Jamaica holidays

Jamaica holidays are so varied; one day you’ll explore the cascading Dunn’s River Falls and the Martha Brae River, and the next you’ll be snorkelling in a marine park.Immerse yourself in the Caribbean culture and explore the Blue Mountains, vibrant jungles and golden sandy beaches. This island is full of breath-taking landscapes, mouth-watering local dishes and the friendliest people. In the evening‚ wind down by taking in the stunning views of the tropical ocean or stay up late dancing until dawn to some traditional reggae music.

Things to do

Relax under the tropical sun on the sands of Seven Mile Beach and sip fresh fruit cocktails under the fronds of a huge palm tree. Take a hike up the Dunn’s River Falls but don’t forget your swimsuit because you’ll walk right through the middle of it!

Refuel during your holiday with delicious street foods like spicy jerk chicken, curried goat, and peppered shrimp. After your lunch has gone down, why not take a quick boat trip to Lime Cay and snorkel in warm water over rich coral reefs?

What should I pack?

Anyone getting ready for their holiday to Jamaica should be sure to pack sunscreen; the weather can get very hot, with a high UV factor, and it’s all too easy to end up lobster red rather than film-star brown. Wear clothes that are light and comfortable, such as loose tops and bottoms made from linen and cotton. While you’ll definitely be packing a swimsuit, it’s worth remembering that these should only be worn on the beach, or you could find yourself attracting unwanted attention.

Up there with sunscreen should be insect repellent. While the still, sapphire lagoons and lakes add to the island’s romance, they’re also the ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Repellents containing Deet are the best way to ensure you don’t come back sporting itchy bites.

Those watching the pennies might prefer to take their own scuba equipment, which can be more cost-effective than hiring.

More Travel Guides

We also have travel guides available for destinations including: Montego Bay | Negril | Ocho Rios | Runaway Bay

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25-29 ℃

Enjoy a tropical climate with t-shirt weather throughout the year. Winter is generally drier than summer while remaining wonderfully warm.

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When you travel on holiday to Jamaica, fly to Sangster International Airport, Norman Manley International Airport or Ian Fleming International Airport

 

Jamaica is best for...

Adventurers: Visit Dunn’s River Falls, one of the country’s most incredible sights. Scale this vast, cascading waterfall that’s steeped in history for a breathtaking start to your holiday.

Culture lovers: The birthplace of Reggae music, take a Bob Marley tour or just stroll along the Hip Strip in Montego to head this island’s iconic sound. Plantations, Georgian architecture, and numerous historic sites give a great insight into the country’s intriguing past.

Sun-seekers: Seven Mile Beach is famed for white sand, clear water, and palm trees. Dig your toes in and lie back under the Caribbean sun.

Fast facts for Jamaica

Language: The language spoken is English.

Currency: The currency used on the island is the Jamaican Dollar ($) although US Dollars are accepted in popular tourist areas.

Local time: Jamaica is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Sangster International Airport. Montego Bay is just 30 minutes away, while transfers to Negril take 1 hour and 15 minutes. To Runaway Bay it takes 1.5 hours and Ocho Rios is 2 hours away.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Jamaica is 9 hours.

Tourist information: Further Jamaica tourist information can be found at www.visitjamaica.com.

Visa and health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jamaica for recommendations and advice if you need a visa and health for your holiday to Jamaica.

 

Getting around Jamaica

By taxi: Taxis are a great way of getting around during your holiday, especially as many drivers are happy to act as tour guides for a fee. Booked taxis from your hotel will probably be priced in US Dollars while taxis you flag down will be in Jamaican Dollars. Always check the currency and negotiate a price before starting your journey. Taxis have meters, but they tend to go unused. Remember that fares are always negotiable, so start off by offering half the amount the driver asks for and go from there.

Events in Jamaica

A Reggae Extravaganza: If you love Bob Marley’s music, the annual week-long celebration for his birthday will be a great sight on your holiday. Some of the greatest Marley tribute acts can be seen during this momentous festival every February.

Carnival beats: Easter is carnival time in the Caribbean and Jamaica’s version is known as Bacchanal. With pounding soca and calypso music on every corner, the streets of Kingston become a flurry of sequins and feathers so remember your camera!

Jamaica safety and security

Do I need a passport?

You will need a valid passport to visit this stunning island. In addition, while there’s no risk of yellow fever in Jamaica, you will need to present a yellow fever certificate. For further information on Jamaica passport requirements, visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jamaica/entry-requirements

For further information on yellow fever certificates, please visit the NHS fit for travel information for Jamaica

Do I need a visa?

If you’re a British national, you don’t have to have a Jamaica visa to enjoy your holiday to the Caribbean. This concession lasts for up to 90 days and the date by which you are obliged to leave will be stamped on your passport; not a problem if you’re only going for a week or two.

Should I get travel health insurance?

Travel health insurance offers financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, such as illness, accident and medical emergencies. Policies can vary between providers, so it’s well worth checking yours to see exactly what is and isn’t covered. In addition, if you’re planning to take part in specific activities while on your Jamaica holiday, it’s a good idea to check that you’re covered for activities like diving and climbing.

Any other tips?

  • It might sound a bit odd but try and avoid clothing that is orange or green. Each colour is associated with one of the major political parties and you might not want to unwittingly pledge your allegiance to one or the other.
  • If using taxis, be sure to agree on the price before you get in.
  • Be sure to exchange your pounds and pence for Caribbean Dollars before you go. While there are ATMs in Jamaica, the fees to use them can be high.
  • If you hire a car, remember that Jamaicans drive on the left side of the road, and you are likely to encounter potholes and wandering cattle around most bends.
  • Recreational marijuana is illegal in Jamaica and possession of even a small amount is a criminal offence. Police perform regular vehicle checks.
  • The tap water is safe to drink, so there’s no need to fret about only drinking bottled water. Similarly, ice and salads are considered to be safe.

 

Jamaica weather

Temperature: 25-29°C.

When’s the best time to go?

With world-class beaches, superb food and a charmingly chilled-out atmosphere, the best Jamaica travel advice we can give you is to book your break as soon as possible. Holidays to Jamaica could see you enjoying traditional jerk chicken, listening to the laid-back strains of the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, or even shooting the rapids on the Rio Grande.

Set in the Caribbean Ocean, the island enjoys a tropical climate with temperatures rarely dropping below 25°C. However, if you really want to make the most of the sunshine, book your break between July and September, when the temperature hovers between around 30°C and 33°C.

Jamaica does have a rainy season, which tends to fall between September and October. During these months, the humidity shoots up and the rains hit the island (usually heaviest in the afternoons and evenings). If you’d rather be under a beach umbrella than under a brolly, aim to arrive in the summer.

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