A must-read before you pack for your Jamaican vacation
You have always dreamed of traveling to Jamaica for a holiday, basking in the beautiful sunshine, relax on the pristine beaches and learn more about the exciting culture.
This dream is about to become a reality since you are about to book your trip! However, before you confirm your reservation, here are some interesting and necessary things to consider before coming to the beautiful Island.
1. You drive on the left side of the road in Jamaica
Jamaica is a former British territory and uses the British driving model, most vehicles in Jamaica have the steering on the right side and driving is on the left side of the road.
It is crucial especially if you intend to drive in Jamaica while on your vacation that you are aware of this driving rule to avoid any unfortunate situation.
In addition to this, roads in Jamaica are not separated by barriers for traffic going in the opposite direction; you will have to be mindful of this when driving. Also, visibility at night might not be the best since vast stretches of Jamaican roads are not lit.
These are some of the factors to consider if you plan to drive while vacationing in Jamaica.
2. The currency of tender is Jamaican dollars, but the USD is accepted everywhere
The official currency on the Island is Jamaican dollars. However, the US dollar is accepted by virtually all businesses, ranging from a street vendors to large shops or stores. One thing that you should bear in mind is the rate of exchange to avoid paying a premium for services.
The rate of exchange currently hovers between 118 and 125 Jamaican for 1 USD. There are also several dual currency cash machines on the Island that will issue Jamaican dollars to you if you so desire and many Cambios that will exchange USD for Jamaican dollars.
You will, therefore, have no issues getting cash on the Island, whether of the USD or Jamaican variety!
3.There are beaches all over
One of the things that you will have no issues finding in Jamaica is beaches. Jamaica has over 600 miles of coastline, a majority of which are beaches.
There are beaches all over the Island, but the Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, and Negril Locations have some of the best beaches on the Island. Some of the beaches of note include the Ocho Rios Bay Beach, Bamboo Blue Beach in Ocho Rios, the pristine James Bond Beach in Ocho Rios.
In Montego Bay, there is the Doctors Cave Beach, and in Negril, there is the tranquil Seven Mile Beach. When you visit any of the vacation spots in Jamaica, you are guaranteed to find a beautiful beach to relax and get that tan that you have always wanted!
4.Try the local food
The Island of Jamaica has gained worldwide acclaim because of its food; it would, therefore, be a travesty for you to come to Jamaica and not at least try some of the local delights.
You might have heard about a Jamaican jerk, but there is a lot more to Jamaican food than a jerk. You should try Ackee and Saltfish which is the Island’s national dish, oxtail, curried goat, and the favorite local pastry known as the Patty.
These local treats will surely tantalize your taste buds and provide you with a greater insight into the fascinating Jamaican culture.
5.Jamaicans are some of the friendliest people
When you visit Jamaica, you will encounter some of the most genuinely friendly and hospitable people found anywhere in the world.
You will realize that Jamaicans will look you directly in the eyes when speaking to you and express genuine concern for your wellbeing and will do whatever they can to ensure that you have a good time.
You will regularly hear the phrases “no problem” and “yeah mon” which will make you feel appreciated and at home while you are in Jamaica.
6.There are several attractions for you to enjoy!
A large part of the appeal of Jamaica is the many attractions available to visitors. These attractions are scattered all over the Island and range from natural attractions such as Dunn’s Rivers Falls and Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios to cultural attractions such as the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston and historical sites such as the Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay and the sunken city of Port Royal in Kingston.
You will have several places to visit, and you are sure to find the experience of your dreams on the beautiful Island of Jamaica!
7.Stay at a Villa or vacation rental if you can
There are many options available to you for accommodation in Jamaica, ranging from beautiful all-inclusive resorts to tranquil and relaxing villas and vacation rentals.
If one of your reasons for visiting the Island is to have a genuine local experience where you will learn the culture and eat local food, we recommend that you stay in a villa or vacation rental.
This will allow you to interact directly with locals and eat food that is prepared by your personal Chef, exactly the way that he makes it for his family. You will also have more flexibility to vacation at your own pace and experience all the attractions that appeal to you without at any time feeling rushed.
The all-inclusive resorts are lovely but do not give your vacation that personal touch that you get while staying at a Villa. You will also save a few bucks if you stay in a Villa or Vacation Rental!
These are some things to consider before embarking on your Jamaican trip to ensure that you have the best possible vacation experience on the Island!