Before start tour to Caribbean Island Jamaica country first, we know little about it. 

Wonderful turquoise waters, stunning waterfalls in the east, a lively evening and night life, powerful Blue Mountains, and year-round warm weather. And there are over 170 attractions on the island

The Caribbean island is a popular travel destination for anyone from honeymooners, budget-conscious families, enjoyable friends and there are numerous all type destinations and hotels within the country to choose from.

In the Caribbean Sea Jamaica is an island country. It is the 3rd largest island of Grand Antilles and the 4th largest island country in Caribbean, covering 10,990 square kilometers (4,240 sq mi). Cuba lies about 145 kilometers (90 mi) south from the nearest island to Jamaica.

Capital City:          Kingston
Largest cityKingston
Official languageEnglish
Currency Jamaican dollar (JMD)
Driving sideLeft

Calling code
+1-876
+1-658 (Overlay of 876; active in November 2018)
Area
Total
10,991 km2
 Independence 6 August 1962 ( Independence from the United Kingdom )
population10.7 million people. (1.7 crores=107 lakhs) 
Religions 68.9% Christian, 21.3% None, 6.5% Other (including Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Jewish), 2.3% Not stated, 1.1% Rastafarian

Ethnic groups
92.1% African (Black), 6.1% Mixed, 0.8% Indian, 0.4% Other
0.7% Unspecified,

Jamaica Map

Interesting points:

  • Jamaica produces one of the rarest popular coffees in the world, Blue Mountain Coffee, with high demand and expensive coffee worldwide.
  • The United States and China are the only two countries with more Olympic medals than Jamaica.
  • Jamaica has the most churches per square mile. According to the National Library of Jamaica, there are about 2.75 churches per square mile, a fact recognized by the “Guinness World Book of Records.” 
  • Jamaica’s Kingston Harbor is the seventh-largest natural harbor in the world.
  • Jamaicans are 90.9 percent black, 1.3 percent East Indian, 0.2 percent white, 0.2 percent Chinese, 7.3 percent mixed ethnicities
  • The James Bond film series shot in Jamaica-The first James Bond novel to be completed in Jamaica was Casino Royale, and three other Bond novels (and movies)—Dr. No, Live and Let Die, and The Man with the Golden Gun, Jamaican scenery feature. Dr. Dr. No, James Bond ‘s first film was filmed in Jamaica. The crocodile farm, where Bond ran over the crocodiles, is still in operation and is popular among tourists.
  • Jamaica Is the Home of Beautiful Women and has won Miss World three times.
  • Visit this firewater mineral healing spring in St. Ann’s Bay– Jamaica’s “healing waters” consist of several natural mineral baths and hot springs that are thought to have therapeutic properties.

Weather & when to go: 

The best time to visit Jamaica is from November to mid-December. The island’s already beautiful weather is the most pleasant, and hotel and flight deals are the easiest to find. On the coast, temperatures range from 22 ° C (72 ° F) to 31 ° C (88 ° F), with chilly mornings and evenings denoting winter. Jamaica is prone to hurricanes between June and November. Consistently warm tropical weather ensures that Jamaica is a popular destination all year round.

peak travel season: January to March is the peak travel season to the island – room rates can spike to more than $700 per night at some hotels.

cheap/low travel season: Rates are also cheap during the summer, but you’ll risk the wrath of hurricane season. Flying to Jamaica in the off-peak season, from mid April to mid December, is going to deliver top savings. Generally, the best time to depart is midweek.

Rainy season: rainiest months in Jamaica are normally MayJune and SeptemberOctober (lasts until November sometimes).

July is the hottest month in Montego Bay with an average temperature of 83°F (29°C) and the coldest is January at 76°F (25°C).

Key Festivals & Religious Ceremonies in Jamaica:

Jamaicans are festive people by nature and love to celebrate as much as the next person. 

Accompong Maroon Festival: This festival takes place each year on Jan. 6, the birthday of Captain Cudjoe, the man who defeated the English army. 

Bob Marley Week: This festival celebrated in the name of legendary Jamaican reggae singer is commemorated for a week in early February (may on his birthday February 6th )

Jamaica Carnival: This is the biggest event of the year shows off Jamaican culture in all its glory, with street parades, soca, calypso music, and dancing.

Ocho Rios Jazz Festival: The biggest jazz event of the year takes place in Ocho Rios over eight days in mid-June.

Emancipation Day:  Celebrated on 1st August, it is a great time to have fun with festivities and locals. (The day that Queen Victoria freed British Empire slaves in 1838 was celebrated. )

Independence Day: On 6 August 1962, Jamaica celebrates independence from Great Britain.  ( Jamaica holidays every year all towns and resorts have a party with much dance and food to celebrate this independence. )

Port Antonio International Marlin Tournament: in late September its celebrated. Jamaica is a major fishing destination and the Marlin Tournament.

Africa Jamfest: It is celebrated in October. Arty types love Africa Jamfest, where art, music and mode will be presented at Montego Bay, Kingston and elsewhere in Jamaica.

Reggae Marathon: The reggae ‘s sound accompanies in late November or early December the Reggae Marathon in Negril.

Safe to visit? 

The per capita murder rate of Jamaica is one of the highest in the world. These dangerous and deadly crimes are not isolated from local residents-several tourists have lost their lives in recent years. You should therefore be especially careful when visiting risky areas. But it’s safe, millions of tourists visit Jamaica without any incident every year,

In 2018 – There is a state of emergency in effect due to the recent violence around all the tourist areas in Montego Bay Area.

Health issues: You may get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Jamaica. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers

Avoid this:

  • Exploring the island by cab Montego Bay/Oyster.
  • Eating non-local seafood. Negril/Oyster.
  • Avoiding roadside jerk shacks. Negril/Oyster.
  • Only staying in Montego Bay.
  • Expecting punctuality.
  • Sticking to an all-inclusive vacation.
  • Walking around Kingston at night.

Best Accommodations / Hotels:

Hotels are 5 star to 2 star and hostles also there for budget, some low cost hostles are Wooflip Hostel, Montego Bay – 30usd/day, Reggae Hostel Montego Bay – 26usd/day, Talking Blues Hostel, Kingston – 18usd. find your best hotels in this google planner.

Places to visit and Things to do in Jamaica :

This are 2,7 million inhabited Caribbean country islands, start from the northern shore of Jamaica and from the ivory stretches of the iconic Seven Mile Beach, powdery white sand flow along its coast.

Jamaica is known as the Caribbean playground in the west to breathtaking waterfalls in the east.

The green swaths of jungle rise up in the eastern and mighty Blue Mountains, the Jamaicans swing from the grapevines and the scents of coffee beans waving down the undergrowth.

There are literally something for guest from all ages with more than 170 attractions scattered across the island. Walk the Montego Bay beaches by day and dance in one of the city’s nightclubs to the latest reggae music.

In Kingston, discover the life and work of Bob Marley ‘s legendary bassist in his well- known museum, and Lunch at the tracks and records of Usain Bolt.

Take an exciting bobsled tour of the forest and swim in Ocho Rios Resort with dolphins.

Jamaica/ Popular destinations / Vactions:

Below we have listed nearly all of Jamaica’s top- rated tourist attractions, and it takes about 20 days. Schedule your tour and enjoy with family and friends during your holiday season.

Dunn’s River Falls, Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Dolphin Cove Jamaica, Blue Mountains, Bob Marley Museum, Rainforest Adventures Jamaica at Mystic Mountain, Green Grotto Caves, Hip Strip, Mayfield Falls, Blue Mountain Peak, James Bond Beach, Reach Falls, YS Falls, Hellshire Beach, Ocho Rios Bay Beach, Reggae Beach, Lime Cay, Bloody Bay, Appleton Estate Rum Experience, Winnifred Beach, Doctor’s Cave Beach, Cool Blue Hole, Fern Gully, Sandals Ochi Beach Club, Margaritaville Montego Bay, Bob Marley Mausoleum, John Crow Mountains, Fort Charles, Rio Grande, Blue Hole Mineral Spring, Hope Royal Botanical Gardens, Tryall Golf Club, Somerset Falls, Bamboo Beach Club, Konoko Falls, Ironshore Drive, Martha Brae Rafting Village, Sam Sharpe Square, Boston Beach, Cockpit Country, Sandals Cay, Navy Island, Kool Runnings Water Park, Booby Cay, Fort Clarence Beach, The Turtle River Falls & Gardens (formerly The Enchanted Gardens), Rocklands Bird Sanctuary, Mahogany Beach.

Historical places of Jamaica: Seville Great House, Roaring River Great House, Sussex Estate Great House, Rose Hall Great House, Fort Montego, Greenwood Great House, Chilton Pen, Dam Hill Road, Lucea Clock Tower, Old Kent Farm, A Promise Kept, Hawthorn Greathouse, Appleton Estate Rum Experience,

How to plan your journey? Tips for bigginers

Find the best package of travel from a Company / Agency, They deal with everything like flights, hotels, transportation, food. it will be costly, but the secure journey. OR

Do plan yourself – For cheap flight tickets book early 3 months before the journey and return ticket, then book a hotel, then apply for a visa as Tourist.

Currency exchange: You must have a visiting country currency in hand after you have obtained the visa. In airports there are currency exchange counters, but large commissions are taken. In your country, it is best to get currency. You first know your bank limitations and your fees for use in foreign countries when planning the use of Credit Debit cards.

How to get Visa?

All passengers crossing international boundaries are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents and complying with international government travel requirements. 

For U.S.A citizens: Generally, all U.S. citizens are required to present a valid U.S. passport when traveling to Jamaica, as well as proof of anticipated departure from Jamaica. U.S. travelers coming for tourism will not need a visa for travel up to 90 days. 

When you are traveling to Jamaica with a U.S. Passport, a Tourist Visa is not required. No visa required for a stay of up to 6 Months

When you are travelling to Jamaica with a Non-US Passport, a Tourist Visa is required.

For Canada Citizens: Canadians are permitted to visit Jamaica without a visa. The period of stay is at the discretion of Jamaican authorities, but may be as long as six months.

Business Visa:   Jamaica Business Visa for USA Passport Holders Required. When you are traveling to Jamaica with a U.S. Passport, a Business Visa is required.  

Indian Nationals: Get Visa-Free Entry into Jamaica for Stays of up to 30-days. According to VisaHQ, Indian citizens do not need a Jamaican visa if staying inJamaica for up to 30 days. 

jamaica visa application form and more detailed visa information.

Visa on arrival: Most Commonwealth Citizens can visit Jamaica for up to 180 days visa-free. Visitors to Jamaica must obtain a visa from one of the Jamaican diplomatic missions, or in certain cases from one of the United Kingdom diplomatic missions, unless they come from one of the 116 countries designated as visa-exempt countries or countries whose citizens may obtain a visa on arrival.

Visa cost US$ 100 on arrival. A US$ 160 visa application fee( Jamaican dollars at US Embassy exchange rate) for the NIV interview must be paid for the NIV interview. This can be paid by your local Paymaster Jamaica Limited office to residents of Jamaica and Caymanian.

please read Visa policy of Jamaica from wikipedia pgae.

Flights (Cheap and off-peak) guide: 

The least expensive flight season to Jamaica, mid- April to mid- December. Only book from the official aviation sites for good offers.

Below we Listed popular Airlines That Flies To Jamaica.

www.caribbean-airlines.com (Caribbean Airlines),  www.fly-jamaica.com (Jamaican airline), American Airlines, Air Canada, British Airways, Cayman Airways, Condor Airlines, Continental Airlines,
Copa Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue, Northwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines(low cost), United Airlines, US Airways, TimAir Limited.

Flight Extra Luggage cost

Allowed luggage:

These are general information on luggage, there is a difference from one airlines to other, pre plan your luggage requirements and book with your journey tickets. charges charged per bag depending on route and travel class.

Hand luggage: One piece is permitted with a maximum weight of 10kg and maximum dimensions of 114 linear cm (height + width + depth).

Two pieces are permitted, each weighing no more than 23kg/51lb and with maximum dimensions of 157 linear cm.

Excess: Fliers are allowed up to three additional pieces of checked baggage with maximum weight of 32kg/7olb and maximum dimensions of 157cm.

Note:- Boxes and Excess Baggage will not be accepted during the following periods and any other holiday periods identified. 

legroom: Seat pitch: 78-83cm

Child fares: Infants up to two years are carried free of charge on a parent’s lap. There is a small discount for children aged up to 11 years.

Flight or Travel protection / Insurgence:

How Much It Costs:
Travel insurance can be obtained directly from several sources: from the airline or cruise carrier, an independent travel insurance firm, sometimes your credit card. Travel insurance generally costs about 5% of the total trip.

What Travel Insurance Covers :
Travel insurances are intended to protect you against unforeseen misfortunes such as the cancelation of your flight due to the severe weather or the loss or robbery of your baggage.

There are 4 types of coverage included in travel insurance:

  • Cancelation and interruption of journey insurance
  • Coverage of luggage and personal goods
  • Medical emergency coverage
  • Death or dismemberment insurance by accident

Budget Travel: Tips For A Cheap Vacation:

Follow these four Tight Budget Planning rules – 1. Early Plan, 2. Off-peak travel, 3. book a flight before 20 days and by searching nearby airports and cities, 4. Remember to buy things for yourself and book hotels away from the beach. 

Cheap Packages & Holidays

Here we add best travel packages offered by some travel agency’s, check here again later… jamaica vacation package

Emergency Numbers:

To reach local authorities, call the following numbers : –Ambulance and Fire: 110; Police: 119  or   1876-927-9910/7681

Air-Sea Rescue: 119

Police Kingston Corporate Area:– 1876-927-7778 hotline 24 hours daily

Wings Jamaica:- 1876-923-5416/6573 (day); 1876-927-9769 (night)

Coast Guard:
1876-967-8031/8223/8190-3 Kingston
1876-973-3256 Discovery Bay

To report an emergency involving a U.S. citizen in Jamaica or the Cayman Islands, please contact the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Embassy in Kingston.

LEARN ABOUT ALL THINGS THAT MAKE JAMAICA SPECIAL

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WEEKEND Travel Plans 

Holiday Season travel plans – 

Nightlife, Bars, Clubs, Drinks

When the sun goes down, Jamaica comes alive. With reggae beats, live music and dancing on the beach ‘til dawn, join us in swaying to the rhythm.

Jamaica Has the Most Rum Bars per Square Mile. At any local bar, you can order “Jancrow batty(vulture’s ass )”. It is the strongest form of rum. 

Rum here is also widely used in the kitchen (mmm, rum cake!) and for first aid purposes.

Appleton Estate 50-Year Rum – Its a Jamaica’s most expensive rum in the world, which costs over $4,000 for 750ml.

Casino and Gaming Destinations:

Here we list Best Casinos In Jamaica For The Masters by their popularity…

  1. Mosino – one of the best casinos in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
  2. Reno Bar and Gaming Lounge – It is a small casino in Ocho Rios, Jamaica
  3. Club Jamaica Gaming Lounge – Best for unlimited excitement and thrills spread over 7000 square feet of land
  4. Treasure Hunt Gaming – one of the most popular, vibrant and energetic Casinos in Jamaica
  5. Terra Nova Jamaica – best casinos in capital city Kingston, Jamaica.
  6. The Jamaica Pegasus and Derby Rooms – popular but You need to stay in their hotel to enjoy this Casino and their services. located it 81 Knutsford Blvd, Kingston 5, Jamaica.
  7. Casino and Club Hotel Riu – located in Negril and it is the smallest Casino.
  8. Acropolis Gaming Lounge – best gaming places in Kingston with excellent amenities and it is over-packed with tourists and locals.
  9. Caribbean Treasures Gaming Lounge – This only offer electronic machines and no table games. its most relaxed and easygoing gaming lounges in Jamaica.
  10. Coral Cliff Gaming and Entertainment Lounge – not a luxurious casino, but its enough to satisfy your gambling needs. 
  11. Visiting Floyd’s Pelican Bar in Jamaica – is definitely something to brag about. Floyd’s Pelican Bar is a tiny bar made of driftwood stilted on a huge sandbar about a ¾ mile out in the sea. Floyd’s Pelican give you
    Red Stripe Beer or Not in the mood for a beer ask for the Pelican Perfection, which is made with lime juice, rum, and ginger beer.

More External links for Jamaica Country Information

More info of this country in wikipedia page Wiki page
Pinterest pinned Photos of JamaicaPinterest page
Twitter hashtag #Jamaica Twitter hashtag
Instagram Photos and videos Instagram profile
Google Images of Jamaica Google Images
Official Websites for Jamaica Tourism info visitjamaica.com,
vj-web.cloudapp.net,
jis.gov.jm

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