Jamaica has a rich and dynamic culture that makes it a dream destination for all. If you are planning your maiden visit to the reggae island, there are a few tips that can make your vacation perfect. It’s a wonderful destination choice as the locals are friendly filled with fascinating stories on their history. Here are travel tips that will make your first trip to Jamaica memorable.
Know the best time to visit
Jamaica experiences a tropical marine climate throughout the year with temperatures ranging between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. That aside, they do have a peak season, December through April and it’s the busiest time to visit Jamaica. During the peak season, the airline and hotel rates are typically higher. The best time to visit would be during the off-peak season, May through November. Then, you are likely to encounter lower airline and hotel rates as well as lower crowds.
Considering the rainy season May to June and October to November, take that Jamaican vacation in the months of July and August, which is not a rainy season and is off-peak.
Keep your documents safe
Remember this is a foreign trip and you need to know where your passport is at all times. You should also carry along with other identification documents such as a driver’s license in case there is a need for verification. If you have medical coverage to travel abroad, carry a copy of it.
On this note, you need to know where you are staying, address, phone number, and the available means to get there. For instance, hotel pick-ups, taxi or public means.
Go for local Jamaican cuisine
Food is an important factor in any vacation, so try out the Jamaican local cuisine. Here you can eat some of the freshest tropical foods, vegetables, and seafood that you can’t find back home. Jamaica is home to the popular “jerk” spices, which means you have to spare some time and try this Jamaican cuisine. Jamaicans pride in their cuisine and they would be glad if you tried it as well. It will also offer you an opportunity to interact with the locals as they enjoy their meals there.
Normally, when traveling to a different country, visitors exchange money at a bank or use local ATM to withdrawal local currency. However, in Jamaica, an American may not need to undergo all that as U.S dollars are accepted in most places. Tourist-friendly restaurants and hotels have excursions and menus with U.S dollars listed prices. When planning to visit less touristy regions or spending cash at street vendors or supermarkets, it’s ideal to have local currency. You can also have both currencies on hand in the event of a poor exchange rate.
Although Jamaica is home to some of the most beautiful white sand beaches, there is more. Travel deeper into the island and you will discover plenty of beautiful caves, lush mountains, a breathtaking waterfall and so much more.
These tips will make your first trip to Jamaica memorable. In addition, relax, take it easy and enjoy Jamaica. Kick back and absorb all the good vibe of this island.