Caribbean Travel Guide: Jamaica

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean is Jamaica. This island is known for its rich culture that has a span far greater than its own size. The island nation is famous for its all-inclusive resorts and popular beaches that give you an exquisite seaside vibe. This country itself is big and geographically diverse and offers tourists many amazing destinations like Montego Bay, Negril, and Ocho Rios. Visitors will get the satisfaction of exploring natural beauty while being surrounded by swaying palms and white sands. Jamaica also has numerous attractions that range from coffee plantations to the epic Blue Mountains. There are even rivers for rafting and forests that contain exotic flora and fauna.

This is the place where you will get a chance to taste some of the world’s best coffee and rum. Experience culinary delights that range from gourmet seafood to street side savouries. All in all, we can say that the more time you spend on this island, the more you’ll fall in love with its rhythm of life.

To know the basics of this island, we have compiled a guide for you that you can read and follow to make your trip to Jamaica amazing.

When Should You Go?

The first question that comes to one’s mind when planning a visit is about the right time to make the trip. The best time to visit Jamaica is between mid-December and mid-April. This period is the driest period of the year in this region and hence, ideal for visiting the tropical country. One thing you should bear in mind is that prices also rise up at this time. Therefore, if you are going on a budget, wait till the shoulder period which is up until July.

The months that you should avoid are September, October, and November as there is a risk of hurricanes and heavy rainfalls.

Which Currency Is Used?

Jamaican Dollar is the currency of Jamaica. It is often called or denoted by ‘J’. This currency floats on the international exchange. Although many people use the US dollar to pay hotel bills, you should also keep some local currency in hand. Know beforehand what exchange rate is being offered to you.

How Can You Save Money in Jamaica?

Learn to bargain for a better price. You should never feel shy when bargaining for what you want on this island. Bargaining is expected and mostly encouraged in many of the souvenir shops. Also, if you visit a craft shop or take a taxi ride, then never agree and accept the first price that is quoted to you. It will probably be above the normal threshold level.

Pay for the entire package that your all-inclusive resort offers. This is because such packages provide you more value. Not only does this upfront cost includes food and drinks but many other complimentary services.

If you want to experience culinary delights in Jamaica, here’s a tip: The best food that you will find in Jamaica will be from street vendors. This food is not only tasty but also much cheaper than the offerings at restaurants.

What Things Do You Need to Know?

Jamaica is the home of reggae. You will hear a lot of great music by legends like Bob Marley almost everywhere; your hotel lobby, the poolside, high-end restaurants, streets, parks.

This island is the home for jerk seasoning rub which has a spicy-smoky taste. This seasoning is applied to all types of meat, fish, and even tofu, making them all taste great. We recommend that you try this for sure and if you like it, then you can take a few jars home too.

You might be in love with the James Bond series but did you know where author Ian Fleming actually thought and wrote about this classic character? Well yes, you guessed it right! Here in Jamaica! The famous author wrote short stories and even novels featuring his secret agent character from his home in the country’s north coast.

What Etiquettes Must You Follow?

When travelling, we suggest that you not leave any of your valuable belongings unattended on the beach or the car. Personal safety is an important issue to keep in mind while visiting the island nation. This is why we suggest that you do not walk in remote areas in the main towns or go alone to any remote beaches especially at night.

If you want to go someplace and are not sure about the directions, then ask any Jamaican for directions. If you seek their advice, you will find that are delighted by being given the chance to help. In case you are approached by strangers, act the same way how would if you had been in your hometown.

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