The official currency in Jamaica is the Jamaican Dollar. All inclusive resorts and key tourist areas also use US Dollars (USD). Credit and debit cards are accepted in major tourist areas, and you can withdraw Jamaican Dollars from ATMs.
Which currency is best to take?
If you’re heading to an all inclusive hotel, then US Dollars will be ideal for any locally payable extras at your accommodation. Likewise, a major hotel in a tourist centre will accept USD. In tourist spots, prices will be in USD and/or Jamaican Dollars. If you think you’ll 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 the native currency 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 often be at an unfavourable rate. So, if you’re planning to explore less touristy places as part of your holiday, we recommend taking Jamaican Dollars to get the best prices.
Where can I buy Jamaica currency?
We recommend exchanging your pounds and pence for Caribbean Dollars before you go.
And if you need more while you’re away, you can get Jamaican Dollars at banks, cambios (currency exchanges), and at hotels. Be cautious of airport rates and ATM fees, though!
For extra security (and easier packing!), a travel currency card is a great idea - load it up before your holiday with your Jamaican Dollars, and you’re good to go.