Jamaica is a magnificent place for a relaxing, laid-back vacation. Famous for its chilled-out, peaceful atmosphere and friendly people, the island has all you need for an unforgettable experience. If you haven’t been to this part of the Caribbean before, this first-timer’s Jamaica guide will be right up your street. Find out about the country’s different seasons, the places to go, the best tours and excursions in Montego Bay and other destinations, plus some general tips for your first visit to the home of rum and reggae.
A Jamaica Guide to Preparing for Your Vacation
First of all, before you pack your luggage and board your plane, prepare. Surely you’ve bought your Jamaica vacation package, but make sure you have your documentation in order. Have your passport on hand and check that it’s valid for at least six months before your vacation. It’s very likely you won’t need a visa, as citizens from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom can travel visa free to Jamaica. Additionally, track the exchange rate so you take the right amount of cash with you. Know that $1 USD is about $127 Jamaican dollars (at the time of this writing).
Going Through Montego Bay Airport
Every trip to Jamaica starts off at the airport. So where to go: Montego Bay or Kingston? Montego Bay is a fine choice for a first visit. It has an impressive tourism infrastructure, with lots of fabulous hotels, services, and a great location near the major attractions. Nevertheless, from Montego Bay International Airport, you can easily get to other popular destinations, such as Ocho Rios, Lucea, Runaway Bay, Trelawny and Negril. Each has its own charm and advantages; for example, the sunsets in Negril are truly spectacular, while Ocho Rios is a bit quieter, more family-orientated, and close to attractions like Dunn’s River Falls.
You can take a look at the Montego Bay Airport map to better prepare for your arrival. This international airport is home to Club Mobay, an impressive departure and arrival lounge offering a faster passage through customs and immigration, as well as other services. Afterward, take a world-class transfer from Montego Bay Airport to be on the beach relaxing shortly after your arrival. A great way to start off your vacation the right way!
A Guide to Jamaica’s Seasons and Weather
Ok, so we have where, so what about when? Jamaica’s rainy season runs from May to November, with the rainiest months being September and October. Nevertheless, the temperature is generally hot and enjoyable all year round, even during the rainy season. The rain usually falls in the afternoon and the weather moves quickly, so it doesn’t tend to last long and it can be planned around. For more information about Jamaica weather, check out this post below:
Things to Do in Jamaica
Now we’ve covered the “when,” so it’s just the “what” that’s left! There are plenty of things to do in Montego Bay and on the island in general. So a Jamaica guide wouldn’t be complete without some recommended places to explore. Top attractions here include the stunning Mystic Mountain Adventure Park, as well as the world-famous Dunn’s River Falls. Similarly, if you prefer a more secluded aquatic wonder, you must experience the combination of Black River and YS Falls. Another unmissable site is the bioluminescent Luminous Lagoon, a wonder of Mother Nature that glows at night. Other fantastic tours here include visits to the Appleton Rum Factory and its plantation, deep sea fishing, and soaring above the canopy on zip lines, to name a few.
Jamaica has a rich culture and history, with museums that explain about the countries plantation past, and, of course, its favorite son, Bob Marley. See the house where he used to live, and find out all about his childhood with the Reggae and Culture experience. Especially relevant, the atmosphere in Jamaica is laid-back and welcoming, thanks to its famously chilled people. Savor this by exploring the beaches and dancing to iconic reggae music, or by discovering hidden waterfalls and places to relax. Bask in the beauty of a romantic sunset cruise, and delight your taste buds with mouthwatering local cuisine. This is Jamaica. This is the English-speaking Caribbean at its best.
You’re Ready for Your First Jamaica Vacation, Mahn!
In summary, Jamaica is a magnificent island that forms the heart of the Caribbean. This first-timer’s visit to Jamaica guide just scratches the surface of all there is to see, do, and take in. So make some time, plan your trip well, and book your transfer to your hotel. Check out the services offered at Club Mobay, and use your time wisely to take the best tours. Or contact Amstar to handle all the details to turn your first vacation in Jamaica into a dream. We’ll get you ready to simply relax, enjoy and discover the magic that will have you saying “Yeah, mahn!”