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Welcome to Jamaica

Jamaica

Jamaica

Capital: Kingston

Official Languages: English

Population: 2,950,210

Currency: Jamaican Dollar

Calling Code: +1-876

Time Zone: UTC-5

 

With an abundant nighlife, great beach resorts, amazing culture; Jamaica has more than enough to offer visitors. You just know you are in for a big treat once you step onto this beautiful Caribbean island. The country is famous for being the birthplace of the legendary Bob Marley, reggae and the rastafari movement. Explore the capital, Kingston and feel the city's vibes. Visit the nightclubs and party like its '99, check out the culinary skills of Jamaica's award wining restaurants.

You can choose to have some fun on the coastal parts of Jamaica. Negril and Montego Bay are two coastal resorts you shouldnt miss. With pristine beaches, lovely clubs, fantastic restaurants and golf, what else can you ask for in a resort.

You can also visit the quiet villages of Jamaica and feel the sweet and lovely voices of the church choir. Try the amazing seafood and see why tourists love to visit the land of the ratafari movement.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Shaw Park Botanical Gardens

The park is a great place to see the best of Jamaica's landscape gardening and vibrant blooms.  Sitting on a hill with great views over Ocho Rios and the Caribbean sea, the park is a 25-acre paradise of amazing flora. Checkout the park's highlight, which is the waterfall. Its flows down right through the flowers. An amazing site to behold.

Milk River

This river whose temperatures reach 33°C is famously known for its healing properties. It is believed that the river cures ailments such as rheumatism, liver disorders and many more. The river was said to have been discovered in the eighteenth century. 

Bob Marley's House

Visit the reggae legend's modest house at 56 Hope Road in Kingston. It is now a museum and a fascinating attraction for music fans.

Business

Although tourism is a major source of foreign exchange for Jamaica, the country also exports products like alumina, bauxite, sugar, rum, coffee, yams, beverages, chemicals, wearing apparel, mineral fuels.

Be polite and formal when doing business in Jamaica. Also keep to time and appointments.

You should appear in meetings in your suit, jacket and tie.

Climate

Jamaica has a warm tropical climate with temperatures ranging from 22°C (72°F) and 31°C (88°F).

Wear light clothings. In the evenings, put on long sleeves because of mosquitoes.

 

Communications

Telephone

Making local and international calls from a landline in Jamaica is cheap. Just purchase phone cards and you are good to go.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phone network is widely available nationwide.

Internet

You can make use of the internet free of charge in some malls, resorts and hotels in Jamaica. Internet cafes are also available in major cities.

 

Customs

Jamaicans are hospitable and expect to be welciomed with a smile by locals. The customary way of greeting is handshaking.

 

Duty Free

The following goods may be imported into Jamaica without incurring customs duty:

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 230g of tobacco.
  • 1L of alcoholic drinks.
  • 170ml of perfume and 340ml of eau de toilette.
  • US$500 of other goods (Jamaican passport holders and residents only)

Electricity

Usually 110 volts AC, 50Hz, though some places use 220 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style plugs with two flat pins  are mostly used

Getting Around

Air

Domestic flights are available around the island of Jamaica.

Road

Road networks cover the whole island. Cars drive on the left and its possible to hire a car. If you prefer a taxi, you can hail them on the street on book on the phone.

 

Health

There is a high rate of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B. Avoid exposure.

 

Language

English is the official language and Patois is the general language of communication among the locals.

Money

The Jamaican Dollar is the currency for financial transaction.

ATMs are available in hotels, the airport and around banks in the major cities.

Credit cards are accepted.

Passport Visa

Passports: 

To enter Jamaica, a passport valid for the duration of stay is required by all nationals.

 

Safety

Crime level is high in Jamaica. Avoid the inner city neighbours and also moving around at night.

Be vigilant at all times and avoid patronizing only one restaurant every time- vary them

Tipping

Tipping is not allowed in some resorts. Ask for their policy before tipping.

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