Rasta mania! A Caribbean island, south of Cuba, close to the Dominican Republic, lush Jamaica offers us its mountains, forests and reef-lined beaches. Most of the seaside resorts are located in Montego Bay, whose romantic refinement of English colonial architecture is appreciated, and Negril, which is well known to scuba diving enthusiasts. But most of all, Jamaica is the cradle of reggae music, you won't escape it! Kingston, its capital, is home to the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to the king of reggae. Jamaica has another god in the person of Haile Selasse I, former emperor of Ethiopia, Rastafari Makonnen, idol of the Rastafari movement, a branch of Christianity for which Jesus is not the Messiah, but Rastafari Makonnen. Jamaica also has a natural jewel with the Blue Mountains where coffee trees grow, giving the best coffee in the world. Another characteristic of this country is that it is a flag of convenience, meaning that it is a tax haven for shipowners. But all these considerations are far from those of tourists who came there to enjoy the sun, the sea and nature, the turquoise waters and the emerald forest. Another delight of the island: the local cuisine and beers. Toast on the beach while enjoying the moment and the air of the times.... Isn't life beautiful?

What to visit Jamaica?

When to go to Jamaica?

The high tourist season is from December to April, it is the most pleasant period because it is the least hot and sunniest. Hotels and beaches are crowded and prices are higher. From May to August, temperatures are a little higher, the air is more humid, and late afternoons are often cloudy and sometimes rainy. Travelers who like peace and quiet will appreciate leaving around mid-September. The weather is rather mild with reasonable temperatures but especially the high tourist season is already over, the crowds are less crowded and prices are considerably lower. The low season is from May to November, it is the hurricane season, from June to November, so avoid it.

Reggae fans will be invited to Sumfest Reggae: the world's largest reggae concert is being held in Montego Bay in mid-July

Another important date: Independence Day (August 6). Each year, Independence Day is celebrated with passion all around the island, and particularly in Kingston, with a large floating parade and a gala concert.

How to go to Jamaica? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Many tour operators include this destination in their catalogue, more or less cultural, more or less seaside, some around hiking, others around diving, others for families, with or without a guide. Organized trips to Jamaica are reserved for well-stocked scholarships.

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It is common to go to Jamaica alone. The rules of vigilance are the same as elsewhere: from a certain time onwards, favour taxis, do not show any external signs of wealth, avoid being unpleasant or aggressive. In general, tourists are very well received and tourism professionals are always ready to help and provide good advice. However, in the evening, in some hot places it is better to be accompanied by local people

Regular domestic flights between Kingston and Montego Bay. Kingston has large buses that make up the public network, as well as private minibuses. In the rest of the island, it is mainly minibuses, or vans, that connect the cities. A famous bus line, Knutsfort Express, makes twice daily trips from Kingston to Montego Bay via Ocho Rios. Also route-taxis, collective taxis. We drive on the right in Jamaica. Driving can be dangerous, especially at night.

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Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
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  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

The high tourist season is from December to April, it is the most pleasant period because it is the least hot and sun...
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Weather forecast

Tropical and moderated by the Caribbean Sea. It is still hot in Jamaica (between 25 and 30°C). The wet season lasts...
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Budget

The currency is the Jamaican dollar (JMD). The US dollar is accepted everywhere. Many ATMs offer a choice of both cur...
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Formalities

For EU nationals, no visas are required for stays of 30 days or less. All you need to do is produce a passport valid...
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Health

There are no major health risks in Jamaica. Fear at worst sunstroke or mosquito bites! A few cases of dengue fever ha...
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How to travel by yourself?

It is common to go to Jamaica alone. The rules of vigilance are the same as elsewhere: from a certain time onwards, f...
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How to get organized?

Many tour operators include this destination in their catalogue, more or less cultural, more or less seaside, some ar...
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Getting around

Regular domestic flights between Kingston and Montego Bay. Kingston has large buses that make up the public network,...
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