A short travel guide to Jamaica
For those who like lively and colourful Caribbean holidays, you've
found the right location. When it comes to diversity, few Caribbean islands can come neck to neck with this island
country. Jamaica offers diverse travel services to its visitors.
Jamaica travel offers so much more than rum, sun and reggae that
is widely known for. This is a short travel guide to Jamaica and what to expect on you holiday on
Jamaica’s motto is "Out of Many, One
People" and this saying can very well apply to the very heart and essence of Jamaica. While good beaches and great
food take up much of the day for the typical Jamaica traveler, this Caribbean island could also offer a lot of
sightseeing, especially in Montego Bay (or just "MoBay" to locals). Montego Bay is home to a large concentration of
great hosues, formerly homes of the wealthy plantation owners whose kingdoms were powered by
So with Jamaica’s great diversity, here are the things you should
know before you go on that dream Jamaica holiday.
Banks and Currency
Money is not much of a problem when
you go on a Jamaica travel. There are licensed cambios and bureaux de change in all resort areas. They are easily
and readily accessible, so you don’t need to get Jamaican money before you get to the island. And if you’re worried
that your resort doesn’t have a money exchange, banks in the area can exchange all currencies.
The official rate of exchange varies daily so if you want a rate that
suits you, it’s not a bad idea to shop around first. In addition, many Jamaican ATMs accept international bank
cards with Visa, Mastercard, Cirus, and Plus logos. Credit card advances? Banks give that too, as well as change
traveler’s checks, and offer other financial services. All in all, good financial service for Jamaica travel
Like any typical Caribbean island,
Jamaica has a tropical climate at sea level and a temperate climate towards the highlands of the interior. One
popular Jamaican poem sums it all pretty accurately: "We have neither summer nor winter/Neither autumn nor
So when you go on a Jamaica travel, bring clothes that are suited for
tropical climate. Swim suits are a must if you’re crazy about water sports, but bring a jacket or a light sweater
if you included hiking in your Caribbean Jamaica travel itinerary.
Communications on Jamaica
Being a popular Caribbean
destination and all, Jamaica is well connected to the rest of the world. So when you go on a Jamaica holiday,
expect direct international telephone service 24 hours a day. There are also telephone operators who will gladly
facilitate collect, third party, or credit card calls, too.
Most hotels, resorts, and parish libraries offer Internet and email
access, as well as fax, telegrams, and cables. There are three daily national newspapers and five weekend
newspapers, and of course, other international editions of major newspapers and magazines, such as the New York
Times, TIME, The Economist, and the London Times. Everything you need to keep informed on your Jamaica
Driving on Jamaica
Do you prefer to take a 4WD-drive to
your hotel destination? One thing you need to remember while driving on a Jamaica travel is that driving in this
island country is on the LEFT. Some flexibility is required to avoid collisions with pedestrians, cows, goats,
chickens, and other domestic animals, but the roads aren’t too bad. And Jamaica has over 17,000 kilometers of road
networks connecting all major towns and cities.
Caribbean islands offer plenty of choice and variety, for all kinds
of choose travellers. If the lively, noisy and colourful Jamaica travel is not to your taste and you prefer
something more peaceful, than you will find Costa Rica island just the
right spot for you.