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A short travel guide to Jamaica

For those who like lively and colourful Caribbean holidays, you've found the right location. When it comes to diversity, few Caribbean islands can come neck to neck with this island country. Jamaica offers diverse travel services to its visitors.

Jamaica travel offers so much more than rum, sun and reggae that is widely known for. This is a short travel guide to Jamaica and what to expect on you holiday on Jamaica.

Beach towels on beach in Jamaica

Jamaica Island

Jamaica’s motto is "Out of Many, One People" and this saying can very well apply to the very heart and essence of Jamaica. While good beaches and great food take up much of the day for the typical Jamaica traveler, this Caribbean island could also offer a lot of sightseeing, especially in Montego Bay (or just "MoBay" to locals). Montego Bay is home to a large concentration of great hosues, formerly homes of the wealthy plantation owners whose kingdoms were powered by sugarcane.

So with Jamaica’s great diversity, here are the things you should know before you go on that dream Jamaica holiday.

Banks and Currency

Money is not much of a problem when you go on a Jamaica travel. There are licensed cambios and bureaux de change in all resort areas. They are easily and readily accessible, so you don’t need to get Jamaican money before you get to the island. And if you’re worried that your resort doesn’t have a money exchange, banks in the area can exchange all currencies.

Air Jamaica plane arrival

The official rate of exchange varies daily so if you want a rate that suits you, it’s not a bad idea to shop around first. In addition, many Jamaican ATMs accept international bank cards with Visa, Mastercard, Cirus, and Plus logos. Credit card advances? Banks give that too, as well as change traveler’s checks, and offer other financial services. All in all, good financial service for Jamaica travel visitors.

Jamaica Climate

Like any typical Caribbean island, Jamaica has a tropical climate at sea level and a temperate climate towards the highlands of the interior. One popular Jamaican poem sums it all pretty accurately: "We have neither summer nor winter/Neither autumn nor spring…."

So when you go on a Jamaica travel, bring clothes that are suited for tropical climate. Swim suits are a must if you’re crazy about water sports, but bring a jacket or a light sweater if you included hiking in your Caribbean Jamaica travel itinerary.

Communications on Jamaica

Being a popular Caribbean destination and all, Jamaica is well connected to the rest of the world. So when you go on a Jamaica holiday, expect direct international telephone service 24 hours a day. There are also telephone operators who will gladly facilitate collect, third party, or credit card calls, too.

Most hotels, resorts, and parish libraries offer Internet and email access, as well as fax, telegrams, and cables. There are three daily national newspapers and five weekend newspapers, and of course, other international editions of major newspapers and magazines, such as the New York Times, TIME, The Economist, and the London Times. Everything you need to keep informed on your Jamaica travel.

Golf course in Jamaica

Driving on Jamaica

Do you prefer to take a 4WD-drive to your hotel destination? One thing you need to remember while driving on a Jamaica travel is that driving in this island country is on the LEFT. Some flexibility is required to avoid collisions with pedestrians, cows, goats, chickens, and other domestic animals, but the roads aren’t too bad. And Jamaica has over 17,000 kilometers of road networks connecting all major towns and cities.

Caribbean islands offer plenty of choice and variety, for all kinds of choose travellers. If the lively, noisy and colourful Jamaica travel is not to your taste and you prefer something more peaceful, than you will find Costa Rica island just the right spot for you.

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