronged and flat (such as those used in the United States and Canada). Bring along any adaptors of convertors you might need if this doesn’t suit some of your appliances and chargers. Most hotels will provide you with hair dryers, alarm clocks, radio and a clothes iron, but make sure you find out first.

Getting Around

In the capital city, Kingston, large air-conditioned luxury coaches run regularly on popular routes. These are easily accessible and comfortable to use. Outside the capital, the public transport services aren’t as regular, or fancy. Most of the locals use the buses, minibuses and route taxis to get around.

For traveling between towns, minibuses are the way to go, and certainly make for an interesting experience. Along the way, you will see – and hear – the real Jamaica. But prepare to compete for a seat with luggage of varying sizes and contents. On longer trips, passengers almost become a community; somehow the shared experience of being so close to a complete stranger may create an unspoken bond.

Each town had a designated bus park, and although the destination stands are rarely marked, the conductor will find you. Keep your luggage close to you, and be sure to check fares and destination with the driver before you board.

A “route taxi” has a designated course, pick-up and drop-off zones. They are the cheapest and fastest way to get from place to place, and always one just around the corner. Just stick out your hand, and wave.

Health

Jamaica has hundreds of natural springs and rivers, both above and underground. Over the years, they have developed extensive water treatment and supply systems island-wide, so all drinking water in Jamaica is purified and filtered by modern methods. The water is safe for you to drink, clean your teeth, bath and wash clothing in. If you choose not to drink the water, rest assured - there are many brands of Jamaican spring water that meet or exceed the highest international standards, available at most shops and restaurants.

Language

Officially English is the spoken language of Jamaica

Money

In Jamaica the local currentcy is the Jamaican dollar as.

Licensed cambio centers and commercial banks are accessible in all resort areas. The official currency exchange rates vary daily, so it’s advisable to shop around for the best rate before converting your cash. Most Jamaican ATMs accept international bank cards with Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus and Plus logos. Banks also give credit card advances, change traveler’s checks among other financial services.

Safety

  • Make sure you travel with a valid passport or visa (if required). Also, bring another valid form of photo I.D., and photocopies of both I.D.s. in case of loss or theft.
  • Read up on local laws and practices before you get here.
  • Give friends and family your contact information and itineraries in case of emergency.
  • Register with your country’s embassy or consulate before you travel. That way your country is aware of your whereabouts in case of emergency.
  • Keep luggage, handbags or backpacks in view at all times.
  • Keep possessions close to your body.
  • Don’t take around large amounts of cash.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry on road trips or excursions.

Time

Local time in Barbados is GMT -5

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