Jamaica Facts File
Jamaica with its glorious array of sunsets, its alluring white sandy beaches and lush green mountains and sparkling waterfalls mixed with the unique and engaging ways of its people make this island a true Caribbean paradise. The natural beauty of this island paradise has drawn visitors for centuries and you only need to visit to see why. The island offers so much starting with its blue lagoons and white sandy beaches backed by green hills covered in sugar cane, banana palms and lush tropical vegetation.
The most famous of its resorts must be Montego Bay which offers a sparkling 10-mile (16km) shoreline, fronted by coral reefs and aquamarine and is a scuba divers paradise. Negril on the western edge of the island is a laid back resort where most of the days are filled by spending time by the pool or soaking up the sun on the marvellous beach. Nighttime is when the resort really comes to life where you can sit and watch the sunset from one of the many great restaurants on offer before partying the night away. The other main resort is the port town of Ocho Rios (famous for its waterfall) is where most people gain their first view of Jamaica when their cruise ship docks for the day.
Many fall in love with the island and most return within three years. Ocho Rios and its nearby neighbours Discovery Bay, Runaway Bay and Port Antonio are where you will find the all inclusive holiday resorts and hotels that offer a taste of paradise on a fixed budget. If a cheap all inclusive holiday on the Caribbean island of Jamaica is what you’re looking for, then start saving money now and book a holidays without children now..
Vaccinations and health
Zika outbreaks have been reported in Jamaica. Because of the risk of birth defects in babies born to women who were infected with Zika while pregnant, women who are pregnant should not travel to Jamaica. An all-inclusive health insurance is recommended, as medical expenses are costly in Jamaica. Visitors should opt to drink out of bottled water only, as tap water is subjected to chlorination and might cause stomach problems. There have been reported cases of Dengue fever and visitors are advised to carry mosquito repellents. We advise that you always check with your local GP regarding to vaccinations. Do not leave it to the last minute. Some vaccinations can take a length of time to start working properly. Allow at the latest 8 weeks before departing.
Jamaica has a tropical climate. The temperature barely goes below 20c. Jamaica does have a rainy season which is normally between June and October. Jamaica lies in the hurricane belt of the Atlantic Ocean, so can be hit directly and severely by passing hurricanes. This being the case its best to avoid the region between July and November. Below is a link to our guide with average temperature and rain fall.
Electricity in Jamaica is 110-120 volts/50 cycles. American-style two and three-pin (blade) plugs are used. You will need an adaptor and a voltage converter if looking to charge your computer or phone.
The currency in Jamaica is the Jamaican dollar (called the “Jay” locally). US$ are also accepted along with debit & credit cards.
The dialling code in Jamaica is 00 1 876 from UK.
The time difference is -4 hours (-5 hours in the summer). This means they are behind us by 4 hours.
The official language is Jamaican English. English is spoken especially around the main tourist areas.
Visa and passport
Currently British holiday makers do not require a visa but it is always worth checking as rules can change. You must have a passport with at least 6 months validity.
Getting to Jamaica
There are only three airports within the UK that fly to Jamaica. These are Birmingham, London Gatwick and Manchester. The flight time for direct flights is between 8 and 9 hours.
Taxi rates are per car, not per passenger, with taxis hailed on the street or booked by phone. Technically, most are supposed to have meters, but it's worth agreeing a price for the trip ahead of departure. There is also a bus service that connects Kingston and Montego Bay but the rest of the island's bus schedule is patchy. You can also hire a car as Jamaica has a good network of roads which covers the entire island. Traffic drives on the left. A general consumption tax of 15% is applied to all car hire transactions, and it’s recommended to seek a rental with inclusive insurance and breakdown cover. Drivers must be aged 25 or over, have a valid driving license from another country and a valid credit card.