Jamaica Vacations

Welcome to the Caribbean island you picture in your dreams: sugary sand beaches, lush tropical forests, rugged mountains and dazzling sunshine.

Add the uniquely Jamaican culture and hospitality and you'll see why this classic Caribbean destination is a hit with visitors from around the world.

Jamaica is perfect for the active holidaymaker, with every watersport under the sun, some of the best golf in the Caribbean and fun day trips. Tour a plantation... clamber up scenic Dunns River Falls...say "all aboard!" on a bamboo river raft.

Each resort area has its own charm; Negril, with its famed Seven Mile Beach and laid back atmosphere; vibrant Montego Bay bustles with shops and funky bars; Ocho Rios, the famous resort port town.

Jamaica really is the "cradle" of the modern all-inclusive, and today's resorts range from the small-scale quaint to the outstanding. This year, come discover the music, the beaches and the hospitality of Jamaica!

Things to know about Jamaica Vacations

Activities & Sports
In Jamaica you can find excellent scuba and snorkeling opportunities, as well as championship golf courses. Enjoy jungle river rafting, parasailing, or interact with the dolphins at Dolphin Cove.

Dining & Nightlife
Most resorts have an extensive array of dining and entertainment options. Restaurants are generally more expensive as virtually everything must be imported.

Jamaica's Nightlife is full of exciting and eclectic activities with reggae, ska, and calypso music heard throughout the bars, restaurants and clubs on the island. Rick's Cafe is an internationally acclaimed party spot, known for live entertainment and a fabulous view of the sunset.

Crafts are a popular souvenir with locally made jewelry, straw handbags, and leather goods generally a good buy. Much sought after Blue Mountain coffee is a major export and can be bought much cheaper here than at home.

Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 4 hours
Montreal: Approximately 4 hours 30 minutes
Calgary: Approximately 6 hours
Vancouver: Approximately 7 hours

Language: English and Jamaican patois.
Currency: Jamaican dollar. The U.S. dollar is widely accepted.
Climate: Sub-tropical with some rain in May/June and September/October.
Electricity: Same as Canada and the U.S.

Canadians entering Jamaica need proof of citizenship with photo identification (valid passport or original birth certificate plus official photo identification, etc.) and a return airline ticket.
All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-465-2624.

Note: Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.

Jamaica Vacation Tips

Taxis have pre-established rates and buses services are available on a city and national level. Air Jamaica Express offers domestic flights.

Car and motorcycle rental desk can be found at the airport, in some hotels and in the city. When crossing the street or when renting a vehicle please remember that Jamaicans drive on the LEFT.

The General Consumption Tax (GCT) of 15% is applied to goods and services. Hotels usually include a service charge of 10% to 15%. Restaurants accept the same 10% to 15% tipping rule. Tipping is also customary for bellmen, doormen, porters, tour guides and taxis.

Gang violence occurs regularly in inner-city areas of Kingston but tourist resorts are safe. However as a tourist you are more likely to be a target of petty crime. Use good judgment, take advantage of the safety deposit boxes provided by the hotels and ensure that your lock hotel door or your rented car. Carry your wallet and camera discreetly.

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