Travel to Jamaica

By Caitlin Hornik

Crystal clear waters, beautiful beaches, and signature hospitality and warmth await you in Jamaica! Read on to learn more about key destinations, what to expect, and more.

Montego Bay

Jamaica’s third most populous city is full of activities and attractions to suit the needs of every visitor. Many of the hotels here are beachfront and offer all-inclusive options, so you can truly relax and absorb all that Jamaica has to offer! If you’re feeling adventurous, head into town to visit the Montego Bay Cultural Centre and snap a pic at the Usain Bolt statue near the Hip Strip. Known as the “melting pot” of Jamaica, “Mobay,” as it’s affectionately called, will offer a great opportunity for relaxation and vibrance.

Ocho Rios

It’s been said that some of the best beaches in all of Jamaica are in Ocho Rios. White sand stretches for miles and miles. But if you’re looking for something other than soaking up the sunshine, you can visit Dunn’s RIver Falls, Mystic Mountain Rainforest, and the Ocho Rios Craft Market. With natural beauty and abundant adventures for the taking, you’ll be pleased with your decision to visit this hot spot.

Climate, Culture, and Cuisine

Hot, humid, and tropical is the name of the climate game in Jamaica. Year-round temperatures range from mid-60s to mid-90s Fahrenheit. Rainy seasons are May-June and again from September-November.

If you’re looking to unwind, there’s no better place than Jamaica. The naturally relaxed way of life permeates everything and everyone you’ll encounter. So don’t be afraid to embrace this slower pace and get on ”island time!”

One of the best things you can do in Jamaica? Ask a local for their favorite dining hot spots. This will give you a leg up when it comes to trying foods that capture the signature flavors and essence of Jamaican cuisine. Jerk chicken, fried plantains, and Jamaican patties can all be washed down with a rum punch or a Red Stripe beer.

Language and Logistics

English is the official language, but don’t be surprised if you hear a bit of island talk. Pay attention to key phrases and terms, and if you’re having trouble understanding, just ask!

U.S currency is widely accepted across Jamaica. But if you’re planning to visit a local market, it’s helpful to have Jamaican currency on hand for cash transactions.

The water in Jamaica is safe to drink, brush teeth, and bathe with. In fact, there are hundreds of natural springs and rivers around the island! So you can cheers to clean water, both in your bottle and at the beach.

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