If you have finally booked that trip of a lifetime to the stunning island of Jamaica, then well done you! You can now start counting down the days until you experience a truly unforgettable holiday. Make sure you are fully prepared for this unique destination by reading up on our Jamaica travel tips.
The Jamaican dollar is the legal tender of Jamaica. However, most merchants will accept US dollars, traveller’s cheques and credit cards.
From the last Sunday of October until the last Sunday of March, the UK and Ireland are five hours ahead of Jamaica. From the last Sunday of March until the last Sunday of October, the UK and Ireland are six hours ahead of Jamaica.
Sockets in Jamaica are the same as in the mainland USA, so if you have an adapter that works in the USA, it will work in Jamaica. The voltage is 110-120v.
UK and Ireland passport holders do not require a visa to visit Jamaica. Other nationalities should check this comprehensive list compiled by the Jamaican High Commission.
Jamaica is well connected to the rest of the world. Direct international telephone services operate in all areas, 24 hours a day, and telephone operators will gladly facilitate collect, third-party or credit card calls. E-mail and internet access is available too, usually at hotels and parish libraries, but also at local internet cafes.
Be prepared to drive on the left hand side of the road in Jamaica. If you plan on renting a car during your stay then make sure you are in possession of a valid driving license. Car rental is available in most major towns, cities and at the airport. You must be over the age of 25 to rent a car in Jamaica.
Language – Jamaica Travel Tips
Jamaicans officially speak English but they do like to throw in their own island version of patois. You can look forward to lots of laughs when trying out the local expressions for yourself.
Year-round, the island averages between 11.5 and 12.5 hours of sunlight per day.
Jamaica has hundreds of natural springs and rivers, both above and underground. Jamaican water is safe for you to drink, clean your teeth, bathe and wash clothing in.
ATMs and Cash
Licensed cambio centres and commercial banks are accessible in all resort areas. The official currency exchange rates vary daily, so it’s advisable to shop around for the best rate before converting your cash. Most Jamaican ATMs accept international bank cards with Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus and Plus logos. All Couples Resorts have ATM’s on site.
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