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Things to Know About Traveling to Jamaica


Jamaica is a top destination for my clients.  I have many first timers this year and also many who have been and plan to return.  

I will be traveling to Ocho Rios next week! I have been to Jamaica before, but I am still very excited! Here are a few things I’ve learned in my travels and my work as a Jamaica Travel Specialist.   

Here we go!

Jamaica is a SAFE place in the touristy areas

Most people often worry about their safety when traveling to a new country. However, Jamaica is a safe place for tourists. Most of the local crime there is Jamaican on Jamaican not with foreigners. Please remain alert and stay in well-populated areas during the day and at night throughout your stay there. The most popular tourist areas are Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril, and Falmouth which is a cruise port. The U.S. Department of State travel advisory is currently a 2.  

Getting around the island is pricey

If you plan on staying on your resort most of the time, then you can get a taxi or the local bus to get around locally. However, if you plan on going around the island on your own, then you may rent a car as it is more cost effective than the alternative options. However, use caution while driving in an unfamiliar place.  

Tap water is safe to drink there

You won’t have to worry about getting sick or purchasing water bottles to stay hydrated during your stay. Just fill up your reusable water bottle with tap water!

In Jamaica, they speak English

  English is the official language there, so there won’t be a language barrier. However, the primary spoken language is an English based creole called Patois (or Patwa) so it may be slightly different, but you will definitely know what they are saying.

You will get offered timeshares

Timeshare sales are a popular thing in Jamaica. You could be approached anywhere to listen to a presentation offering free or reduced activities. It is important for you to know that you are NOT required to participate. You can politely decline and move on with your day.

These 5 knowledge nuggets will ease your nerves about going to a new country and help you know what to expect when you travel to Jamaica!

Do you have any other questions about traveling to Jamaica?  Let us know. 

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