The official currency in Jamaica in the Jamaican Dollar. All Inclusive resorts and key tourist areas also use US Dollars. Credit and debit cards are accepted in major tourist areas, and you can withdraw Jamaican Dollars from ATMs. Credit and debit cards often incur charges when used abroad, so a travel money card such as Lyk is a useful alternative.
Which currency is best to take?
A spot of research before you go will answer any questions. If you’re heading to an All Inclusive Resort, then US Dollars will be ideal for any locally payable extras. Likewise, a major hotel in a tourist centre will accept USD. In tourist spots, prices will be in both USD and/or Jamaican Dollars. If you think you will spend all your time in the resort, then USD will be your best option.
If you want to get out and explore more of what Jamaica has to offer, we recommend taking Jamaican Dollars. Using Jamaican Dollars often works out cheaper at smaller guest houses, local shops and restaurants, because of local exchange rates.
What about notes and coins?
US Dollars are accepted in tourist areas, but if you pay with a note you’ll receive Jamaica currency coins as change. This can be an unfavourable rate. If you’re planning to go off the beaten track and explore less touristy areas as part of your holiday, we recommend taking Jamaican Dollars, to get the best prices
Where can I buy Jamaica Currency?
Jamaican Dollars can be obtained at banks, cambios, and at hotels. Be cautious of airport exchange rates. Alternatively, you can buy some cash or preload a Lyk card before you leave so you’re prepared as soon as you step off the plane.
If you’ll be using US Dollars then we recommend you exchange before you go, either directly to cash, or Lyk card.
Whichever option you choose for currency in Jamaica, you can order from Thomas Cook online or instore for home delivery or collection, and our friendly team will always answer any questions.