There’s more to Jamaica than rum and reggae: with its beautiful beaches, lively nightlife and layers of history, this island life is the epitome of laidback luxury.
Ease yourself into the Jamaican ‘take-it-easy’ attitude at Old Hospital Park in Montego Bay for a relaxing stroll along the strip and embrace the local culture by visiting the home and birthplace of legendary Bob Marley. For those after a bit more action, head to Negril; Ricks Café is a great hangout while Ocho Rios offers a wealth of activities and action-packed resorts for the whole family, including Dunn’s River Falls just waiting to be explored.
We recommend paying a visit to an old plantation house for a tasty of history and exploring the Blue Mountains before ending the day looking out at a stunning Caribbean sunset with a rum cocktail in hand. You won’t have to worry about a thing when visiting this slice of paradise.
There are three main carriers offering flights to Jamaica from the UK with a fourth going via the United States.
Direct Carriers: Direct carriers from the UK are British Airways twice a week and Virgin Atlantic also twice a week from London Gatwick to Montego Bay. Thomson also offers a direct charter service to Montego Bay from most regional airports. British Airways also fly twice weekly to Kingston from London Gatwick.
Indirect Carriers: British Airways offer flights from most other regional airports such as Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh with a connection via London Gatwick, and American Airlines from most regional airports going via the United States.
In hotels and restaurants, 10 to 15 percent is standard. Most places add a service charge to the bill, but you should put in a little extra if you were happy with the service. However, tipping isn’t expected in most all-inclusive resorts.
Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid recommended.
None for British citizens
The official currency is the Jamaican Dollar. It's best to buy them before you leave the UK. If you need cash when you are here, go to a bank with a currency exchange, which should be cheaper than most hotels.
The Jamaican Dollar is far less valuable than the US version, which is also quoted everywhere, so be extra cautious not to confuse the two. Traveller's cheques are widely accepted and often used, as cash machines can be unreliable. UK debit and credit cards can be used at many establishments, but you'll need cash to pay smaller businesses. Don't forget to keep small notes and loose change handy for tipping.