🌴 Welcome to Jamaica! 🇯🇲
The official language of Jamaica is English, but you’ll also hear Jamaican Patois, a Creole language, spoken by locals.
The currency used in Jamaica is the Jamaican Dollar (JMD). Be sure to exchange your currency before you arrive or withdraw cash from ATMs, as credit cards may not be accepted everywhere.
Jamaica offers a range of options for all budgets. Accommodations, food, and transportation can vary in price, with luxury resorts being more expensive and local street food being affordable.
The majority of Jamaicans practice Christianity, with various denominations represented throughout the country.
Jamaica operates on Eastern Standard Time (EST) year-round, which is GMT-5.
Jamaica has a relaxed and casual dress code, especially in beach areas. Lightweight and breathable clothing is recommended, along with swimwear and beach attire. Remember to dress modestly when visiting religious sites.
Bargaining is common in markets and smaller shops, so don’t be afraid to negotiate prices. However, it’s not customary in larger stores or hotels.
While tap water is generally safe in tourist areas, it’s advisable to stick to bottled water to avoid any potential stomach issues.
The electric supply in Jamaica operates at 110-120 volts, similar to North America. Remember to bring a suitable adapter if your devices require a different voltage.
Fridays in Jamaica are considered regular working days, with businesses and attractions operating their normal hours.
Jamaica celebrates several public holidays, including Independence Day (August 6th) and Emancipation Day (August 1st). Expect closures and festivities on these dates.
Like any destination, exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings, especially in urban areas. Avoid displaying valuable items and only use licensed taxis for transportation.
Smoking is prohibited in enclosed public spaces, including restaurants and bars. Be mindful of designated smoking areas and respect non-smoking signs.
Jamaica enjoys a tropical climate, with warm temperatures year-round. The dry season runs from December to April, while the rainy season occurs from May to November. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
Transport for tourists:
Jamaica offers various transportation options for tourists, including taxis, rental cars, and organized tours. Local buses, known as “route taxis,” are a popular and affordable way to get around. Ensure you negotiate the fare before getting in.