Offering stunning beaches, a rich culture, diversity in ecosystems, jaw-dropping waterfalls, friendly locals, and amazing sunsets, Jamaica is unsurprisingly one of the best Caribbean destinations for travelers from around the world. From the crystal clear swim-able waters to rivers to beautiful beaches and waterfalls, this Caribbean island has a rich and diverse ecosystem that often leave nature lovers falling head over heels. Visitors also fall in love with the Jamaican cuisine which is influenced by different cultures from around the world including the Chinese, African, Indian, French, Irish, and British. Whatever you choose to do or explore in Jamaica, here’s what you should know as you plan for your Jamaican trip.
Know When to Visit Jamaica
What’s the best time to come to Jamaica for vacation? Well, the climate on the island remains fairly consistent year round, with average temperatures ranging between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The peak tourism season, usually from December through April, is usually characterized by high hotel and airline rates. If you’re looking to enjoy lower rates, consider visiting from May through November (off-peak season). Expect to encounter a rainy season at this time of the year, though. Visiting in July and August means encountering less crowds and avoiding the rainy season, too.
Beautiful Beaches Span the Island
As mentioned, one of the things that draw tourists from around the world to Jamaica are the beautiful beaches. You’ll find a stunning beach nearby, no matter where you decide to stay or hang around along the coast. The beaches in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, and the coast town of Negril offer a unique stretch of sand and crystal clear water. Don’t leave before stepping your feet on the famous Seven-Mile beach in Negril.
The Vibe is Laid Back
The island has a relaxing vibe that’s piped through every tourist restaurant, budget property, local bar, luxury resort, hotel, and lounge. You can feel Bob Marley’s vibe and music all throughout the Caribbean Island. You should, therefore, expect a relaxing, laid-back atmosphere on the island, regardless of where you visit. The locals are not only friendly but have naturally relaxed personality, as well.
Getting Around is Quite Expensive
If you want to explore much of the Caribbean Island during your trip, it’s a good idea to rent a car. However, remember to drive on the left side of the road. You might also have to put up with aggressive drivers on the road. Getting around Jamaica can be costly and it’s recommended you use a taxi especially if you’ll spend most of your vacation time at a resort. Taking a taxi drive from the airport in Montego Bay to Negril or Ocho Rios can be costly as well. If you’re going to use bus transportation, be sure to use reputable companies. Otherwise, buses are a cheap option.
You can use U.S Dollars
You shouldn’t worry so much about exchanging money for the local currency when in Jamaica as you can use U.S dollars almost everywhere. In most places on the island, prices will be quoted in U.S dollars. Even at hotels and most restaurants, the excursions and menus have the prices listed in USD. It’s, however, a good idea to have the local currency when planning to shop or buy items from local street vendors.