Miles of white sand beaches, secret coves, crashing waterfalls and lively cities are just a few of the reasons to visit Jamaica. Around 2 million tourists do just that each year, most of them between the months of October and December, when the dry season promises sunshine and balmy 80 degree days.
Flights to and from Jamaica
Sangster International Airport, near Montego Bay, is Jamaica’s busiest airport, serving more than 3 million passengers each year. It accepts the majority of the island’s international travel and is a hub for Air Jamaica. If you’d prefer to fly into Kingston, Norman Manley International Airport is a modern facility which sees 1.5 million passengers each year.
Ian Fleming International airport, located in Ocho Rios, is Jamaica’s newest major airport. It’s a popular hub for other Caribbean destinations and the USA. Finding cheap flights to Jamaica is possible at most times of the year, if you book ahead. Most major North American Airlines operate direct routes to the island, as do several major Caribbean and South American airlines.
What to do in Jamaica
Jamaica is synonymous with relaxation, and you’ll feel the laid-back vibe soaking into your bones as soon as you step off the plane. You could happily spend weeks just soaking up the rays on Seven Mile Beach in Negril. There will be plenty of time to lounge around with a frozen cocktail after you’ve spent the day drinking in the island’s luscious landscapes.
Famous Montego Bay is where most visitors start their Jamaican adventures. Score amazing bargains at hundreds of duty-free shopping venues, book a snorkeling or diving session, or sign up for a day trip to see the beautiful Dunn’s River Falls and Park.
Your next stop might be Kingston, Jamaica’s largest city and home to the fascinating Bob Marley Museum. Visit Port Royal and learn about the Island’s swashbuckling pirate history. If you’re craving a cool escape from tropical temperatures, the misty Blue Mountains are only an hour away. You can sample the best coffee in the world at one of the plantation cafes, or hire a guide to take you up the Peak Trail.
Advice for Tourists Visiting Jamaica
English is the official language in Jamaica, but a distinctive lilting patois brings a musical vitality to shouted conversations on the street. The local currency is the Jamaican dollar, known as “J”, but American dollars are widely used, especially in popular tourist areas.
Getting around the island can be an adventure. Many visitors rely on resort shuttles or hire private drivers rather than braving the local buses. If you’d like to tour independently, you’ll need to rent a car, which can be expensive in Jamaica.
From luxury resorts to palm leaf treehouses, accommodation in Jamaica is welcoming and memorable. To save on your Jamaican hotel, try Skyscanner’s free hotel comparison tool.
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