Jamaica is a beautiful island to visit, with everything from miles of white sand beach to lush jungles and waterfalls, as well as many great resorts suitable to a variety of budgets. If you're thinking of making a visit to this lovely island, here are a few general tips for your arrival.
1. Pack Appropriately
Like much of the Caribbean, Jamaica has a hot climate, with highs falling somewhere in the 70s-80s Fahrenheit for most of the year. The wettest months are in the fall, though rain is also common during the summer. Be sure to pack clothing appropriate for hot weather as well as sunscreen. If you're staying at a resort in Jamaica, be sure to check for any dress code requirements and pack for those, as well.
2. Cash & Currency
The official currency of Jamaica is the Jamaican Dollar, which is indicated by the same symbol as the American Dollar ($), but in most resort or tourist areas, American Dollars and credit cards are readily accepted. If you are planning to travel to less touristy areas in Jamaica, it's prudent to have some Jamaican Dollars with you, as foreign currency and credit cards may not be accepted.
3. Make Use of Club Mobay
While I love traveling to new places, one of the things I've never enjoyed (and I don't think anyone does) is dealing with long security or immigration lines. If you're heading to Jamaica for your vacation via Sangster International in Montego Bay, you can make your security experience much less of a hassle by purchasing Club Mobay service, which offers expedited security and immigration as well as a quiet lounge area to relax in while you wait for your transfers or your departing flight. Find out more about Club Mobay.
4. Keep Hurricane Season in Mind
Hurricane season, which runs approximately from June to October, can sometimes affect Caribbean islands like Jamaica. While many guests do travel to Jamaica with no issues during this time, there is the possibility that severe weather could affect your travels. It's best to keep an eye on weather reports if traveling during this time, and we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect your vacation investment.