Welcome to Jamaica!!!
Jamaica is located in the Caribbean Sea. The island is famous for its beautiful beaches, for its wonderful weather and for its nice people. If you are looking for a place to spend your next vacations, Jamaica may be the place you are looking for. If you visit the Island once, I am sure you will want to come back every year.
Jamaica can be divided in three zones, the North Coast, which is wet and green; the South, which is drier; and the Countryside. Most of the tourists go to the North Coast, especially to the west. But if you have enough time, you should not skip the South and the countryside.
When to Go/Climate: Jamaica, with a tropical weather, is a year-round destination. The rainy season is from May to November, with more showers during May-June and November-December, but even during the rains the sun shines almost every day.
Get in: the two main International Airports are Kingston (KIN) and Montego Bay (MBJ). Cruise ship visit the ports of Ocho Rios and Montego Bay on a regular basis.
Get around: the best way of moving around is by shuttle bus or by private taxi, which can be rented per days. For longer distances, domestic flights are recommended.
Money and Costs: the official currency is the Jamaican dollar (called "jay"). American dollars are widely accepted. A service tip of 10% is expected (sometimes included in the bill). Some all-inclusive hotels do not allow tipping.
Length of stay: One week is long enough to enjoy a given beach destination.
Languages/People: Locals speak a dialect called patois or Jamaican Creole, which is a mixture of different African languages, English, French and Spanish. But all Jamaicans are fluent in English as well.
Food: The main local dishes are the Jerk Chicken, Rice and beans, and Ackee and salt fish. Foreign visitors should not miss its sea food and fish dishes.
I could give you a thousand reasons to come to Jamaica, but I won't. Instead, I invite you to take a look at the pictures I shot in the Island. I am sure they will convince you. Unfortunately recently Jamaica has had some bad press. Sure there are some areas in Jamaica that are dangerous (i.e.. Kingston), but I do not think Jamaica is more dangerous than the average "Western" city. I was also warned about the harassment, but I didn't felt harassed in Jamaica. Not even once. I met many nice people. Some of them didn't have much, but they had all they need.
If you are planning a trip to Jamaica, you will find (almost) all the info you need on these pages. I did this photo tours for people like you, I hope you enjoy them:
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