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Jamaica Destination Guide

Come to Jamaica and Feel All Right! Nothing is a problem on this island paradise where reggae, romance and the Caribbean sun come together. Land in the bustling tourist center of Montego Bay and discover a variety of great beaches, attractions and shops.

For a more laid-back atmosphere, head to the seven miles of spectacular beach in Negril. Or stay in lively Ocho Rios and climb the 700 foot cascading waterfalls at Dunn's River Falls. Falmouth, Braco and Runaway Bay are growing resort areas that offer popular hotels and fabulous all-inclusive resorts.

Wherever you go on this island paradise, the friendly smiles of the Jamaican people will keep you coming back. Our travel agents specializing in Jamaica Vacations can help you choose the best resort or cruise to fit ensure a memorable vacation to Jamaica!

 

Top Resort Areas and Port Cities in Jamaica

Montego Bay, better known as MoBay, is surround by mountaintop jungles and lies on miles and miles of tropical beaches. Montego Bay is one of the largest cities in Jamaica and where most Jamaica visitors arrive by air, landing at Sir Donald Sangster International Airport.  Travelers who venture into town can find duty-free shops and a crafts market on Harbour Street and a few historic sites around Sam Sharpe Square, named for the leader of a failed slave resort who was hanged here in 1832. If you are planning a short stay in this area, there are a variety of All-Inclusive Resorts to choose from.
 
Negril has had lots of time to learn the ins and outs of being party central. During the early 1700s heyday of piracy, Negril was the gathering place of treasure-laden galleons about to sail out of the Caribbean and on to Europe. Back in the days of piracy, Calico Jack Rackham and his female pirate mates once guzzled too much Jamaican firewater - aka rum. British party-poopers subsequently raided Calico Jack's rum rumble and made arrangements for his death by hanging.
 
Ocho Rios, Jamaica's number 2 tourist magnet is about 70 miles from Montego Bay and around the same distance from Kingston. Ocho Rios sounds like ochos rios, Spanish for eight rivers. Located in the northeast coastal parish of St. Anne, Ocho Rios is home to a major cruise port and its attractions can be flooded with tourists when the cruise ships are docked. Some travelers opt to avoid the crowds by staying in quieter Runaway Bay about 10 miles away, which is home to several All-Inclusive Resorts.   This former fishing village is home to two of Jamaica’ most famous tourist attractions, Dunn’s River Falls and Fern Gully.
 

Destination Weddings in Jamaica

Destination weddings in Jamaica are growing in popularity, with more and more All-Inclusive resorts catering to couples in love and family and friends who join them.  Learn more about our Jamaica destination weddings here.
 

Weather in Jamaica

Jamaica's average annual temperature is 80°F / 27°C. The average yearly temperature range is between 78°F and 85°F. Extreme temperatures range from a low of 65°F to a high of 95°F.

Tipping in Jamaica

Hotels have a service charge of 10-15%, the same amount is generally accepted at restaurants.

Wedding Requirements for Jamaica

Original or certified copies of birth certificates. If either party is divorced, original or certified copies of divorce papers. If either party is widowed, original or certified copies of spouse's death certificate. Couple must be in Jamaica for 48 hrs.

Airport Information for Jamaica

Travel to and from Jamaica uses the Sangster International Airport, Norman Manley International.

Rental Cars in Jamaica

To rent a vehicle, the driver must be 25 years of age. A valid drivers license, valid for 12 months, may be used for up to a 3 month period. The driver must post a bond to meet insurance regulations with cash, major credit card, or travelers checks. Rentals are available from many different companies.

Negril has had lots of time to learn the ins and outs of being party central. During the early 1700s heyday of piracy, Negril was the gathering place of treasure-laden galleons about to sail out of the Caribbean and on to Europe. Back in the days of piracy, Calico Jack Rackham and his female pirate mates once guzzled too much Jamaican firewater - aka rum. British party-poopers subsequently raided Calico Jack's rum rumble and made arrangements for his death by hanging.