Jamaica

Jamaica

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Where powerful beauty comes to life with a rhythm all its own.

It's no secret why Jamaica is a top tourist destination. Every reason is right in front of you. Stunning beaches. Spectacular mountains. And people as colorful as the coral reefs that grace the waters around the island.

Jamaica gave us Bob Marley. Jerk cooking. And a magnificent playground to lose yourself in. The capital, Kingston, is simply alive and buzzing while the countryside is peaceful and quiet – a nice break from the outside world. And it's split into six distinct resort regions: Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio, Kingston and South Coast.

In Jamaica, you can explore the reefs and be dazzled by the colors. Lie on the beach and be awed by the sea. Venture in-country and discover rainforests. But beware. For every little thing Jamaica gives you, she steals another piece of your heart.

Some of the best resorts in the Caribbean are in Jamaica – with everything you want at your beck and call. VIVA Travel knows how to make a luxury vacation fit your budget. You'll vacation for a song. And love the beat.                 

Other things to do:

  • Explore hidden waterways
  • Discover unspoiled swimming holes
  • Visit the Negril Lighthouse
  • Swim with dolphins at Dolphin Cove
  • Go rafting on the Rio Grande River
  • Visit Bob Marley’s childhood home
Climate: 

Temperatures range between 72°F (22ºC) and 81ºF (31°C). 

Time Zone: 

Universal Time Coordinated, UTC-05:00

Language: 

The official language is Jamaican Patois, an English-based creole language with West African influences. English is widely used. 

Currency: 

Jamaican Dollar (JMD)

Electricity: 

110-120 volts. If plugging in a US or Canadian appliance, or an appliance compatible with multiple voltages, an adapter is all you need.

Tipping Customs: 

If a service charge is not included, tip between 10 and 18%. 

Safety: 

Crime is prevalent in Jamaica. Lock room doors and protect valuables. Never leave valuable even in locked vehicles. Traveling with tour groups is recommended. 

Communication & Technology: 

Wi-Fi is readily available throughout the country. Mobile operators include Claro, Digicel, and Lime.

Smoking: 

Smoking is prohibited in public places.

Travel Documentation: 

All visitors must have a valid passport.

Airport: 

Sangster International Airport (KIN)

Car Rental: 

Avis, Budget and several local companies are available for rent. A valid driver license and credit card are required. Driver must be at least 23 years of age. 

Public Transportation: 

Licensed taxis display a red Public Passenger Vehicle (PPV) plate.